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Medium shot of Simon Licen over a generic sports/recreation backgroundMay 21

Simon Licen interviewed about U.S. Soccer by WalletHub

​​What are the biggest issues facing U.S. soccer today? What are the biggest issues facing U.S. soccer today? What, in your mind, makes a good soccer fan? If your child were an elite youth soccer player, would you encourage them to pursue the MLS / NWSL or a premier international league?
Apr. 05

Vet Med student wins WSU’s annual 3MT competition

​​For the second straight year, a College of Veterinary Medicine student has won Washington State University’s 2024 Three Minute Thesis (3MT), this time, Marian Laughery. The College of Education's competitor was Ali Asiri, who represented the college, and himself, very well.
Apr. 04

Jeff Walls wins early-career award

For the second time in as many years, Washington State University College of Education faculty member Jeff Walls has been recognized with an early-career award. This time, Walls, an assistant professor of educational leadership, is being honored as co-recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division A.
Mar. 25

‘Really troubling:’ Survey finds poor outcomes for students with disabilities after high school

From Washington State Standard: While the College of Education has many experts in Special Education, the Washington State Standard reached out to Josh Taylor to get his opinion on employment or further education after high school for students with disabilities.
Mar. 5

March 27: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) returns

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will return to Washington State University’s annual Showcase, on March 27 at 1 p.m. in the Veterinary Biomedical Research Building (VBR) 305. It 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.
Feb. 26

Doctoral candidate helps train educators to use extended reality tools

Doctoral candidate Ali Asiri, along with Regents Professor Joy Egbert, have started the XR Development Lab at WSU's College of Education with an idea and 15 Oculus headsets. As part of his work in the XR Dev Lab, Asiri has collaborated with the faculty of WSU’s Intensive American Language Center (IALC) to unlock the potential of using virtual reality (VR) in their teaching practices.
Feb. 06

College of Education hosting seminar series for math and science educators

Aiming to foster analytical thinking and problem-solving skills throughout math and sciences in K–12, WSU’s College of Education is organizing a seminar series on math and science education for its future educators and university employees at large.
Nov. 30

WSU sport management students donate to charities through their capstone

A 3-point contest, poker tournament, pickleball tournament, and 5K race all highlighted fundraising events completed in November by Washington State University sport management students. The events were part of the program’s capstone course, sports event management, which provides hands-on experience in planning and executing sport-related events. In the end, all proceeds were donated to various charities.
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.
Dec. 15

WSU graduate student wins Science Coalition student video challenge

Graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at Science Coalition member institutions were asked to create a video explaining their personal connection to fundamental research and why Congress should continue to invest in the partnership between federal research agencies and their university counterparts. Our own Melissa Pearcy, a Ph.D. student in the Mathematics and Science Education program, won honorable mention.
Nov. 12

Sport Management capstone events raise money for charity

Sport management students hope that letting people build their own cardboard boat or giving them the chance to scream down the hill on a giant ice block will be a money-maker. Four separate sport management student groups will host fundraising events in Pullman as part of their capstone course. The Sport Management 489 course, Theory and Application in Sports Event Management, includes an annual project that student groups arrange and execute to benefit a cause of their choosing. Students complete the capstone course as seniors in the final semesters of their degree program.
Sept 21

WSU ROAR student featured

Ezra Czechowski is a second year student in WSU's ROAR program. Ezra was featured on the Think College National Coordinating Center, a sector of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Sept 20

Fall research conversation series begins

The WSU College of Education’s annual Research Conversation series returns for the fall semester, beginning Sept. 30 at 12:10 p.m. via Zoom. The series features research presentations from college faculty. The series’ first guess, Johnny Lupinacci, is an associate professor of cultural studies and social thought in education. Lupinacci’s research focuses on harmful behaviors that are inherited from Western culture and fostered through schools and how educational leaders and researchers come to recognize these.
Johnny LupinacciSept 17

Seattle Times: What do Washington students learn about 9/11?

Here and across the country, lessons about America’s actions on and after 9/11 are left up to individual teachers and schools. In Washington state, there is no requirement to teach about the war on terror. “We underteach this event across the board,” said Johnny Lupinacci, an associate professor at Washington State University who instructs aspiring elementary school teachers. “I think leading up to 9/11 — there is a lot of remembrance and celebration honoring heroes. I don’t want to make that wrong, but it tends to tip the scales and confuse young learners about what was actually a complex time. I always urge teachers to remember … to find diverse representations of voices here and internationally.”
Sept 15

Forbes: It’s Not Just Conservative Students Who Are Scared To Speak Out On Campus

"More than half of college students regularly hold back on expressing their views on campus for fear of the potential consequences. But, contrary to the stereotype of universities as hotbeds of militant liberalism, it is not just conservatives who are scared to speak out: students across the political spectrum worry about what will happen if they share their views." Our own Johnny Lupinacci weighs in on the classroom experience and setting an environment that is safe to express opinion in a respectful, thoughtful way.
Sept 15

