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Dept of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

CLAS has a special mission within the university: a focus on graduate education, the preparation of professionals who will provide leadership in the schools and public and private agencies of Texas. The multi-disciplinary and multicultural nature of our department provides opportunities to model collaboration across disciplines, and to learn from one another as we promote respect for all cultures and individuals.Recent Faculty Publications2013 Faculty Refereed Publications

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Visiting Fulbright Scholar Guest Lecture on May 28th

Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad is an expert in e-learning collaboration and teaching strategies in multicultural environments and international relations. She co-lectures a joint intergroup collaborative e-learning course on “Dealing with Diversity” for Arab students of Sakhnin College in Israel and Jewish students of David Yellin College in Jerusalem. She also teaches an online course entitled “Exploring Culture through English Literature” for various Arab and Jewish colleges in Israel. She is currently is a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan. Where she has taught an online course on “Global Understanding.”

She has served as the head of the English Department at Sakhnin College for Teacher Education in Israel, and is a member of the TEMPUS DOIT project entitled“Development of an International Model for Curriculum Reform in Multicultural Education and Cultural Diversity Training.”

Dr. Ahmad will deliver a lecture entitled “Arab-Israeli Cross-cultural Collaboration: Against All Odds”

Doctoral Student Appointed to the Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Jeffry King

Jeffry King, a Texas State doctoral student in School Improvement, was appointed to The David L. Clark Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy. The seminar is a highly competitive national appointment and candidates were selected based on the strength of their doctoral research study.

His research critiques Gnostic philosophical influences on the audit culture of accountability mandates and high-stakes testing prevalent in current K-12 educational policy. Focused on the relational aspects of teaching and learning, King's research helps school leaders promote the practice of a dialogic pedagogy within the standards-based learning environment that is grounded in the integration of both technique and relationship. 

The Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar is sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA Divisions A & L), and SAGE Publications. It brings nationally emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers together for research presentations, generative scholarly discussion, and professional growth. Many of the past graduates of this seminar are now faculty members at major research institutions across the globe. 

For more information on The Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar visit: http://www.ucea.org/graduate-student-opportunities/david-clark-seminar/

Texas State University Multi-Interdisciplinary Research Grant for School Safety Awarded to Dr. Sarah Nelson and Colleagues

Dr. Sarah Nelson–Professor in CLAS–is the Principal Investigator for Creating a Secondary School Climate Instrument Focused on Safety and Security, the recipient of one of two awards made through Texas State’s Multi-Interdisciplinary Research Grant (MIRG) program. Predominant safety and security issues on most campuses involve more frequent occurrences of disruptive behavior, bullying, hazing, sexual and physical assault, and other forms of victimization and violence that threaten the physical and emotional well-being of students, faculty, and staff. To address these predominant issues, the research team will develop and pilot a comprehensive safety and security climate instrument for students on secondary (grades 6-12) campuses. Analysis of the resulting data will provide evidence of the validity and reliability of the instrument’s scores and support a long-term, systemic approach to making schools and IHEs safer by seeking external funds to (1) develop safety climate instruments for P-16 campuses, (2) analyze the resulting data at micro and macro levels to inform policy and practice, (3) implement and research the effectiveness of programs and strategies designed to enhance school safety, and (4) serve as recognized experts in discussions about school safety.

Co- Principal Investigators: Dr. Glenna Billingsley, Assistant Professor in C&I; Dr. Jennifer Greene, Assistant Professor in CLAS; Dr. Gloria Martinez-Ramos, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology; Dr. Larry Price, Professor in CLAS and Director of the Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis (IIRDA); Dr. Gail Ryser, Director of the Testing, Research Support, and Evaluation Center and Research Fellow & Project Manager with IIRDA; Dr. P. Michael Supancic, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice; Dr. Desireé Vega, Assistant Professor in CLAS. Research Support: Ms. Kathy Martinez-Prather and Mr. Joseph McKenna, Texas School Safety Center.

