|A pair of doctoral students in Washington State University’s College of Education won first place in the poster session of a national conference advocating for people with disabilities.
Katie Abrams and Kathryn Sheridan-Steifel, both special education doctoral students, shared their findings at the TASH Conference in Phoenix on Dec. 1–3.
|Nine Washington State University bachelor’s-degree programs from five colleges have been recognized for outstanding assessment of student learning that helped guide changes to undergraduate curriculum or instruction. That included our Kinesiology program.
|An early pandemic survey found that respondents’ intentions to receive COVID-19 vaccines were linked more to their media literacy and opinion of health experts than knowledge of the virus or previous vaccination behavior.
|A partnership between two WSU colleges is ensuring athletic training students are prepared for the most difficult moments in their profession. For the past four years, the College of Veterinary Medicine, through its Simulation-Based Education program, has collaborated with the College of Education to provide case-based simulations to athletic training students. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s simulation program is the first and only in veterinary medicine accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
|The Washington State University College of Education has given two teachers its Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award.
Melissa Pearcy and Sarah Movius were both recognized for their work as outstanding K-12 science, mathematics, or technology educators.
|Washington State University Associate Professor Kasee Hildenbrand has been elected to serve the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) as its District 10 director, comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state.
It is expected that Hildenbrand, who has been with the College of Education’s athletic training program since 2006, will serve five years in the post, until June 2027. She’ll then be expected to serve five more as past director.
|The National Science Foundation has given $2.9 million to a multi-university research team, including Washington State University, to improve how middle school mathematics teachers understand and apply their curriculum.
College of Education Professor Amy Roth McDuffie is helping lead WSU’s portion of the project, for which its four-year funding allotment is $475,898.
|The WSU College of Education’s special education program has been ranked by University HQ as the best in the Pacific Northwest. That includes 22nd nationally, and among Pac-12 institutions, WSU trailed only the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
With a focus on renowned faculty, course offerings, and adaptability, the program does a good job of accommodating students wherever they’re located while still offering top-flight faculty, according to Marcus Poppen, an associate professor of special education at WSU
|Despite major COVID-19 disruptions, a survey study involving more than 8,300 students at 29 colleges and universities revealed that most maintained their trust in their institutions, at least in the early pandemic months. “There is a tension between ensuring campus safety on the one hand and being mindful of the vulnerabilities that students may have on the other,” said lead author Shannon Calderone, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Washington State University Tri-Cities campus. “We can learn from these experiences, but on the whole, many institutions were responsive in terms of making decisions and acting on them.”
|Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will headline this year’s Fall Education Summit, held Saturday, Oct. 15, at WSU Tri‑Cities.
As an elected official, Reykdal leads the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. Reykdal, a 1994 alumnus of WSU’s College of Education, took office in 2017.
|From KOMO TV: Out of more than 230 teams around the globe, the Seahawks finished #18 this year on the list of the Top 25 Most Innovative Teams in the World. That’s the highest ranking for an “NFL” franchise.
"When we think about innovation, we immediately go to something that’s feasible. So, newer stadiums, big screens, and these little technologies that they use. But now – if you look at these 3 categories that they seem to think is important – it’s more software-driven," said Yong Chae Rhee, associate professor at Washington State University's College of Education.
|A recent WSU College of Education Ph.D. graduate, Anwar Alsalamah, was given the Pat Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award by Council for Exceptional Children for her research.
She earned the honor thanks to her dissertation which highlighted the unique experiences of 17 women who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and are attending higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia.
|Sport Management graduate student Gabrielle Charles had the experience of a lifetime, participating in the 2022 U.S. Open as part of the newly established Lee Elder Internship.
In partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA) and The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. where the U.S. Open took place, the internship was designed to introduce under-represented youth to the game while also presenting golf’s various career pathways.
|Washington State University faculty have been awarded the university’s inaugural Transformational Change Initiative (TCI) grants for advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) to advance teaching and learning systemwide.
This includes projects from Regents Professor Joy Egbert and Associate Professor Don McMahon.
|A recent Washington State University graduate student has been awarded a scholarship from the Sports Ecology Group for work he did in his studies.
|Three Washington State University Vancouver students decided to transform a College of Education class assessment into an impactful educational tool for students, teachers, and parents.
Thomas Duncan, Annabelle Petty, and Jamie Rollerson developed a podcast surrounding the topic of culturally- and linguistically-responsive pedagogy (CLR) as an alternative to a conventional class assessment or test.
|A Washington State University alumnus has been crowned new teacher of the year within his Virginia school district.
