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Sport Management rankedNo. 1 in Northwest

Our Sport Management master’s degree has been ranked the No. 1 postgraduate sport course in the Pacific Northwest, and No. 26 in the world, by SportBusiness.

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10K Minecraft grant

A $10,000 research grant from Microsoft will help Ed Psych student Oluwasola Samuel Oni in his research of a new Minecraft Education game.

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research conversations

We love research. And conversation. Now we’ve combined them. Our fall 2022 series is set. The first event of the semester will be hosted by amy roth mcduffie on sept. 26.

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Earning a Fulbright

Language, Literacy, and Technology professor Margaret Vaughn has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award from the U.S. Department of State.

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Nov. 20

Joy Egbert shares downsides of online-only schooling.

WASHINGTON STATE STANDARD: Regents Professor Joy Egbert is quoted in this article about a rise in online schooling for Washington state's youngest students. Pros and cons are discussed and Dr. Egbert is seen as a thought leader in technology-based curriculum.
Nov. 02

Doctoral student receives Minecraft Education grant

A $10,000 research grant from Microsoft will enable a Washington State University doctoral candidate to help young students critically evaluate information they consume online. A key component of the grant for Oluwasola Samuel Oni, an educational psychology student in the College of Education, is the evaluation of a new Minecraft Education game called “The Investigators,” which was released commercially on Oct. 25.
Sept. 28

College of Education professor receives Fulbright award

Washington State University professor Margaret Vaughn has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award from the U.S. Department of State. Vaughn, a language, literacy, and technology professor in the College of Education, will spend three weeks in Vienna, Austria in October.
Sept. 21

Grants awarded for equity webinar series

The Washington State University College of Education has awarded four individuals with $1,000 grants as part of its equity and inclusion webinar presentation series. The four recipients and their winning proposals are: 01) Chris Connolly and Anne Cox; 02) Jessica Masterson; 03) Bailey Gauthier and Maria Garcia, and; 04) Kathleen Cowin and Sarah Newcomer.
Sept. 20

WSU ranked as a 2023 top online school for its special education program

Washington State University’s College of Education has been ranked No. 10 in the nation for its online special education master’s degree, as recognized by OnlineU. Don McMahon, associate professor of special education, said recent initiatives played a pivotal role in securing this ranking.
Aug. 31

Johnny Lupinacci talks about a K12 balanced calendar

SPOKESMAN REVIEW: Associate Professor Johnny Lupinacci is quoted in this article about a balanced calendar in the K12 system. Pros and cons are discussed and Johnny is seen as a thought leader in ed-based curriculum.
Aug. 08

Professor Sola Adesope named co‑editor of Educational Researcher

Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education Sola Adesope, also the college’s associate dean for research & external funding, will join three other researchers in 2024-2026 as part of the new editor team of Educational Researcher, the premier peer-reviewed journal from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
July 24

Programming Camp returns for 7th year, expanding to rural students

For the seventh year in a row, WSU's College of Education will host its Programming Camp, offering middle-school students a unique opportunity to develop their computational thinking and problem-solving skills. The traditional in-person camp will take place Aug. 14–18 at WSU Pullman. For the fourth year in a row, the camp is also offering a virtual option on Aug. 7–11, providing greater accessibility to individuals beyond the Pullman community.
July 13

Guerretaz wins Transformational Change Initiative IDEA grant

Washington State University faculty have been awarded seven 2023 Transformational Change Initiative (TCI) grants for advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) to impact teaching and learning system-wide. This included the College of Education's Anne Marie Guerrettaz.
June 15

Doctoral student receives fellowship from The Learning Partnership

Antranik (Tony) Kirakosian, a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program, has received a quantitative summer research fellowship from The Learning Partnership., a fellowship aimed at graduate students and early-career researchers.
June 12

Kathryn Sheridan-Stiefel earns fellowship

Special Education doctoral candidate Kathryn Sheridan-Stiefel was awarded a graduate student fellowship from the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. In addition to the aid it will give Kathryn in continuing her research, it also comes with a $1,500 award.
May 31

WSU graduate student Megan McLean earns educator grant

The Washington State University College of Education has awarded a doctoral student a grant to help in her efforts to revitalize math, science, and technology education within her school. In addition to being a student in the mathematics and science education program, Megan McLean is also a teacher at Lewis and Clark High School in downtown Spokane and will receive the annual Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award. The financial award covers project expenses in her efforts to transform the way students are assessed and graded, with a focus on providing meaningful feedback rather than deducting points.
May 25

