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December 2018

Before we tell you about all the tremendous things happening at the college since last month, we'd like to take time to wish you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.

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We're excited to announce that two College of Education faculty members were selected to be in the inaugural class of the university's Hispanic-Serving Institution Fellows. This is especially impressive as just 10 fellows were selected across campus, and the college alone has two of them: Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera  and Assistant Professor of Practice Vanessa Perry.

The UA was designated as a  Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. To further these efforts as a newly designated HSI, the university selected 10 faculty and staff members for the new fellowship dedicated to expanding the university's capacity to serve Hispanic students.

The fellows are in three groups and will work on different projects: design of culturally relevant pedagogies and practices, creation of a communications plan about the UA's HSI efforts and impact, and development of a plan to engage and serve students at the UA. 

More about the fellows.

More about the fellowship program.

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The college invited Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect Kathy Hoffman to visit campus and discuss her plans and ideas as she enters this new role. The event was so popular we had to move to a larger room. 

Hoffman answered questions from the audience, which covered a wide range of topics, including special education, education in Native communities, and STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. 

She stressed the connection between many issues within Arizona's education system, like the correlation between the shortage of physics teachers and the low wages for teachers. Highly prepared science teachers don't come at a low cost, she remarked. 

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Educators and community members came in droves to hear Hoffman
She encouraged everyone to "stay engaged. Continue riding the wave of momentum gained from 2018. Things fall through the cracks when we stop paying attention." She also asked us to be patient because, in order for her to do her due diligence, she will need to take the time to research.

Missed the discussion? Visit coe.arizona.edu/live/kathyhoffman for the full video.

It's Graduation Time!

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Congratulations to all our students who are graduating this month, including these standouts:
  • John Charles Gallo, Outstanding Senior, College of Education
  • Audrey Reff, Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Education
  • Madekune Knipp, Outstanding Senior, Deaf Studies
  • Kathryn Garlid, Outstanding Senior, Rehabilitation
  • Erica Neff, Outstanding Student Teacher, Elementary Education
  • Thea Van Gorp, Outstanding Senior, Literacy, Learning and Leadership
You can watch the ceremony here.

The College's Dedicated Sustainability Team

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The Sustainability Team (left to right): 
Makenzie Jackson, Jacklyn Narducci, Deanna Kulbeth, Brenna Campbell

We are proud to be part of a project that connects the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning with student groups and sustainability initiatives across campus. Graduate student Deanna Kulbeth is in her second year of leading the Cooper Campus Outreach Team, which is a grant in its third year and is funded through the UA Green Fund .

In addition to Kulbeth, the team includes three skilled and dedicated undergraduate students. "We are all passionate about sharing concepts and practices of sustainability with others and connecting UA students with the environment," says Kulbeth. "This semester we have been more successful than ever before in building partnerships and incorporating sustainability education into all of our on-campus events and Cooper Center events. We have learned to meet people where they are and to make sure our events always lead to another one. In fact, our themed Sunset Hike and Yoga events out at the Cooper Center really blossomed out of our partnership with Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures so that we have three more of these awesome events in the works for next semester!"

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Kulbeth in a yoga move called the Dancer Stretch
The team also is working on campaigns to reduce single-use plastic straw usage, improve composting resources within the Student Union, and renew signage so people will put their compostable food containers and straws in the proper bins. Their work supports a more sustainable Greek Life organization by promoting sustainable dinners and a series of educational events concerning the fast fashion industry (with the help of community organization Fed by Threads).

"We are looking forward to a new partnership with Cats After Dark, which will help students develop closer relationships with the environment and enjoy fulfilling memories of their time here at the UA through a variety of fun activities and environmental associations. As we go about our work, we find so much joy in serving our fellow students and in joining the story of sustainable growth on a university campus," Kulbeth adds.

Two College of Education Graduates Part of Landmark National Study

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Bill Enriquez, 74, flips through old photographs and high school yearbooks at his west-side home. Enriquez, a 1963 graduate of Douglas High School, has participated in the
Project Talent study since his high school days. 

Photo by Mike Christy of the Arizona Daily Star

Two of our graduates were featured in this  Arizona Daily Star article about a landmark study called Project Talent.

The original study "would track them from their youthful days to their retirement years and measure aptitudes and abilities, interests, personality traits, cognition, health, home life and aspirations for the future."

