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Education Policy, Organization and Leadership News

James D. Anderson to deliver prestigious AERA 2014 Brown Lecture in October

Apr. 17, 2014

James D. Anderson, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education and the Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the upcoming Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the AERA annual meeting which recently concluded in Philadelphia. Read more...

Identity, language, power, and agency emerge as key commonalities in how children learn at Global Perspectives conference

Apr. 9, 2014

The stories of young children from several continents were related by professors worldwide attending an April College of Education conference called “Global Perspectives on Childhoods and Composing: The Interplay of Child Cultures, Schooling, and Literacy.” Read more...

Illinois districts building robust STEM pathways and programs of study

Mar. 28, 2014

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Alumna doing her part to promote equality, diversity in society

Dec. 8, 2013

We live in a country that has made great strides in embracing its differences. Whether it be Martin Luther King, Jr.’s persistent role in the Civil Rights Movement or talk show host Ellen DeGeneres publically supporting Prop 8, many Americans continue the work to achieve equity for all. Yet, there is still work to do. Read more...

College of Education's Anjalé Welton honored as ACT Foundation 'Ace' researcher

Oct. 23, 2013

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign assistant professor Anjalé Welton has been selected by the ACT Foundation as an “Ace” in the Aces Research Network, a collaborative, applied research hub of selected scholars and practitioners. Welton is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the College of Education and an Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) faculty affiliate. In her research, she plans to look at how working learners who identify as a person of color, connect to learning resources and what structures are in place that enable them to make those connections. Read more...

Two education professors named as Illinois Gutgsell professors

Oct. 18, 2013

Drs. Dorothy Espelage and Debra Bragg have been appointed as Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professors by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The College now holds four of the 16 endowed professorships. Read more...

Outstanding Student Medal recipient melds love of education with philosophy background

Oct. 7, 2013

If Natasha Jankowski could do it all over again, she firmly believes she would still be in the education field. Jankowski earned her Ph.D. in higher education in December 2012 and now serves as the assistant director for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Read more...

Higher education funding expert Jennifer Delaney speaks about decreasing state funds, importance of philanthropy

Oct. 4, 2013

Jennifer Delaney, assistant professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was recently interviewed by The Michigan Daily to speak about the University of Michigan's presidential search and higher education funding. Read more...

NEH Institute looks at translation studies and ways to teach translation

Sep. 20, 2013

Professor Chris Higgins is so passionate about the scholarly craft of translation—not only studying and teaching it, but also its cultural dimensions and importance—that he and professor Elizabeth Lowe spent countless hours applying for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant in order to organize a three-week, residential institute that would fill a unique gap in research and teacher training. Read more...

Professor Peter Kuchinke delivers keynote at European higher education conference

Sep. 13, 2013

Professor Peter Kuchinke delivered a keynote address at the International Conference on European Higher Education in Vilnius, Lithuania, in early September. The conference marked the assumption of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and focused on the expansion and internationalization of European Higher Education within and outside of its 28 member states. Read more...

Adrienne Dixson on pros and cons of Louisiana curriculum changes

Aug. 29, 2013

Louisiana State Department of Education has adopted the Common Core curriculum for this coming school year, which means fundamental changes in the curriculum and testing for the public schools students in Louisiana. Adrienne Dixson, associate professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, discussed the pros and cons of this new curriculum on The New Orleans Imperative, a weekly radio show about New Orleans public education. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Dixson taught at an elementary school in New Orleans. Read more...

Doctoral student recognized for her dissertation on knowledge-intensive industries

Aug. 23, 2013

Seung Won Hong, a doctoral candidate in Human Resource Development, is the winner of the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award. Her work focuses on the effects of situational factors that influence the information-seeking behavior of project managers, a key element in success in knowledge-intensive industries. Her dissertation adviser is Ronald Jacobs, Department of Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership. As the winner of the Ferber Award, she will receive $2,500. Read more...

