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Oct. 23

Graduate assistant wins WSU dissertation fellowship

David Alpizar, a graduate assistant in the College of Education won the WSU Dissertation Fellowship, where he will get to spend the year working exclusively on his dissertation.

The fellowship gives a senior level doctoral candidate the opportunity to work on their dissertation exclusively, without other commitments that are typical of a doctoral candidate.
Oct. 13

Dante's Deals: Vintage Store Opens

Since his arrival at Washington State University as a freshman, the owner of vintage clothing store at Dante's Deals has poured whatever spare time he had into growing his business.

Between majoring in sport management at WSU, work-ing for the university’s athlet-ic department and refereeing three high school sports, Dante Ludlow still found the time to take a lucrative hobby and transform it into an online and brick-and-mortar store located in Pullman.
Oct. 2

Alumna wins big with educator of the year award

For the next year, high school teacher and WSU alumna Tori Sharpe will be living mortgage free. That’s because she has been named high school educator of the year by OnPoint Community Credit Union, headquartered in Portland.

Along with having her mortgage paid for for a year, Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash. where Sharpe teaches, will receive a $2,500 donation for resources and supplies.
Sept, 28

Preventing farmer suicide

A new $7 million Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture will expand the farmer suicide prevention work done by Washington State University Extension to 13 western states and four U.S. territories.

The Learning and Performance Research Center, led by Brian French, will be assisting with research and evaluation components of the project.
AG Rud, wearing a nice suit, and smiling to camera in front of Waller Hall.Sept. 15

Two WSU faculty win Society of Professors of Education’s outstanding book award

A.G Rud and Sola Adesope won the Society of Professors of Education's Outstanding Book Award with their book Contemporary Technologies in Education: Maximizing Student Engagement, Motivation and Learning Published by Palgrave McMillan.
Sept. 11

Two WSU Tri‑Cities faculty to serve on national science education board

Two College of Education faculty members at WSU Tri-Cities have been elected to serve as Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE) board members.

Judy Morrison and Jonah Firestone both teach and research science education, aligning them well with ASTE, one of only two science education organizations in the country that focuses on research for science teaching.
Aug. 11

Cowan de Wolf and Stinger Receive Pac-12 Postgrad Scholarship

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced Monday that Washington State rower Ella Cowan de Wolf and WSU distance runner Desi Stinger have been named recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year. Stinger is a Sport Management graduate.
June 12

Award to help schools be even more caring

In the process of focusing on students’ academic success, teachers, administrators and other school employees may lose sight of the sense of belonging and feeling cared for that form the base of students’ wellbeing.

Now, with help of an award from the American Educational Research Association, a faculty member from Washington State University Spokane is working with the Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 (NEWESD) to buck that trend in K-12th graders in Eastern Washington.
June 8

Bond between humans and dogs strengthened by COVID-19

COVID-19 is bringing people together with their four-legged friends like never before, according to a survey led in part by a Washington State University human-animal interaction expert.

Phyllis Erdman, a professor in the WSU College of Education, and a team of collaborators from Colorado State University, the University of San Francisco and Palo Alto University, conducted a large survey of dog owners to find out how social isolation and other stressors associated with COVID-19 are influencing the bond between people and their pets.
May 29

Education professor joins group aiming to transform STEM education in Africa

Sola Adesope has long been dedicated to Washington State University’s land grant mission of extending knowledge to the local community, the state, and around the world. He’s thrilled to be joining a project that presents opportunities to showcase work at WSU in his native Nigeria and across Africa.

Adesope, Boeing Distinguished Professor in the College of Education, was recently invited to join the Africa Center of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education. The 12-member international scientific advisory board is composed of prolific scholars from around the world and is tasked with providing research direction for training the next generation of STEM education across Africa.
May 27

Education faculty awarded NSF grant to help high schoolers prep for STEM careers

RICHLAND, Wash. –Washington State University Tri-Cities education faculty are part of a new, $2.85 million National Science Foundation grant to develop curriculum and hands-on projects with local high schools that use geospatial technologies to improve STEM literacy and access to the STEM workforce. The four-year project is a collaboration between WSU, Lehigh University and Texas Christian University.
McNeil_photoMay 22

McNeill finds familismo-like bonds through CLFSA

Brian McNeill’s supportive colleagues and a passion for his work keep him going strong as he enters his 30th year at WSU.

A founding member of the Chicanx Latinx Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA), McNeill is a professor in the College of Education who had led the counseling psychology program, but the program is being phased out. He’s poured his energy into research on migrant farm workers in Washington and issues affecting Mexican Americans in general, studying the resilience they display in the face of so many obstacles.
Amy Roth McDuffie smiling at camera with golden-lit background.May 20

STEM education researchers part of $1.3 million NSF project

To increase the retention and effectiveness of STEM teachers, a team of researchers from multiple universities, including Washington State University, has been awarded almost $1.3 million by the National Science Foundation.

Amy Roth McDuffie from WSU Pullman, and David Slavit from WSU Vancouver, both professors of mathematics education, are part of the American Institutes for Research project that is examining the attributes of potential STEM teachers in order to better predict later retention and success.
awards secondaryMay 15

The 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 7, held virtually this time.
May 14

WSUV faculty pivots to COVID-19 related research

VANCOUVER — Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) staff had less than a week to make the transition to online learning when COVID-19 shut down the remaining school year. Not only did faculty make the switch, they also joined the fight.

One of those faculty, cited in this ClarkCountyToday.Com article, is Katherine Rodela.
May 13

Alumna recognized as finalist for prestigious award

College of Education alumni Kathy Garneau has been announced as a finalist for the 2020 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in the state of Illinois.

Garneau started like so many WSU Elementary Education students. She was a freshman in the class of 1990 and knew right from the start she was going to be an elementary school teacher. She graduated as an Elementary Education major with an emphasis in reading. But it didn’t take long before her calling and national recognition would come from work in the STEM field.
May 12

WSU Indigenous project featured in NSF STEM video showcase

With Indigenous science curriculum development as its focus, a team of scholars from Washington State University has been included in this year’s NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice, held May 5-12.

The annual event is funded by the National Science Foundation, and facilitated by TERC, a non-profit organization dedicated to innovation and creative problem solving in math and science education.
May 9

Grad, future teacher uses online learning to advantage amid COVID-19

RICHLAND, Wash. – Veronica Romero had plans to walk with her peers at the Washington State University Tri-Cities commencement this spring. But like many others, those plans are postponed.

Like thousands of college students across the country, she also transitioned to online learning and had to forego the in-person classroom experiences that she enjoys as a future teacher.
May 5

WSU Tri-Cities educators go low tech for high impact

As the novel coronavirus has required a heavy reliance on technology and access to online learning, educators at Washington State University Tri-Cities are encouraging K-12 students and their families to head the other direction, with a new series of low-tech teaching tips.

Each tip is printed on a flyer that also bears the message: “The little moments that make a big impact.” The flyers are designed as a quick resource for families in their role as educators to their homebound children.
May 1

Ways to make instructional videos more effective

Most animated instructional videos in veterinary education are ineffective, according to research published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

“From educational theory and research, we know that there are certain ways to design animations,” said co-researcher Kira Carbonneau, an assistant professor of educational psychology at Washington State University.
April 29

Students finding a new way to be together

At a time when seemingly everyone is forced to be apart, some doctoral students in Washington State University’s College of Education are making a concerted effort to feel more connected.

They’re calling their Zoom meet-up group “E-Togetherness” and are doing them three times a week, broken up as a “merienda,” a “coffee break,” and a game night.
April 23

Equity in math research places top three at research expo

College of Education’s Melissa Graham won third place in the Arts and Education category at the 2020 GSPA Research Expo via Zoom. Her research focused on mathematics preservice teachers (PST’s) and their understanding of equity in the classroom.   

Her research explains the connection between how a student’s personal life experiences has an impact on their ability to learn mathematics. She brought to light how teaching math can be a form of social justice for teachers. 
April 23

Latinx Resiliency

From the Daily Evergreen: From fourth grade until 12th grade, it was normal for Gregorio to pick asparagus every morning before heading to school.

“It was a part of his life,” said Katherine Rodela, assistant professor at WSU Vancouver’s College of Education.

Gregorio grew up in the Tri-Cities living with his parents who were farmworkers. Gregorio is one of the four participants in a study regarding Latinx school administrators and how their upbringings led them to the position they are in today.
April 21

Association for faculty women honors five outstanding graduate students

The Washington State University Association for Faculty Women (AFW) has awarded five graduate students for the highest level of scholarly achievement, service, leadership, and professional potential.

One of them is our own Lindsay Lightner.
April 20

WSU Tri-Cities launches new educational K-12 activities website, reading program

FROM KNDO/KNDU (NBC) – In light of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order by Gov. Jay Inslee, as well as K-12 schools not returning to in-person learning throughout the state, Washington State University Tri-Cities launched a new website dedicated to educational children’s activities and a new reading program where kids virtually read along with WSU Tri-Cities faculty and can earn WSU prizes.
April 20

Sport Management capstone gets virtual

Due to the novel coronavirus, a group of sport management students kept their annual fundraiser alive by going virtual, and ended up raising $2,247 for the Lauren McCluskey Foundation.

The group, as part of the Sport Management 489 capstone class, turned their planned 5K run into a “virtual 5K.” Each of the 69 participants tracked their runs on the UA MapMyRun mobile app between April 4-11. All money gathered by the project team was from runner entrance fees and a corresponding auction.
April 17

WSU Tri-Cities launches new educational activities website

RICHLAND, Wash. – In light of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order by Gov. Jay Inslee, as well as K-12 schools not returning to in-person learning throughout the state, Washington State University Tri-Cities launched a new website dedicated to educational children’s activities and a new reading program where kids virtually read along with WSU Tri-Cities faculty and can earn WSU prizes.

