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Congratulations Faculty and Staff (compiled August 2010)

An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty for their accomplishments




Vicki Spadaccio, associate director for contracts in the College’s Office of Educational Research, has been named by Penn State’s Administrative Committee on Research (ACOR) as the recipient of the 2010 ACOR Career Achievement Award. She will be honored at the annual ACOR Retreat Sept. 10 at the Penn Stater Conference Center.

The ACO Career Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions throughout his or her career to the field of research administration at Penn State.



Jacqueline Edmondson, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies, has been elected chair of the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE). ACUE is the lead administrative advisory body at Penn State for matters involving undergraduate education.

ACUE includes the University’s vice president and dean for undergraduate education, the associate vice president and senior associate dean for undergraduate education, associate or assistant deans for undergraduate education from academic units, and representatives from academic support agencies.



Frank Rusch, professor of special education, has been awarded a Mary Switzer Research Fellowship Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Rusch will apply his $75,000 grant to his current research, including his newly developed methodology related to evaluating study quality. His project is titled “Meta-Analysis of Self-Instructional Factors and Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with intellectual Disabilities: A Synthesis of Research.”

Mary E. Switzer was commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration during the 1950s and 1960s and was the first administrator of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The awards in her namesake are intended to encourage research to help the nation build future disability and rehabilitation research capacity.



Murray Nelson, professor emeritus of education, received the Irving Morrisset Award from the Social Science Education Consortium, Inc. The award recognizes honorees for excellence in social science education.





Social Science Research Network announces that a paper authored by three members of the Workforce Education and Development Program--faculty members Rose M. Baker and David Passmore and graduate student Ki Seok Jeon--has been ranked in the top ten downloads through the Journal of Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Networking, a Kauffman Foundation publication. The paper is titled "Susceptibility of Pennsylvania Service-Producing Occupations to Offshoring."