College of Education appoints Eric Johnson as associate dean

A Washington State University Tri-Cities faculty member has been named as the College of Education’s associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Eric Johnson, an English language learners professor, will begin his two-year term on Aug. 16 and will focus heavily on faculty and staff professional development aimed at fostering an inclusive and equitable educational environment within the college.
May 17

Globalization Conference returns this fall

The call for presenters is open for the College of Education’s 17th annual Globalization, Diversity, and Education (GDE) Conference, to be held Sept. 14–16 at Northern Quest Casino and Resort. This year’s theme is Kinship-in-Action with its challenge to examine what ‘kin’ is and its use as a verb. It will have a familiar sound to those who are actively taking part in WSU Common Reading Program’s current book, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants,” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
AG Rud, wearing a nice suit, and smiling to camera in front of Waller Hall.May 15

A.G. Rud to head Philosophy of Education Society

Washington State University Distinguished Professor A.G. Rud has been announced as the new president of the Philosophy of Education Society (PES), an international forum that promotes the philosophical treatment of educational practice, policy, and research.
May 09

Ola Kehinde earns major internship

Washington State University College of Education doctoral student Olasunkanmi (Ola) Kehinde has been awarded an internship with Educational Testing Services (ETS), one of the world’s largest educational testing and assessment organizations.
awards secondaryMay 05

College of Education names outstanding faculty and staff

Washington State University’s College of Education recognized outstanding faculty and staff at its semi-annual all-college meeting on April 27.
May 02

Six Smith Teaching and Learning grants awarded

Proposals from 13 Washington State University faculty working independently or in groups have been awarded six Smith Teaching and Learning grants for 2023–24. Faculty will use the awards to address equity gaps in student performance and experiential learning to help meet employment criteria. The awards will also help faculty eliminate differences in student achievement across multi-section courses. The College of Education has two faculty awardees: Sarah Ullrich-French from Kinesiology, and Andy Cagnetto from Science Education.
Apr. 27

Teaching Academy inducts 32 new members

The Teaching Academy at Washington State University added 32 new members to its membership roster at its first induction ceremony since 2020. These included two College of Education faculty members: Shameem Rakha and Jane Kelley.
Apr. 27

College of Education reappoints Amir Gilmore as associate dean

Washington State University College of Education’s Amir Gilmore has been reappointed as associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Gilmore, an assistant professor of the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program, will begin his second two-year term as associate dean and will focus heavily on student success and retention.
Apr. 24

Cihan Demir gets internship with American Board of Internal Medicine

A doctoral candidate with Washington State University’s College of Education has obtained a national internship with the Philadelphia-based American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Cihan Demir, a doctoral student in the college’s Educational Psychology program, will spend two months in Philadelphia while completing his in-person internship.
Apr. 17

Doctoral student Onur Ramazan awarded medical examiners internship

Onur Ramazan, an Educational Psychology doctoral candidate with WSU's College of Education, has secured a prestigious national internship with the Philadelphia-based National Board of Medical Examiners.
Apr. 06

Dean Mike Trevisan announces his return to college faculty

College of Education Dean Mike Trevisan, whose leadership since 2013 has substantially elevated the national profile of the college, will return to his faculty position as professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Educational Psychology at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.
Mar. 16

WSU hosting virtual symposium on how to be a productive scholar

Washington State University will host an online symposium on how to be a productive scholar Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The event will be hosted by WSU’s Office of the Provost and the College of Education.

The symposium will consist of advice on research and writing from academics who experienced early publishing success.
Mar. 13

College of Education reappoints Sola Adesope as associate research dean

Washington State University College of Education faculty member Sola Adesope has been reappointed as associate dean for research and external funding.

Adesope, a professor of educational psychology as well as the Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education, will begin his second two-year term on July 1, 2023.
Mar. 09

WSU professor elected to role at National Art Education Association

WSU Tri‑Cities College of Education faculty member Yichien Cooper has been elected higher education division director by members of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Cooper, a career-track assistant professor in the Teaching and Learning Department, has held various positions with the NAEA since 2017 and said the association is her “academic home.”
Mar. 06

March 29: Three Minute Thesis returns

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will return to Washington State University’s annual Showcase, on March 29 at 1 p.m. in The Spark Atrium. This year’s 3MT will also be streamed online. Prizes, in the form of travel awards for research conferences, will be $3,000 for the winner, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third.