Sidonia "Lisa" Glenn, now 75, and Bill Enriquez, now 74, are among the 440,000 high school students nationwide who began the tests in 1960. Glenn graduated from the College of Education in 1965 and Enriquez graduated from the College of Education in 1967. Last month, researchers connected with 22,500 original participants, including Glenn and Enriquez, about a follow-up study, called the Aging Study, that "will have a special focus on memory and cognitive health in an effort to develop evidence-based policies to combat the looming Alzheimer's crisis. Researchers expect to reveal the findings in the fall of 2019. They hope to understand the health disparities between minorities and whites, and to examine the long-term effects of attending racially segregated versus integrated schools," said Sabine Horner, Project Talent spokeswoman. 

Digital Storytime:
College of Education Degree Leads to Career Outside of U.S.

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When Amanda Agate began her undergraduate studies at the College of Education, she knew she wanted to teach, but she wasn't sure where or in what way. She sat down with us to discuss how her passions and her bachelor's degree in literacy, learning, and leadership ultimately led her to a career path outside of the United States. Watch.

Our Richard Carranza '91 Takes on the Big Apple!

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Carranza (in the red tie) with fellow Wildcats in New York

The College of Education and the UA Alumni Association co-hosted an event at the Chela Park Slope restaurant in Brooklyn to introduce our grad Richard Carranza to the Tri-State UA alumni.  Carranza is now the chancellor of the New York Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. 

A native Tucsonan and dedicated educator for nearly 30 years, Carranza earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the college in 1991. Carranza is ready to help the next generation of New Yorkers achieve their dreams.

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Dean Bruce Johnson introduced Carranza, who spoke about his pride in being a UA alumnus and his excellent professional preparation from the college. He added that no one would be a success without teachers to inspire them and educators deserve much respect for their hard work and dedication.

Watch this impromptu interview  right after the event.


How Many Dogs Does it Take to Study for Finals?

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College of Education students get some great stress relief during finals. For the last three semesters, the college's Undergraduate Student Council has provided Hounds 'n' Hoagies, where students can grab sandwiches and, even better, cuddle with therapy dogs from Pet Partners of Southern Arizona . Now that's what we call a stress-relieving break!

We're Talking Internships

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LLL poster session

Internships are a great way to gain career experience prior to graduation. They offer students the chance to broaden their professional network and practice the skills and knowledge they gain from curriculum in the classroom. Getting started with the internship selection and application process, however, can be a daunting task for some, especially those who are new to the workforce.

Every semester, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Associate Professor of Practice Crystal Soltero hosts a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership Internship Poster Session to offer our students the chance to have their internship questions answered by fellow students who are current interns. At this semester's Internship Poster Session, there were LLL interns from a wide range of community organizations, including Coca Cola, Higher Ground, and even the college's very own Worlds of Words.

While the LLL Internship Poster Session is a great chance to learn more about internship opportunities in the Tucson community, it also provides the interns themselves with valuable practice time to work on their professional social skills. What better way to practice your elevator speech than in a room full of supportive fellow students who are in the same boat as you?

To learn more about available internship opportunities, visit www.coe.arizona.edu/LLL/internships   and be sure to check out our next LLL Internship Poster Session in the spring!

F. Robert Paulsen


It is with a heavy heart we announce F. Robert Paulsen, former dean of the College of Education, has passed away at 96. A passionate, innovative, and dedicated leader in education, Paulsen was appointed dean of the College of Education in 1964. He retired from the college in 1985 as dean emeritus and professor emeritus of higher education. His 20 years as dean were instrumental in developing the college into the institution it is today.

Having spent a lifetime in education, Paulsen also wrote a number of books on the topic, including American Education: Challenges and Images, Changing Dimensions in International Education, and Contemporary Issues in American Education.
There will be no memorial service or funeral. Remembrances may be sent to the F. Robert Paulsen Scholarship at the University of Arizona or the F. Robert and Lydia R. Paulsen Scholarship in Music at Utah State University. More.

Celebrating Our Most Generous Supporters

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2018 Erasmus Circle Undergraduate Scholars

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2018 Erasmus Circle Graduate Scholars
The Erasmus Circle recognizes the most generous supporters of the College of Education. Erasmus donors provide financial  support that allows the College of Education to invest in scholarships for students and faculty support. Members are passionate about supporting education initiatives and advocating for educators and leaders in our community. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have awarded 364 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students and funded 24 fellows in programs throughout the college.