Clinical assistant professor Sara Sorensen Petersen is quoted in this story.
April 15

2020 Kinesiology research conference will be held virtually

A longstanding research conference designed specifically for undergraduate kinesiology students will still take place, but like many – if not most – other things, will be online.

The Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference will be held virtually from 2-4 p.m. on April 24. More information on the conference is available on the College of Education’s website.
April 14

Three Minute Thesis crowns its 2020 winner

In a vastly different delivery method than normal, Ashley Vu has won this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event.

This is the sixth year 3MT has taken place at the university level. Once again, the College of Education administered the event, and went to great lengths to make this event take place in the online sphere.
April 10

WSU Ph.D. student’s research leads to global recognition

Her research is starting to be known in places like Africa, where she was invited as a special guest speaker to the Global Lead International Conference on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Education and Migrations (GLF-CI 2020). This was to be held at the end of April at the University Felix Houphouet Boigny of Cocody-Abidjan, Ivory Coast. However, due to the novel coronavirus, this conference was put on hold.

Along with her global recognition, Medina’s work has won her the 2018 Dissertation Award in the Experimental category awarded by the International Institution for Qualitative Inquiry.
April 09

New research brings light to adversities Latinx school administrators face

New results published in the Educational Administration Quarterly show Latinx educational leaders have a unique ability to understand social justice leadership, as well as support current and aspiring leaders of color who seek to promote equity in their own work.

Makes sense, since many have lived experience through childhoods and educational histories that are fraught with inequity.
April 01

How much does cannabis actually affect the brain?

A new grant from Washington State University is helping scientists dive deeper into the issue of how cannabis affects the brain and cognition. The research could help determine if the associated risks of cannabis warrant intervention strategies or changes in public health and policy surrounding cannabis use.
Mar. 09

Showcase faculty, staff award winners announced

And the winners are….

The Office of the Provost has announced names of faculty and staff members who will be honored for their scholarly achievements and professional acumen at the 2020 Celebration of Excellence Banquet. This year's Faculty Diversity Award goes to our own Gisela Ernst-Slavit, at WSU Vancouver.
Feb. 26

United States of Alienation

FROM THE DAILY EVERGREEN: A professor from the University of Pittsburgh spoke about the often alienating experience Samoan athletes face during their journey in U.S. sports, a topic that has been at the center of some controversy at WSU.

“Sport is at its core competitive, but [Samoan culture] also stresses service, ‘what you give, you get back,’” Rob Ruck, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, said.
Feb. 24

ROAR opening new doors for students

FEBRUARY 2020 PROVOST PERSPECTIVE: Four students in WSU’s groundbreaking ROAR program are set to walk across the commencement stage in May, when they’ll be beaming realizations of WSU’s land grant ideals of access and service.
Feb. 19

‘Tropic of Football: The long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL’

Samoans and football. It’s a pairing that is much more complex than a simple write‑up, but is, at the very least, fodder for discussion on any number of issues, such as diversity, over‑ and under‑representation in sport, the warrior image, stereotypes, and the role of money.
Feb. 02

Removing barriers at WSU Vancouvers

On MLK Day, the At Home At School (AHAS) program hosted a teach-in on the WSU Vancouver campus. The focus was to on honor Martin Luther King Jr. by envisioning a future where the needs of an increasingly diverse society are met.

A series of workshops were scheduled throughout the day. They covered topics of poverty and homelessness, mental health, race and racism, and indigenous educational policy among many other social justice topics.
Jan. 31

MLK award recipients recognized in equity and inclusion

Washington State University has given out its Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards at its annual MLK Community Celebration. Two of these recipients are tied to the College of Education.
Jan. 29

March 25: Three Minute Thesis returns

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will return to Washington State University’s annual Showcase. This year’s 3MT will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Spark Atrium. 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.
Jan. 15

Sport Management hosts career fair at WSU Everett

Students getting to hear how things really work in the sport world highlighted Washington State University’s recent Sport Management Career Exposition Fair on the WSU Everett campus.

“We had a good turnout and an excellent roster or list of presenters who provided an inside glimpse into the day-to-day of sport management professionals,” Sport Management program chair Simon Licen said. “This included quite a few program alumni who reaffirmed the importance of lessons they had learned in class.”
Jan. 10

Doctoral student wins competitive spot in national data workshop

A doctoral student at Washington State University’s College of Education has won a competitive spot in a nationally-recognized data training workshop.

Ola Kehinde, an educational psychology student, was chosen by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), to attend its Data Training Workshop in Arlington, Virginia on Feb. 6-8.
Jan. 06

Making college dreams possible for paraeducators

RICHLAND, Wash. – The American Dream. It’s the phrase that Pasco High School teacher Esfeidy Guzman uses to describe the achievement of earning a bachelor’s degree in education and in starting her career as a full‑time teacher.

She is one of several dozen former paraeducators who are now teaching in local schools as a result of a program offered through Washington State University Tri‑Cities.
Dec. 28

How Washington colleges are opening their doors to adults with intellectual disabilities

From The Seattle Times: When you’re born into a “big Cougar family,” as Evan Henniger was, there’s a certain expectation that you’ll apply to Washington State University.

This expectation wasn’t a problem for Henniger, the second youngest of six. He wanted to attend the Pullman-based university “so badly,” his mom Lisa Henniger said. But for Evan, who is 21 and has Down syndrome, the path to WSU wasn’t clear.
Paula Groves Price and Roxanne Moore standing and smilingDec. 19

Second consecutive year a WSU doctoral candidate is chosen for competitive fellowship

For the second year in a row, a doctoral candidate in Washington State University’s College of Education has been chosen for one of 10 highly competitive annual fellowships. This time it was Roxanne Moore who is in the Mathematics and Science Education program.
Gal talking to kids.Dec. 17

Pullman elementary school hosts events to collaborate with WSU students

Starting additional conversations in the community and promoting further collaboration between Washington State University’s College of Education and Pullman Public Schools is the idea behind the Learning and Performance Research Center’s (LPRC) family events at Sunnyside Elementary School.
Don McMahon wearing a VR headset.Dec. 10

Pullman Regional Hospital gives virtual reality research a shot

Last flu season, 6-year-old Sydney Reese McMahon was worried when her parents told her it was time for her flu shot. Fortunately, her dad had an idea to help ease her anxieties.

Don McMahon – Sydney Reese’s dad – is an assistant professor of special education technology and focuses his research around utilizing Virtual Reality (VR). He decided to bring his VR headset with him to his daughter’s appointment at Palouse Pediatrics.
Nov. 4

Vancouver Public Schools works to ease disciplinary inequities

From The Columbian. Faculty member Katherine Rodela quoted. To advocates for marginalized children in Clark County, the news of Vancouver Public Schools’ unbalanced discipline rates was bittersweet. Vindicating, some said, but ultimately unsurprising.

Dr. Rodela's follow-up letter to the editor.
Oct. 14

Back to his roots

Some kids want to grow up to play baseball or soccer, to be a doctor or lawyer, to be a police officer or firefighter. Not many folks are like Barry Warren. He always knew he wanted to be a school principal.
Oct. 8

Steve Rasmussen named 2019 Advocate for Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Steve Rasmussen’s proven record of going above and beyond to propel education for the state of Washington, as well as his lifetime advocacy for students, parents, and educators is why he has been named the WSU College of Education’s 2019 Advocate for Education.
Oct. 7

Brian French named new chair of the Technical Advisory Committee

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian French has been appointed as the chair of GRE Programs’ Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the next three years. As chair, French will lead TAC in carrying out its duties, serve as a member of the GRE Research Committee, and provide a TAC update at the GRE board meetings.
McNeil_photoOct. 3

Helping Latinos get back to work after injury

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian McNeill, a Washington State University professor, and his team, are collaborating with the state’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to research how to overcome barriers Latinos have when returning to work after on-the-job injuries.
Sept. 13

Brian French tabbed as new research and external funding assistant dean

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian French is the new associate dean for research and external funding in the College of Education. He succeeds Amy Roth McDuffie, from WSU Tri-Cities, who has served in the post since 2015.

“We’re thrilled to have Brian assume this important role,” said dean Mike Trevisan. “We greatly benefited from having Amy lead these efforts the past four years, and she left us in a spot where Brian can build upon that good work and take things to the next level.”
Sept. 10

Improving technological literacy among educators

Technology can have a significant and positive impact in the classroom. But there’s a dilemma: Teachers not only need to get the technology into their classroom but they also need to learn to how effectively use it.

This is the challenge that WSU graduate student Mykala Anglin has embraced. She is determined to create content specifically designed to teach educators how to successfully use technology in the classroom.
Aug. 29

Research approach to increase student retention in STEM

FROM THE DAILY EVERGREEN: WSU faculty hopes to increase student retention in STEM using a research approach to ensure higher rates of involvement in resources and programs available to students. Olusola Adesope, Boeing distinguished professor of STEM education, said there are several reasons why students choose to leave STEM, like lack of engagement, low faculty interaction and lack of school connectedness.
Aug. 27

Clark County students step up for first day of school

FROM THE COLUMBIAN: (Maria) Garcia is a new fifth-grade teacher in Pioneer Elementary School’s dual-language immersion program, a blended class taught partly in Spanish, partly in English. She, along with thousands of students and teachers across Clark County, returned to class for the first day of school on Tuesday.

Garcia and 10 others recently graduated with their teaching degrees from Washington State University Vancouver through a program called the Equity for Language Learners-Improving Practices and Acquisition of Culturally Responsive Teaching, or ELL-IMPACT. The grant-funded program seeks to provide 52 bilingual paraprofessionals in Vancouver and the Tri-Cities over five years with scholarships to complete their bachelor’s degrees in education with English-learners endorsements.
Aug. 23

K-12 teachers invited to check out Native American books at WSU Vancouver Library

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Books by Native American authors intended for use by teachers in K-12 classrooms are now available at the WSU Vancouver Library.