Project LEARN-Chile Awarded 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grant for International Learning & Research

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"Cuando estudiamos juntos, y aprendemos juntos, trabajamos juntos, y prosperamos juntos." -President Barack Obama

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Texas State as an awardee of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Grant at the Summit of the Americas/Cumbre de las Américas in Panama City, Panama on April 9th.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to ensure that learners throughout the Western Hemisphere are prepared with cross-cultural skills necessary in the 21st century economy and to develop a generation of leaders who can engage across borders.

­All Higher Education Institutions in the Western Hemisphere were eligible to apply. Less than 8% of proposals were funded, including the Project LEARN-Chile proposed by Dr. Michael O’Malley, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State University’s College of Education; and co-authored with Ms. Tanya Long, Doctoral Research Assistant in School Improvement at Texas State.  

Dr. O’Malley and Ms. Long’s Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network (LEARN): Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project will create and fund learning and research abroad opportunities for Texas State University doctoral students in the field of education. It will engage doctoral students in cultural immersion and international fieldwork, and advance their skills in international educational research. Specifically, Project LEARN-Chile will design and implement a seminar course for doctoral students to conduct field research in Santiago de Chile in education and the social sciences. Delivered in partnership with Universidad Alberto Hurtado, the Jesuit University of Chile, the project will utilize a service-learning paradigm to facilitate student learning from Chilean colleagues and five community-based educational organizations while also generating research and partnerships that benefit Chilean educational systems. The students’ fieldwork in Chile will culminate in a leadership roundtable organized in collaboration with Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Project LEARN-Chile has developed Capacity Building Innovations to systematically address known barriers to doctoral student participation in study abroad. These include models for adult learners, strategic partnerships with a Chilean university and Chilean community-based educational organizations, the practice of international research as service-learning, and Spanish language and cross-cultural readiness preparation. Pre-departure professional development focusing on global engagement and international team development will be offered by corporate partners Dell, through the company’s Global Learning Officer, and Dale Carnegie. Intensive Spanish language learning will be offered for students who are not already Spanish language fluent.

Texas State University was the only university from Texas selected in Competition 6.

Learn more about Project LEARN-Chile at www.projectlearn.wp.txstate.edu.

For further information on the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, please visit their website at www.100kstrongamericas.org.

Visit Universidad Alberto Hurtado at www.uahurtado.cl

CLAS Professor Stewart Named to Fulbright Specialist Program

Trae Stewart, Associate Professor in CLAS, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. 

The program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affaris (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), hosts opportunities for international collaboration to further the development of curriculum and faculty, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. 

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Ph.D. in Education Program Establishes International Educational Research Partnership with Chilean Universities

Four (4) Chilean scholars from the education doctorate program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Universidad Diego Portales in Chile visited Texas State University to inaugurate a new doctoral level partnership. This collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual Chilean-US research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in both countries. The inaugural week-long visit involved researchers and doctoral students from Chile and Texas State University.  Activities included a Research Colloquium, strategic planning, and site visits to Texas public schools in Del Valle ISD. Texas State University Provost Eugene Bourgeois, II met with the Chilean scholars and signed documents establishing this institutional partnership (see attached pic).  Texas State is also partnering with the US Embassy-Santiago de Chile in the development of this initiative.          

This partnership is being led at Texas State by the Ph.D. in Education Program, housed in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Strategic priorities established during this visit include: 1) mutual exchange of faculty and doctoral students for research and study, 2) collaborative Chilean-US educational research projects, and 3) joint participation in a proposed Center for Educational Research & Policy Development in Chile.

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Standing, Left to Right: Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (Faculty Senator, Texas State University), Dr. José Weinstein (Doctoral Director, Universidad Diego Portales), Dr. Sarah Nelson (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Michael O’Malley (Department Chair, Texas State University), Dr. Alejandra Falabella (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Stan Carpenter (Dean, College of Education, Texas State University), Dr. Ann Brooks (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Soledad Concha (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Diego Portales)

Seated, Left to Right: Dr. María Teresa Rojas (Doctoral Academic Secretary, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, II (Provost, Texas State University), Dr. Debbie Thorne (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas State University)
Left to Right: Drs. Sarah Nelson (TxSt), Alejandra Falabella (Chile), Michael O’Malley (TxSt), María Teresa Rojas (Chile), & José Weinstein (Chile).