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Congratulations Faculty and Staff (compiled September 2011)

An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty and staff for their accomplishments


Rose Baker, assistant professor of workforce education and development, has been selected by Pennsylvania Business Central as one of its inaugural Women Making a Difference. The award recognizes women who are making a positive impact on the business community in their area or within their respective businesses.

Pennsylvania Business Central is a biweekly business publication covering 16 counties in central Pennsylvania. It recognizes the awardees in its September 23 issue.

carr-chellman_sml.jpgAlison Carr-Chellman, professor of instructional systems, has received several notable honors over the past several months:

  • She has joined the advisory board of The Boy's Initiative, a national campaign to shed light on documented trends in recent years pertaining to the decline in boys’ and young men’s academic achievement.
  • She has been invited by the National Science Teachers Association to serve as a Nifty Fifty speaker at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, to be held in Washington, D.C., in April 2012. Carr-Chellman will discuss the potential for games to re-engage boys in their own education.
  • She has been asked to serve on a commission to establish a White House Council on Boys and Men. The commission is interested in policy making at the national level to address issues related to education, jobs, fathering, and the emotional and physical health of boys and men. This multipartisan group would balance the recent creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
  • She has been awarded an Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL) scholarship by Penn State. The IELOL program seeks to connect leaders in online learning. Carr-Chellman will work with a select group of about 30 peers along with experienced Institute faculty from the Sloan Consortium. The faculty will share their experiences as a way to stimulate discussion of key issues for leaders in online distance education programs.
  • She has been named by Routledge Education as its Author of the Month for September 2011. Her most recent book, Instructional Design for Teachers: Improving Classroom Practice, aims to help K–12 teachers significantly improve lesson-planning processes.

Roy Clariana, professor of instructional systems, was selected to participate in the National Center for Education Research (NCER) Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials. The NCER within the Institute of Education Sciences fifth Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials was held June 19-30 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

The training institute aims to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions.

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KayLynn Hamilton, education program associate in the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, has been elected to the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) board of directors, representing Region 3 and Pennsylvania.

The mission of NAWDP is to be the national voice for the profession and meet the individual professional development needs of the membership.

whitney_sml.jpgAnne E. Whitney, assistant professor of language and literacy education, has been named a Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty Fellow for 2011-13. The Distinguished Honors Faculty program brings select faculty together with Schreyer Scholars in innovative, interactive programs that extend learning beyond classroom walls.

Fifteen Penn State faculty members were named Distinguished Honors Faculty Fellows this year. The program was piloted in the 2010-11 academic year.