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Congratulations Faculty and Staff (compiled January 2011)

An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty for their accomplishments

carr-chellman_sml.jpgAlison A. Carr-Chellman, professor of instructional systems, has learned that a video of her October 2010 TED presentation has been accepted and posted to the global Web site of the TED Open Translation Project. Of about two dozen presentations made by Penn State faculty in the local series of TED talks, Carr-Chellman’s paper was the first to be accepted by TED (technology, entertainment, and design) at its global Web site. Her paper, titled “Bring Back the Boys: Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning,” can be viewed online.

TED is a comprehensive media platform for indexing online video content. Videos posted to the TED site receive high visibility—Carr-Chellman's post went out to some 250 million people, and it is expected that 3-5 million people will view her talk. “I've had hundreds of e-mails and Facebook contacts so far as a response to the presentation,” said Carr-Chellman. "I'm grateful to TED for the platform and the opportunity to highlight Penn State in this way."


faircloth_sml.jpgSusan C. Faircloth, associate professor of educational leadership, was recently reappointed to the Bureau of Indian Education Advisory Board for Exceptional Education. This national board has reporting responsibilities to the assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Faircloth’s appointment is for one year.




Herbert_sml.jpgJames T. Herbert, professor of counselor education & rehabilitation and human services, is recipient of a Mary Switzer Research Fellowship Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Herbert will apply his $75,000 grant to a project titled “Evaluation of a Training Program to Enhance Clinical Supervision of State Vocational Rehabilitation 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.

mason_linda.jpgLinda H. Mason, associate professor of special education, is a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in basic and/or applied research in special education within the first 10 years after receiving a doctoral degree. The award is co-sponsored by the Donald D. Hammill Foundation. It includes $1,000 to be presented at the 2011 Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention and an invitation to Mason to present her research at the following year’s convention. Mason’s research is in the areas of self-regulated strategy instruction focusing on writing and expository text comprehension.

Moore_sml.jpgMichael G. Moore, professor of adult education, is one of three scholars who recently were awarded the degree Doctoris Honoris Causa by the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. Moore, along with Börje Holmberg of Sweden and Otto Peters of Germany, received their honorary degrees at a ceremony held Nov. 25 for their contributions as founding theorists in the field of distance education.



schafft.jpgKai A. Schafft, associate professor of educational leadership and rural sociology, has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the 2011 Congress of the European Society of Rural Sociology (ESRS). The conference, set to take place August 22-26 in Chania, Crete, will address inequality and diversity in rural areas.

Founded in 1957, the ESRS is the leading European association for researchers, policy makers, and scientists interested in the study of rural issues.



terenzini_sml.jpgPatrick T. Terenzini, distinguished professor and senior scientist emeritus, has received the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Terenzini received the award, ASHE’s highest honor, in ceremonies held in November.