William Pitzer, a social studies teacher at North Stafford High School in Stafford, Virginia graduated from WSU in 2021. Pitzer, a Pullman native, spent time student teaching at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, WA prior to moving to Virginia.
|For a closer look at the business of professional hockey, WalletHub posed a variety of questions to a panel of hockey experts. That included associate professor emeritus John Wong.
|Thanks to the first partnership of its kind with both World Triathlon and IRONMAN, a Washington State University faculty member and an orthopedic surgeon in Colfax, Wash. are now the official curators of all medical data from the two organizations.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology Christopher Connolly, and Dr. W. Douglas B. Hiller of Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics have entered an official collaboration with the two groups, aiming to make the sport of triathlon safer than it’s ever been.
|The Office of Research has awarded nine faculty with 2022 New Faculty Seed Grants.
The grant program provides support for junior faculty to develop research, scholarly, or creative programs that lead to sustained professional development and extramural funding. Among these nine recipients were our college's own Shikha Prashad and Jeff Walls
|Washington State University’s College of Education recognized outstanding faculty and staff at its semi-annual all-college meeting on May 11, held virtually.
|Tariq Akmal has been named Washington State University’s outstanding department chair for 2022.
Akmal, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, has been the chair of the Teaching and Learning Department since 2016, and an interim in the role since 2015.
|After more than three years of serving as executive director for tribal relations primarily focused on the Pullman campus, Educational Psychology Assistant Professor Zoe Higheagle Strong is taking on broader, systemwide responsibilities and coordination of tribal relations and Native American programs and initiatives.
Higheagle Strong became WSU’s first-ever vice provost for Native American relations and programs and tribal liaison to the university president on April 15.
|Kinesiology professor Anne Cox has been elected as president-elect to the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPA).
Cox, who said she has been a member, and involved with NASPA, for about 20 years, since she was a doctoral student at Purdue University, said not only does the organization focus on exercise psychology motor control and motor learning, as well as motor development, but it also has a heavy research focus.
| Five Washington State University faculty proposals for Smith Teaching and Learning Grant awards have been approved for funding. That included a project for Professor Joy Egbert.
Projects this year were sought that address WSU’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), and focus on specific areas that improve student learning through innovative practices.
| Six Sport Management student groups hosted successful fundraising events benefiting organizations of their choosing as part of their capstone course.
| Two College of Education PhD candidates have been awarded the Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship, which will allow them to focus on their dissertations and research.
|Washington State University Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Jenny Zambrano and College of Education doctoral student James Asare are the first Cougs to receive the new Elson and Carmento Floyd & William and Felicia Gaskins Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award.
|James Asare from the College of Education has won Washington State University’s 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT). Asare, from the Mathematics and Science Education program, became the College of Education’s first-ever overall winner with his presentation about boundary gerrymandering and its effects on public schools.
|Nine Washington State University faculty, staff, and students as well as two student organizations are being honored for their distinguished service and commitment to community, equity, and social justice at WSU and beyond. These nine individual winners include two from the College of Education: James Asare, doctoral student in Mathematics and Science Education; and Mei Lin, graphic designer.
|A College of Education graduate student has won first place among student poster presentations at the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities annual conference. Kelley Wilds, a curriculum and instruction graduate student, presented the development of a sexual education curriculum map for the WSU ROAR program. The sexual education curriculum Wilds, a WSU ROAR team member, highlighted is two years long and includes a broad range of subject matter.
|Moscow-Pullman Daily News: If America really envisions itself as a post-racial country that values diversity, it needs to work harder to make sure everyone feels valued. This is one of the lessons Washington State University Assistant Professor Amir Gilmore discussed during his presentation to the League of Women Voters of Pullman on Thursday. Gilmore is a professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education.
|Ola Kehinde, a student in the educational psychology program, was awarded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Fellowship for Minoritized Professionals in Educational Measurement, the goal of which is to increase representation of minorities in the field.
The fellowship is awarded to doctoral students from Black, Brown, and Indigenous groups studying educational measurement or a related field of study.
|Doctoral student Johana Thomas Zapata has received a travel scholarship to the annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) conference.
The conference will be held Feb. 10-12 in Henderson, Nevada and Thomas Zapata, who is in the college’s Mathematics and Science Education program, is one of only four across the world to receive the Susan Gay Graduate Student Conference Travel Scholarship.