Around the College: Sept. 7, 2016

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— A review of "Engaging the 'Race Question:' Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education," a book co-authored by Alicia Dowd, professor of higher education, and Estela Mara Bensimon of the University of Southern California, has been published in the May-June issue of Change Magazine.

Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of educational leadership, recently spoke with The Washington Post about a town in Alabama that is trying to secede from its school district, raising concerns about segregation.

— Ashley Hamilton, a graduate student in the counselor education program, was the focus of a recent feature story published in the Centre Daily Times. In addition to her work as a student, Hamilton also runs a pierogi business, which she started three years ago.

— Jiwon Hwang, a 2016 graduate of the special education doctoral program, and Paul Riccomini, associate professor of special education, have published “Enhancing Mathematical Problem Solving for Secondary Students with or at Risk of Learning Disabilities: A Literature Review,” in Learning Disabilities: Research and Practice. Hwang and Riccomini also served as co-authors on “5 Ways to Scaffold Mathematics Instruction for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities,” which was published in LD Forum. Special education graduate students Stephanie Morano, Kimberly Kohler, Andrew Markelz and Karen Rizzo also served as co-authors for the article.

Kevin Kisner, professor of higher education and head of the Department of Education Policy Studies, has spoken with multiple news organizations regarding for-profit colleges and international universities. He has been quoted by the following outlets: Marketplace, Christianity Today, Indy Star and The Foreign Press Group. He also has spoken with CNBC and The Washington Post regarding Bill Clinton’s involvement with a for-profit university.

David McNaugton, professor of special education, and Janice Light, the Hintz Family Endowed Chair in Children’s Communicative Competence, are the recipients of the 2016 International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) President’s Award.

Scott Metzger, associate professor of social studies education, has published “Gaming History: A Framework for What Video Games Teach About the Past,” in Theory and Research in Social Education.

Paul Morgan, professor of education policy studies, has co-authored “The Wrong and Right Ways to Ensure Equity in IDEA,” an EducationNext blog article that discusses his research and examination of underrepresentation of minority students in special education programs. His expertise also was the focus of the EducationNext podcast “Are Minority Students Actually Underrepresented in Special Ed?”

P. Karen Murphy, professor of educational psychology, has been appointed the incoming editor-in-chief of Review of Educational Research. Stephanie Knight, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies and professor of educational psychology, and Alicia Dowd, professor of higher education, have been named associate editors.

Gabriela Richard, assistant professor of learning, design and technology, has co-edited “Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Intersectional Perspectives and Inclusive Designs in Gaming,” which discusses gender, race and sexuality in gaming.

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Last Updated September 07, 2016