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July 22, 2011

Transparency International appoints Chapman to expert panel for Global Corruption Report on Education

David ChapmanTransparency International has appointed David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, to its Expert Advisory Panel for the Global Corruption Report on Education. Best known for its annual Corruption Perception Index, Transparency International is a highly acclaimed international organization devoted to promoting transparency in elections, public administration, procurement, and business. Working through its global network of more than 90 national chapters, it undertakes advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.

July 18, 2011

Ph.D candidate earns dissertation fellowship to study in Samoa

Christina Kwauk.jpgChristina Kwauk, Ph.D. student in educational policy and administration-comparative and international development education, from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been awarded a 2011-12 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. Her topic is Navigating Development Futures: Sport and the Production of Healthy Bodies in Samoa and American Samoa.

The purpose of the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship program is to give outstanding final-year Ph.D. candidates who are making timely progress toward the degree--typically those who will be entering their final one year or two years of graduate study--an opportunity to complete the dissertation within the upcoming academic year by devoting full-time effort to the research and writing of the dissertation.

OLPD well represented at International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe

Several members of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) presented at the 12th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe hosted by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The conference was held May 25-27, 2011 at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England and focused on Sustaining Growth Through Human Resource Development.

Attendees included:

Alexandre Ardichvili (Professor)
Kenneth Bartlett (Associate dean for graduate, professional, and international programs; Associate professor)
Rosemarie Park (Associate professor)
Louis Quast (Associate department chair; Hellervik/PDI Endowed Chair in Leadership & Adult Career Development)
Daniel Woldeab (WHRE Ph.D. graduate student)
along with
Thomas Jandris (Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education)

Topics presented included:

Minding the Gap: Exploring Differences in Perceptions of Organizational Ethics Between Executive, Mid-Level Managers and Non-Managers
Innovation in Higher Education and the Role of HRD
Given the Rise of the Academic Uses of Technology: Is the Technological Knowledge of Students Outstripping their HRD Professors?

May 31, 2011

Thai education expert Fry delivers strong message on reforms

Gerald FryGerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), spoke about educational reforms at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University recently. His speech, covered in an article in The Nation, focused on the need to improve quality in Thailand's educational system, which he said has overemphasized infrastructure and underemphasized activities in the classroom.

Fry has traveled to Thailand more than 50 times, sometimes living there for years at a time, and has written several books and articles about Thailand. His 2005 book, Thailand and its neighbors: Interdisciplinary perspectives, is one of several he has written about Southeast Asia. He also has written articles about Thailand for the Harvard International Review and other publications. Fry was selected with OLPD professor David Chapman as a recipient of the University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement in 2009.

May 11, 2011

University of Minnesota well represented at CIES annual meeting

The University of Minnesota had a strong showing at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society in Montreal (May 1-5, 2011). With more than 40 presentations by alumni, faculty, and students in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), Minnesota had one of the largest university contingents at the conference.

Highlights of the conference include the University of Minnesota reception attended by conferees from around the world, with the winners of the raffle leaving with Minnesota coffee mugs and t-shirts while all received CEHD pens, magnets, and information about the College, OLPD, and the Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) program. In addition, CIDE alumna Rhiannon Williams coordinated the New Scholars events throughout the conference, and many current students presented their master's and doctoral research (for the entire listing of University of Minnesota presentations see http://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/events/CIES/CIES2011.pdf). OLPD faculty were also highly visible at the conference: David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership, was honored for the best book of the year in international higher education; Joan DeJaeghere, Ph.D., assistant professor, chaired a high-profile session entitled "Capabilities, Social Justice and Education: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice"; Peter Demerath, Ed.D., associate professor, convened a session during the Gender Workshop on neoliberalism and ethnography; and Frances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor, presented papers on teacher education and globalization during two highlighted panels.

May 9, 2011

OLPD graduate students win awards to further support their research

Three students from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) have won various awards to further support of their research.

Millicent Adjei (M.A. student, comparative and international developmental education) has received a Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award to support her master's thesis research in Ghana.

Elizabeth Greene, (Ph.D. student, comparative and international developmental education), has received a Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award to support her doctoral research in Zambia.

Christina Kwauk, (Ph.D. student, comparative and international developmental education), has received a Graduate School Thesis Research Fellowship to support her doctoral research in Samoa and American Samoa.

Congratulations to all!

OLPD alum receives best dissertation honorable mention from CIES

Jae-Eun Jon, 2009 alum (Ph.D., comparative and international development education) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has received Best Dissertation Honorable Mention from the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Higher Education SIG meeting in Montreal.

