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Around the College: Aug. 22, 2018

Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.

Gail Boldt, professor of education (language and literacy education), is the new editor-in-chief of the Bank Street Occasional Papers. Mark Kissling, assistant professor of education (social studies education), is the guest editor of the upcoming edition, which contains an interview with Bruce Springsteen.

 — Jana Clinton, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Comparative International Education program, presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia in May. Her presentation was titled, "Building Bridges Between International Students and Academic Integrity." In July, Clinton gave a similar presentation at the NACADA International Conference in Dublin, where she was awarded a Graduate Student Global Travel Grant through Global Programs.

Ed Fuller, associate professor of education (educational leadership), was quoted in the article "How did low-income Texas fare under state's A-F rating system?" on, a newspaper based in Austin, Texas.

Matt Kelly, assistant professor of education (education policy studies), won the 2018 History of Education Society Prize for the best article published in the last two years with his article, "Schoolmaster’s Empire: Race, Conquest and the Centralization of Common Schooling, 1848-1879." The committee was impressed by the way the article challenges existing historiography on the founding of the California school system, and contributes to the "westward turn" in the history of education.

Kevin Kinser, professor of education (higher education), was quoted in an article on The article, "20,000 preschool teachers just got offered a free education," talks about the child-care provider Bright Horizons, which pays for its workers to get a degree through four specific colleges. Kinser also was quoted in an article published by Inside Higher Ed. The article, "More Pressure on Accreditors in Changing Higher Ed Landscape," discusses how the role of college oversight bodies is in the spotlight as more large for-profit institutions look to reclassify as nonprofits.

David L. Passmore, distinguished professor of education (workforce education and development), was appointed to the International Scientific Committee for the sixth International Scientific Conference on "Integration, Partnership and Innovation in Construction Science and Education." The conference will be held at Moscow State University in Moscow in November. Passmore also was invited to speak at the 2018 Global Human Resources Forum in Seoul, South Korea, in November. He was invited by Korean Economic Daily, a Korean newspaper covering finances and economics, and the Korean Ministry of Education. The theme of this year's forum is "Global Talent, Global Prosperity." The forum is anticipated to include 5,000 participants from 60 countries. He also recently authored "Application of failure mode and effects analysis in ecology in Russia," in the book Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference Environmental Science for Construction Industry.

Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education (education policy studies), spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Education about NYU School of Medicine's new tuition-free policy and how the new changes won't necessarily increase socioeconomic diversity among students.

Samantha Walker, administrative assistant in the department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, has been named secretary-elect for the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) for the 2018-19 academic year. Visit to learn more about USAC and the other newly elected leaders.

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