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Congratulations Faculty and Staff (comped October 2012)

The Penn State College of Education congratulations outstanding achievements of staff members.

Jeffrey HayesJeffrey A. Hayes, professor of counseling psychology, has been awarded a grant from the American Psychological Foundation. The reward is a result of Dr. Hayes’ work “The Multicultural “Super-shrink”: Identifying Therapist Effects in Psychotherapy with Racial and Ethnic Minority Clients."




rankin.jpgSusan R. Rankin, associate professor of education and senior research associate, has been invited to the NIKE LGBT Sports Summit to present her work from the Student-Athlete Climate Project, focused on a separate manuscript she is working on focusing on LGBT student-athletes. With contributions from Dr. Daniel Merson, Dr. Rankin’s “Campus Pride LGB College Athlete National Report” will be released in October 2012. The overall goal of the NIKE LGBT Sports Summit is promote inclusion, respect and safety for sport participants of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Dr. Rankin has also been invited to the White House Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women & Girls. The event is to celebrate areas ranging from athletics to education that have been improved by Title IX.

passmore_sml.jpgDavid L. Passmore, professor of education in the Workforce Education and Development Program, wrote a paper that has been based on the Social Science Network’s Top Ten Download List. “Benchmarks for Assessing the Potential Impact of a Natural Gas Severance Tax on the Pennsylvania Economy,” by Dr. Passmore and Rose Baker has made the list for papers related to environmental taxes and subsidies for the first half of 2012. The Social Science Research Network ( is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.


Michael MooreMichael G. Moore, distinguished professor of education, was given the honorary title of Visiting Professor at the University del Salvador at a ceremony held in conjunction with an international conference on distance education held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 28th, 2012. The Universidad del Salvador has over 200 cooperation and exchange agreements worldwide and receives about 500 international exchange students per year. More than 20,000 study at USAL, in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Following the investiture Dr. Moore gave a presentation with the title: "Designing for learning: from modern to postmodern in theory and practice."


Carla Zembal-SaulCarla M. Zembal-Saul, professor of education in science education, has been granted the position of a member on the National Research Council’s Committee on Strengthening Science Education. The mission of the National Research Council is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. The first committee meeting will occur on October 30th and 31st in Washington, D.C.