Her dissertation was titled The New Landscape of Korean Higher Education: Institutional and Personal Factors Influencing Intercultural Competence." Congratulations, Jae-Eun!

OLPD graduate student receives McLean Legacy Fellowship in HRD

Robert Yawson, (Ph.D. student, work and human resource education-HRD), from the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD), received the Gary N. McLean Legacy Fellowship in HRD. This fellowship provides funding for HRD graduate students and is named for professor emeritus Gary McLean in recognition of his profound impact on the field of human resource development, as well as his many contributions to the HRD and Adult Education programs at the University of Minnesota over his four decade career. Congratulations Robert!

April 29, 2011

OLPD graduate student receives COGS travel award

Millicent Adjei (M.A. student, comparative and international development education), from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), is a recipient of a 2010-11 COGS Travel Award to support her summer research in Ghana, her home country. Congrats!

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) gives awards to masters and Ph.D. students for travel to conferences and educational programs. This award aims to help students with limited funding to further develop professional skills and contacts.

OLPD graduate students selected to participate in AERA mentoring session

Vanessa Abanu (Ph.D. student, higher education) and Chris Opsal (Ph.D. student, educational administration) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), were selected to participate in the AERA Division F (History and Historiography) Mentoring Seminar for Junior Faculty and Graduate Students, held during the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, April 8-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Congrats!

OLPD alum wins AERA outstanding poster award

John Asmussen, 2010 alum (Ph.D. in higher education) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) won third place in the inaugural Outstanding Poster Awards at the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting held April 8-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His poster topic was How Might Governors Improve College Graduation Rates?

Moravec publishes book on invisible learning

John MoravecJohn Moravec, Ph.D., coordinator of Leapfrog Institutes and senior lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has had the Spanish edition of his new book (written together with Cristóbal Cobo, Oxford Internet Institute), Invisible Learning (Aprendizaje Invisible) released by the University of Barcelona (Col·lecció Transmedia XXI. Laboratori de Mitjans Interactius / Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona). The e-book is available at the University of Barcelona website. The print edition will arrive in the coming months and an English edition is forthcoming.

April 22, 2011

Alumni Society celebrates outstanding 2011 award recipients

The CEHD Alumni Society honored its 2011 award recipients April 22 at an evening ceremony in the McNamara Alumni Center. The Alumni Society, established in 1956, works to create lifelong connections with alumni, students, and friends of the college, enhance the student experience, and advocate for the college and the University.

This year's honorees include Bryan Jackson, William E. Gardner Pre K-12 Outstanding Educator; Adele Munsterman, Gordon M.A. Mork Outstanding Educator; Dirk Miller, Larry Wilson award-winner; Arunya Tuicomepee, Emerging Leader award-winner; Frances Vavrus, Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching award-winner; and Yoav Lavee, Distinguished International Alumni award-winner.

Jackson earned his B.S. degree in elementary education from CEHD and is an exceptional third-grade teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. Munsterman, M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, taught Spanish and French at Fridley High School for 32 years, earning numerous honors. Miller, Ph.D. in counseling psychology, is founder of The Emily Program, one of the most recognized comprehensive eating disorder treatment programs in the country.

Tuicomepee, Ph.D. in counseling psychology, is an honored psychology faculty member at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and has been internationally recognized for her research and work with tsunami survivors. Vavrus, professor in CEHD's organizational leadership, policy and development, is an outstanding classroom teacher and expert on comparative and international education. Lavee, Ph.D. in family social science, is a noted professor of social work and dean of students at the University of Haifa in Israel who is an expert on family stress.

See past Alumni Society award winners here.

April 20, 2011

Kampsen honored with undergraduate advising award

kampsen.gifAmy Kampsen, who holds a doctoral degree in educational policy and administration from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been awarded the prestigious John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising at the University for 2010-11. The award is named in honor of John Tate, professor of physics and first dean of University College (1930-41). The Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality academic advising and to identify professional models and celebrate the role that academic advising plays in the University's educational mission. Kampsen will be honored with this year's other Tate winners at a ceremony on April 22.

April 12, 2011

Graduate student selected as Concordia University president

Rev. Thomas Ries, Ph.D. student (Higher Education) in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been selected as the ninth president of Concordia University-St. Paul. Ries is currently president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation, splitting time between his home and school in the Twin Cities and his work in St. Louis, MO. He was vice president for finance and operations at Concordia from 1999 to 2004. See the full story in the Minnesota Daily.

