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Congratulations Faculty and Staff (compiled October 2010)

An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty for their accomplishments





Bernard Badiali, associate professor of curriculum & instruction, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE). The Association works to ensure that students at all levels have the opportunity to learn with highly qualified and effective teachers.





A paper delivered recently by Rose M. Baker, assistant professor of workforce education and development, and David L. Passmore, professor of workforce education and development, was selected as the Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download in its Economic Research Network related to national, state, and local taxation, subsidies, and revenue. Baker and Passmore presented their paper, titled “Impact of a Natural Gas Severance Tax in Pennsylvania,” at the 25th Annual REMI Users’ Conference in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 5. (See



 Kathleen J. Bieschke, professor of counseling psychology, was honored recently as a distinguished alumna by the Psychology Department at Illinois State University. She delivered a presentation titled "Trainee Competence to Work with Sexual Minority Clients: The Role of Affirmation."

bieschke_kathy.jpgAlso, a special issue of the journal The Counseling Psychologist, edited by Bieschke and Laurie Mintz of the University of Missouri-Columbia, was honored as the Major Contribution of the Year by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Counseling Psychology. Mintz and Bieschke’s document is titled "Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity."



Liza M. Conyers, associate professor of rehabilitation and human services, was invited to the White House by the Office of National AIDS Policy to participate in a meeting on HIV & Aging. The meeting was held Oct. 27.

conyers_sml.jpgThe purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness about people who are aging with HIV or contracting HIV as seniors; to explore unique clinical manifestations of HIV infection among older adults; to discuss existing services for seniors living with HIV and highlight successes as well as gaps; and to discuss targeted strategies for federal and non-federal stakeholders to realize the vision of the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

The meeting was part of a series of discussions that have been convened at the White House by the Office of National AIDS Policy over the past year. Past meetings have focused on women, youth, Latinos and other groups. Past meetings have also focused on issues such as HIV and housing or public-private partnerships



Lisa R. Lattuca, associate professor of higher education and senior research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Lattuca is serving a two-year term as one of the board’s members-at-large.

ASHE promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences, and publications.




An article co-authored by Esther S. Prins, assistant professor of adult education, and Kai A. Schafft, associate professor of educational leadership and rural sociology, received the 2010 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). The article, titled "Individual and Structural Attributions for Poverty and Persistence in Family Literacy Programs: The Resurgence of the Culture of Poverty," was published in the journal Teachers College Record in 2009.

schafft.jpgPrins, who also serves as co-director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy (ISAL), co-authored an article with Blaire Willson Toso, ISAL project assistant, which was named by American Educational Research Journal as one of its Most-Read Articles during August 2010. The article, “Defining and Measuring Parenting for Educational Success: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Parent Education Profile,” was first published July 14, 2008.




Toso_Blaire .jpgA peer-reviewed journal co-edited by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, associate professor of language & literacy education and women's studies, has received a Highly Commended Certificate from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). The journal, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, is also co-edited by Claudia Mitchell and Jackie Kirk, both faculty members at McGill University, Canada.

The certificate recognizes Girlhood Studies as being a finalist in the category of ALPSP Award for Best New Journal. “This journal demonstrates ambitious and high-quality publishing which aims to reach beyond a purely academic audience to have real impact in this area of study,” said ALPSP in a news release.

reid-walsh_sml.jpgGirlhood Studies, founded in 2008 and published twice a year by Berghahn Books, provides a forum for the critical discussion of girlhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and for the dissemination of current research and reflections on girls' lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the fields of education, social service, and health care.



Jacqueline Stefkovich, professor of educational leadership, and Joan Poliner Shapiro, professor of education at Temple University, have been named Routledge Education Authors of the Month for July 2010. Stefkovich and Shapiro were honored by Routledge for their book Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Complex Dilemmas, 3rd edition.

stefkovich_sml.jpgThe book addresses the increasing interest in ethics. Through discussion and analysis of real-life moral dilemmas that educational leaders face in their schools and communities, Shapiro and Stefkovich demonstrate the application of their four ethical paradigms—the ethics of justice, care, critique, and profession.