Education advocates honored

Glenys Hill and Gay Selby have been selected to receive the College of Education’s Advocate for Education award. The annual recognition is given to individuals or organizations who have shown significant commitment and contributions to the field of education. Generally, the award is given as part of the college’s Scholarship and Excellence banquet, in conjunction with WSU’s homecoming. However, due to the global pandemic, this year’s award was presented to Selby and Hill at a luncheon in Vancouver on August 24.
Sept 14 Half of college students surveyed fear expressing their ideas in classrooms

"In the U.S., colleges have long been considered havens for liberal political and social views, to the point where those with more conservative viewpoints feel unwelcome or threatened. However, our recent study demonstrates that students from both sides of the aisle have concerns about expressing their views on political and social issues in the classroom." Our own Johnny Lupinacci is quoted in this data story in multiple places.
Aug 17

New NSF grant to increase math teacher diversity

A four-year, $1.12 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Washington State University recruit and retain quality mathematics teachers from historically marginalized groups. The project is being led by Tariq Akmal, director of teacher education in the College of Education and chair of the college’s Department of Teaching and Learning.
French_photoJuly 15

Faculty named leaders, new members of Washington State Academy of Sciences

The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) has named Washington State University faculty to hold the positions of incoming board president and three seats on the board. It also announced seven WSU faculty as new members of its 2021 class. Professor Brian French is one of those faculty members.
July 12

Two faculty named to equity leadership positions

Continuing its legacy of leadership in equity, diversity, and justice, the Washington State University College of Education has named two of its faculty members as associate deans of equity and inclusion. Katherine Rodela, an associate professor of educational leadership at WSU Vancouver, will have faculty and staff development as her primary focus. Amir Gilmore, an assistant professor of cultural studies and social thought in education at WSU Pullman, will have student success and retention as his primary focus. Both will join the college’s leadership team and have a college-wide focus, despite their respective locations.
July 6

Five faculty receive inaugural awards from WSU President’s Teaching Academy

The Washington State University President’s Teaching Academy has named five faculty members from five colleges as inaugural recipients of two prestigious awards.

Three received the Outstanding Publication in the Scholarship of Teaching in Higher Education Award, and two the Teaching Conference Registration Award. One of those is Anne Marie Guerrettaz, assistant professor of Language, Literacy, and Technology.
June 21

Sola Adesope named College of Education’s new associate research dean

Sola Adesope has been named the WSU College of Education’s new associate dean for research and external funding (ADR).

Adesope is a professor of educational psychology and his recent research focuses on the use of systematic reviews and meta-analyses for advancing evidence-based practices, the cognitive underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources, interactive concept maps and diagrams, and investigation of instructional principles and assessments in STEM domains.
June 17

Annual Bruya‑Wood Conference names winners

Two kinesiology students, Hailey Bruce and Abigail Smith, were named the Bruya-Wood Conference grand prize winners with their presentation on “The Effects of Physical Exercise on Cognition for Stroke and TBI patients.”

Bruce and Smith are both aspiring physical therapists, so they wanted to combine their interest of modern physical therapy methods with neurological research advancements that may be overlooked.
June 14

Education faculty receives mid-career award for English and Bilingual learning research

Yuliya Ardasheva, a faculty member at Washington State University Tri-Cities, has received one of two national Mid-Career Awards from the American Educational Research Association’s Second Language Research Special Interest Group.

Ardasheva is an associate professor within the College of Education, where she focuses her research on English/Bilingual learners’ language and academic development. The awards committee were impressed with Ardasheva’s “robust and coherent research portfolio.”
June 7

Taking short breaks between tasks helps develop new motor skills

Taking short breaks when learning a new skill can help someone better learn the task they are practicing, according to a new study published in the Journal of Motor Learning and Development.

Shikha Prashad, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Washington State University’s College of Education, as well as the director of the college’s Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Lab, is leading a team determining the underlying processes that occur when learning motor skills.
Amy Roth McDuffie smiling at camera with golden-lit background.May 12

College of Education professor selected for national mathematics committee

A Washington State University College of Education professor has been invited to be a part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Mathematics Standing Committee.