Shameem Rakha, assistant professor of education at WSU Vancouver, coordinated the selection and purchase of the books.
Aug. 23

Doctoral student wins $15,000 sisterhood scholarship

doctoral student in Washington State University’s College of Education has received a $15,000 Scholar Award from the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Roxanne Moore, who is earning her Ph.D. in mathematics and science education, was sponsored by Pullman’s P.E.O. chapter.
Aug. 21

Improving STEM student retention

Sola Adesope is part of an interdisciplinary research team that will study ways to improve retention of students in engineering and computer science, particularly women and underrepresented minorities.

The research is being funded by a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant.
Aug. 19

What's missing in video games.

From Washington State Magazine: As soon as the students put on the virtual reality headsets in Don McMahon’s lab, the exclamations of amazement begin. Two of the students are exploring Google Earth. One, wearing the goggles, has her hands out, like she’s trying to maintain balance. The other lightly grips her classmate’s wrist, as if to steady her. “I ended up in Bulgaria!” “You’re an international traveler!” “Oh, this is really cool; can I move to France?”
Aug. 17

Sue Durrant honored on Pullman's Walk of Fame

Sue Durrant was a pioneer in women’s athletics at Washington State University. It’s no surprise that Sue has received numerous honors for her work in women’s athletics. She was part of WSU’s 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Class. She was also most recently a 2019 inductee to Pullman’s Walk of Fame, held in conjunction with the 31st National Lentil Festival on August 16-17.

Aug. 14

Student Mothers: A Balancing Act

Three student mothers from the College of Education shared their experiences raising a child while going to school. Between balancing classes, relationships, and raising a child, student mothers are unstoppable.
Guerretaz_photoAug. 9

Textbook learning issues, literally

A Washington State University faculty member has been given a $50,000 grant to research textbooks in Spanish-language classes, and how those may help or hinder student learners.

The College of Education’s Anne Marie Guerrettaz, assistant professor of language, literacy, and technology, in the College of Education, will receive the grant from the Spencer Foundation, which helps fund education research.
June 6

Recent Ph.D. graduate earns distinguished post-doc fellowship

Carolina Silva, a Washington State University doctoral graduate, has been named a Congressional Fellow for 2019-2020 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
May 28

2019’s Best Cities for Hockey Fans

FROM WALLET HUB: As part of this article's Ask the Experts segment, the College of Education's John Wong answers questions about the business challenges of professional hockey, how a fan can attend a hockey game without breaking the bank, and much more.
May 23

Future math teachers instruct, learn from rural school children

Giddy at the end of another school year, middle schoolers in Nespelem, Washington, will charge into summer with a new way of viewing even their oldest and most familiar things, thanks to a WSU mathematics professor and her students.
April 28

New law may make it easier for people to become teachers in Washington state

FROM THE SEATTLE TIMES: Responding to concerns that admissions tests help keep teachers of color out of the classroom, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law Wednesday to ease requirements for teacher preparation programs.

The College of Education's Tariq Akmal, chair of the Teaching and Learning Department, is quoted in the story.
April 15

Shameem Rakha wins Chancellor’s Award

WSU Vancouver will present its 2019 awards for advancing equity, research, student achievement and teaching at this year’s commencement ceremony on May 4. Medallions will be presented to the following: Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Equity—Shameem Rakha, clinical assistant professor of education.
April 3

WSU Vancouver announces 2019 Distinguished Woman awards

Three Southwest Washington women were honored with Distinguished Woman of the Year awards for making a difference in the lives of others at Washington State University Vancouver’s 11th annual Women of Distinction celebration.

One of them was our own Shameem Rakha.
March 27

Adjunct education professor inspires love for math, earns regional Crystal Apple Award

RICHLAND, Wash. – As part of a class at Washington State University Tri-Cities, adjunct education professor Cathie Tate picked up two simple objects: a popsicle stick and a paper clip. She asked the future teachers sitting before her how they would describe the objects to a young child.

With students describing traits such as color and material, she then asked her students: “Ok, how would you compare the two objects?”
Ashleigh-Jane Thopmson smiling at camera.March 27

International social media scholar to speak at WSU

The good, bad, and ugly of social media in sport will be discussed at Washington State University Pullman by a professor from La Trobe University in Australia, in an open lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in Cleveland Hall 30E.

Ashleigh-Jane Thompson’s lecture, titled “Performing in the Spectacle: The 21st-Century Gladiator and the Modern-Day Coliseum,” will discuss the growing importance of social media as a communication tool in sport.
March 14

Local professor gets grant to study diversity in teachers

FROM KATU-2: Professor Katherine Rodela is humbled.

She just received the first George Brain and Gay Shelby Faculty Award, which she will use to research the life stories of teachers and administrators of color.

"I think it’s really critical we get in touch with where we come from," said Rodela, who's a professor of educational leadership at Washington State University, Vancouver.
Katherine RodelaMarch 8

WSUV professor gets grant to study teachers of color

FROM THE COLUMBIAN: For Washington State University Vancouver faculty member Katherine Rodela, the isolation of being one of a few people of color working in the educational field hits close to home.

When the Southwest Washington native, a Latina, took a position as an assistant professor of educational leadership at the Salmon Creek campus, leaders of color in the field began to approach her, seeking a sounding board and a listening ear for their own experiences.
Naomi Wallace and Kirk SchulzFeb. 25

Three Minute Thesis returns March 27

Washington State University’s annual, fast‑paced Three Minute Thesis will rev up 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Spark Atrium, as part of the WSU Showcase week.

Naomi Wallace, a doctoral student from the College of Veterinary Medicine, won last year’s contest, in which doctoral students present their research/scholarship concisely — in no more than three minutes — to a nonspecialist audience.
Group of four friends surrounding computer.Feb. 21

Students to present at baseball analytics conference in Phoenix

A group of four Washington State University students will take part in a competition at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix on March 8-10.

While it’s the eight annual conference for the Society of American Baseball Research, co-sponsored by Major League Baseball, it’s the first conference of its kind for this WSU group, made up of three sport management students from the College of Education, and one mechanical engineering student from the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
Katherine RodelaFeb. 14

WSU Vancouver faculty member wins educational research grant

For her work in researching the experiences of educational leaders of color in Washington, a WSU Vancouver faculty member has been named the first recipient of the George Brain and Gay Selby Faculty Award in Educational Leadership.

Katherine Rodela, an assistant professor of educational leadership, said while 40 percent of the state's students are students of color, that’s matched by only 10 percent of educators.
Amy Roth McDuffie smiling at camera with golden-lit background.Jan. 25

College of Education associate dean wins outstanding reviewer award

Amy Roth McDuffie, a WSU math professor, has been recognized by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators with its 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award.

Roth McDuffie, associate dean for research and external funding for the College of Education, was recognized for providing exemplary feedback as part of blinded peer‑review of scholarly manuscripts for Mathematics Teacher Educator journal.
Jan. 16

Students with disabilities program hires director

FROM THE DAILY EVERGREEN: WSU ROAR (Responsibility Opportunities Advocacy and Respect) has recruited a new director for the program. WSU ROAR is a post-secondary education program designed for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is a two-year, nondegree seeking program which guides students toward their career goals and encourages them to live independently, said Brenda Barrio, WSU ROAR cofounder.
Jan. 8

Kinesiology major tackles mobility treatment for Parkinson’s disease

FROM THE DAILY EVERGREEN: A sports science kinesiology major won the grand prize for her research on Parkinson’s Disease at the College of Education’s 2018 semi-annual Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference.

Collette Edge, the author of the research, defined Parkinson’s Disease as a degenerative neurological disorder.
Mo Zhang looking into cameraJan. 8

Ed Psych alumna wins national educational measurement award

A Washington State University alumna has been awarded by the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) for her contributions to educational measurement.

Mo Zhang, who earned her Ph.D. in 2012 from the College of Education’s educational psychology program, was given – along with the rest of her team – the Bradley Hanson Award, named for a well-known figure in the field.
Jan. 4

The Spokesman Review: Taking next step in learning

Evan Henniger always felt drawn to Washington State University. His parents never thought college would be a possibility. Evan, 20, was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth, and the prospect of venturing away from home on his own seemed unlikely. That changed last year when WSU launched a special education program for college-age students with educational or developmental disabilities.
Jan. 3

Kinesiology undergraduate earns research conference grand prize

Collette Edge’s research presentation on Parkinson’s disease and fitness therapy recently won the grand prize for outstanding work at the College of Education’s 2018 semi‑annual Bruya‑Wood Undergraduate Research Conference.
Jan. 1

Universities encourage imagination and innovation

From cultivating creative entrepreneurs to nurturing early creativity, an interdisciplinary approach is often a key to better thinking and learning. In an Alaska Beyond magazine article, the HEAL project grant and its lead researchers are highlighted, including the College of Education's Molly Kelton.
Calderon_photoDec. 11

2019’s Best College Towns & Cities in America

In this piece by WalletHub, Shannon Calderone from WSU Tri-Cities took part in the Q&A about college towns, what makes a good college town, if college towns are good for retirees, etc.
Ardasheva_photoDec. 7

WSU faculty receive Smith Teaching and Learning Grants

Yuliya Ardasheva and Sarah Newcomer from WSU Tri-Cities are just two of 14 WSU faculty members who have been awarded this competitive grant funding. Both are faculty at WSU Tri-Cities. Their project is called: "Infusing Teacher-Preparation Curriculum with Case-Based Instruction Focused on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.”
Photo of Paula Groves Price smilingNov. 29

Paula Groves Price selected for national education VP post

Paula Groves Price has been elected as vice president of the American Educational Studies Association.

Price, who is a professor and associate dean within Washington State University’s College of Education, said she has been a continuous American Educational Studies Association (AESA) member since joining as a graduate student more than 22 years ago.
Gisela Ernst-SlavitNov. 28

Preparing teachers for bilingual students

Gisela Ernst-Slavit is spearheading a grant to improve the way schools and teachers can support students who are learning English along with their lessons. Communities and families will benefit too.
Nov. 26

Peace for the wounded warrior

Since the earliest days of the republic, Native Americans have stepped up to defend the United States at higher rates than any other ethnic group.

