School of Education News

Thu
Mar
09
UW-Madison’s Bailey Smolarek will be receiving the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group. Smolarek is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her Ph.D. from the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May. Smolarek’s dissertation is titled, “ ‘Unintended Consequences ‘: Reforms, Race, and the Schooling Experiences of Mexican Emergent Bilinguals in a New Destination High School.”
Thu
Mar
09
Alumna Bethany Wilinski is publishing a book based in her dissertation research while at UW-Madison. Wilinski received a Ph.D. in 2014 from the School of Education's departments of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Today, she is an assistant professor with Michigan State University's Department of Teacher Education. The book is titled: "When Pre-K Comes to School: Policy, Partnerships, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce," and will be released March 10.
Thu
Mar
09
UW-Madison alumnus Terrance Jamison was recently hired as the defensive line coach for the Texas Tech football team. Jamison earned his master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2011. According to a Texas Tech news release, Jamison is considered one of the top young coaches in the country. He arrives in Lubbock, Texas, following three seasons in a similar role at Florida Atlantic. He has also served on the defensive staffs at both UW-Madison and at California-Berkeley.
Wed
Mar
08
A National Academies of Sciences (NAS) committee whose members include Janet Branchaw and Eric Grodsky, both on faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education and principal investigators at its Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), recently released a study examining evidence on undergraduate research experiences. Branchaw and Grodsky are among 16 experts from across the country who were invited to join the committee in 2015.
Wed
Mar
08
UW-Madison alumna Ligia (Licho) López López will be receiving a Recognition Award for her dissertation work from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). López López earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and her adviser was Professor Thomas Popkewitz. Her dissertation is titled, “Indígena: A history of curriculum, teacher education, and the making of human kinds.”
Wed
Mar
08
UW-Madison alumnus Lee Frazer was recognized with the 2015-16 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award, which Fort Lewis College awards annually to one member of its faculty. Frazer earned a master’s from the School of Education in 2003 and then a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2009. In keeping with the tradition of the award, Frazer gave the commencement address at the College's Winter Commencement.
Tue
Mar
07
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has selected three people to receive honorary degrees in May, including School of Education alumna Tashia Morgridge. As an educator, advocate, volunteer and philanthropist, Tashia F. Morgridge has made incredible contributions to improve the state of public education throughout Wisconsin, across the country and around the world. Her dedication to the field of education and desire to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults will have a lasting impact on generations to come.
Tue
Mar
07
UW-Madison’s Natalia Zervou will present a performance titled, “What’s Left – Stories of Movement and Migration,” with Priya Srinivasan and Hannah Schwadron at the Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies Friday, March 10. Zervou is a lecturer with the School of Education’s Dance Department. “What’s Left” is an international, multimedia collaboration on Skype, phone and FaceTime zoom to explore the issues around migration, involuntary movement, and what gets left behind in the process.
Tue
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Elizabeth Schnell was selected pathologist of the year by the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association. Schnell received her bachelor's degree in communicative disorders from the School of Education in 1998, and now works at Glacial Drumlin School in the Monona Grove School District. An article from the Herald-Independent newspaper reports that Schnell was nominated for the award by the mother of a young girl Schnell worked with in kindergarten and first grade.
Mon
Mar
06
UW-Madison's Lynda Barry will join Michel Martin from NPR and Wisconsin Public Radio as a panelist on March 7 to explore the question of whether college is worth it. The event is titled, "Going There: Who Needs College?" It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monona Terrace. The show will be part of the NPR series: "Going There with Michel Martin," who is also the weekend host of NPR's "All Things Considered." The show will be produced in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio.
Mon
Mar
06
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman was quoted in a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education about Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to make certain student fees optional across the University of Wisconsin System. Hillman examined the proposed changes in one of his graduate classes, and told the Chronicle of Higher Education that he and the class found the current policy of using student fees for bulk purchases is effective.
Sun
Mar
05
The School of Education's Julissa Ventura was one of six winners of the 2016 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color awards. Ventura is a Ph.D. candidate ​with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and a Fellow of the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-University Exchange-South Madison. The winners will be honored at the annual celebratory reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Edgewater Hotel. The event is free to the campus and community, but registration is requested.
Sun
Mar
05
The Digital Salon will be on display from April 9 to 16 at College Library, and the deadline to submit work is on Thursday, March 16. Submit work for the Digital Salon for review online. The Digital Salon brings together students, faculty and staff to showcase artistic and research-based projects such as experimental videos, graphic novels and essays, websites, blogs, multimedia installations and posters.
Fri
Mar
03
Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently published a report examining how “some colleges and universities are taking bold steps to even the playing field when hiring and retaining female faculty and staff.” And among the experts Diverse turns to in putting this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s Jerlando F.L. Jackson, the university’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education. "Unpacking how these gaps continue to exist, albeit with some progress, requires both a close look at the institutions and individuals involved," Jackson tells Diverse Issues.
Fri
Mar
03
UW-Madison alumnus Leonard Taylor is being honored with the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). Taylor received his master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is now an assistant professor in the educational leadership department at Mississippi State University. A Mississippi State press release says Taylor's research explores how higher education administrators, faculty and staff members can enhance student success and improve the "quality, quantity and diversity" of U.S. graduates by using data and other promising practices.
Thu
Mar
02
Paula Bonner, who has served in key leadership roles supporting the University of Wisconsin–Madison for more than four decades, announced her plans to retire from university service. Bonner, currently president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), said she will step down from those roles effective June 30. She earned her master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology in 1976.
Thu
Mar
02
The Capital Times recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison alumnus Sean Frazier, who is helping student-athletes excel in life beyond sports. Frazier earned a master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015. Frazier also ran many of the day-to-day operations of the UW athletics department until 2013, when he left to become the athletic director at Northern Illinois University.
Wed
Mar
01
UW-Madison’s Bruce King will be delivering one of the keynote talks at the 2017 Wisconsin Technical College Assessment Conference. King is a faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work. King's presentation, titled "Comments on Authentic Assessment," takes place on Thursday.
Wed
Mar
01
UW-Madison’s Brett Nachman authored a chapter in a newly released book that’s titled, “Structural Challenges and the Future of Honors Education.” Nachman’s chapter is called, “Bridging the Academic Gap,” and it examines community college honors students embarking on transfer to four-year institutions with honors programs, and what institutional partnerships among honors programs may look like. Nachman is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Tue
Feb
28
The expertise of the School of Education's Nicholas Hillman was recently featured in an article from the Capital Times newspaper that explores some of the responsibilities of higher education faculty members. The article is headlined: "UW faculty classroom hours don't tell the whole story, professor says." UW-Madison faculty taught in the classroom an average of 5.9 hours a week in the fall of 2015, the article states. But Hillman explains why those numbers are misleading.

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