School of Education News

Thu
Jul
19
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Robert D. Mathieu, the Albert E. Whitford Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel. Mathieu, director of the university’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the associate dean for research at its School of Education, begins his first term on the national panel immediately and could serve up to three years.
Thu
Jul
19
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education examining "education deserts" makes note of the important work by UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman, who has conducted significant research​ on this topic. "What would it take to make sure that distance doesn’t prevent students from obtaining a college degree? Making geography a bigger part of the conversation about college fit would be a start, according to Nicholas Hillman," the article states, referencing Hillman's work.
Wed
Jul
18
The UW–Madison School of Education has filled two key leadership positions for its new Teacher Education Center, which is set to launch during the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Kimber Wilkerson, a professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, was recently named the faculty director of the center and started her new position on July 1. Samantha Baruah will fill the role of associate director, a post she will start on Aug. 6. The new Teacher Education Center will support research, policy work and innovation in teacher education, as well as in the School’s mission-driven PK-12 educator preparation programs.
Tue
Jul
17
UW-Madison's Rachel Dyer, Morgan Sinnard and Christopher Raines have received 2018 American Psychological Association (APA) Student Travel Awards. Dyer is a master's degree student, and Sinnard and Raines are Ph.D. students -- all with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology. They received the awards to help with travel to the 2018 APA convention Aug. 9-12 in San Francisco to present their research.
Mon
Jul
16
UW-Madison's Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the co-author of an article that was recently published in the Teachers College Record titled, "Finding a Voice in Predominantly White Institutions: A Longitudinal Study of Black Women Faculty Members’ Journeys Toward Tenure." Winkle-Wagner is a faculty member with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She co-authored the article with Bridget Turner Kelly of the Loyola University at Chicago's School of Education.
Fri
Jul
13
Kathleen Woit, an alumna of UW-Madison and a current member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors, was featured by the Isthmus newspaper about her memories and experiences around the Art Fair on the Square. Woit earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 1973, a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1992. Woit tells the Isthmus that she visited her first fair in 1959, and it sparked a love of the arts and a "lifetime of volunteerism and giving."
Fri
Jul
13
The first National Writing Project Midwest Conference will take place on the UW-Madison campus from Aug. 3 to 5. The conference will be hosted by the Greater Madison Writing Project, and offers educators the opportunity to share their work and learn from colleagues in the field. The Greater Madison Writing Project is a joint effort between UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science, and the School of Education. "There are precious few opportunities for teachers to engage in professional learning that is designed by and for other teachers," says Mark Dziedzic, the director of the Greater Madison Writing Project and an outreach specialist with the School of Education's office of Education Outreach and Partnerships.
Thu
Jul
12
UW-Madison's sj Miller will giving a presentation at TEDMED 2018, which runs Nov. 14-16 in Palm Springs, Calif. TEDMED is the independent health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. TEDMED bridges the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. Miller is the coordinator of the School of Education's joint Master's Teacher Certification program in secondary English education and English as a second language.
Wed
Jul
11
UW-Madison's Gwendolyn Baxley will ​be presenting during a webinar hosted by the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) Graduate Student Council (GSC) titled, "Finishing Strong: Navigating the Last Stage of Doctoral Work." Baxley is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is a current NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. For the webinar, Baxley, along with Joanna Sanchez, Darrius Stanley and Benterah C. Morton, will mentor graduate students on navigating the final stage of doctoral work, and the transition into their careers or professoriate and postdoctoral work.
Tue
Jul
10
Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently published a report that puts the spotlight on a book edited by UW-Madison’s Jerlando Jackson. The book, “Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell,” serves to highlight how student affairs has grown as a field of practice in response to the growth of student diversity on college campuses and honors the remarkable career of Terrell. "Unlike many of his contemporaries, he was one of the few who saw it as part of their role to uplift the future generation of scholars and practitioners," Jackson tells Diverse Issues.
Mon
Jul
09
This latest edition of Learning Connections, the UW-Madison School of Education's alumni news magazine, is now available online. The ​Summer 2018 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. In this edition, we put the focus on Leadership that Matters.
Fri
Jul
06
Sarah Zurawski has spent one leg of her 16-year career as a school-based occupational therapist and another as an entry-level occupational therapy (OT) instructor. Now she’s getting ready for new roles — including teaching in a clinical doctorate program and conducting research — through UW–Madison’s online Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. “I appreciate that I can tailor the doctorate program to my specific interests and needs,” she says, “and I’ve been able to select electives that will assist me in pursuing my career goals.” The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Jul
05
UW-Madison's Matt Hora is the lead author on a paper that was just published in the Community College Review titled, "Cultural Capital at Work: How Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills are Taught, Trained, and Rewarded in a Chinese Technical College." The paper is co-authored by Chelsea A. Blackburn Cohen, who received her Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis earlier this year. Community and technical college student employability is an area of concern for the United States and China, and policy-makers focus on students' credentials and cognitive skills. The paper explores whether or not this focus on "completion" overlooks the roles other factors may play in employability, such as noncognitive skills and contextual factors.
Tue
Jul
03
UW-Madison alumna Christine Barwick has been promoted to a new position with First National Bank and Trust. Barwick earned her undergraduate degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 1985. She has been promoted to learning solutions officer. In this role, Barwick is responsible for managing the compliance training program for the bank, identifying and facilitating leadership training for new and current leaders, and developing technical training to meet system and process needs for the bank’s business partners.
Mon
Jul
02
UW-Madison's Lynda Barry was featured by the Isthmus newspaper for her work incorporating cartoons into the curriculum in the School of Education's Art Department, and beyond. Barry is an award-winning author and cartoonist with the Art Department. The associate professor of interdisciplinary creativity holds the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art. Barry, more than anyone else, has made cartooning at UW-Madison respectable, the article said. Cartooning is critical thought, because students "choose the barest minimum of lines to put your idea across."
Mon
Jul
02
UW-Madison alumnus Jack Raglin was featured in a recent spotlight article by the American College of Sports Medicine. Raglin earned his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology and its physical education program in 1983. He then received a Ph.D. in 1988 from the same program. Raglin is currently a professor with Indiana University-Bloomington's Department of Kinesiology. In the member spotlight interview, Raglin answers questions about his professional career and education, and gives some advice for students beginning to explore exercise science.
Fri
Jun
29
A sports science summer term class from the School of Education's David Bell focuses on the most popular technologies in the field of human performance in an effort to teach UW–Madison students how to collect data, interpret the information and use it in a meaningful way. Bell is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s athletic training program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory.
Fri
Jun
29
UW-Madison recently announced its Community-University Partnership Awards, and two honorees are connected with the School of Education. The awards recognize the work of UW-Madison faculty, staff and students, and their community partners across the state of Wisconsin that are addressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region. The Department of Kinesiology's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards was recognized for her role in the Oneida Nation - Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Partnership. Additionally, alumnus Kaleem Caire was awarded the 2018 LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement Award.
Thu
Jun
28
UW-Madison alumna Libby Pier's research was cited extensively in a recent New York Times op-ed about funding scientific research. Pier earned her Ph.D. in the learning sciences from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2017. The op-ed discusses how medical research funding is scarce, and how the current approach to designate funding "favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men."
Thu
Jun
28
The human resources team within the School of Education's Business Office is partnering with UW-Madison's Office of Human Resources (OHR) to launch a new digital performance management platform, called the Performance Management and Development Program (PMDP). PMDP is a new campus-wide software program designed to streamline and track activities and conversations between supervisors and their direct reports. OHR will have trainings for both employees and supervisors July 13, 17 and 18.

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