OLPD Faculty and students attend AHRD International Research Conference

Several faculty members and students from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) presented at the 2011 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. The conference was held February 23-26 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Participants included:

Alexandre Ardichvili (Professor)
Kenneth Bartlett (Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional, and International Programs; Associate professor)
James Brown (Professor)
Louis Quast (Associate department chair; Hellervik/PDI Endowed Chair in Leadership & Adult Career Development)
Denise A . Bonebright (HRD graduate student)
Sanghamitra Chaudhuri (HRD graduate student)
Renada Goldberg (HRD graduate student)
Elizabeth Bechtel Jayanti (HRD graduate student)
Chang-Wook Jeung (HRD graduate student)
Jeong Rok Oh (HRD graduate student)
Sunyoung Park (HRD graduate student)
JiHyun Shim (HRD alumni)
Bai Vu (HRD undergraduate student)
Joseph M. Wohkitel (HRD graduate student)
Hea Jun Yoon (HRD graduate student)
Kelly A. Zimmerman (HRD undergraduate student)

Topics presented included:

The Changing Role of Leaders in Workplace Learning through CoPs
Advancing the Affective Domain and its Interventions for HRD
Identifying Organizational Knowledge Creation Enablers through Content Analysis: The Voice from the Industry
The Impact of the Learning Organization Environment on the Organizational Learning Process: Does the Better Learning Process Occur in the Better Learning Organization?
A Feminist Perspective on Women's Employment in South Korea: Implications for HRD
Using Multi-Rater Feedback to Predict Managerial Career Derailment A Model of Self-Boss Rating Patterns
Leadership Development in Korea: A Delphi Study
Transcending the Learning Organizations and Becoming a Corporate Socially Responsible Organization
The Business Case for Human Resource Development: A Strategic Overview
Mountains as Places of Learning: An Autoethnographic Exploration
Positive Psychology: An Overview and Discussion of its Impact on Work and Human Resource Education
Work-Life and Family Issues of Expatriate Employees: The Lived Experience of Not Being Able to Work When Offered an Opportunity to Work
Reverse Mentoring: A Social Exchange Tool for Keeping the Millenials Committed and the Aging Workforce Engaged
The Current State of Human Performance Technology: A Citation Network Analysis of Performance Improvement Quarterly, 1988-2010
A Content Analysis of the Websites of HRD Academic Programs in the United States
Theorizing Models of Corporate Universities
The Experience of Dislocated Workers under the Workforce Investment Act
Organizational Learning Style: A Conceptual Model
Nonlinear Learning Styles: A Conceptual Model


April 6, 2011

Professor publishes book on raising student achievement

Stuart YehStuart Yeh, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has had his book, The Cost-Effectiveness of 22 Approaches for Raising Student Achievement, published by Information Age Publishing.

In his book, Yeh suggests that student achievement may be increased in a way that is not only cost-effective in dollar terms, but efficient in the sense that it does not rely on unusual investments of time. He draws on a wealth of cost-effectiveness data to dispel common notions about "what works" in addressing the achievement gap: increased expenditure per pupil, charter schools, voucher programs, increased educational accountability, class size reduction, comprehensive school reform, increased teacher salaries, more selective teacher recruitment, the use of "value-added" methods to measure and reward teacher performance, the use of National Board teacher certification to identify high-performing teachers, and a host of other approaches.

April 4, 2011

OLPD graduate student selected as delegate for AC21 Student World Forum

Ana Morau, M.A. student (Comparative and International Development Education) in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was selected as a student delegate to represent the University of Minnesota at the 4th AC21 Student World Forum in Thailand. This event is presented by the Academic Consortium for the 21st Century (AC21) and organized by the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The conference's focus is on sustainable development.

OLPD graduate student receives Thomas A. Bilger Citation for Service

Tina Falkner, Ph.D., 2010 alumni (Higher Education) of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) as well as chief privacy officer for student data and a director in Academic Support Resources, was awarded the Thomas A. Bilger Citation for Service. This award is given annually at the conference of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRO). Falkner was recognized for her outstanding contributions to AACRAO's conferences and programs, special projects, task forces, and committee assignments.

OLPD alumni presents research on Scandinavian Folk Art Education

Mary Etta Litsheim, Ph.D., 2010 alumni (WCFE) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), is presenting her research on The Evolution of Scandinavian Folk Art Education within the Contemporary Context in April 2011 at the international meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Chicago, IL and in June 2011 at the Norwegian-American Historical Association Conference in Decorah, IA.

Chapman featured speaker at Gulf Comparative Education Society annual meeting

David ChapmanDavid Chapman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) was the guest of the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research to be a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Gulf Comparative Education Society held in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE March 16-17. He reported on a research study being conducted with Elizabeth Wilson (OLPD) and colleagues at Michigan State University and the Dubai School of Government. Their study explores the dynamics of how relying on an instructional staff composed of over 90% expatriate instructors on short-term contracts affects higher education quality in the UAE.

