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Congratulations Faculty (compiled March 2009)

An article acknowledging College of Education faculty for their accomplishments


Judith Kolb, associate professor of workforce education, and Murray MacTavish ’07 Ph.D. received a 2009 Cutting Edge Research Award for co-authoring a research paper at last year's Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference. The paper was titled “An Examination of the Dynamics of Organizational Culture and Values-Based Leader Identities and Behaviors.”

Ten Cutting Edge Research Awards are given annually to the authors of the top outstanding scholarly papers that had been published in the prior year’s Conference Proceedings. These papers are chosen for their contribution of new knowledge to the human resource development profession as well as the theoretical or practical importance of the problem addressed.

Jeanine Staples, assistant professor of language and literacy education, has received a $10,000 grant to examine how African American urban adolescents who are at risk of academic and social failure respond to noble and ignoble purposes constructed in media texts. The one-year project is funded by The Stanford Center on Adolescence.

The study uses participant observations, semistructured interviews, focus groups, participant journals, and media projects to determine youth’s conceptions of the abstract concept of "purpose." It is expected to provide insights into the reasoning and argumentative processes of urban adolescents of color, as evidenced through the literacy practices and literacy events they employ within an inner-city after school program.