Congratulations Faculty (compiled Sept. 2009)
Rose Baker, a leader of the Penn State Workforce Education & Development Initiative, was part of the three-member Project Management for Professionals Team that won Penn State's Continuing and Distance Education 2009 award, Impact Pennsylvania, Serve the Nation, Reach the World. Wayne Smutz, Penn State Associate Vice President for Outreach, presented the award at an August 13 ceremony held on Penn State's University Park Campus. More information is available online.
Beverly Lindsay, professor and senior scientist of higher education and international policy studies, received two national commission appointments recently.
She has been appointed to chair the International Relations Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the 2009–2012 term. According to AERA President Carol D. Lee, Lindsay was selected based on her “world-renowned international stature as evidenced by multiple international academic and diplomatic assignments.”
In addition, Lindsay’s role as a reviewer for the National Fulbright Association is being expanded. She recently was named to serve on the national Fulbright panel for reviewing applications and proposals in Public Administration. This appointment extends her Fulbright activities in which she reviews applicants for Fulbright awards in Higher Education and International Education. Members of the Fulbright review panels are selected based on their exemplary scholarship and international work. Lindsay has been awarded Fulbrights in South Korea, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
Madhu Prakash, professor of educational theory and policy, has been personally invited by Jigmi Thinley, the prime minister of the Royal Government of Bhutan, to attend meetings aimed at improving the Bhutanese educational system. Prakash will meet in December with Thinley and other elected officials to offer suggestions for creating an educational system that reflects that Bhutan’s philosophy of life and happiness. More information is available online.
Deborah C. Smith, assistant professor of science education, was chosen as a faculty mentor for the first National Association for Research in Science Teaching "Summer Research Institute" for doctoral students who conduct research on science teachers' knowledge. The institute was held June 21–26 in Columbia, Mo.
An article co-authored by Esther Prins and Blaire Willson Toso is listed as one of the 50 most-frequently read articles in past and current volumes of the American Educational Research Journal. The article, “Defining and Measuring Parenting for Educational Success: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Parent Education Profile,” ranked as the journal’s 36th most consulted article in volumes dating back to 1992. The article appeared in the journal’s September 2008 issue.