Professor James Anderson elected to Center for Advanced Study at Illinois

Aug. 8, 2013

James Anderson, department head and Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, has been elected a Professor in the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) at the University of Illinois. The appointment was approved by the University's Board of Trustees in late July, and the position will become effective August 16. Read more...

Alumna Anjali Forber-Pratt honored at White House as 'Champion of Change'

Jul. 31, 2013

In anticipation of the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2013, the White House honored eight Americans who embody the spirit of the ADA, including Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. '12 HRE. The eight “Champions of Change" served as panel members during a July 25 event hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement to commemorate the ADA anniversary.The event was streamed live. Read more...

Helping to advance creative solutions in education, Adrienne Dixson named Southern Education Foundation Fellow for Innovation and Change

Jul. 19, 2013

Adrienne Dixson, associate professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been appointed a Southern Education Foundation (SEF) Fellow for Innovation and Change. Her three-year term will begin this fall. Dixson will be part of an inaugural group, and this year’s cohort will bring together emerging leaders from a variety of sectors to advance creative solutions and change in education from pre-k to higher education, according to the SEF. Read more...

Kern Alexander on recent Supreme Court decisions that reverse legal precedents for education funding

Jul. 16, 2013

Earlier this summer, Professor Kern Alexander addressed members of the Oxford Education Society in Oxford, U.K., about several recent major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that reversed earlier legal precedents. Read more...

Professor Peter Kuchinke elected to campus Faculty Advisory Committee

Jun. 13, 2013

K. Peter Kuchinke, professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been elected to the University of Illinois Faculty Advisory Committee for a three-year term beginning in August. Read more...

Research symposium offers rare interdisciplinary insight into LGBT research

Jun. 10, 2013

Many of today's political debates include the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Recognizing that researchers play an important role in providing empirical data to inform debates and policies, scholars from across campus, including two faculty members from the College of Education, organized an LGBT research seminar on methodological challenges and opportunities. The symposium, held in early May, was funded by a 2012-13 Focal Point grant from the Graduate College. Read more...

Talent for building relationships earns doctoral student Un-Yeong Park 2013 Larsen Human Development Award

Jun. 6, 2013

Ed.D. candidate Un-Yeong Park is a recipient of the Counseling Center's 2013 Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award. Park is a doctoral student in Human Resource Development in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL). He is also a career coach for international students and adults. Recipients were honored at a ceremony on May 8. Read more...

Ten doctoral students awarded Hardie Dissertation Awards to support research

Jun. 3, 2013

Each year, the College of Education grants the Hardie Dissertation Award, a competitive award that offers financial support to graduate students as they complete their doctoral dissertations. These awards are funded through the generosity of the alumni and friends of the College, including the Hardie Endowment. Read more...

Alumna Laura Taylor named Safe Schools Alliance's Ally of the Year

May 28, 2013

Dr. Laura Taylor, Ed.D. '06 EPOL, assistant superintendent for achievement and student services at Champaign Unit 4 School District and adjunct instructor in EPOL, is being recognized by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance as its Ally of the Year. The alliance will recognize Taylor at its launch event on June 9 in Champaign. Read more...

EJP's Language Partners shares highly competitive social justice leadership prize with organizations from Palestine and New York

May 15, 2013

The Education Justice Project’s Language Partners program has been honored with the inaugural Arcus Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership. To win the award, Language Partners competed with 188 other organizations from 23 countries. The competition was so rigorous that the judges decided to give the $30,000 prize (originally set at $25,000) to three organizations. Read more...

Faculty, students, alumni have another banner year at AERA annual meeting

May 8, 2013

In its usual tradition, the College of Education had exceptional representation at the American Educational Research Association's 2013 Annual Meeting, held April 27 through May 1 in San Francisco. More than 130 faculty and students represented our College with superior papers and presentations. Read more...

Women’s Resources Center names Ruth Nicole Brown Faculty Woman of the Year

May 2, 2013

Ruth Nicole Brown, assistant professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL), was named the Faculty Woman of the Year by the Women’s Resources Center at an awards ceremony on March 29. Read more...

