Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon was inducted in the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame on November 18, 2015, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to honor individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education. It preserves the significant legacies of these individuals in a permanent exhibit of plaques on the University of Oklahoma campus. Each plaque provides a brief biographical profile and photograph of the inductee. Individuals are nominated in one of the following three categories: scholars, practitioners, or policy makers. Dr. Ross-Gordon was nominated in the category of Scholar.
Dr. Ross-Gordon is Professor of Adult Education in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology at Texas State University. She is widely cited and internationally known for her scholarship and professional leadership and has made significant scholarly contributions to the field in the areas of adults in higher education, adult learning disabilities, and multicultural education with a focus on marginalized racial/ethnic groups. In addition, she has served in professional leadership positions at local, state, and national/international levels and through her work as a professor mentored many emerging scholars. At Texas State University and Penn State University she has served on more than 85 dissertation committees, chairing 40. In her nearly 30 years of research and scholarly writing, she has raised important questions about nontraditional learners in higher education settings for both researchers and practitioners. In addition to her own publication, Dr. Ross-Gordon has helped to shape the field’s major publications. Notably, she was co-editor of the 2010 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education and has served as co-editor of Adult Education Quarterly. She has also served as co-editor in chief of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education since 2003, guiding more than 20 issue editors as they developed their thematic volumes.
In recognition of her achievements, Dr. Ross Gordon was honored by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education with their Career Achievement Award in 2013. Additionally, she has received the Distinguished Alumni—Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Georgia College of Education, the Froke Outstanding Publication Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education, the 2014 Texas State Presidential Distinction Award for Teaching Excellence, and the research award from the University Continuing Education Association.
Texas State University’s Project LEARN-Chile has announce the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars. These 18 scholars are Ph.D. in Education students studying School Improvement or Adult, Professional & Community Education at the university. Competitively selected from a larger applicant pool, the scholars are funded by the 100K Strong Innovation Fund to participate in educational research as service learning in Chile in the Fall 2015 semester. Their empirical research study, designed through the Seminar in International Educational Research, investigates multiple forms of public pedagogy in Chile through transnational fieldwork.
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|The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology has earned the university’s Safe Office designation. A Safe Office ensures respect for Texas State students of differing sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. It also provides LGBTQIA students with timely and inclusive resources and assistance. CLAS is proud to have earned this designation, expressing our commitment to diversity and inclusion, through having over 75% of our full-time faculty and staff voluntarily participate in the university’s Allies Training. Our graduate department is committed to respect for all persons, and to equity and justice for historically marginalized populations involving differences across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, culture, language, gender, gender identity and expression, belief, ability, sexual orientation, and other expressions of difference. CLAS is currently the only academic department at the university listed with this designation. For more information on the Safe Office program, sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion, please visit their website.|
In Summer 2015, Dr. Desireé Vega has been participating in a six week intensive Spanish language program in Costa Rica. Her objective has been to advance her professional Spanish language fluency in the area of School Psychology. Vega’s summer mornings have involved four hours of small group language instruction, and afternoons have consisted of an additional two hours of private instruction centered on topics associated with School Psychology and Education. Vega shares that “as a second language learner, I understand the process of acquiring another language is continual. While I have studied the Spanish language for many years and worked as a bilingual school psychologist, fluency and vocabulary development in a non-native language is constant.”
In addition to her language immersion experience, Vega has had the opportunity to learn more about the Costa Rican culture through various activities including a trip to el Museo Nacional (the fortress that originally housed the military), a visit to the University of Costa Rica (the oldest university in Costa Rica), participation in La Romeria (celebration of La Virgen de los Ángeles), and a tour of La Asamblea Legislativa to learn about the government of Costa Rica.
“I look forward to returning to Texas State this fall,” says Vega, “and to continuing to work closely with the Project SUPERB Scholars pursuing the bilingual school psychology certificate.” She also shares that this international learning experience has allowed her to formally study professional Spanish and expand the language base she had already developed. Her new skills will be integrated into her teaching and advancement of the bilingual school psychology training program at Texas State University.
Vega’s language study is supported as part of the Hispanic serving strategic initiative of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, which houses the Specialist Degree in School Psychology.For more information on Project SUPERB, the department’s federally funded $1.05 million grant to develop and implement a Spanish-English bilingual School Psychologist training program at Texas State University, please visit their website.