From General Washington’s inclusion of Tuscarora and Oneida warriors at Valley Forge, through the world wars and Vietnam to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, Native Americans continue to answer their cultural calling to serve.
Egbert_photoNov. 19

English language prof receives Fulbright Specialist Award to Macedonia

Washington State University professor Joy Egbert has received a Fulbright Specialist Award from the U.S. Department of State.

Egbert, a professor of English Language Learners and educational technology within the College of Education, will spend three weeks in Macedonia in March.
Nov. 13

WSU alumna wins top principal honors

A Washington State University alumna has won 2018 Principal of the Year from the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA).

Valencia Price Toomer, who earned her master in teaching from WSU’s College of Education and completed her principal certification internship at Jefferson Elementary School in Pullman, Wash., has been the principal of Horton Middle School in Pittsboro, N.C. for only two years.
Nov. 5

Doctoral candidate chosen for national fellowship

A doctoral candidate at Washington State University has been selected for one of 10 highly competitive annual CADRE fellowships.

Courtney Benjamin, who is in the College of Education’s cultural studies and social thought in education program, will receive a one‑year fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), which is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Oct. 30

‘Run for 3’ fun run to raise money for Hilinski’s Hope charity

WSU sport management students are hosting Run for 3, a three-mile fundraising run to begin 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, to benefit the Hilinksi’s Hope foundation.

The run will begin and end at the Courtyard by Marriott in Pullman. On-site registration will begin an hour beforehand, though pre-registration is requested through the group’s website.
Oct. 26

From the laboratory to the stage

From the Daily News: A Washington State University graduate and Uniontown native wants people to know that anyone can be a scientist, and she is bringing that message to Miss Washington in November.
Oct. 13

50 years after fists: Who would listen, who would care?

In this Associated Press article, sport management professor Scott Jedlicka talks about the American athletes and the 50th Anniversary of the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Oct. 8

Teachers benefit from WSU-TC course on computer science for K-12 classrooms

RICHLAND, Wash. – A group of Washington State University Tri-Cities education students and current teachers are the first to benefit from a new course focused on how to teach computer science in the K-12 classroom.
Oct. 3

WSU Vancouver professor receives 2018 Ormsby Award

Susan Finley, professor of education at WSU Vancouver, has been awarded the Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship for her exceptional civic engagement in the Vancouver community.
Paulina AbustanOct. 3

Tutoring program creates bond between university, elementary school students

A WSU doctorate student and local elementary school teacher co-founded a tutoring program that partners university students with elementary schools with the goal of making a difference in the community.

Paulina Abustan, co-founder and coordinator of the Pullman School District K-5 Morning Tutoring Program, said teachers in elementary schools refer to the tutoring program as “homework club,” and advise students who need extra assistance to attend.
Oct. 1

WSU ROAR program welcomes inaugural class

Washington State University’s Responsibility, Opportunity, Advocacy and Respect program is welcoming its inaugural cohort of five students this fall.

The two-year program, better known as ROAR, indirectly came out of the Provost’s Leadership Academy. It offers students with intellectual or developmental disabilities individualized programs of study in education, social skills and vocational training.
Sept. 26

Sparking engineering understanding nationally marks aim of WSU project

The College of Education's Sola Adesope is part of a team of WSU researchers who will train faculty and distribute unique hands-on experiment kits to universities across the U.S. as part of an effort to help students better understand engineering concepts. The five-year effort is funded by a recently announced $2.4 million National Science Foundation grant.
Sept. 24

First-grade teacher wins outstanding mentor award

Sharon Foster, a first-grade teacher from Daybreak Primary School in Battle Ground, Washington, will be presented with the Washington State University College of Education’s outstanding mentoring award on Sept. 29.
Sept. 21

Blending art, science to reverse biomedical career shortage

The National Institutes of Health have awarded Washington State University a five-year grant worth $1.2 million to increase the number and diversity of students from rural Washington who enter biomedical careers.

The project is called HEAL, short for Health Education through Arts-based Learning, and will be led by the College of Education’s Molly Kelton and the Department of Entomology’s Jeb Owen.
Sept. 14

WSU Tri‑Cities Education Summit to feature National Teacher of the Year

WSU Tri‑Cities will hold a comprehensive education summit for teachers and other educators on Saturday, Oct. 13, which will welcome National Teacher of the Year and Washington resident Mandy Manning as its keynote speaker.
Sept. 13

WSU launches paraeducator pilot program as way to tackle teacher shortage

From the Spokesman-Review: Washington State University has launched a pilot program to let paraeducators earn a master’s degree in teaching while still working full time. The College of Education has been in discussion with Spokane Public Schools and other local districts for years searching for ways to address the shortage. The new program is hoping to do just that.
Katherine RodelaSept. 9

Local View: What will happen after the dust of teacher strikes settles?

In this op-ed for The Columbian, Katherine Rodela, assistant professor of education talk about teacher strikes, and what will happen when all the dust settles.
Aug. 28

Zoe Higheagle Strong to lead WSU Native American programs

Zoe Higheagle Strong was selected to assume the role of executive director of Tribal Relations and special assistant to the provost, effective Jan. 10. Higheagle Strong also will serve as director of the Plateau Center for Native American Research and Collaborations, beginning immediately.
Aug. 10

Too cute? Colleges, courts grapple with the role of companion animals

From CNN: Colleges have seen an uptick in the number of registered emotional support animals on campus. Unlike facility dogs, emotional support animals need not be dogs nor obtain specific training, but a person who wants one must have documentation from a health professional to show a disability and a disability-related need for the animal in order to obtain protection under the Fair Housing Act. Executive associate dean Phyllis Erdman weighed in.
Aug. 9

How Are Colleges And Courts Dealing With Emotional Support Animals?

From Newsy: There aren't as many rules for emotional support animals as for service animals. New research looked at how institutions deal with them. Executive associate dean Phyllis Erdman has played a part in that.
June 15

WSU employees honored for exceptional grant, contract support

The college's Director of Administration Bev Rhoades was one of six WSU employees who received the 2018 Grant and Contract Administration Awards, which recognize employees for exceptional contributions and service in research administration.
NishinomiyaJune 6

Papers sought for joint education seminar in Japan

Representatives from Washington State University’s College of Education will travel to Nishinomiya, Japan, in November for a joint education seminar, and papers and abstracts are being sought for the conference.
Grace Ku holding her book and winning certificateMay 30

WSU junior wins Inga Kromann children’s book award

In any other universe, a park bench might just be a park bench. But this is the universe of a children’s book so the sky is limit, the inanimate objects have real feelings, and, of course, there’s a moral to the story.

Containing those very elements, Washington State University elementary education major Grace Ku has won this year’s Inga Kromann Book Award for her book “The Little Bench.”
May 29

WSU alumna receives Fulbright Award to Greece

Julia Melvin, a Washington State University alumna, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Greece as an English teaching assistant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
May 22

Veteran helping veterans: Ph.D. student receives leadership award

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Greg Urquhart returned in 2005 from a tour of duty in Iraq, he noticed there were not many options available for Native American veterans. He set out to change that.
May 10

May 10-11: Teaching ‘Methods Workshop’ to feature Gregory Hancock

The Learning and Performance Research Center at Washington State University is hosting its sixth annual Methods Workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 10-11, on the Pullman campus.
May 8

GRHS Graduate Wins Prestigious Outstanding Dissertation Award

NEW YORK — Kristen Pratt, Ph.D., a 2017 Washington State University doctoral graduate in education, has won the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of second language research.
Kristin CourtneyMay 2

Para-educators Who Want to Become Teachers Purpose of Changing Program

A new version of an existing teaching degree and credential program is starting on campus this summer with its first cohort of students.

The program is for para-educators—also known as instructional assistants or teacher’s aides—to get a master’s degree in teaching and a teaching credential while continuing to work, compared to the traditional master’s degree in teaching (MIT) which is a fast-paced, 13-month program that necessitates people take a year off work.
May 1

Education Faculty Leader has Math K-12 Background

The leader of WSU’s College of Education office on the Spokane campus was a math teacher in middle school and high school before she decided to return to school for a Ph.D.

Janet Frost, Ph.D., is finishing her first year as the academic leader of the Education unit and is in her 11th year as a faculty member for the College of Education unit at WSU Spokane. The Education unit has faculty who have expertise in math and science education, educational psychology and educational leadership.
Annick RougeeApril 25

WSU Tri-Cities mathematics professor named STaR fellow

RICHLAND, Wash. – Annick Rougee, a WSU Tri-Cities assistant professor of mathematics, has been named a Service, Teaching and Research fellow by the Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators.
April 24

WSU Tri-Cities doctorate student receives Finland summer school scholarship

RICHLAND, Wash. – Lindsay Lightner, a Ph.D. student in mathematics and science education and coordinator of the Alternate Route Teacher Certification program at Washington State University Tri-Cities, has received the 2018 European Science Education Research Association Summer School in Finland scholarship from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.
HankApril 23

eSports research earns WSU grad student an industry award

If a couple of fellow students had not been goofing off in a class that Hank Evans was taking as a prerequisite in his master’s program at Washington State University, he may not have become interested in his latest research topic.
April 11

Sport Management grad students present research ideas

Three graduate students in sport management will present their master’s thesis ideas in the culminating event of the Sport Management Research Meetings series 4-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
April 7

WSU launches two-year program for students with autism, Down syndrome

From the Spokesman-Review: A new program at Washington State University aims to provide job opportunities and an authentic college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome.