March 21, 2011

Vavrus keynote speaker for Gender and Education in Tanzania event at University of Michigan

Fran VavrusFrances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) was the keynote speaker at the Gender and Education in Tanzania event at the University of Michigan on Friday, March 11. Sponsored by the University's African Studies Center and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, the event was designed to promote awareness of the importance of promoting secondary and tertiary education for women in the country. Organizers included members of a new student group on campus, the AfricAid Club, which is raising funds to support a Tanzanian women seeking to complete her secondary school education.

February 28, 2011

Seashore Distinguished Visitor at University of Auckland

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Ph.D., Regents professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been invited to the University of Auckland as a Distinguished Visitor due to her being one of America's most acclaimed researchers, writers and teachers on school improvement and reform, school leadership, and knowledge use in education.

She will be giving two seminars: Great Expectations: How to Lead in Complex Times and Integrative Leadership in Education: How We Can Broaden Engagement for Student Learning.

See Visiting scholar to address school leadership and reform.

AERA honors Regents Professor

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Regents Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been selected to become a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Fellows will be officially honored and inducted by the association during a special ceremony at the AERA annual meeting on April 9, 2011.

The AERA Fellows Program was established by the AERA Council in 2007 to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the association's commitment to excellence in research, and to emphasize to new scholars the importance of sustained research of excellence in the field. The Class of 2011 Fellows is the third group to be inducted based on nomination by peers, selection by the Fellows Program Committee, and approval by council.

February 24, 2011

Faculty share expertise globally

Michael GohDavid ChapmanDavid Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was a guest of the Japanese Ministry of Education to present a paper (with Jouko Sarvi, head of education work at the Asian Development Bank) at the International Symposium on Regional and Interregional Cooperation of Universities held at the University of Tokyo, February 17-18. Michael Goh, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, was a visiting professor at the Center for Innovation Research in Cultural Intelligence and Leadership (CIRCQL), Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, February 13-20.

Chapman presented preliminary results of the Asian Development Bank's two-year study of higher education issues in Southeast and East Asia, for which he serves as team leader. Attending the conference was recent OLPD graduate Yuki Watabe, an assistant professor at Kyoto University in Japan.

Goh was invited to participate as an assessor and consultant for a cross-cultural situational role-play assessment center for MBA students who are future leaders in their respective countries. CIRCQL was founded by a U of M distinguished alumnus, professor Soon Ang (Carlson School of Management '93). Participants were from Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Kazakhstan. Goh, Ang, and associates are cultivating an interdisciplinary research agenda to develop cultural intelligence situational role play assessment centers to train culturally competent global leaders, counselors, psychologists, and teachers.

January 26, 2011

Best book of the year in international higher education

David ChapmanCrossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education--co-edited by David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; Gerry Postiglione (University of Hong Kong); and William Cummings (George Washington University)--has been selected as the best book of the year in international higher education by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) for the 2009-10 academic year.

The award will be given out at the CIES Annual Meeting (May 1-5, 2011) in Montreal.

January 10, 2011

Fry to receive honorary doctorate from university in Thailand

Gerald FryGerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, will receive an honorary doctor of philosophy of education for locality development from Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University in Thailand.

Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University is home to a relatively new institute for quality teacher development where Professor Fry is a formal adviser and has done training over the past four years. He starts his sixth decade of work on Thailand, dating back to his Peace Corps teaching back in late 1960s.

Three of his former Thai students are now university presidents and two others are editors of Thailand's leading English and Thai language newspapers.


January 6, 2011

HRD undergraduate receives UROP grant and SEED award

Congratulations to Bai Vue, undergraduate HRD major in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), who received a grant for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award!

The goal of UROP is to help students become involved in research and creative activity to stimulate thinking, broaden perspectives, expand intellectual and social networking, strengthen connections to the University of Minnesota community, and strengthen connections to research and creative communities nationally and throughout the world. Bai will be working with Lou Quast, OLPD associate chair, on behavioral patterns of managerial career derailment through the multi-rater feedback developmental instrument.

The undergraduate SEED Award program honors outstanding diverse undergraduate students who demonstrate impressive achievement and leadership in the area(s) of a) academic performance and/or b) community outreach/activism. In addition, SEED Award recipients will demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community. Six to ten undergraduate SEED Awards, ranging from $1,000 to $,3000, are awarded each year.

December 23, 2010

Seashore discusses new research on the influence of principals

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Regents Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was interviewed about her current research on school leadership in the article "In Schools, Change Starts at the Top" published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Principals have a very strong effect on student learning," says Seashore, "but it's primarily indirect and it's primarily because of the way their behaviors encourage teachers to work together on improving their professional practice."