UI campus honors professors Stacy Dymond and Cris Mayo with teaching excellence awards

Apr. 26, 2013

Stacy Dymond, associate professor of Special Education, and Cris Mayo, professor of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership, have both received 2013 campus teaching awards. They were recognized at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence with other teaching award winners from across campus on April 23. Read more...

Doctoral student Rachel Storm earns international achievement award for her dedication to anti-violence, justice

Apr. 25, 2013

Rachel Storm, Ed.M. '12 EPS, has won the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more...

Laura Ketchum one of eight honored with campus distinguished staff award

Apr. 23, 2013

Laura Ketchum, business manager I in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL), has been bestowed with the 2013 Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award. In order to receive such an honor, an individual must be recommended by the selection committee and the award endorsed by Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise. Read more...

Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, Forber-Pratt and Espelage find

Apr. 19, 2013

APRIL 18, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence. Read more...

EPOL Professor Rebecca Ginsburg honored for making a difference on campus, in community

Apr. 15, 2013

Rebecca Ginsburg, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and in Landscape Architecture, has been selected by the University YMCA to receive this year's J. Frederick Miller Award. Read more...

Speaker series highlights international students' experiences in classrooms around the globe

Apr. 12, 2013

For the past seven months, a group of international graduate students from the College of Education has coordinated a program titled "Understanding Educational Diversity Around the World" to showcase education systems in various countries. Read more...

'Social capital' key to workers' success on the job, according to study by Russell Korte and Shumin Lin

Apr. 10, 2013

APRIL 9, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — The quality of the social relationships that newly hired people develop with other employees in their work groups is critical to newcomers’ job satisfaction, learning their responsibilities and their ability to fit in to the workplace culture, a new study suggests. Read more...

EPOL professor Peter Kuchinke talks about longtime connection to education in Brazil in International Educator magazine

Apr. 2, 2013

K. Peter Kuchinke, professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was featured in an April 2013 article in International Educator. The magazine interviewed him in the midst of his four-year FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) grant. Read more...

College announces outstanding and distinguished faculty/staff awards for 2013

Apr. 2, 2013

The College of Education is pleased to announce the faculty, staff, and students who are recipients of the College's 2013 Faculty and Staff Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the spring faculty meeting, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 2 in room 22 in the Education Building. Read more...

EPOL doctoral student Jason Taylor integral part of HLC study on dual credit state policies

Mar. 22, 2013

Jason Taylor, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was one of three graduate student interns selected by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to study dual credit state policies related to quality assurance. The three interns have been working with Professor Victor Borden at Indiana University since January 2012—you could say they ate, breathed, and slept dual credit for the better part of 2012. Read more...

Education Justice Project volunteers bring upper-level college courses to Danville Correctional Center students

Mar. 21, 2013

The Education Justice Project (EJP) offers education programs to incarcerated students at the Danville Correctional Center. The EJP is directed by Rebecca Ginsburg, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and in Landscape Architecture. The project involves about 60 U of I grad students and faculty members in various roles, including instructors, tutors, and program evaluators. Illinois Alumni magazine featured an article about EJP recently, written by freelance writer Dave Evensen. Read more...

EPOL Professor Timothy Reese Cain shares his expertise on curating university history on WILL's Focus 580

Mar. 7, 2013

Timothy Reese Cain, assistant professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was featured on WILL's radio program Focus 580 on March 5. He was interviewed about the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) and the importance of archiving campus research projects. He co-directs EUI with Nancy Ablemann, Gina Hunter, and Sharon Irish. In late February, he also presented on the project at the campus’ Faculty Retreat, “When Teaching and Learning Meet Undergraduate Research.” Read more...

Alumna Anjali Forber-Pratt winner of prestigious Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award

Jan. 28, 2013

JANUARY 22, 2013, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AAPD.COM, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce that Anjali Forber-Pratt (Ph.D. '12 HRE) is one of two winners of the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award. Read more...