The two-year program is called ROAR – an acronym that stands for responsibility, opportunity, advocacy and respect – and applications are being accepted for the first class of four students.
David AlpizarMarch 28

Educational Psychology doctoral student earns ETS internship

An educational psychology doctoral student in Washington State University’s College of Education has accepted a well-respected internship with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey.
Barrio_photoMarch 28

WSU launches program for students with intellectual, developmental disabilities

PULLMAN, Wash — The Washington State University College of Education has launched a new on-campus program in Pullman, aimed at providing educational opportunities and a college experience to young adults from around the country with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Mike TrevisanMarch 7

College of Education dean receives Fulbright Specialist Award to Korea

Mike Trevisan, dean of the WSU College of Education, has received a Fulbright Specialist Award from the U.S. Department of State. The program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to various academic institutions abroad for 2-6 weeks to serve as expert consultants on curricula, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects.
Tamara HolmlundMarch 1

Collaborative effort to transform STEM teacher-preparation programs

If future standards in math and science are to be met, teacher preparation programs are in need of a makeover, said Tamara Holmlund, a professor of science education at Washington State University Vancouver.
Feb. 27

Doctoral Graduate Wins Prestigious Outstanding Dissertation Award

Kristen Pratt, Ph.D., a 2017 WSU doctoral graduate in education, has won the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of second language research.
Feb. 20

WSU instructor honored for her dissertation on second language research

Kristen Pratt, an instructor at WSU Vancouver, who earned her Ph.D. from WSU in English Language Learners (ELL), has been given an outstanding dissertation award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Feb. 19

WSU Tri-Cities professor partners with father to develop geography classroom technology

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University Tri-Cities education professor has partnered with her father, a software engineer, to develop a fun and hands-on educational tool that will allow students to virtually explore geographic areas, expand their spatial awareness skills and improve overall geoliteracy.
Feb. 14

Can an Online Puzzle Make Geography Fun—and Relevant?

In this piece, written by Sarah Newcomer, from WSU Tri-Cities, examines "Geoliteracy", what it is, and how it is more than pinpointing locations on a globe. It is the ability to connect students with wider issues!
Panshak Dakup and Dan Bernardo after Panshak's 3MT winFeb. 12

Get ready for this year’s Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will once again be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence. This year’s 3MT will take place on March 29 in the Spark Atrium. 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.
Johnny LupinacciJan. 30

Faculty member receives WERA Research Award

Johnny Lupinacci has been awarded the annual Research Award from the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA). Lupinacci is an assistant professor in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program. His research focuses on ecological perspectives in place-based social studies education and working with teachers and school leaders to address environmental justice in connection with environmental racism in classrooms and communities.
Jan. 28

Good to Know: Alumni share strategies for making the most of college

In this Alaska Airlines magazine article, sport management alumna Carly MacKinnon shares a little bit about her experience in college and how she made the most of it.
Jan. 9

Educational psychology article among nation’s most read

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Coug football team wasn’t the only WSU representative to hit national top 10 status in 2017.

An article on practice testing written by a WSU associate professor made the American Educational Research Association’s list of most-read education research articles of 2017.
renee and franDec. 15

Grants to increase certified teachers among Indigenous educators, paraprofessionals

PULLMAN, Wash. – Thanks to two state grants, Washington State University is providing greater access for specific groups of educators to become state-certified teachers.

The grants come from the state’s Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), which is responsible for oversight of the state’s teacher preparation, certification and continuing education. While there is a traditional route to becoming a teacher, such as through the College of Education’s teacher preparation program, PESB also has four alternative routes.
Nov. 21

Andy Cavagnetto named Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education

The WSU College of Education has named Andy Cavagnetto as a Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education for this academic year.

Cavagnetto has for years been interested in the construction and critique of argument as students pose questions, gather data, and negotiate evidence-based claims. He was the co-chair of the international Argument-Based Inquiry Conference in 2015.
Nov. 14

Commentary: Pokemon Go’s Creator Is Making a Harry Potter Game.

Jonah Firestone, at WSU Tri-Cities, wrote a commentary for Fortune, about a new Harry Potter augmented reality game, by the creators of Pokemon Go. He gives suggestions for its success.
Nov. 13

Nov. 15 Sport Management Research Meeting: Scott Jedlicka

Scott Jedlicka, an assistant professor in sport management, will speak in the fourth and final Sport Management Research Meeting of the Fall 2017 semester. His presentation, “A Compatibility Issue: International Sport Events and Domestic Polities,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
Nov. 3

Vice Provost Kelly Ward honored by higher education association

PULLMAN, Wash. – Kelly Ward will be given this year’s distinguished service award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Ward is a professor of educational leadership, as well as WSU’s vice-provost for faculty development and recognition.
Nov. 2

Teacher certification program in computer science attracts state, PNNL funding

RICHLAND, Wash. – WSU Tri-Cities is developing a teacher endorsement program in computer science that has attracted a $49,000 grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and a matching contribution from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Oct. 29

Adesope Named as Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education

The WSU College of Education has named Sola Adesope as Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education for this academic year.
Oct. 13

Former ESPN reporter to speak about youth sports for all children

A former ESPN and Seattle Times reporter will discuss how to make sport accessible to all children. Tom Farrey will be the guest lecturer on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in Chinook Student Center 150 as part of WSU’s Gordon-Enberg Professional Series in Sport Studies. Read second story here.
Sept. 12

WSU Tri-Cities partners with youth program for academic camps in east Pasco community

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities has joined forces with a local youth-operated program to grow its home-based extracurricular learning opportunities in a community in east Pasco.
Nancy CarvajalSept. 5

Oct. 3-31: Interactive exhibit returns to focus on stereotypes, identity

PULLMAN, Wash. – An interactive exhibit about stereotypes and identity, titled “Under the Skin: Dismantling Borders within Borders,” will be hosted by Washington State University’s Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Engagement Oct. 3-31, in Gallery 3 of the Fine Arts Building. A reception will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.
Sept. 1

Student club raising money, donations for hurricane victims

PULLMAN, Wash. – The WSU Athletic Training Club is collecting clothing, money, medical supplies and food this weekend and through Sept. 10 to assist Hurricane Harvey victims.
French_photoAugust 28

WSU leading online implementation of K-12 truancy prevention program

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is leading the online implementation of a program aimed at reducing school truancy that could positively impact schools across the state, and possibly the nation.
Mike TrevisanAugust 24

Sept. 27: College of Education hosts STEM Education Research Summit

PULLMAN, Wash. – The WSU College of Education will host some of the region’s top STEM education leaders on the Pullman campus, starting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, as part of its STEM Education Research Summit.
McMahon_photoJune 13

Developers Are Already Impressed With Apple's Augmented Reality Software

QUOTED in Motherboard: Don McMahon, assistant professor of special education, talks about augmented reality, and the intuitiveness of it.
GrovesPrice_photoMay 24

$2.5M NSF grant focuses on indigenous STEM education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase Native American students’ STEM learning, engagement and achievement.

Because it deals with Indigenous STEM learning, the project is called “ISTEM” and will be done in coordination with Pacific Northwest Plateau Tribes.
May 10

May 11-12: Statistical measurement, analysis workshop hosted

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU’s Learning and Performance Research Center will host its fifth annual Methods Workshop Thursday-Friday, May 11-12, on the Pullman campus, with streaming to Vancouver and Spokane.

This year’s presenter is Roy Levy, associate professor of measurement and statistical analysis at Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.
May 8

From EduCoug: College inks new MOU w/ Okinawa

PULLMAN, Wash. – 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.
awards secondaryMay 5

The College of Education gives out its 2017 faculty/staff awards

PULLMAN, Wash. – The College of Education has given its annual faculty and staff excellence awards in five different categories.
Kelly WardMay 4

From Newsworks: The ‘baby penalty’ often sidelines female scientists.

In this article, Kelly Ward spoke about studies she had done regarding mothers and their academic careers.
April 14

Doctoral education student receives international honor

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Henri Burns, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s mathematics and science education program, has been chosen by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) to take part in five-day workshop in Taiwan this summer.Burns, who is doing her studies at WSU Vancouver, is one of only 36 graduate students worldwide chosen for the Sandra K. Abell Research Institute for Doctoral Students.
April 6

April 11: Free movie depicts tragic ‘comfort women’ story

PULLMAN, Wash. – The film, “Spirits’ Homecoming,” will be shown for free by the Korean Student Association (KSA) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the CUB auditorium.

The sad but powerful story is about the atrocities of war, specifically the “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the imperial Japanese army in occupied territories before and during World War II.
March 29

Pharmacy Ph.D. student wins Three Minute Thesis contest

PULLMAN, Wash. – Panshak Dakup, a College of Pharmacy doctoral student at Washington State University Spokane, won the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event in Pullman Tuesday with his presentation, “The Benefits of Circadian Function in Cancer Therapy.” Julie Noyes, from the College of Education, won second place.
March 23

College of Education reappoints two of its associate deans

PULLMAN, Wash. – 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.
March 21

March 23: Guest speaker on social justice in education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Wayne Au, associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in FSHN 101 about the politics of education, fear and uncertainty in “The Courage to Teach for Justice in Unjust Times.”
March 6

March 8: Athlete protests not new, says speaker

PULLMAN, Wash. – Activism by contemporary athletes and its effects on the public will be discussed by Thabiti Lewis, associate professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver, at 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Cleveland Hall 255 at WSU Pullman.
March 6

College alumna to win WSU Lifetime Achievement Award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Sue M. Durrant, a WSU alumna, faculty member and head coach, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of WSU's annual Women’s Recognition Luncheon and Symposium at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the CUB ballroom.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Women’s Resilience.” Durrant fought for women’s equity in collegiate athletics programs, and her inspiring legacy continues to shape WSU today.
March 3

Using the ‘virtual’ to change the ‘reality’ of education

FROM THE TRI-CITY HERALD: Jonah Firestone explores the future of education from a utilitarian laboratory.

The only equipment in the lab on the second floor of the Washington State University Tri-Cities library are two monitors connected to high-end computers.