December 15, 2010

Vavrus presents paper at Copenhagen University's Center for Health & Society

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), recently spent several days in Denmark presenting a paper at Copenhagen University's Center for Health and Society and serving as an external examiner at Roskilde University's Graduate School of Lifelong Learning. The paper, entitled Partnership, poverty, and power: What can critical discourse analysis teach us about health and development in Tanzania?, is based on research she has been conducting on global poverty reduction strategies and their impact on Tanzania's education and health policies. As external examiner, Vavrus provided critical commentary on a dissertation examining the gendered dimensions of micro-credit programs in urban Tanzania.

Furco presents at National Public Engagement Conference in London

Andrew FurcoAndrew Furco, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and associate vice president for public engagement in the Office for Public Engagement, gave a presentation at the United Kingdom's National Public Engagement Conference in London (Dec. 7-8, 2010). Engage 2010 is the NCCPE's first national conference focusing on the broad theme of why and how universities should engage with the public. The title of Furco's presentation was Community Engaged Learning: Institutional Development from a UK and USA Perspective, which he gave with Professor John Annette, pro vice master at the University of London.

Furco gives closing keynote at 10th Annual International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Andrew FurcoIn late October, Andrew Furco, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership Policy and Development (OLPD) and associate vice president for public engagement in the Office for Public Engagement, gave the closing keynote at the 10th Annual International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. This international conference was hosted by IUPUI, and was attended by about 400 individuals, including participants from 14 countries.

The conference explores the latest research on the impacts, implementation, and institutionalization of service-learning and community engagement across the educational spectrum (primary, secondary, and higher education). The title of his paper was Charting the Future of Service-Learning and Community Engagement Research: The Next Ten Years. Michael Patten provided the opening keynote presentation. Present at the conference were several OLPD graduate students (Lisa Burton, Beth Dierker, Yi Cao, Michelle Kuhl) as well as other U of M faculty including Heidi Barajas, Rob Shumer, and Cathy Jordan.

December 14, 2010

CEHD students win Scholarly Excellence in Equity & Diversity awards

Vue.jpgHynes.jpgDiggles.jpgThree CEHD students were among the 2010 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award winners announced in November. Kimberly Diggles, Ph.D. student in marriage and family therapy (family social science); Kevin Hynes, senior in family social science; and Bai Vue, senior in human resource development were honored at a University ceremony for their outstanding work on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice in the classroom and in the community.

Diggles is a recipient of an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fellowship. She is a former McNair Scholar and has research interests in racial and cultural socialization in minority families.

Hynes is majoring in psychology as well as family social science. He has worked on adoption research and cites his own adopted person status and Korean birth culture as contributors to his deep interest and understanding of cultural diversity.

Vue, in addition to his human resource development major, has minors in leadership and human resource industrial relations. He is the education co-chair for the Hmong Minnesota Student Association and has been a McNair Scholar and Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador.

For more details on the awards and a video of the 2010 SEED award winners, see the Equity and Diversity website.

November 30, 2010

Seashore keynote speaker for National Education Directorate in Oslo

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Ph.D., Regent's Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was the keynote speaker in Oslo, Norway for the School Development in Theory and Practice Conference of the Norwegian National Education Directorate on October 16, 2010. Seashore's talk was titled "School Culture and School Improvement." She also conducted a workshop for staff of the Ministry and the Directorate on October 17 titled "Policy Leadership for Educational Reform."

Fry, Magnusson conduct seminar for Thai educators

Deanne MagnussonGerald FryGerald Fry, Ph.D. and Deanne Magnusson, Ph.D., co-directors of the international Ed.D. programs in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development, conducted a two day seminar, Re-Imagining Leadership in an Era of Globalization, for Thai educators. Participants in the seminar were Ph.D. students in education leadership and administration attending Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand, visiting the University of Minnesota as a component of their doctorate program.

Quast, Peterson present papers at Academy of Human Resource Development in China

Shari Peterson Louis Quast Louis Quast, Ph.D., Hellervik endowed chair, and Shari Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor, both of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, presented papers at the 9th International Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development (Asia Chapter) on Workplace Learning and Sustainable Development for Individuals, Organizations, and Society in Shanghai, China (November 11-14, 2010). Lindsay Blumenshein, M.Ed. student in human resource development, also attended.

