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How To: Academic Writing

Although formulaic and attractive, students find academic writing hard to fully acquire and master. Research has shown that students’ personal commitments and various forms of writing support affect progress in their studies (Martunsio & Turkulainen, 2010). In this presentation, Dr. Mira Bekar will focus on the importance of summarizing, paraphrasing texts, and recognizing logical fallacies. Acquiring all these skills can help academic writers gain more confidence and structure their thoughts in a more reader-friendly way. Students will be invited to discuss their own strategies of designing logical texts and presenting other people’s views.

Dr. Bekar is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, R. N. Macedonia. She has been teaching applied linguistics and academic writing to Macedonian and international students. Her research interests include (critical) discourse analysis, academic L1/L2 writing, online communication, and qualitative research methods. She is also an eco-activist. (



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AERA Grants Program

Every year, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) accepts grant proposals from doctoral students, post-docs, or faculty members who are doing quantitative research on large-scale national or international data sets.

With NSF support, AERA provides grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Proposals are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, including education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

AERA Dissertation Grants

AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Friday, September 15, 2017.

AERA Research Grants

AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Friday, September 15, 2017.


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Amir Gilmore

Amir Gilmore

Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion for Student Success and Retention
Assistant Professor
Cultural Studies And Social Thought In Education
Pullman Campus
Cleveland Hall 334
Pullman, WA  99164


Curriculum Vitae

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About Amir


Ph.D. (2019) Cultural Studies And Social Thought In Education – Washington State University
M.A. (2015) Africana Studies – SUNY Albany
B.A. (2011) History – SUNY Albany

Amir Gilmore’s interdisciplinary background in Cultural Studies, Africana Studies, and Education allows him to traverse the boundaries across the social sciences, the arts, and the humanities. His interests in Black Critical Theory and Black Masculinities ground his scholarship on Black Boy Joy, and he is well versed in areas such as Critical Race Theory, feminisms, and social theory. His vision and scholarship make critical contributions to the fields of Black Studies and Education, as well as connects to larger discussions of Afrofuturism and Black Aesthetics.

Courses Taught:

MIT 552: Multicultural Education In A Global Society

TCH_LRN 467: Adolescence, Community, and School

CSSTE 533: Race, Identity, and Representation

TCH_LRN 522: BlackCrit and The Afterlife of Slavery (Special Topics)

MIT 508: Curriculum and Instruction Methods (Summer)

STEM Education Research Summit (#COESTEM2017)

SEPT. 27 – 1:00 P.M. – CUB JR. BALLROOM



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They said it

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world…”

— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015

Robert Danielson

Robert Danielson

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology
Spokane Campus
Center for Clinical Research and Simulation, 211
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99210-2131


Curriculum Vitae || Research Gate || Google Scholar

Research Interests

How learning with texts and graphics may promote epistemic and conceptual change around STEM concepts. My research focuses on students in K-12 through college, as well as members of the public. I also examine the educational, policy, and health-related implications of the public’s understanding of science.


  • Ph. D. in Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California
    • Concentration: Educational Psychology
  • M. A. in Psychological Science, California State University, Chico
  • B. A. in Psychology, California State University, Chico

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Book Chapters

  • Corwin, Z.B. & Danielson, R. (2016). Admission is the Mission: How First Generation Students Approach Learning About College Through Games. In: Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Carnegie-Mellon Press
  • Sinatra, G. M., & Danielson, R. W. (2016). Adapting Evolution Education to a Warming Climate of Teaching and Learning. In Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education (pp. 271-290). Springer International Publishing.
  • Corwin, B. Z., Danielson, R. W., Ragusa, G., & Tierney, W., G. (2016). Can Games Facilitate Access to College? In: O’Neil, H. F., Baker, E. L., & Perez, R. S. (Eds.) Using Games and Simulations for Teaching and Assessment: Key Issues. Routledge/Taylor Francis.

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College inks new MOU w/ Okinawa

Washington State University and the College of Education have signed two Memorandums of Understanding with Okinawa Prefecture city and educational leaders, to pave the way for more Okinawan students to attend WSU.