Professor of mathematics education Amy Roth McDuffie accepted a two-year appointment to the committee to develop the 2026 NAEP assessment.
May 5

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 4, held virtually.
Tenko RaykovMay 4

Annual Methods Workshop to Feature Tenko Raykov

Washington State University’s Learning Performance Research Center (LPRC) will host its eighth annual Methods Workshop virtually on May 12. This year’s presenter will be Tenko Raykov, a professor of quantitative methods in the graduate program in measurement and quantitative methods at Michigan State University.
Katherine RodelaMay 3

Chancellor's Award for Advancing Equity

Katherine Rodela has won the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Equity honors a faculty or staff member for excellence in contributing to a community of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at WSU Vancouver. The award recognizes the individual for helping to infuse equity-mindedness throughout the campus and/or helping to build and maintain a safe, welcoming campus environment.
April 27

National Science Foundation grant to help improve student success in life sciences

A Washington State University research team has been awarded a three-year, $515,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to improve teacher ability to support student success across all life sciences. The team is led by assistant educational psychology professor Chad Gotch and is part of the NSF’s Discovery Research PreK-12 program, meant to support STEM education research and innovations.
April 26

Educational psychology doctoral student awarded prestigious internship

An educational psychology doctoral student in Washington State University’s College of Education has been awarded a prestigious summer internship at the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA). It’s not the first time one of the college’s doctoral students has been selected for this internship. That’s why Thao Vo decided to apply. Associate Dean for Research and External Funding Brian French, also one of Vo’s mentors, said that, just like Vo’s predecessors, she was uniquely suited for this opportunity.
Erick WashburnApril 20

Kinesiology student finds career path through internsip

Erick recently graduated from the College of Education with a Kinesiology degree and is currently working in Pullman as the YMCA’s Athletics/Site Coordinator. He also coaches middle school football, basketball, and track and field. When Erick came to Washington State University, he chose his major based in his interest in the human body and exercising.
Jose RieraApril 13

WSU doctoral student receives fellowship to work on social, educational policy

Washington State University doctoral student Jose Riera will use his passion of language and linguistics to help shift educational policy in Nashville, Tennessee this summer thanks to an Urban Leaders Fellowship. The nonprofit Urban Leaders Fellowship is a seven-week program that allows fellows to work with elected officials to advance policy and make an impact in communities across the country. In 2021, 135 fellowship recipients were selected out of an application pool of 1600.
April 6

WSU study shows lack of college trust among students of color

Students of color trust colleges and college leadership less compared to their white peers, according to a national study developed by education researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Indiana University. The researchers’ results showed campus leaders were the least trusted among college personnel. Approximately 29% of first-year Black students said they did not trust their college leaders, while 16% of non-Black first-year students said the same.
March 29

Sport Management Alumni Features — Recreation

Many students want to work for professional franchises like the Seattle Seahawks or the Portland Trailblazers. A segment of sport management that is often overlooked is recreation. With recreation opportunities in every college and city, there are many jobs to be claimed by sport management graduates. Careers in recreation offer a good work-life balance, opportunities to spend time outdoors and doing something good for one’s community. We asked some alumni of our Sport Management program to share their experiences working in recreation.
March 25

Three Minute Thesis crowns 2021 winner

The format was different but the excitement was the same. In the end, Grant Ely from the College of Nursing won Washington State University’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) which took place on March 24.

Due to COVID-related safety precautions, 3MT did not take place in person, which it normally does, but rather was streamed on Northwest Public Broadcasting, broadening the number of people able to view the competition.
March 11

New AFTOC Ambassadors

The Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color elected two new student ambassadors this semester. Christianna Lapine and Talia Sampson are working this semester to recruit and support fellow students.

Through various meetings, workshops and conferences, AFTOC aims to bring awareness and create diversity in the field of teaching.
Feb. 16

Three Minute Thesis returns

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is going primetime. The Washington State University Showcase event will be broadcast—and streamed online—by Northwest Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

This marks the seventh year at WSU for 3MT, where doctoral students present their research/scholarship concisely—in no more than three minutes—to a non-specialist audience.
Feb. 9

Student teacher brings the music to his students

Jackson Bores was a high school student teacher last semester and was faced with the challenge of providing a music education virtually. Bores put on a virtual concert that allowed his students to experience all the joys of music education.
Feb. 4

Student Teachers Thrive Through COVID-19

Student teachers in Washington State University’s College of Education passed the state’s teacher certification assessment at a higher rate than normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic made the edTPA assessment more difficult, but WSU student teachers rose to the challenge.

During fall semester, 95% of the college’s 89 student teachers passed the assessment.
Jan. 22

Student Spotlight: Will Millick

As COVID-19 shut down the world and brought a new reality, many people would dwell on the things that were lost. Will Millick was not one of those people, Will took it as an opportunity to adapt and thrive in this new reality. Will is a senior in Washington State University’s College of Education pursuing a degree in sports management. He plans to graduate in May and have a long career in sports.
Jan. 15

Student Spotlight: Kendra Cooper

There is nothing quite like the roar of the crowd in Martin Stadium on Cougar Football Saturday as fans from all over cheer on the Cougs. For Kendra Cooper, she is working tirelessly on the sidelines to keep the players healthy and playing the sport that they love. Cooper is a senior at Washington State University studying athletic training through the College of Education.

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