COE doctoral student James Asare, won last year’s contest, in which doctoral students present their research/scholarship in only three minutes.
Katherine Rodela smiling at cameraMar. 01

Here’s why university faculties still have a diversity problem

In this Welcome to the Jungle article, College of Education faculty member Katherine Rodela, who serves as the college's associate dean for equity and inclusion (faculty and staff development), talks about enduring challenges that universities have in recruiting and retaining faculty of color. She shares some of her personal experience, as well as work being done in the college.
Feb. 08

Athletic training professor earns fellowship post

Kasee Hildenbrand, a Washington State University athletic training faculty member, has received a distinguished fellowship from the National Academies of Practice (NAP).

“Earning this recognition continues to grow the inclusion of athletic training with other healthcare professions and allows me to connect with others who are also passionate about collaboration and how it leads to better patient outcomes,” said Hildenbrand, who is also an associate professor in the College of Education.
Feb. 06

Amir Gilmore: ‘I want a broader view of Black history’

WSU Pullman asked Amir Gilmore to talk about Black History Month: what it means to him, how he'd like to see Black history taught in the United States, and what he thinks is important for people to know about Black history.
Jan. 11

Educational leadership faculty member wins emerging scholar award

The College of Education's Jeff Walls has been given an emerging scholar award from the Journal of Professional Capital and Community.

The journal’s editorial board gave Walls, an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education, its Michael Fullan Emerging Scholar in Professional Capital and Community recognition.
Katie Abrams, on the left, and Kathryn Sheridan-Stiefel, on the right, stand by their poster that they used in the TASH Conference to win the best overall award in the general category.Dec. 13

Students win conference poster session

A pair of doctoral students in Washington State University’s College of Education won first place in the poster session of a national conference advocating for people with disabilities.

Katie Abrams and Kathryn Sheridan-Steifel, both special education doctoral students, shared their findings at the TASH Conference in Phoenix on Dec. 1–3.
Nov. 28

Kineisology program among those hailed for top assessment efforts

Nine Washington State University bachelor’s-degree programs from five colleges have been recognized for outstanding assessment of student learning that helped guide changes to undergraduate curriculum or instruction. That included our Kinesiology program.
Nov. 09

Trust in experts, media literacy connected to COVID‑19 vaccine intention

An early pandemic survey found that respondents’ intentions to receive COVID-19 vaccines were linked more to their media literacy and opinion of health experts than knowledge of the virus or previous vaccination behavior.
Nov. 07

Partnership uses simulation to help prepare athletic trainers

A partnership between two WSU colleges is ensuring athletic training students are prepared for the most difficult moments in their profession. For the past four years, the College of Veterinary Medicine, through its Simulation-Based Education program, has collaborated with the College of Education to provide case-based simulations to athletic training students. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s simulation program is the first and only in veterinary medicine accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Oct. 17

Pair of WSU alumnae earn educator award grants

The Washington State University College of Education has given two teachers its Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award.

Melissa Pearcy and Sarah Movius were both recognized for their work as outstanding K-12 science, mathematics, or technology educators.
Oct. 05

Faculty member elected as director of National Athletic Trainers Association

Washington State University Associate Professor Kasee Hildenbrand has been elected to serve the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) as its District 10 director, comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state.

It is expected that Hildenbrand, who has been with the College of Education’s athletic training program since 2006, will serve five years in the post, until June 2027. She’ll then be expected to serve five more as past director.
Oct. 03

New $2.9 million NSF grant to improve middle school math

The National Science Foundation has given $2.9 million to a multi-university research team, including Washington State University, to improve how middle school mathematics teachers understand and apply their curriculum.