Moravec delivered keynote presentation in Ecuador on Invisible Learning

Moravec.jpegJohn Moravec, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, recently traveled to the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Loja, Ecuador, where he delivered a keynote presentation at the third congress of CREAD ANDES, a workshop at iSummitLoxa, and a video interview for Punto de Vista, which is broadcast throughout Ecuador and other parts of Latin America. The topics were centered around a book he is co-authoring with Dr. Cristóbal Cobo (Oxford Internet Institute, U Oxford) on Invisible Learning (Aprendizaje Invisible), to be released in print and online by the University of Barcelona press in early 2011. More information about the Invisible Learning project is available at http://www.invisiblelearning.com.

October 5, 2010

Demerath presented invited paper at University of Cambridge

Peter DemerathPeter Demerath, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented his paper, Decoding Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in U.S. High Schools, at the Social Life of Achievement Workshop in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge on September 29, 2010.

September 14, 2010

Visitors from India study educational program evaluation methods

Jean KingThe Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), headed by Professor Jean King, is hosting 19 visitors from India this week as part of an evaluation study tour. The visitors are high ranking government researchers charged with studying large educational programs across India. They are receiving training here at the University all week and will also meet with representatives from several college centers and visit schools in both the St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin districts. The focus of study is practical program evaluation, particularly in school settings.

MESI is a collaboration of units across the University of Minnesota offering high quality training and professional development, and creating a professional community for evaluators across the world. The delegates from India--representing the states of Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu--are faculty with The National Council of Educational Research and Training, a resource organization set up by the government of India with headquarters in New Delhi.

August 23, 2010

LA Times interviews Wahlstrom on benefits of later school start times

Wahlstrom.jpgProfessor Kyla Wahlstrom is featured in a Los Angeles Times story titled "Later school start times and Zzzs to A's," which focuses on the increasing body of research indicating that delaying school start times -- even by just 30 minutes -- makes a significant difference in how well students feel and perform in school. One of the first and most influential studies was conducted in the mid-1990s by Wahlstrom and her research team at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI). It led the way for continuing study of later start times and their relationship to educational achievement for high school students.

August 19, 2010

College faculty involved in federal leadership grant to Saint Paul public schools

Several individuals in the College were involved in a successful grant submission for a "Turnaround Schools" project: Professor Karen Seashore and Professor Jennifer York-Barr in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Professor Peter Demerath, also in OLPD, is expected to be involved in the initiative along with his departmental colleagues Seashore and York-Barr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Aug. 4, 2010 -- Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) was awarded a total of more than $3 million over five years to build a senior leadership program for five schools that will bring successful practices from the private sector into those schools. This School Leadership Grant from the U. S. Department of Education makes Saint Paul one of only 14school districts nationally to implement a program that draws on locally based international experts in education and business leaders to make a difference in students' lives.
At SPPS, the funds will be used for a program called "Turnaround Saint Paul," a collaboration between the District professionals and organizations including Target, Travelers Foundation, Minnesota Business Partnership, the University of Minnesota and the Center for School Change at Macalester College. The program will also be a collaborative venture between St. Paul Public Schools and some charter schools in Saint Paul.
"We are grateful that the U.S Department of Education recognized our plan as one of the best in the country to help turnaround our schools and I believe this grant is in large part due to the incredible leadership in education and business we have in the Twin Cities," said SPPS Superintendent Valeria S. Silva. "This is the kind of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that we have embraced at Saint Paul Public Schools which will help us as we work to successfully and positively impact the lives of students, their families and our community."
Specifically at SPPS, the resources will go to help leaders at schools including Maxfield Magnet and Humboldt Secondary School. It also will assist leaders at Saint Paul City Charter (formerly known as New Spirit), Saint Paul High School for the Recording Arts and Urban Academy. Through "Turnaround Saint Paul," school leaders will be provided mentoring opportunities from successful private sector professionals including support for job-embedded learning and guidance to align their schools.
Through this work, the District will continue to build upon a foundation of quality collaboration between business leaders and experts in education using instructional practices that help the city's students reach their academic goals and beyond.
This federal grant will build on an approximately $2 million dollar grant from the Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Foundation for Children that invested in the SPPS to develop aspiring principals at the "St. Paul Public School Leadership Institute for Aspiring Principals."
The Superintendent would like to thank the experts who worked in this grant proposal: Jim Eaton, Dr. Lisa Jones, Joe Nathan, Dr. Karen Seashore, Dr. William Sommers, Dr. Kayla Walstrom, Dr. Kate Wilcox-Harris and Dr. Jennifer York-Barr.

July 20, 2010

Large national study strongly links educational leadership to student achievement

SeashoreKarenW.jpgWahlstrom.jpgA new study released today, the largest of its kind, offers important new evidence affirming the strong connection between what school leaders do and student achievement -- and sheds new light on what effective leadership involves.