But from there, with the help of a headset, you can circle the Earth, fight zombies or create 3-D art.
March 2

March 28: Three Minute Thesis part of Showcase

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will once again be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence at noon Tuesday, March 28, in the CUB junior ballroom.

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.
March 3

Could President Trump's Policies Derail a U.S. World Cup Bid?

FROM THE BLEACHER REPORT: In this piece, assistant professor Scott Jedlicka is quoted on the effect President Trump could have in regards to the United States attempting to win a World Cup hosting bid.
renee holtFeb. 16

March 5-7: WSU to host future Native American teachers

PULLMAN, Wash. – A 2008 report shows that K-12 Native American students perform better when they have native teachers, yet Native Americans are only one percent of Washington’s teachers. To provide more, Washington State University will host the Future Native Teachers Initiative (FNTI) March 5-7.
Egbert_photoFeb. 15

Feb. 16, March 7, April 13: Workshops aid engagement

PULLMAN, Wash. – Creating engaging tasks for students through the use of technology will be discussed in a workshop for faculty at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in CUE 518 at Washington State University Pullman. Refreshments will be provided.
Adesope_photo02Feb. 1

Adesope reappointed to board of top education journal

PULLMAN, Wash. – Sola Adesope, associate professor of educational psychology, has been invited to serve a second term on the editorial board of the Review of Educational Research (RER), which has ranked as the No. 1 education research journal by the Social Science Citation Index for a number of years.
Guerretaz_photoJan. 18

2017 International Travel Research Award Winners

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU's Office of International Programs, and Office of Research announced five recipients of the Fifth Annual International Research Travel Awards. Two of them were College of Education faculty.
Jan. 17

Sports research series begins

PULLMAN, Wash. – The political ramifications of international sports require that we think of them not just as competitions, but also as a legitimate political institution, according to Scott Jedlicka, assistant professor in sport management at Washington State University.
Dec. 22

Future teachers learn from friends with disabilities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A class of 12 education students at Washington State University Tri-Cities and adults with developmental disabilities are sharing lunch, games and activities once a month to make friends and develop their professional and social skills.
Reima, Ibtesam, Eman Commencement 12-2015Dec. 14

Libyans reunite at WSU, earn doctorates together

PULLMAN, Wash. – A shared love of English brought together three undergraduates in 2000 in Benghazi, Libya. Years and separations later, they completed Ph.D.s together in language, literacy and technology at Washington State University in 2015.
FundraiserNov. 28

WSU students host fundraiser for Pulllman Regional Hospital

FROM THE MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS. Every available bowling lane was filled at Zeppoz in Pullman late Saturday afternoon for a fundraiser for Pullman Regional Hospital that was organized by five Washington State University students.

Austin Giem, one of the five WSU seniors who organized the event as part of a class project for a sports management course, said he and his four classmates have been working on the project since the first week of the fall semester.

"We spent the whole semester making this plan so that on the day of the event, everything runs smooth and we're prepped and ready for everything," Giem said.

Giem said more teams showed up to bowl than what he and his classmates were expecting.
Joy EgbertNov. 21

Funds support teaching with tech in local schools

PULLMAN, Wash. – Using new technology is one of the ways teachers are engaging students in order to improve their achievement in the classroom. The Harvest Foundation has awarded Washington State University $10,000 to provide teachers with things like Ozobot robots and virtual reality headsets for this purpose.
Mike TrevisanNov. 14

UN invites dean to talk about evaluating development

PULLMAN, Wash. – College of Education dean Mike Trevisan will speak to the United Nations in New York as part of a workshop today through Saturday related to the U.N.’s new sustainable development goals.

Trevisan was asked to speak because of the book “Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use”, which he co-wrote with Tamara Walser from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Poppen_photoNov. 1

Study aims to improve work opportunities for disabled

PULLMAN, Wash. – Marcus Poppen has received the Switzer Research Fellowship to document and evaluate vocational support services provided to young adults with disabilities while they are enrolled in school.
gene-sharrattOct. 26

Longtime state education leader wins award from WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. – Alumnus and former faculty member Gene Sharratt recently received the annual Advocate for Education Award from the Washington State University College of Education for promotion of good educational practice or policy at the state, regional or national level.

“On paper his experience is impressive, but what really makes him stand out is the impact this experience has had on students, colleagues and the overall field of education,” said college dean Mike Trevisan.
renee holtOct. 25

Grant to recruit Native American teachers, administrators

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University College of Education has received a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education (OIE), one of about 20 Indian Professional Development Awards funded by the agency this year.

The $400,000 grant will support recruitment of Native teachers and education administrators, as well as training for those in professions that serve American Indians. It will improve the skills of Natives who already serve in educational capacities, and they will then participate in programs focused on Indian education, research and practices.
Oct. 17

New Series: Under the Skin: An Introspective Look at the Self

The Mestizo Center is pleased to announce the new series: Under the Skin: An introspective Look at the “Self”. It is a series of six workshops where the WSU community will have the opportunity to critically dialogue about labels, stereotypes and ways of self-identification. ARTS will be the means through which participants will be encouraged to tell the stories of who they are.
Matthew JeffriesOct. 12

Matthew Jeffries one of four to win annual WSU advising award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Four Washington State University academic advisors have received “Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising” awards from the local WSU Academic Advising Association (ACADA). One of these is Matthew Jeffries, from the College of Education. He won in the "new advisor" category (for those with three or fewer years of advising experience).
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Alumna helps with research to improve school leadership

TUKWILA, Wash. – An alumna who is school district superintendent of the most dangerous city in the U.S. is working with Washington State University faculty on efforts to combat social ills starting in the school system.
Gisela Ernst-SlavitOct. 5

$2.2M to fund English learning development for teachers

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University has won a five-year, $2.2 million grant to increase the number of certified K-8 teachers with bilingual and English learners (EL) endorsements and to provide professional development to improve EL instruction.
McDuffie_photoSept. 19

$1.5M NSF grant funds project to teach real-world math

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor is part of a project awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to teach mathematical modeling in elementary school as it applies to real-world cultural and community contexts.

The goal is to determine strategies that teachers across the nation may use in their own classrooms.
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Study: True health gains must be internally motivated

PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent research by associate sport science professor Anne Cox shows that when participants are mindfully engaged during yoga, their motivation for physical activity becomes more internal and less about external appearance and what others will think – also known as Social Physique Anxiety (SPA)
Janet FrostSept. 13

Governor appoints WSU Spokane STEM leader to ed alliance

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Janet Frost to the Washington STEM Education Innovation Alliance, which advises the governor about development and implementation of policies to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.
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Activity expert to encourage students to stay healthy

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students are invited to hear how to improve their quality of life at the university through physical activity and academic productivity during a talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Physical Education Building 136.

Speaker Jim Pivarnik is a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University and director of its Center for Physical Activity and Health.
sarah-newcomerSept. 7

Literacy education professor wins early career award

RICHLAND, Wash. – Sarah Newcomer, an assistant professor of literacy education at Washington State University Tri-Cities, recently earned a national award for her work to increase opportunity and equity in education.

The Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship is presented by the national Council of Anthropology and Education (CAE) to a maximum of eight recipients each year.
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Kitsap Sun: Designing a learning environment

In this Kitsap Sun article about the role classroom visuals play in learning, our own Johnny Lupinacci talks about students learning better in classrooms that are physically comfortable — with proper lighting, acoustics, temperature and air quality — and that are stimulating but not too busy.
WSU-PusanAug. 29

College of Education signs agreement with Korean university

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will partner with a flagship South Korean university in areas including research, education, technology transfer and economic development.

WSU and the College of Education at Pusan National University signed a memorandum of understanding last week.

They also plan to explore the feasibility of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education faculty exchanges.
IMG_8924Aug. 22

Huffington Post op-ed: Rio Organizers Are Overwhelmed. Give Them Less Time.

In this opinion piece assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen writes about the deficiencies of the Olympics, from an administrative perspective, and what could be done to help ensure host nations are even better prepared for not only the games but also how to use the facilities after the games are done.
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Radio Slovenia: Olympics according to the media

In this interview with an Slovenian National Radio, assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen discusses his research on media discourse in sport, or, to put another way, the way different media in various countries talk about sport. He relies heavily on the Olympics to explain his research.
Don McMahonAug. 12

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Researchers bring augmented reality to the classroom

PULLMAN, Wash. - The same technology that helped Pokemon Go take the world by storm this summer might soon be coming to local special education classrooms.

Schools stretching from the Palouse to Asia have been in contact with WSU about the technology known as "augmented reality."
Simon Licen outside ClevelandAug. 7

Radio Capodistria: These Olympic Games will be a success if...

In this interview with an Italian-language radio group, assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen says the Olympics is not merely a mega sporting event, but an event ripe with politics, economics, and society. From a merely athletics point of view, Licen says the Olympics will be a success.
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RTVSLO: SWSU researcher part of team to assess impact of Olympics on patriotism

Media focus on "its own" nation at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games, is typical for all countries. Assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen is quoted by Slovenian Radio Television.
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Radio Slovenia: Interview with WSU sport management professor

In this radio interview, assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen says there is a link between sport, media, capital, and policy.
Simon LicenAug. 2

Rio 2016 Olympics

In WalletHub's new article about the Rio Olympics, WSU sport management professor Simon Licen talks about the safety and economics of the Olympics. Plus, he talks about the real reason we all watch: the athletes and their incredible performances, which he says should transcend nationalism.
Alyssa Donavon and Don McMahonJuly 14

KXLY: Beyond Pikachu, augmented reality a great teaching tool

PULLMAN, Wash. - While Pokemon Go has brought a really cool technology into the mainstream, the augmented reality that's part of the smart phone app can do a lot more than just catch 'em all and is already being used in classroom settings.
Student raising handJuly 11

WSU educational leadership expands in South King County

VANCOUVER, Wash. – To continue improving educational access to teachers, the Washington State University College of Education will launch an educational leadership program in South King County in the fall.
MeganSPED secondary photosJuly 7

Online master’s in special education among nation’s best

PULLMAN, Wash. – The online master’s degree in special education at Washington State University has been ranked 20th in the country by Best Colleges, based on academic strengths, learning goals, innovative courses and online classroom experience.
Quiz Bowl photoJuly 6

Athletic training students are quiz bowl national champs

BALTIMORE – College of Education athletic training students have won the quiz bowl national championship at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association yearly conference.

