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College of Education > News and Publications > News: Jan-March 2014 > Faculty and Staff Congratulations (Compiled March 2014)

Faculty and Staff Congratulations (Compiled March 2014)

Faculty congratulations that have been compiled through March 2014.

Jacqueline Edmondson, former College of Education associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies and currently Penn State associate vice president and associate dean for undergraduate education, edited the book “Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars and Stories that Shaped Our Culture.” The book has been named a 2014 Outstanding Reference Source by the RUSA/American Library Association. The four-volume encyclopedia is intended for high school students and general readers. It has entries written by several Penn State faculty and alumni, including College of Education faculty Patrick Shannon, Murry B. Nelson, Kai Schafft and Edwin Herr. Doug Morris, who earned his Ph.D. from the College of Education, and Penn State librarian Ellysa Stern Cahoy also contributed to the volumes. The books, published by Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, provide an exploration of the relationship between American culture and music as defined by musicians, scholars, and critics from around the world.

Erica Frankenberg, assistant professor of education, has been awarded The Division L Early Career Award from AERA. The award, which recognizes a scholar whose initial career shows a high level of productivity and scholarly excellence. Frankenberg’s work on issues such as race, integration, and educational equity is exceptional in its volume, range, and seriousness of purpose. Frankenberg, as one of her nominators wrote, “combines a wide knowledge of the field, a rare and deep understanding of the relationship between social science and law, a multi-layered expertise in the implementation of educational and social change, and a high level of talent in conceptualizing and leading large research projects.”

Liliana Garces was selected as the recipient of the The Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for her article published in "American Educational Research Journal" titled "Understanding the Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Different Graduate Fields of Study." The award is presented annually to recognize the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of the following AERA publications:

  • "American Educational Research Journal"
  • "Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis"
  • "Educational Researcher, or Journal of Educational"
  • "Behavioral Statistics"


Charlie Hughes, professor of education, was selected as recipient of the 2014 Jeannette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award given by the International Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Division for Learning Disabilities. This annual award "honors those who have advanced the field of learning disabilities through direct services, policy development, community service, research or organizational leadership throughout their career." The award will be presented in April at the annual CEC Conference.

Charlie Hughes, professor of education, recently traveled to Kingston Jamaica to work with The University Council of Jamaica and the Jamaican Ministry of Education. He served as the invited external reviewer for special education pre-service programs. While there, he was asked to provide the keynote address for the upcoming Conference on Learning Disabilities sponsored by the Ministry and held in Ocho Rios Jamaica.

Charlie Hughes, professor of education, was was also recently appointed to the editorial board of the journal, Exceptional Children. EC is the number one ranked special education journal in the world.

In November and December 2013, Charlie Hughes, professor of education, was invited to make two keynote presentations. The first was delivered as part of the Bowling Green State University’s “Setting the Pace Lecture Series” sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development. His talk focused on the nature and extent of instructional supports needed by students with significant learning problems.
In December, Hughes delivered the keynote address for the “2013 International Symposium on Learning Problems and Educational Intervention” held in Gongju, Korea and co-sponsored by the Special Education Research Institute and the Korean Association for Learning Strategy Intervention. His address focused on ways to keep students with learning and attention problems actively and meaningfully engaged in general education classrooms. He repeated the keynote for faculty and students at Daegu University in Daegu, Korea. While in Korea he worked with four special education professors from three universities who are translating his co-authored book, "Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching."

Greg Kelly, associate dean for research, outreach, and technology and professor of science education, has been nominated and selected to become a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Greg Kelly was recently elected to the board of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).

Cynthia Pellock, associate professor of workforce education and director of the Professional Personnel Development Center for Career and Technical Education, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award in December by the Association for CTE Research at the CTE Research and Professional Development Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jane Reese, a research technologist in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, has been awarded the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Staff Award. Reese was honored at a University ceremony with a plaque and a $1,000 stipend.

Kai Schafft, associate professor of education and rural sociology, has been selected for a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant to Hungary.

Mark Threeton, assistant professor of workforce education, was elected to serve as the editorial board chair of Career and Technical Education Research, the most highly respected journal in career and technical education. CTER is the journal of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research and is accessible online through MetaPress.