The conclusions in the report, Learning from Leadership: Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning, by researchers Kyla Wahlstrom and Karen Seashore Louis from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development) and Kenneth Leithwood and Stephen Anderson from the University of Toronto, have broad implications for the understanding of how leadership affects learning across the United States.

"The rubber hits the road in the classroom; that's where the learning happens," said Wahlstrom. "Leadership is important because it sets the conditions and the expectations in the school that there will be excellent instruction and there will be a culture of ongoing learning for the educators and for the students in the school."

The study demonstrates a strong, positive link between educational leaders -- particularly principals -- and student learning outcomes. As the topic of student achievement and test scores dominates policy discussions at the local, state, and national levels, schools and districts face mounting pressure to improve student outcomes. The report provides vital information for policymakers and educational leaders to help students succeed.

Researchers of the $3.5 million study, funded by The Wallace Foundation and conducted over six years, conducted more than 1,000 interviews, surveyed more than 8,000 teachers and administrators, and observed in more than 350 classrooms at all grade levels.

The rich set of findings in Learning from Leadership can help educators, policymakers, and other thought leaders understand how student achievement is linked to leadership at all levels of the education system, from the classroom to the state capital. The report's implications are vast, but one message is clear: "Schools and districts that don't have good leaders will struggle," said Wahlstrom. "So leadership absolutely makes a difference. I can't say that strongly enough: Good leadership is critical to good education."

See the University's news release for more information, including a summary of the report's key findings. The full report is available for free from cehd.umn.edu/carei or wallacefoundation.org, which also includes video commentary by Wahlstrom. See also the University's podcast interview with Wahlstrom below.









July 15, 2010

Anderson co-edits publication on international research collaboration

Melissa AndersonMelissa S. Anderson, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and Nicholas H. Steneck, director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, are the editors of a 2010 Routledge publication titled International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble.

International Research Collaborations provides valuable insights to researchers who are collaborating or who intend to collaborate, as well as to administrators, funders, regulators, editors, and policy-makers involved in cross-national research.

Encouraged by their institutions and governments and aided by advances in technology and communication, researchers increasingly pursue international collaborations with high hopes for scientific breakthroughs, intellectual stimulation, access to research equipment and populations, and the satisfaction of global engagement. International Research Collaborations considers what can and does go wrong in cross-national research collaborations, and how scientists can avoid these problems in order to create and sustain productive, mutually-enriching partnerships.

Unfamiliar approaches to training, legal and regulatory complications, and differences in funding and administration pose challenges for collaboration that are then compounded by the need to satisfy the requirements of different research systems. To help today's international researchers create the best possible partnerships, chapters by funding officers, diplomats, attorneys, publishers, regulators, graduate students and postdocs, industry researchers, administrators, and scholars of responsible research address the following key trouble spots:

* How research is organized and funded
* The legal and normative environments of research
* Differences in regulation and oversight
* Variation in graduate education and postdoctoral training

July 6, 2010

Seashore quoted in article about St. Paul 'Promise Neighborhood'

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development was quoted in the Pioneer Press article "City leaders apply for federal grant to create a 'Promise Neighborhood' in St. Paul."

"St. Paul civic, community, educational and political leaders have embarked on a long-term plan to turn around hard-knocks portions of the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods...Approaches like Promise Neighborhood run counter to an educational approach in recent decades that views schools as safe havens and the community as something to keep at a distance," said Karen Seashore, a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

June 30, 2010

Ph.D. candidate Bernadeia Johnson leads Minneapolis public schools

bjohnson_supt.jpgBernadeia Johnson, who is completing her dissertation for a doctorate in educational policy and administration at the University, begins her position as superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) on July 1. Johnson, who received her superintendent's licensure in 2007 from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, served as deputy superintendent of MPS since August 2005.

After a selection process that began in July 2009, the Minneapolis Board of Education selected Johnson as the single candidate for the position in February 2010 and hosted community meetings to introduce her. During those meetings, Johnson emphasized the importance of community involvement to promote continuous learning for all students. One of the key architects of the development of the Minneapolis Public Schools Strategic Plan 2007-2012, Johnson plans to focus on accelerating academic progress for all students in her new role.

"I am extremely hopeful for the future and excited to lead this work," said Johnson. "I am eager to focus on the academic work of the district and I know we can do great things for the children of Minneapolis."

Johnson was deputy superintendent of Memphis City Schools, the largest school system in the state of Tennessee, from 2004 to 2005. She was principal at Elizabeth Hall Community School in Minneapolis from 1999 to 2004, and she taught and served as an assistant principal in the Saint Paul Public School district from 1991 to 1999.