Ten teams competed after winning in their respective districts. The Washington State University team’s district comprises Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
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Daily News: Revealing her hidden talent

Q&A: WSU administrator always has been an artist; now you can see her work.

Kelly McGovern has been creating art as long as she can remember, but until now she's never done a show. Her work will be featured in the 10th annual Floriade at the Left Bank Gallery in Palouse.
Evelyn MartinezJune 20

Student focuses on increasing first-year involvement

PULLMAN, Wash. – You can lead a student to academic resources, but you can’t make them use them.

Evelyn Martinez, who recently received her master’s degree in educational psychology from Washington State University, has researched first-year students’ participation in academic resources. While resources like the Writing Center and free tutoring are available to students year round, she said students must use them to see any benefit.
Deb PastoreJune 14

Daily News: Fulfilling a Promise to her sister

Around the time Tacoma woman Donna King found out she didn't have very long to live, the cancer patient made a request to her sister.

She wanted more people to know about national bone marrow registries... Her sister, Debra Pastore, delivered on that request and may have helped save three lives. VIEW DAILY NEWS FRONT PAGE.
CDAcamp_photo-storyJune 14

Tribal teens learn life skills at WSU camp

PULLMAN, Wash. – Teens from the Coeur D’Alene Tribe are learning academic and other skills through Friday at the 12th annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), Leadership and Sports Camp at Washington State University.

“This is such a meaningful experience for the kids who participate,” said co-organizer Paula Groves Price, associate dean for diversity in the WSU College of Education. “They learn some life skills, but they also have a lot of fun.”
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2016’s Best Cities for Soccer Fans

In WalletHub's new article about the best soccer cities in the United States, WSU sport management professor Scott Jedlicka weighs in on the biggest issues facing soccer today, the long-term outlook for professional soccer in the U.S., and fantasy sports potential in soccer.
Veronica secondary storyMay 26

Sport Management advisor wins national award

Perhaps it’s rugby. Perhaps that’s what makes Veronica Mendez-Liaina such a great academic advisor. Mendez-Liaina was a rugby player herself back in the day, and leaning on that experience has put her in a position to best advise students in the College of Education’s Sport Management program, which she has done for three years. She has awards to prove her value. Now, she has another.
Sawyer_photoMay 3

June 6-8: Conference on leadership, education doctorate

Educational leadership is the focus of a conference June 6-8 in Portland, Ore., co-hosted by Washington State University as part of the nationwide Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

The education doctorate (Ed.D.) differs from the Ph.D. in that it is a practitioner’s degree instead of a research degree.
spineboarding photo-storyApril 27

Athletic training cleans up at industry’s regional meeting

Students in the College of Education athletic training program won the Quiz Bowl for the third straight year at a regional industry gathering, while other Washington State University students earned research awards, scholarships and leadership positions.
johnson_photoApril 22

The Atlantic: Beyond the Word Gap

Eric Johnson, associate professor of bilingual/ESL education on our Tri-Cities campus, spoke to The Atlantic about a recent study of the "word gap," how it might be overly simplistic, and that its implications have been exaggerated.
Khon Kaen NewsApril 4

April 4: Welcome kicks off Thai grad student visit

PULLMAN, Wash. – Before presenting at a national conference, doctoral students from Thailand will practice before Washington State University graduate students and faculty this week.

Their visit is part of a four-year-old partnership between the WSU College of Education and faculty at Thailand’s Khon Kaen University (KKU). The agreement recently was renewed by Dean Mike Trevisan, who said future collaborations could be in the areas of STEM education, diversity, curriculum and special education, as well as potential faculty and student exchanges.

A free, public welcome for the international students – including food and two of their presentations – will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Brelsford Visitor Center in downtown Pullman.
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The Bucknellian: WSU professor explores education in lecture inspired by John Dewey

LEWISBURG, Pa. – A.G. Rud, Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Wash­ington State University, dis­cussed an overview of educa­tional concepts inspired by John Dewey on March 7. A propo­nent of progressive education, Dewey based his theories on the individuality of students, the benefits of interactive learning, and the idea of creating a com­munity of learners. Rud orches­trated a presentation and discus­sion around the question, "What is the role of love in education?"
Andrew Iverson second rowMar. 9

March 22: Ph.D. students present simple summaries of theses

PULLMAN, Wash. – Graduate students from five colleges will explain their research in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the CUB auditorium as part of Showcase, a week of celebrating the achievements of Washington State University faculty, staff and students.

The contest challenges students to consolidate their ideas and discoveries and present them concisely to a non-specialist audience. Learn more about 3MT at Find more about Showcase events at
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Education Week: Neuroscientists Study Real-Time Learning in Classroom Lab

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ramsey Itani and a handful of other students from Pullman District 267 are wired, in every sense of the word.

While their class at first appears to be just a basic row of computer desks, the students in it look like extras from a mad-science movie. As 1st grader Ramsey puzzles over a computer-coding exercise, a Karate Kid-style headband over his forehead records his brain activity... His classroom neighbor adjusts a blood pressure sensor on her wrist as she types, and in the next row, a 3rd grader peers at her work from beneath a set of eye-tracking goggles.
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Online summer course helps K-12 meet new requirements

PULLMAN, Wash. – To help Washington K-12 schools comply with new requirements for teaching American Indian history and culture, Washington State University is offering an online summer course closely aligned with the state-created curriculum.

North American Indian History, Pre-contact to Present (HIST 308), taught through WSU’s history department and cross-listed with Comparative Ethnic Studies (CES 375), provides much of the background and context for those who teach “Since Time Immemorial,” the newly mandated, statewide K-12 curriculum...
GrovesPrice_photoMar. 2

Associate dean for diversity wins annual faculty award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Paula Groves Price, associate dean for diversity and international programs in the College of Education at WSU Pullman, will receive the Washington State University 2016 Faculty Diversity Award at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 25 in Pullman.

The banquet is part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. Reservations are required for the banquet and must be made by March 18.
Andrew Iverson second rowFeb. 25

Andrew Iverson wins first college-level Three Minute Thesis of 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – An educational psychology student, Andrew Iverson, has won the university’s first college-level Three Minute Thesis this year.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a doctoral-level competition where students must present their research to an audience in three minutes or less.

A panel of non-partial judges grade each competitor on if the presentation helped the audience understand the research, if it was communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience, and if judges felt the presentation made the audience want to know even more.
Judy MorrisonFeb. 10

Tri-Cities grant funds STEM videos with LIGO, schools

RICHLAND, Wash. – High school students, scientists and Washington State University Tri-Cities students in many disciplines are teaming up to make video “STEM Flicks” to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce preparation.

Beginning this semester, WSU Tri-Cities will partner with the Pasco School District and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory on a video project that will be used for classroom instruction in Pasco middle and high schools and beyond.
Firestone_photoFeb. 10

Faculty suggest ‘STEM hub’ to boost education efforts

PULLMAN, Wash. – Some 30 faculty, staff and administrators learned about STEM resources, grant availability and connections to the arts during a half-day workshop to bolster Washington State University’s research, teaching and learning in STEM education.

Participants determined that WSU could use a central STEM hub to help provide information and facilitate working together.
Sola AdesopeFeb. 1

Feb. 11 workshop: Map out new ways to promote learning

PULLMAN, Wash. – At the next faculty-led workshop, associate professor Sola Adesope will discuss how concept mapping can promote students’ critical-thinking skills.

“Mind Mapping” will be at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in CUE 518, Washington State University, and will be live streamed. Lunch will be provided.
Rich Lamb 198x198Jan. 27

Professor recognized nationally for early career research

PULLMAN, Wash. – Rich Lamb, assistant professor of science education technology at Washington State University, has won a national early career award for his potential to make outstanding contributions to research and science education.
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March 22: Three Minute Thesis to return as part of Showcase

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence on Tuesday, March 22. 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.
Sue BrookhartJan. 25

Jan. 26: Using feedback to increase teaching effectiveness

PULLMAN, Wash. – The characteristics of effective feedback and how it can be used to empower students will be presented by educational consultant Susan Brookhart at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Goertzen 21, at Washington State University.
Andy Scheef 2nd rowJan. 11

Ph.D. student earns international scholars honor

PULLMAN, Wash. – Graduate student Andy Scheef is one of 10 students selected internationally by the Council for Exceptional Children to join the eighth cohort of the Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars. He will meet with other scholars and participate in the council conference in April.
Ardasheva_photoJan. 11

Tri-Cities prof honored among MLK winners

Yuliya Ardasheva is among those selected to receive the annual WSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

The honors will be awarded during the free, public WSU MLK Community Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the CUB ballroom at WSU Pullman.
Michael DunnJan. 5

Dunn elected to educational research academy

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Michael Dunn, associate professor of special education and literacy, recently was elected to the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD).
Poppen_photoDec. 9

New special education faculty member wins national award

A clinical assistant professor of special education has won an award for his research predicting what will or won’t help young adults with disabilities to find jobs.

Marcus Poppen was given the Pat Sitlington Emerging Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition. The award is given every other year for exemplary graduate student research in the field of transition education for individuals with disabilities. Poppen’s research was from his doctoral studies at the University of Oregon.
ErdmanAndHorse_photoDec. 8

WSU launches online course on human-animal interaction

Washington State University has launched an online course about human-animal interaction.

