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Congratulations Faculty (compiled May 2009)

An article acknowledging College of Education faculty for their accomplishments

JoLynn Carney
, associate professor of counselor education, has received the 2008–2009 Outstanding Counselor of the Year Award from Youngstown State University.

The award is one of several Outstanding Alumnus Awards given annually by the university’s Beeghly College of Education. The awards recognize graduates who have shown exceptional achievement and leadership in their educational discipline. The awards banquet was held April 23.

Mellin_sml.jpgElizabeth Mellin, assistant professor of counselor education, was named an Emerging Engagement Scholar by the National Center for the Study of University Engagement. Under the scholarship, Mellin was one of some 25 advanced early career faculty and doctoral students from across the nation who attended an intensive professional development program. The attendees were provided with support for learning how to include community members in the planning, implementation, and dissemination of research that positively impacts their community..

Mellin was nominated for the award by Associate Dean Kyle Peck, based on her research on an innovative program for youth with mental health and substance abuse issues in Georgia. Mellin’s project is aimed at understanding how youth, families, and communities collaborate to develop practice-based evidence.


Patrick T. Terenzini, distinguished professor of education and senior scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Journal of Engineering Education. A publication of the American Society for Engineering Education, the journal is the premier outlet for research on engineering education. The journal will celebrate its centennial in 2010.

poehner_sml.jpgMatthew Poehner, assistant professor of world languages and applied linguistics, gave an invited plenary at the Meeting of the Interagency Language Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The meeting involved U.S. government departments and agencies interested in languages and language education—Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Education, FBI, CIA, NSA, and the military—as well as participation of the National Foreign Language Resource Centers. Poehner’s talk was titled “Dynamic Assessment: Integrating Assessment and Teaching to Understand and Promote Development in a Second Language.”

Laurence Boggess, instructor of education, won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Districts in Research and Reform Special Interest Group at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, held in April in San Diego. Boggess’ dissertation is titled "Home Growing Teacher Quality: District Partnerships with Urban Teacher Residencies." The study examines how public–private partnerships in Chicago and Boston alternatively train teachers for urban classrooms and identifies implications for urban education reform policy.

A poster presentation co-authored by David Baker, professor of education and sociology, and graduate students Juan Leon, John Collins, and Emily Smith, was awarded first prize for a research poster at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), held in April in Detroit. PAA is the nation’s foremost association for demographers and research on population and related issues such as health, mortality, and fertility.

The winning poster was titled “The 'Social Vaccine’ for HIV/AIDS: Examining the Effects of Education on Condom Usage in sub-Saharan Africa.”

“The students did a terrific job in designing and making this poster,” said Baker. “Our research introduced a new way to think of education and its effects on population health through formal schooling's impact on people’s ability to reason about risky situations as those related to HIV/AIDS in Africa."