Robert Reason, assistant professor of higher education and college student affairs, has been appointed by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Governing Board as its director of research and scholarship. Reason’s duties will include the coordination of the Association’s research and scholarship agenda as well as the activities of all existing ACPA-approved publications.
The ACPA, headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. It has nearly 9,000 members representing 1,500 private and public institutions from across the United States and around the world.
Dooris Co-Authors Award-Winning Paper
Michael Dooris, affiliate associate professor of higher education, co-authored a paper that won the Best Paper Award for 2007 at the annual conference of the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR).
Dooris and Marianne Guidos, of Penn State’s Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, won the award for their presentation at the NEAIR conference at Rutgers University in last November. Their paper was titled “Understanding Adult Learner Program Completion.” The Best Paper Award recognizes and promotes quality contributions to scholarly research and writing among professionals who contribute and present papers at the annual NEAIR conference.
Hoadley to Co-Edit Book Series
Christopher Hoadley, associate professor of instructional systems and information sciences and technology, was recently named co-editor of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning book series. Hoadley will share the editorship with Naomi Miyake of Japan for a five-year term. The book series is published by Springer-Verlag.
Shouse Recognized by Residence Life
Roger Shouse, associate professor of educational leadership, was honored by Residence Life for his role in the academic success of freshman students. Nominations are made by first-year students at the University.
Shouse was identified as being “a faculty member who has helped Penn State students excel during their first year,” according to Ryan Steinberg, area coordinator for East Halls Residence Life and Student Affairs.
Shouse and 15 other Penn State faculty members were recognized at a luncheon held March 3 in East Halls, and each received a small gift.
Online ABA Program Wins UCEA Award
Penn State’s online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate Program for Special Education has been named by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) as winner of a 2007–08 Exemplary Program Award. The program won the award in the category of Community of Practice for Conferences and Professional Programs.
David L. Lee, academic director of the online program, said “It is great to be recognized by others in the field. What makes it even more satisfying is that we, faculty and program staff, worked as a team to accomplish the common goal of bring quality programming to folks who may not otherwise have easy access to such programs.” Other College of Education faculty members in the program are Kathy Ruhl, Pamela Wolfe, Charles Hughes, Richard Kubina, and James McAfee.
The ABA program will be recognized at an awards luncheon planned for the UCEA national conference in New Orleans on March 27. Each year, the UCEA recognizes educational programs committed to meeting the changing societal and economic needs of the nation.