College of Education Professor Amy Roth McDuffie is helping lead WSU’s portion of the project, for which its four-year funding allotment is $475,898.
Sept. 22

WSU special education online master’s ranks top in the Pacific Northwest

The WSU College of Education’s special education program has been ranked by University HQ as the best in the Pacific Northwest. That includes 22nd nationally, and among Pac-12 institutions, WSU trailed only the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

With a focus on renowned faculty, course offerings, and adaptability, the program does a good job of accommodating students wherever they’re located while still offering top-flight faculty, according to Marcus Poppen, an associate professor of special education at WSU
Sept. 21

Pandemic did not weaken student trust in higher education overall

Despite major COVID-19 disruptions, a survey study involving more than 8,300 students at 29 colleges and universities revealed that most maintained their trust in their institutions, at least in the early pandemic months. “There is a tension between ensuring campus safety on the one hand and being mindful of the vulnerabilities that students may have on the other,” said lead author Shannon Calderone, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Washington State University Tri-Cities campus. “We can learn from these experiences, but on the whole, many institutions were responsive in terms of making decisions and acting on them.”
Sept. 15

State school leader to give keynote at Fall Education Summit

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will headline this year’s Fall Education Summit, held Saturday, Oct. 15, at WSU Tri‑Cities.

As an elected official, Reykdal leads the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. Reykdal, a 1994 alumnus of WSU’s College of Education, took office in 2017.
Yong Chae Rhee outside Cleveland Hall, juniper bushes behind him setting a lovely background and contrasting color profile.Sept. 13

Seahawks rank high on list of top 25 most innovative teams in world

From KOMO TV: Out of more than 230 teams around the globe, the Seahawks finished #18 this year on the list of the Top 25 Most Innovative Teams in the World. That’s the highest ranking for an “NFL” franchise.

"When we think about innovation, we immediately go to something that’s feasible. So, newer stadiums, big screens, and these little technologies that they use. But now – if you look at these 3 categories that they seem to think is important – it’s more software-driven," said Yong Chae Rhee, associate professor at Washington State University's College of Education.
Aug. 01

WSU Alumna earns prestigious award 

A recent WSU College of Education Ph.D. graduate, Anwar Alsalamah, was given the Pat Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award by Council for Exceptional Children for her research.

She earned the honor thanks to her dissertation which highlighted the unique experiences of 17 women who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and are attending higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia. 
July 06

Student wins prestigious golf scholarship

Sport Management graduate student Gabrielle Charles had the experience of a lifetime, participating in the 2022 U.S. Open as part of the newly established Lee Elder Internship.

In partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA) and The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. where the U.S. Open took place, the internship was designed to introduce under-represented youth to the game while also presenting golf’s various career pathways.
June 22

First Transformational Change Initiative grants to support four projects

Washington State University faculty have been awarded the university’s inaugural Transformational Change Initiative (TCI) grants for advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) to advance teaching and learning systemwide.

This includes projects from Regents Professor Joy Egbert and Associate Professor Don McMahon.
June 13

WSU Grad earns Scholarship

A recent Washington State University graduate student has been awarded a scholarship from the Sports Ecology Group for work he did in his studies.
June 09

From class project to social dialogue

Three Washington State University Vancouver students decided to transform a College of Education class assessment into an impactful educational tool for students, teachers, and parents.

Thomas Duncan, Annabelle Petty, and Jamie Rollerson developed a podcast surrounding the topic of culturally- and linguistically-responsive pedagogy (CLR) as an alternative to a conventional class assessment or test.
June 06

Alumnus wins new teacher of the year award

A Washington State University alumnus has been crowned new teacher of the year within his Virginia school district.

William Pitzer, a social studies teacher at North Stafford High School in Stafford, Virginia graduated from WSU in 2021. Pitzer, a Pullman native, spent time student teaching at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, WA prior to moving to Virginia.
Wong_photoJune 02

Ask the Experts: Hockey-nomics

For a closer look at the business of professional hockey, WalletHub posed a variety of questions to a panel of hockey experts. That included associate professor emeritus John Wong.
May 24

WSU to manage all medical data for World Triathlon and IRONMAN

Thanks to the first partnership of its kind with both World Triathlon and IRONMAN, a Washington State University faculty member and an orthopedic surgeon in Colfax, Wash. are now the official curators of all medical data from the two organizations.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Christopher Connolly, and Dr. W. Douglas B. Hiller of Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics have entered an official collaboration with the two groups, aiming to make the sport of triathlon safer than it’s ever been.
May 18

Nine faculty selected to receive seed grants

The Office of Research has awarded nine faculty with 2022 New Faculty Seed Grants.