Last month, we honored our Erasmus Circle members and their scholars during a reception that brings the two groups together so they can get to know one another. Erasmus Circle Scholars are outstanding students who show promise in their areas of study and contribute to their communities, the college, and the UA. Through the generosity of our donors, this year we honored 35 scholars.

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Amanda Cheromiah (center) with patrons Francesca & Javier López  

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Gabriel Martinez (right) with patron
Carl Liaupsin

"Being the Erasmus Circle Faculty Fellow allows me to support the research of students exploring the impact of social policy on the lives of refugees and other newcomers. 
Together, we interrogate the policy and politics associated with civil and human rights 
and the persistent segregation and marginalization of racially, culturally, 
ethnically, linguistic minority children." 

2018 Erasmus Circle Fellow
Educational Policy Studies and Practice Associate Professor Jill Koyama
Director, Institute for LGBT Studies

2018 Erasmus Circle Undergraduate Scholars
With matched patron or benefactor
Alexandra Begg, Patron: Bonne & Dave Overstreet          
Olivia Morris, Patrons: Judy & Theron Ovitt
Brennen Feder, Benefactors: Barbara & Russell Miller     
Yvette Padilla, Patron: Jinx Patterson                     
Siobhan Frankiewicz, Patron: Emily Meschter     
Lindsay Pombier, Patrons: Patrice & Ronald Brown
John Gallo, Patron: Richard Delgado       
Amanda Robertson, Patron: Shirley Ann Hartman
Natalie Larez, Benefactors: Kathy & Jerry Short  
Joseph Sturm: Patron: Margaret & Bruce Johnson
Megan Mace, Patron: Walter Doyle        
Emma Terry: Patron: Barbara Cropper
Gabriel Martinez, Patrons: Patty & Carl Liaupsin
America Valencia, Patron: Donna Jurich
Jason McKibben, Patron: Barbara Myers

2018 Erasmus Circle Graduate Scholars
With matched patron or benefactor
Dylan Barton, Patron: Lynn Engel             
Sizhan Liang, Patron: Gloria Barnett
Amanda Cheromiah, Patrons: Francesca & Javier López  
Avery Mickens, Patrons: Kathy Alexander & Paul Lindsey
Lysette Davi, Patron: Dale Frederick        
Whitney Mohr, Benefactors: Barbara & Russell Miller
Janna Hasko-Dunagan, Patron: Shirin Antia          
Dan Moreno, Patrons: Margaret & Bruce Johnson
Sarah Grace, Patrons: Kathy & Don Jorgensen    
Dynah Oviedo, Patron: Kris Bosworth
Rosario Hutchings, Patron: Emily Meschter         
Austin Ringquist, Patrons: Nancy & Reese Woodling
Charlotte Iurino, Patrons: Dell & Jerry Bromiel    
James Sheldon, Patrons: Patrice & Ronald Brown
Hee Young Kim, Benefactors: Kathy & Jerry Short              
Michele Stathatos, Patrons: Susan & Robin Richards
Ang Li, Patrons: Barbara & Jim Sullivan   
Shelina Walli, Patrons: Renée & Richard Clift
Zhongyuan Li, Patrons: Danielle & Steve Thu       
Jaclyn Wolf, Patrons: Carol & Larry Bahill

Ann & Fred Boice
Jane Erin
Charlotte Harris
Frederic & Gayle Jandrey
Kathleen & Raymond Naylor
Marie Ruiz
Nancy & Jay Scherr

Bahar & Richard Delgado

Therese Berg
Nancy Haddad Berge
Ann & Fred Boice
Sally Drachman Salvatore
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Fessler
Keith McKenzie
Emily Meschter
Wilma Miller
Mary Louise Rentfrow

If you would like more information about The Erasmus Circle, please contact College of Education Director of Development Lee O'Rourke at 520-621-3413 or lorourke@email.arizona.edu .
Disability & Psychoeducational Studies
Professor Sheri Bauman was invited to speak in Australia at the NSW Anti-bullying Strategy 2018 Conference. She traveled to Sydney, Wagga Wagga, and Ballina to share her research on bullying, cyberbullying, social networking sites, peer victimization, and teacher responses to bullying with both parents and students.

