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Congratulations Faculty (compiled Dec. 2009)

An article acknowledging College of Education faculty for their accomplishments

baker_sml.jpgA book recently edited by David P, Baker, professor of education and sociology, and Alexander W. Wiseman ’01 Ph.D. has won an award for the Best of Books for the Academic Year 2008–09, as recognized by the Comparative International Education Society (CIES). The book, titled The Worldwide Transformation of Higher Education (JAI Press, 2008), is part of the series International Perspectives on Education and Society. Wiseman is a graduate of Penn State’s Educational Theory and Policy doctoral program. According to the CIES, "The book/volume shows originality and rigor, and it provides a unique contribution to developing scholarship in the field of international and comparative higher education."


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Kathleen J. Bieschke, professor of counseling psychology, has received the 2009 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 44. Bieschke received her award at the annual APA Convention this past summer.

The award is given to colleagues who have made distinguished contributions to the interests, goals, and purposes of Division 44 in the area of education, either academic or public. Award winners typically have developed programs or curricula that raised the consciousness of the general public about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, or that improved the quality of education and training in psychology at graduate and undergraduate levels.



Dwyer_Frank.jpgFrancis M. Dwyer, professor emeritus of education, was recently honored as the recipient of the John L. Debes Award at the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) Conference, held in Chicago.

This award is the highest IVLA gives. Established in 1977, in John Debes' own words, it is reserved for "people who have been strong leaders both in building and maintaining the Association" and who have been active in "promoting visual literacy outside the organization." It recognizes a long-term active commitment to the advancement of understanding in the field of visual communication as well as a proven and exceptional commitment to the organization.

Dwyer has previously served as IVLA president and has received the IVLA Research Award—given only when merited—to members of the Association who are actively involved in ongoing outstanding research that furthers the cause of visual literacy, who have achieved a substantial, record of scholarly publication, and who have significantly advanced knowledge in the field.


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Roger L. Geiger, distinguished professor of education and senior scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, delivered the invited keynote address to the 22nd Annual Conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers, Porto, Portugal, on Sept. 10. His talk was titled “Markets and the End of the Current Era in U.S. Higher Education.”

Geiger also delivered a keynote address Sept. 29 at the 5th Annual Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference in Omaha, Neb. The presentation was titled “Mobilizing University Resources for Innovation.”



griffin_sml.jpgKimberly A. Griffin, assistant professor of college student affairs and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has been named an Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Emerging Scholars are recognized as outstanding young faculty and administrators whose research skills and productivity lead the way in increasing an understanding of the college student experience.

Griffin will join four other Emerging Scholars for a day of mentoring with ACPA Senior Scholars prior to the organization’s conference in March 2010. The Emerging Scholars will have opportunities for collaboration and research throughout the coming year. At the ACPA convention the following year, they will present their research at an Emerging Scholar Research Symposium.

ACPA is the primary scholarly national organization in student affairs. It publishes the Journal of College Student Development and About Campus magazine, as well as books and monographs for the field.