EPOL professor Jennifer Delaney named to Research in Higher Education's editorial board

Jan. 23, 2013

Jennifer Delaney, assistant professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been named a consulting editor of the journal "Research in Higher Education." Read more...

From Illinois to Egypt: Professor Linda Herrera and others meet with Diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei

Jan. 22, 2013

Linda Herrera, professor the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, recently led a small delegation from the University of Illinois to Egypt to meet with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and Egyptian youth. Read more...

Alumna Anjali Forber-Pratt named a 'Greatest Person of the Year' by Huffington Post

Dec. 21, 2012

Anjali Forber-Pratt Ph.D. '12 HRE has made the "Greatest Persons of the Year" list by Huffington magazine, part of the Huffington Post. Each week, Huffington profiled a person "who has made a difference in his or her community, from the 10-year-old Cub Scout who started a charity to the single dad who traveled around the world volunteering with his family. Now, we look back at some of the greatest people we knew this year." The magazine had this to say about Forber-Pratt: Read more...

Four decades, a war and a fight with cancer later, man earns Education degree

Dec. 21, 2012

DECEMBER 18, 2012, THESOUTHERN.COM, CARBONDALE, ILL., Stephen Rickerl — BENTON — Surrounded by family, colleagues and friends he’d known for years but never met, Jim King (Ed.M. '12 HRE) held back tears as he studied the diploma he waited four decades to earn. Read more...

Bureau of Educational Research holds seminar: 'Long but Fulfilling Journey to Distinguished Teaching and Advising'

Dec. 19, 2012

Students, faculty, and staff joined together to hear advice and reflections of College of Education teaching award recipients at the Bureau of Educational Research's fall seminar, held on December 6. After sharing a meal, attendees enjoyed hearing down-to-earth and practical teaching and advising insight from three panel members, all of whom won a 2011-12 outstanding graduate teaching award. Read more...

Professor Anne Haas Dyson named Early Literacy Educator of the Year

Dec. 7, 2012

Anne Haas Dyson, professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has received the Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). NCTE seeks to recognize distinguished contributions to the language and literacy education of young children. Read more...

EPOL students Ryen Nagle and Gloria Shenoy recognized for in-process dissertation work relating to community colleges

Dec. 5, 2012

Ryen Nagle and Gloria Shenoy, doctoral students in EPOL’s Higher Education program, were recently honored for their in-process dissertations relating to community colleges. Read more...

EPOL Professor William Trent weighs in on how safe colleges are for women

Nov. 30, 2012

William Trent, professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was recently interviewed for an article by SentinelSource.com about the safety of women on campuses in Massachusetts, specifically commenting on a Voices of Diversity study. Read more...

Professor Timothy Reese Cain authors book about academic freedom

Nov. 9, 2012

Timothy Reese Cain, assistant professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, is the author of a new book titled "Establishing Academic Freedom: Politics, Principles, and the Development of Core Values." Read more...

College announces promotions of faculty, staff

Oct. 30, 2012

At the College's fall faculty meeting held earlier this month, unit leaders announced changes of status and key accomplishments within their respective units. In addition, four faculty members from the College of Education have received promotions effective this academic year. Read more...

Professor Jennifer Delaney chimes in on college costs in public square forum

Oct. 11, 2012

Jennifer Delaney, assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was recently asked to contribute to a Zócalo Public Square forum titled "Private College Stoked, Public College Broke." Read more...

Kalantzis and Cope part of team helping to improve access to education for Greek Roma children

Oct. 9, 2012

OCTOBER 9, 2012, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — As Greece struggles to rebuild its shattered economy, humanitarian agencies worry about the impact that the nation’s stringent reductions in wages and social services may have on vulnerable populations such as the Roma (also known as Romani, gypsies and travelers), many of whom live in extreme poverty on society’s fringes. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis, education professors at the University of Illinois, are members of a project team working to improve access to education and promote social inclusion for Roma children and families in Greece. Funded by the European Commission, the European Union’s executive and policymaking body, the Education and Lifelong Learning Project is one component of the commission’s far-reaching strategy for promoting the welfare of Roma children, youth and adults. Read more...