In consecutive signings, vice president for international programs Asif Chaudhry was the lead authority from WSU. The first signing was a program renewal that will bring secondary education students to the WSU campus in July for an immersive three-week experience. The Okinawa American Language and Culture Camp was housed under the Intensive American Language Center, but will transition away from the IALC and toward the College of Education.

“Our hope is to have even more programs with Japan, and, in this case, get even more Okinawan students,” said Paula Groves Price, the college’s associate dean for diversity and international programs.

As part of this renewal, associate professor of literacy Jane Kelley will spend a week in Japan in August also teaching English.

The other MOU was between the College of Education and the Kitanakagusuku Board of Education, for the Online Developing Okinawa Through English (DOTE) program. Using web conferencing and other technology, students in that Japanese school district will take part in a series of weekend classes to help advance their language acquisition and use.

Dean Mike Trevisan represented the College of Education in the signing.


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Introducing: Vice Provost Kelly Ward

Professor Kelly Ward has been appointed as WSU’s new Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition.

Similar to others who currently work in the provost office, Kelly’s appointment will be 80 percent as vice provost and 20 percent as a College of Education faculty member.

“Given her scholarship and experience, Kelly is enormously qualified for this position and will do well,” said college dean Mike Trevisan. “This appointment spotlights and promotes the skills and talents we have in the college.”

The position will be effective July 1, 2017.

Kelly Ward

Associate Deans Reappointed

College of Education reappoints two of its associate deans

March 23, 2017

By C. Brandon Chapman – College of Education Communications Director

Effective July 1, 2017, the College of Education has reappointed two of its associate deans for two more years: Paula Groves Price as associate dean for diversity and international programs, and Amy Roth McDuffie as associate dean for research and external funding.

College dean Mike Trevisan said both individuals have done a “superb” job in their respective roles, and that both are well suited to deal with their roles, including how they related to the Drive to 25 initiative.

He also said both have created a strong connection to their counterparts in other colleges, as well as those in central administration.

“Maintaining these relationships will help the college continue to connect in key ways to the broader university as we navigate institutional challenges over the next two years,” he said.

In making the decision, Trevisan consulted with the college leadership team, appropriate committees who worked extensively with either of the individuals, and data from the 360 administrative assessment.

Amy Roth McDuffie

Paula Groves Price

Teach in Japan

Teach in Japan


Position Description

Teach English as a Second Language in Japan. This is a twelve-month position starting in August 2017. The College of Education at Washington State University, in an educational partnership agreement with the Nishinomiya Board of Education, is accepting applications for one (1) English teacher.

This position is open to faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni of the WSU College of Education, WSU affiliates, the Pullman School District as well as districts connected to different campuses.

The position is located in the Nishinomiya school system. The teacher will serve as an English language consultant to Japanese teachers of English. The selected person will be an employee of the Nishinomiya Board of Education.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicant must have a strong connection to Washington State University.

Applicant must have a current teaching certificate and teaching experience is preferred Applicant must have/obtain a valid passport.

Applicants must be in good health—a complete physical/medical release will be required of the successful candidate.

Applicant must be motivated to teach and positively interact with junior high school students Applicant must be culturally sensitive and willing to contribute to the partnership between Washington State University and the Nishinomiya Board of Education.

Salary, Benefits, and Accommodations

The salary will be paid in Japanese yen.

The monthly salary range will be approximately ¥318,000 to ¥367,000. For currency conversion rate see:

Health care benefits are provided through the Nishinomiya Board of Education.

A furnished apartment is provided in Japan. The individual is responsible for utilities and living expenses.

One (1) round-trip flight between Pullman and Nishinomiya will be provided by the Nishinomiya Board of Education.

Review of applications will begin April 3, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.

Application packet should include

Letter of interest including why you would like to spend a year in Japan Resume/vita.

Three letters of recommendation.

Send application packet to


Stacy Mohondro

WSU College of Education

P.O. Box 642114  Pullman, WA 99164-2114

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