by the College of Education at Illinois ( / Apr 11, 2017, 5:30 AM

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher  receives Senior Scholar AwardProfessor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher of the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership was recognized April 10 with the Senior Scholar Award, given by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). She is the first person of color to receive the honor.

The award recognizes scholars for their publications that contribute to the national body of knowledge about community colleges. Other credentials for the honor include candidates’ demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising, or mentoring; integration of knowledge to teaching and service; and contributions toward significant new discoveries in community college research or practice.

Zamani-Gallaher joined CSCC nearly 20 years ago as she was nearing completion of her doctoral studies. At the time, she was thrilled to meet in person some of the scholars whose work she had read and studied. Today, Zamani-Gallaher said she is “deeply honored” to receive the CSCC award.

“My involvement in CSCC over the years has facilitated my professional and personal growth,” she said. “This award, for me, demonstrates that I have been able to stay true to my academic and creative endeavors, be of service, and make a knowledge contribution to the field.”

Pamela Eddy, a professor of higher education at the College of William and Mary, nominated Zamani-Gallaher. Eddy will be on the Illinois campus April 13 to give a Dean’s Diversity Lecture titled “Developing and Retaining Leadership Talent: Fostering Advancement for Diverse Faculty and Staff.”

Eddy has known Zamani-Gallaher for more than 20 years and has seen firsthand how her research within the community-college sector has influenced society, and how it investigates diversity and student services.

And Zamani-Gallaher does it all with a “human touch,” Eddy said.

“She gives unselfishly of herself with respect to development of her students, works with mentoring junior faculty at other institutions, and believes passionately in the mission of two-year colleges,” Eddy said. “As we think of whom we recognize, it was important to me that Eboni, her work, and her influence through mentoring others be highlighted.”   

Though she could not attend in person, Zamani-Gallaher shared a video acceptance of the honor during the organization’s 59th annual CSCC Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The 2017 theme was “A New Pair of Glasses: Community College Issues Viewed through New Lenses and Frames.”

by Nancy O'Brien ( / Mar 29, 2017, 11:45 AM

The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2014) is a study of Head Start programs, classrooms, and children that provides information about program performance, including improvement efforts, quality, and outcomes for children and families. 

What: Free data workshop (travel stipends available) for students, postdocs, early career researchers

When: July 24-25, 2017

Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Application deadline: May 22, 2017

More information:

by Noelia Sánchez-Walker / Mar 28, 2017, 1:45 PM

Noelia Sánchez-Walker is a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Illinois and works under the supervision of Professor Silvina Montrul. As part of his doctoral dissertation, he is investigating comprehension of Spanish sentences by Spanish speakers. For this purpose, he is recruiting second language learners of Spanish, native Speakers of Spanish who grew up in the U.S., and native speakers of Spanish from Spanish speaking countries to participate in research.

The experiment lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes. In exchange for research participants' time they will receive $10 per hour. Participation in his research will allow Sánchez-Walker to gain further understanding of factors that influence native and non-native Spanish speakers when they read or hear Spanish sentences, which in turn may help Spanish instructors develop more effective teaching methods.

Those who are interested in participating can email Sánchez-Walker at, and he will be in touch to set a time and date to meet in the Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Lab (SLAB) at the Foreign Language Building (FLB).

by Professor Bernice Barnett / Mar 28, 2017, 11:00 AM

Summer 2017  Course EPS 420/SOC 420 Sociology of Education

EPS 420 & SOC 420 - Sociology of Education,  M, T, W Th, 10am to 11:50am, Education building, Room 323

Professor: Bernice Barnett, Ph.D. (Sociology)  Email:

Credit: 3 or 4 hours

Course Description:

This 400-level social foundations course is a combined graduate- and advanced undergraduate-level (juniors and seniors) sociological examination of education and schooling in society. A spotlight of the course is teacher and student activism in society and in education. Among other things, we examine the education impact and legacies of diverse 1960s/1970s movements led by teachers (such as literacy pioneer Septima Poinsette Clark), students (such as Mario Savio at Berkeley), hippies, Vietnam anti-war activists, women, people with disabilities and special needs, white European Americans, black African-Americans, Latinos/as, Asian Americans, Native/American Indians, LGBTQ, welfare recipients, language minorities, migrants, immigrants, and others who protested in/outside of classrooms, schools, and colleges/universities.

About the Professor

Professor Barnett earned her Ph.D. in Sociology. She is an historical sociologist and Associate Professor in the Departments of Educational Policy, Organization, & Leadership (EPOL), Sociology, and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has presented research on the 1960s and social movements at international forums in the U. S., Canada, and Germany and has received various awards, including the Faculty Award for Excellence i n Teaching, Advising, and Research by the Council of Graduate Student in Education and Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For questions, contact Professor Barnett (

by VariABILITY UIUC / Mar 24, 2017, 6:00 AM

VariABILITY 2017 is a two-day event that aims to bring together students from different backgrounds to collaborate and understand some ongoing challenges that people with disabilities experience. Our goal is to take a proactive approach to disability awareness and advocacy through human-centered design. This is a great chance to become part of a community conversation on inclusion. We are looking for Illinois students from all academic disciplines and backgrounds who are passionate about this area, or just want to learn more!

For more information, visit our FB page:

Register here to attend the event:

Location: BIF Atrium

Date: Friday, March 31 2017 6-8 PM - Saturday April 1 2017 10AM-5PM (Food and snacks will be provided on both days)

Contact us for more questions at! Looking forward to seeing you there!