Bauman also co-authored Examining Suicidality, Bullying, and Gun Carrying among Latina/o Youth over 10 Years in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 

Along with Westminster College Assistant Professor Julian Mendez, Bauman also wrote  From Migrant Farmworkers to First Generation Latina/o Students: Factors Predicting College Outcomes for Students Participating in the College Assistance Migrant Program, published in  The Review of Higher Education by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Research Professor L. Penny Rosenblum  recently published  Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Share Experiences and Advice for Supporting Students in Understanding Graphics in the  Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. In the article, Rosenblum describes the challenges students with visual impairments face when locating information in math graphics, and outlines strategies implemented to assist teachers in supporting these learners. This research is part of the work of the  AnimalWatch-VI: Graphics Literacy project.

Associate Professor Jessica Summers, who is the chair of the UA Faculty Senate, was quoted in this Arizona Daily Star  article about the UA Strategic Plan.

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

As an alumnus of  UCLA, he was featured in this UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies  article about the book.

Somehow, Cabrera also found time to give the keynote address at the Council for Ethnic Participation pre-conference at the Association for the Study of Higher Education and write  a blog , Reinforcing Racism: Color-Blind Curricula in Higher Education, for Equity Alliance.

Educational Psychology

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Pygmalion in the Classroom, the controversial 1968 book by  Robert Rosenthal and  Lenore Jacobson about the effects of teacher expectation on first- and second-grade student performance, Educational Research and Evaluation published a special issue of its journal. Professor Emeritus Thomas Good  , doctoral student Natasha Sterzinger, and two-time educational psychology grad Alyson Lavigne '07 '10, now a Utah State assistant professor, were invited to write  Expectation Effects: Pygmalion and the Initial 20 Years of Research. Read the full article  here.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Associate Professor Kristin Gunckel
and Associate Professor Sara Tolbert published  The Imperative to Move toward a Dimension of Care in Engineering Education  in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Read the full article  here .


Headshot of Sara Tolbert

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Professor and Dean Bruce Johnson was invited to serve on a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee that will conduct a 15-month fast-track study of the changing structure of the K-12 teacher and school leader workforce, including the implications of such change for teacher preparation and development. The investigation will identify emerging trends that will continue to shift the pre-service and in-service needs and experiences of the teacher workforce in the next 10-20 years.

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Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Luis Moll, who is the recipient of the 2018 George and Louise Spindler Award. The Spindler Award is granted to scholars and practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology have significantly advanced the quality of the design or delivery of educational services.

Amazingly, Moll is the fourth College of Education recipient of the Spindler Award. Our previous recipients include Professor Emeritus Norma Gonzalez (2017), Professor Perry Gilmore (2016), and former Associate Professor Teresa McCarty (2010).

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Headshot of Sara Tolbert
Associate Professor Sara Tolbert is taking a one-year leave to work at the  University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She will pursue her interests in bicultural and Indigenous science education and will explore potential collaborations between the UA College of Education and the teacher education programs at Canterbury. During the last seven years at the College of Education, her work on bicultural and Indigenous science education and her promotion of equity and social justice throughout the college have brought her recognition as an outstanding scholar, teacher, mentor, and colleague.

Tolbert also was commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences to write a paper on secondary science education for emergent bilingual students. She presented to the committee twice (in Washington, D.C., and Irvine, California) as they developed their report. Both the report and Tolbert's paper are available here.

Finally, Tolbert was a keynote panelist at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Coalition in Washington D.C. 

Across the nation, African American and Latino males have experienced limited access to placement in gifted education programs.
Assistant Professor Desiree Vega   and  Ohio State University   Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer James Moore   co-wrote Access to Gifted Education among African American and Latino Males. The article defines the factors and roadblocks that frequently influence access to gifted education programming among African American and Latino males. R ead the full article here.

Until next year,
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Bruce Johnson
From Our Development Office

You are invited to join The Erasmus Circle

The Erasmus Circle, named for the Renaissance scholar whose work in education changed humanity, provides crucial support for the College of Education to invest in scholarship, teaching, and research. Erasmus Circle members are passionate about supporting education initiatives and advocating for educators and leaders in our community. There are three membership levels: member ($1,000), patron ($1,500), and benefactor ($2,500). Both the patron and benefactor levels provide $1,000 scholarships, matching donors with one or two Erasmus Scholars each year.

Erasmus Circle donors are invited to a fall reception to meet and celebrate the scholars and to a spring donor appreciation reception to meet the Erasmus Circle Faculty Fellow. The Erasmus Circle Faculty Fellow is selected annually and honors an outstanding College of Education faculty member who demonstrates excellence in his or her field.

For more information, please contact me at 520-621-3413 or lorourke@email.arizona.edu.


Lee O'Rourke
Director of Development

To make a gift to the college,  please follow this link

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