EPOL Professor Linda Herrera's article featured in Harvard Educational Review

Sep. 20, 2012

Linda Herrera's article, "Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age:A View from Egypt," is featured in the fall issue of The Harvard Educational Review. Herrera is an associate professor in the Department of EducationPolicy, Organization and Leadership. Read more...

Alumnus Freeman Hrabowski wins Heinz Award for Human Condition

Sep. 19, 2012

Editor's Note: College of Education alumnus Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III was recently named winner of the 2012 Heinz Award for Human Condition. Dr. Hrabowski earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the College in 1975. Read more...

Christopher Lubienski named director of The Forum on the Future of Public Education

Sep. 11, 2012

Associate Professor Christopher Lubienski has been appointed director of The Forum on the Future of Public Education. He is taking over the role previously held by Professor Debra Bragg, who will remain actively involved in the Forum. Read more...

EPOL professor Yoon Pak discusses upcoming Supreme Court case on Portland radio program

Sep. 11, 2012

Yoon Pak, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was featured on a September 7 radio program called "APA Compass." The program was aired on KBOO radio out of Portland, Oregon, and Pak was one of three panelists to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin, and the impact of affirmative action on Asian American communities. Read more...

Jennifer Delaney appointed WISCAPE affiliate

Sep. 10, 2012

Jennifer Delaney, assistant professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been selected as one of 22 affiliates for the Wisconsin Center of the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) for 2012-14. Following a nomination process, the center selected its new cohort of affiliates — comprised of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers — based on their interest in and ability to help create and share ideas that address Wisconsin’s postsecondary education challenges. Read more...

EPOL Professor C. Lubienski weighs in on homeschooling gains in U.S.

Sep. 7, 2012

Editor's Note: Christopher Lubienski, associate professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was interviewed for an AFP article about homeschooling gains, which was posted on Google news. He said there have always been Americans unhappy with public education for theological or cultural reasons, and he estimated that two-thirds of children are homeschooled for religious or moral reasons. Lubienski's research centers on public and private interests in education, including the use of market mechanisms such as choice and competition to improve schooling. Read more...

Inmates in Education Justice Project organize art exhibition on display at YMCA

Aug. 28, 2012

AUGUST 28, 2012, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, Dusty Rhodes — An art exhibition opening Aug. 30 (Thursday) in the Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA will feature drawings and paintings created by inmates of the Danville Correctional Center, a medium- to high-security prison for men. The exhibition was coordinated by five prisoners enrolled in the University of Illinois Education Justice Project – part of the College of Education – which provides upper-level college courses, workshops and seminars to inmates who have already earned 60 or more hours of college credit.

Educational Theory offers Aug. 22 institute: 'Sex Education and Value Conflict in the Liberal State'

Aug. 21, 2012

In its fourth annual Summer Institute, the journal Educational Theory will address issues around the topic of "Sex Education and Value Conflict in the Liberal State." Panelists from around the nation will present their findings and research on perhaps one of the most controversial areas of school curriculum, sex education. All panels will take place on Wednesday, August 22, in room 22 of the Education Building, 1310 South Sixth Street. All talks and panel discussions are open to the public. Read more...

Alumnus Timothy Eatman named co-director of higher education consortium 'Imagining America'

Aug. 15, 2012

AUGUST 14, 2012, IMAGININGAMERICA.ORG — Syracuse University (SU) and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) announce the appointments of Timothy K. Eatman and Scott J. Peters as IA co-directors, effective August 1. Eatman earned his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.

Professor Peter Kuchinke named Erasmus Mundus ambassador, elected to University Council post

Jun. 27, 2012

K. Peter Kuchinke, professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been invited to serve as one of 20 "PromoDoc Ambassadors" for the European Union Commission on Higher Education (Erasmus Mundus). Read more...