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New Faculty Appointments Announced by College of Education

Article about the new faculty members in fall 2010

by Joe Savrock (August 2010)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s College of Education welcomes four new faculty members this semester.

Teresa P. Clark, assistant professor of school psychology, recently completed her doctoral work at Michigan State University, earning her Ph.D. in School Psychology. She earned her M.A. in School Psychology from Michigan State and her B.A. in Psychology from Radford University. Her research interests include the socioemotional and academic development of children from low socioeconomic status families and the manner in which teacher-student relationships can influence this development.
Erica Frankenberg, assistant professor of educational leadership, has been serving as research and policy director of the Initiative for School Integration at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. She holds an Ed.D. and an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. Her research interests are in educational policy relation to school desegregation; racial inequality in urban and suburban areas; teachers in and training for racially diverse and transitioning schools; benefits of integrated schools; improving outcomes of racially diverse schools; and the relationship of school segregation to other forms of segregation.
Paul J. Riccomini, associate professor of special education, was a member of the faculty at Clemson University. He received his Ph.D. in Special Education at Penn State. He holds an M.E. in Special Education and a B.A. in Mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the areas of effective instructional approaches, strategies, and assessments for students who are low achievers and students with learning disabilities in mathematics.
Joseph M. Valente, assistant professor of early childhood education, arrives from Florida State University, where he was a faculty member in the Early Childhood Program. Valente earned both of his advanced degrees at Arizona State University—a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and an M.E. in Language Arts/English. He received a B.A. in English from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine). He is author of the forthcoming autobiographical novel and autoethnography d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero. Currently, Valente is co-principle investigator of the Spencer Foundation video ethnography project Kindergartens for the Deaf in Three Countries, looking at how deaf children become enculturated into deaf culture and larger sociopolitical contexts.