“Research is increasingly showing that animal interventions can benefit children and adults in ways that more traditional interventions or therapies do not,” said Phyllis Erdman, a WSU professor who helped create the course. “This interdisciplinary course brings together experts in education, veterinary medicine, animal science, pharmacy and counseling to provide a broad perspective on the field.”
Guerretaz_photoDec. 8

Mayan Teachers in a Precarious Position

Anne Marie Guerrettaz, an assistant professor of educational linguistics, was recently featured by the Mexican media outlet Por Esto! in regards to Mayan writing undergoing standardization, with its teachers uncertain of how to teach the language. This is in Spanish. However, here is an English translation.
Mike Trevisan 368x210Nov. 12

Guest Editorial: Teacher shortage not just about production

Our college dean, Mike Trevisan, wrote a guest editorial for the Tri-City Herald, and expresses his concerns about the current teacher shortage, which is both a state and national crisis. He also talks about concerted efforts being made among a variety of teacher preparation programs, to combat some of the underlying issues behind the teacher shortage.
Simon LicenOct. 29

Sport Management prof shows his international stardom

Watch video from 31:54 onward. Dr. Simon Licen was interviewed by TV Koper-Capodistria, part of the Slovenian Public Television. The University of Primorska (a region in Slovenia) is searching for a new president, and the show was a televised debate between the candidates. Dr. Licen was interviewed as a researcher who works abroad. Even those who don't speak Slovenian can watch and see how neat his appearance is. This is in Slovenian.
Luz1Oct. 29

Nov. 6: Immigration, human rights, violence discussed

Human rights and state-sponsored political violence will be addressed by Luz Rivera Martinez, an organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino, in a free, public discussion at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in Cleveland 121 at Washington State University.

The talk, “Maiz y el Pais,” will consider how corn in Mexican culture is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world.
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First provost award goes to caring faculty researcher

Associate professor of educational psychology Sola Adesope was recognized recently as the first Provost Featured Faculty Member at Washington State University for a variety of reasons.

Yes, he’s done great research. Yes, he’s won national awards. But above all: “His high level of productivity never interferes with his humanness,” said Phyllis Erdman, College of Education executive associate dean for academic affairs.
McNeil_photoOct. 26

Mestizo center publishes first online journal

The first online journal addressing topics for the Pacific Northwest’s Mestizo and indigenous communities has been published by the Washington State University College of Education’s Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Engagement.

Found at, it is intended to translate academic and research writings into brief, easy-to-understand synopses for non-academic audiences.
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Indigenous student opportunities discussed

A major stumbling block to advancing opportunity and equity in education is misinformation, misunderstanding, and injustice of Indigenous students.

The College of Education’s Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning will host a viewing today, at 3:00 p.m. in Cleveland 27B, of the 12th Annual Brown Lecture, sponsored by the American Educational Research Association. This year’s lecture is titled Indigenous Pathways Toward Justice.
LeBeau_photoOct. 22

Educational Psychology faculty member recognized for her philanthropy

Clinical assistant professor of educational psychology Jenny LeBeau was recently recognized in the special philanthropic section of the Spokane Journal of Business.
IMG_4591Oct. 7

Education alumna named state finalist for national award

Washington State University alumna and Port Townsend science teacher Lois Sherwood is among the statewide winners who will compete nationally for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

But her path to teaching rockstardom was basically finished before it began – until it met a rebirth.
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Collaboration to help support future teachers

Washington State University has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will support low-income and first-generation students preparing for careers as K-12 teachers.

The grant will fund the Teacher Preparation Student Support Services project, serving 140 participants each year for five years. It will provide the students opportunities for academic development, assistance with college requirements, and motivation toward the successful completion of their degrees.
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Sport Management prof shares his hockey expertise in WalletHub Q&A

What are the biggest challenges facing the business of professional hockey today?

The biggest challenge, depending who you ask, is a network TV deal that is at least somewhat on par with the other three major leagues; at least according to the league and the owners. The current US TV network deal with NBC signed in 2011 is worth $2 billion over 10 years. As a comparison...
Katherine RodelaApril 30

Community summit tackles college access

When Katherine Rodela told her high school counselor she planned to attend a four-year university, the counselor suggested she set her sights on community college instead. Her parents hadn’t gone to college, the counselor said. She might not fit in on a university campus. Rodela, a third-generation American Latina, had excellent grades. Her parents had encouraged her to go to college. That night, Rodela repeated the conversation to her father. He told his daughter: “That person doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
SONY DSCApril 10

Professor earns fellowship to expand STEM teaching research

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Research into STEM education in grades K-8 will be taken statewide with funding from the College of Education Berry Family Fellowship recently won by Tamara Nelson, professor of teaching and learning at Washington State University Vancouver.

“STEM education will not only help people find work in the 21st century, but will also help them deal with living conditions in the 21st century,” Nelson said.
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Professor retiring as teaching textbook enters 10th edition

The first thing that strikes you is the simplicity of the title: “Becoming a Teacher.” The straightforward approach Forest Parkay uses may explain why his textbook, appearing in its 10th edition, is widely used in colleges and universities across the world, including in languages like Mandarin and Indonesian.

The book’s milestone also marks one for Parkay: the educational leadership professor in the Washington State University College of Education will retire at the end of the semester.
Andrew Billings Photo Courtesy University of AlabamaMarch 25

April 9: Olympics, media and American identity topic of talk

The ways in which the Olympic Games represent America and how their mass consumption affects identity will be presented in a free, public talk by author and professor Andrew Billings at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Cleveland 30E.

His research interests lie in the intersection of sport, mass media, consumption habits and identity-laden content.
Rick 7-2010March 20

WSU author earns national award for book on ed research

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A book coauthored by Richard Sawyer, associate professor of education at WSU Vancouver, will receive one of the top awards at the April conference of the American Educational Research Association, the premiere conference in education.

The award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology recognizes a publication for quality, originality and potential impact.
Kaylan PetrieMarch 18

April 4: Science teachers-to-be explain nanotechnology

Students at Washington State University studying to be science teachers will help children conduct hands-on experiments at the tiniest scales during NanoDays at the Palouse Discovery Science Center 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at 950 NE Nelson Court, Pullman.

The event will take place during the week at more than 250 science and children’s museums across the country. See for more information.
Brenda BarrioMarch 16

Faculty earns international honor for promise in special ed

An assistant professor of special education at the College of Education has been awarded an international honor for a student who shows great potential for future contribution to the field.

Brenda Barrio won the annual award from the Division of International Special Education & Services (DISES). Students are eligible for two years beyond graduation.
Chad GotchMarch 6

WSU advises Oregon teachers on documenting student growth

To help ease the frustration of Oregon teachers with classroom assessment requirements, Washington State University’s Chad Gotch teamed up with the Oregon Department of Education to speak with teachers and administrators about using assessments to document student growth.

Approximately 300 teachers and administrators attended the statewide professional learning team conferences where Gotch, a clinical assistant professor in the WSU College of Education, spoke in February and March.
CameronFosterMarch 2

Professional sports agent to discuss career

A Seattle-based professional sports agent will speak about that business to Washington State University students and the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Todd 434.

Cameron Foster is co-founder and managing director of REIGN Foster & Easley Sports Management Group, which represents professional athletes including former Seattle Seahawks Benson Mayowa and Korey Toomer and former WSU football players Jeff Tuel, Deone Bucannon and Marquess Wilson. The company recently celebrated 25 years in business.
Tom SalsburyFeb. 16

Grant supports work on counseling English language learners

Associate professor Tom Salsbury has won a three-year Washington State University grant for research into the counseling needs of middle school English language learners in Washington.

The college’s Nichols Mitchell Faculty Fellowship awards $12,500 per year to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in both research and the classroom and who has an active research program that aligns with both college and university strategic plans.
Sage HostonFeb. 13

Role of culture, art in education demonstrated

A College of Education Ph.D. candidate is helping spearhead the inaugural Cultural Arts of Education Showcase at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the CUB ballroom.

The free, public event will demonstrate the potential that music, literature and art have for enriching teaching and learning. Among other guests, the event will feature national award-winning slam poet Anthony C. Rucker as host and a reading by author Mary Weems exploring socioeconomic and racial topics.
Lali McCubbinFeb. 11

Counseling psych professor wins national mid-career award

A Washington State University associate professor is one of five national winners of a new award for mid-career psychologists based on accomplishment, peer recommendation and commitment to multicultural issues.

Laurie “Lali” McCubbin, College of Education, received a 2015 “Shining Star” award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) at its recent biennial meeting. The summit gathers multicultural scholars and professionals from different divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA).
AFTOC Student AmbassadorsFeb. 2

Free movie aims to inspire, recruit future teachers of color

SEATTLE – The lack of teacher diversity in public schools will be addressed by the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color (AFTOC) program at a teacher recruiting event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Majestic Bay Theatres.

Students who attend will see a free showing of the movie “Finding Forrester” – about an inner-city kid at a prestigious New York prep school who overcomes prejudice to pursue his dreams. Participants will get free concessions and receive a free pass for an upcoming film. Space is limited; sign up at
Pam BettisJan. 29

Bettis earns faculty award for focus on gender equity, diversity

For her work promoting human rights and social justice through research, teaching and service, Pamela Bettis will receive Washington State University’s 2015 Faculty Diversity Award.

“Her teaching, scholarship and service combine the rigor and profundity of a seasoned scholar and the commitment of those who battle for the rights of a voiceless and invisible population, particularly girls and young women,” said Gisela Ernst-Slavit, associate dean of the WSU College of Education.
South KoreaJan. 9

WSU College of Education to expand study abroad opportunities

The Washington State University College of Education is upping the ante on its commitment to international initiatives by announcing faculty-led study abroad programs this summer to Costa Rica, Japan, and South Korea.

It will be the second straight year the college has had a program in South Korea. It will be the first time for Costa Rica. And, notwithstanding a long history of collaboration and initiatives with Japan, it will also be the first study abroad program to that country.








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