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.
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”
|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/
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
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.
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.
Linda Homeyer, a professor in and former chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Adult Education at Texas State University, was conferred the honor of director emeritus by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Board of Directors during its recent conference in Houston.
The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.
A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credentialing program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.
"Homeyer's leadership contributions to the advancement of APT and its mission are absolutely outstanding," said Jennifer Baggerly, chair of the board of directors.
Homeyer is only the sixth past director to receive the designation.
Play therapy is an approach favored by many licensed mental health professionals in the U.S. and 25 other nations to therapeutically use play to help clients better describe and resolve their problems. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play.
APT is a national professional society that provides research, training, and credentialing programs to assist those professionals. Additional information is available at www.a4pt.org.
Dr. Cynthia Plotts, Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, is the Principal Investigator (Project Director) for Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), a project recently awarded a five-year $1.05 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.
Project SUPERB will prepare a total of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.
Other CLAS faculty involved in Project SUPERB include:
Congratulations to Dr. Plotts and the entire Project SUPERB team!
At the University Convocation & Annual General Faculty Meeting on August 22, 2014, President Denise M. Trauth presented Dr. Paige Haber-Curran with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Haber-Curran is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) graduate program, located in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Each year, only two professors from across the university are selected for this prestigious teaching award (one at the lecturer/assistant professor ranks and one at the associate/full professor ranks). This award is a significant honor that Dr. Haber-Curran has earned through exceptional accomplishments in teaching. Highly respected and valued by her students, Dr. Haber-Curran demonstrates a commitment to the highest quality graduate level instruction. In just three years at Texas State University, Dr. Haber-Curran has also developed two courses using innovative formats (Student Leadership in Higher Education; Gender and Sexuality in Higher Education), lectured nationally and internationally, offered engaged and meaningful student advising, provided leadership for curriculum development and faculty and student recruitment in the SAHE program, and facilitated the SAHE program’s rise to national prominence. Congratulations to Dr. Haber-Curran, a Texas State Rising Star!
Nominated by the Texas State University Education & Community Leadership Faculty, Dr. Kelly K. Crook was awarded the national Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Dr. Crook is the Superintendent of the Del Valle Independent School District in Central Texas. The University Council for Educational Administration is a consortium of 98 research oriented higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award recognizes practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.
In her capacity as Superintendent of Del Valle ISD, Dr. Crook has worked with the community to develop a strategic plan for the district and has led district staff in using innovative practices, such as an on-site master’s program for aspiring school administrators from among the Del Valle ISD faculty, a quality student teaching initiative with Texas State University, a commitment to parent and community outreach initiatives, and a leadership vision that integrates theory, research, and practice. Dr. Crook has played a key role in establishing a district–university partnership which identifies promising school leaders and develops them into highly qualified principals and teacher leaders who are prepared to address some of the most persistent educational equity issues in Texas. Dr. Crook received her PhD in Educational Administration from the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin and is a proud graduate of public schools. This national award was presented to Dr. Crook at a Del Valle ISD School Board meeting on 12 August 2014 by Dr. Michael O’Malley, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, and Dr. Barry Aidman, Advisor to the Superintendent Preparation Program.
Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Ms. Ann Heuberger (Vice-President, DVISD School Board)
Freda Bryson, an Adult, Professional and Community Education doctoral student in the College of Education at Texas State University, has been named a Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow for 2014-2015.
Fellows are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the state board of directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE.
"Applications are submitted annually from members across the state of Texas. However, this year only five were chosen to participate," said Tanisha Shorter, TABPHE president-elect and fellows co-chair. "TABPHE Fellows Leadership is an initiative to help generate new memberships, regenerate old memberships and build new leaders for our dynamic organization."
| Texas State University professor Paige Haber-Curran was recently chosen by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as an Emerging Scholar for her research regarding key leadership skills in higher education students.
The Emerging Scholars Award was first implemented in 1999 to honor and support individuals conducting research congruent with the initiatives of the ACPA. First-year recipients of the award participate in educational workshops and present the findings of their work in an annual research symposium.
| Dr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in School Improvement, was recently honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor’s award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.
In her research, Dr. Backor interviewed professors of supervision, principals, and teacher leaders identified by an expert panel as outstanding instructional leaders, and created a model for principal preparation based on those interviews. Dr. Backor received the award at the opening session of the council’s annual conference, held this year at Penn State University, and presented her research to conference participants the following day. Dr. Backor currently is assistant professor of education and director of field experiences at Schreiner University.