The grant program provides support for junior faculty to develop research, scholarly, or creative programs that lead to sustained professional development and extramural funding. Among these nine recipients were our college's own Shikha Prashad and Jeff Walls
May 12

College of Education names outstanding faculty and staff

Washington State University’s College of Education recognized outstanding faculty and staff at its semi-annual all-college meeting on May 11, held virtually.
Tariq AkmalMay 12

Akmal named 2022 outstanding department chair

Tariq Akmal has been named Washington State University’s outstanding department chair for 2022.

Akmal, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, has been the chair of the Teaching and Learning Department since 2016, and an interim in the role since 2015.
May 11

Higheagle Strong named first systemwide tribal liaison to the president

After more than three years of serving as executive director for tribal relations primarily focused on the Pullman campus, Educational Psychology Assistant Professor Zoe Higheagle Strong is taking on broader, systemwide responsibilities and coordination of tribal relations and Native American programs and initiatives.

Higheagle Strong became WSU’s first-ever vice provost for Native American relations and programs and tribal liaison to the university president on April 15.
Anne Cox smilingMay 05

Kinesiology professor elected to national organization board

Kinesiology professor Anne Cox has been elected as president-elect to the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPA).

Cox, who said she has been a member, and involved with NASPA, for about 20 years, since she was a doctoral student at Purdue University, said not only does the organization focus on exercise psychology motor control and motor learning, as well as motor development, but it also has a heavy research focus.
May 04

WSU announces Smith Teaching and Learning Grant recipients for 2022

Five Washington State University faculty proposals for Smith Teaching and Learning Grant awards have been approved for funding. That included a project for Professor Joy Egbert.

Projects this year were sought that address WSU’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), and focus on specific areas that improve student learning through innovative practices.
April 29

Spring Sport Management Capstone events

Six Sport Management student groups hosted successful fundraising events benefiting organizations of their choosing as part of their capstone course.
April 21

Graduate School names fellowship awardees

Two College of Education PhD candidates have been awarded the Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship, which will allow them to focus on their dissertations and research.
March 31

Social justice advocates of the year named

Washington State University Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Jenny Zambrano and College of Education doctoral student James Asare are the first Cougs to receive the new Elson and Carmento Floyd & William and Felicia Gaskins Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award.
March 25

Three Minute Thesis crowns its 2022 winner

James Asare from the College of Education has won Washington State University’s 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT). Asare, from the Mathematics and Science Education program, became the College of Education’s first-ever overall winner with his presentation about boundary gerrymandering and its effects on public schools.
Lin_photoMarch 24

MLK Spirit Awards celebrate service and social justice work

Nine Washington State University faculty, staff, and students as well as two student organizations are being honored for their distinguished service and commitment to community, equity, and social justice at WSU and beyond. These nine individual winners include two from the College of Education: James Asare, doctoral student in Mathematics and Science Education; and Mei Lin, graphic designer.
March 02

Master's student wins poster competition

A College of Education graduate student has won first place among student poster presentations at the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities annual conference. Kelley Wilds, a curriculum and instruction graduate student, presented the development of a sexual education curriculum map for the WSU ROAR program. The sexual education curriculum Wilds, a WSU ROAR team member, highlighted is two years long and includes a broad range of subject matter.
Feb. 04

Professor: Everyone must feel valued

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: If America really envisions itself as a post-racial country that values diversity, it needs to work harder to make sure everyone feels valued. This is one of the lessons Washington State University Assistant Professor Amir Gilmore discussed during his presentation to the League of Women Voters of Pullman on Thursday. Gilmore is a professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education.
Feb. 01

Doctoral student wins national fellowship

Ola Kehinde, a student in the educational psychology program, was awarded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Fellowship for Minoritized Professionals in Educational Measurement, the goal of which is to increase representation of minorities in the field.

The fellowship is awarded to doctoral students from Black, Brown, and Indigenous groups studying educational measurement or a related field of study.
Jan. 11

Math and Science Ed student wins travel scholarship

Doctoral student Johana Thomas Zapata has received a travel scholarship to the annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) conference.

The conference will be held Feb. 10-12 in Henderson, Nevada and Thomas Zapata, who is in the college’s Mathematics and Science Education program, is one of only four across the world to receive the Susan Gay Graduate Student Conference Travel Scholarship.