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education. She was presented this national award Thursday, November 7th at the annual meeting in Lexington, KY.
Spanning 28 years in academic research positions in the field of Adult Education since earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1985, Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research in the field of adult education has significantly and positively impacted how we understand adult learners with disabilities, diversity and equity in adult education, and adult learners in higher education. With the social imperative of effective ability- and culturally-sensitive adult education, the reskilling of the world’s workers, lifelong learning initiatives, and more adults in higher education than ever before, it is at the intersection of her research strands where we find the current and future trajectory of Dr. Ross-Gordon’s impact on our field. Her body of work distinctly impacts and supports the field of adult education and stands out among scholarly educational research areas in meeting the needs of adult learners, educators, educational programs and organizations, and the workplace.
The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.
A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credential program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (APCE/ADED) and Dr. Stephen Gordon (SI/EDCL) were jointly awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The awards program describes Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ross-Gordon as a partner team making a significant impact in adult education and educational leadership, and notes they were instrumental in developing the first two doctoral programs in education at Texas State. One nominator said, “They are unique as a pair and either one would deserve the Lifetime Achievement Award. Together, they are a powerhouse of accomplishments for the purposes for which we educate.” In addition to the award dinner and reception hosted recently by UGA’s College of Education for Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Steve and Jovita were also honored at a reception hosted by the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, & Policy.
Kathy Ybanez-Llorente is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and M.A. in Counseling from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Ybanez-Llorente served on Scholarship Review and Dual Language Symposium Committees, among other university service functions. Her professional service includes serving as president, committee chair, committee member, reviewer, and editorial board member for professional counseling organizations at the national, regional, and state levels. She served as a state liaison to the licensing board, was honored by the Texas Counseling Association with the Advocacy Award, and soon after was named in Senate Proclamation Number 543, commending her advocacy efforts within the counseling profession. Dr. Ybanez-Lorente was also awarded the SACES Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award, a competitive biannual award.
Dr. Heather Trepal, SACES President-Elect,
Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, and
Dr. Anneliese Singh, SACES President
September 28, 2012
Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente was recently awarded the SACES 2012 Outstanding Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award at the 2012 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference held in Savannah, Georgia in September. The SACES Outstanding Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award acknowledges individual faculty members who are showing exceptional progress in the early stages of their academic career. The award is based on activities in all areas of an academic position: research, teaching, and service. Dr. Ybañez-Llorente was found to have a productive track record of research and publications and a developed research agenda that promises to develop our knowledge of counseling. The nomination highlighted Dr. Ybañez-Llorente's active involvement in service to the counseling profession across numerous leadership positions at the national and state levels. Because SACES has a separate Teaching award, the evaluation of teaching is not as critical in this award, but Dr. Ybañez-Llorente's nomination also demonstrated a solid performance of teaching counseling courses.
Texas State graduate, Dr. Megan Trad, conducted a study of HPV awareness among undergrads at the university. Co-authored with Dr. Robert Reardon, the article was recently published in Radiologic Technology. Due to a press release by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, it has been cited in a WSJ piece entitled "Study Shows Students Aren't Aware Condoms Don't Provide Full Protection From HPV."
Wendy Francik, a spring graduate of the APCE Program, received the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for 2013 at the Adult Education Research Conference for her dissertation research, THE NATURE OF SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING IN SELF-MANAGING BIPOLAR DISORDER TO STAY WELL. This is the highest award given to a doctoral student in our field in this country.
Jovita Ross-Gordon chaired her committee, and Ann Brooks, Eric Schmidt, and Steve Furney served on her committee.
Drs. Cindy Plotts and Jon Lasser at their book signing at the National Association for School Psychology. Congratulations to them on their new textbook for school psychologists!
The first seminar given by the Institute for Play Therapy was held, Friday, February 8th. The interactive seminar was given by Dr. Linda Homeyer and Dr. Elizabeth Kjellstrand.
Dr. Michael O’Malley, Associate Professor, has received a Fulbright US Scholar Award for lecturing/research in Chile from August 2012 – January 2013. The project title is “School Improvement through Quality Educational Leadership Preparation/Understanding the Role of School Administrators in Achieving Inglés Abre Puertas Goals." Read more
"UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children." UCEA promotes, sponsors, and disseminates research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership; improves the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professions; and positively influences local, state, and national education policy. The organization noted Texas State's EDCL/SI programs for their promotion of educational equity and social justice