June 16, 2010

Seashore named Regents Professor

Seashore1.jpgKaren Seashore, the Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education, has been named Regents Professor by the University Board of Regents. Established in 1965, the Regents Professor designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University. Seashore is one of only three University faculty awarded this honor in 2010.

"Year after year, Regents Professors represent the best and brightest in their fields, and this year's selections are no exception," said University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks. "Their bold discoveries and commitment to excellence across a wide range of disciplines embody the mission and aspirations of a world-class research and land-grant university."

The addition of Seashore, from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), along with professors William Iacono (College of Liberal Arts, psychology) and Horace Loh (Medical School, pharmacology) increases the total number of current Regents Professorships at the University to 30.

Seashore is an internationally acclaimed scholar whose research is grounded in social science theory and who is considered to be the most important methodologist in the field of school improvement and school leadership in the last quarter century. Her work on entrepreneurial science is said to have changed the understanding of science and research and is considered to be the gold standard on the subject. She has published 13 books, 17 major monographs, 73 peer-reviewed articles, and 52 chapters.

"I am thrilled that Karen has been named a Regents Professor," said Jean Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "It is so well deserved. She has won many awards and accolades for her work because she does not back away from difficult issues on teaching children more effectively and understanding the complexity of our educational systems.

"She became a grandmother this week as well as a Regents professor--both of which are significant accomplishments," added Quam on a personal note. "We are very proud of the recognition she brings to her own work as well as to the department and the college."

Seashore has served on many editorial boards and review panels including the National Science Foundation's sections on Sociology and on Ethics and Values in Science and Technology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Spencer Foundation. In addition to serving on numerous university-level committees such as the Faculty Consultative Committee, the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, the Senate Committee on Finance and Planning, and as vice chair of the University Senate, she has served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education, as director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, and as director of undergraduate studies in OLPD.

May 20, 2010

Faculty expert on Thailand speaks about current crisis

Gerald FryGerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was interviewed recently about the current conflict in Thailand by MinnPost. Fry, who was selected with colleague David Chapman as a recipient of the 2009 Award for Global Engagement, has traveled to Thailand more than 50 times and has written several books and articles about Thailand. Fry was planning to lead a group of 19 University of Minnesota students to Thailand this week, but the trip was canceled because of the violence erupting in Bangkok.

May 13, 2010

Teaching and learning in emerging learning environments

Amy Garrett DikkersAmy Garrett Dikkers, coordinator and lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was the invited keynote speaker at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict's Faculty Technology Day on May 11. The title of her presentation was Teaching and Learning in Emerging Learning Environments and the focus of her remarks was her course redesign of EDHD 5005: School and Society for the Active Learning Classrooms on Campus. View presentation.

April 29, 2010

Ropers-Huilman named department chair of OLPD

RopersHuilmanB-2007.jpgProfessor Rebecca Ropers-Huilman has been appointed chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) effective August this year. Ropers-Huilman follows Darwin Hendel, who is stepping down after chairing the department since April 2007.

Ropers-Huilman has been a professor of higher education in the department since August 2007. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in educational administration with a concentration in higher education. Her research interests relate primarily to race and gender in higher education, and change agents in postsecondary contexts. She is also editor of Feminist Formations. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, she was a faculty member at Louisiana State University and held positions there as director of women's and gender studies, director of the Women's Center, and coordinator of the higher education program.

"We appreciate Darwin Hendel's service during the transition of OLPD," said Dean Jean Quam. "And I am very pleased that Professor Ropers-Huilman has agreed to serve as the next chair. I am excited by her vision for the department in general and higher education in particular. She is an inclusive leader who has thoughtfully approached her decision to accept this position by conducting listening sessions with faculty, staff, and students."

April 28, 2010

Remembering Tim Mazzoni

Tim MazzoniProfessor Emeritus Tim Mazzoni died of cancer on April 6 at the age of 73 in San Diego. Tim was a faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration (now the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development) for 27 years, and mentored both his colleagues and students with grace and ease. He was the acting chair of the department, 1998-99, and chair, 1990-91.

An informal celebration of his life was held on April 17 in San Diego, where he and his wife, Judy, moved after retirement. A Minnesota celebration will be held on Thursday, May 13, 1-4 p.m. in the Johnson Room at the McNamara Alumni Center. Friends and colleagues are urged to drop in. Judy will greet friends starting at 2 p.m. before turning over the event to Professor Emeritus Neal Nickerson, who will introduce speakers and facilitate the honoring of Tim's contributions.

See the Minneapolis Star Tribune's obituary for Tim.

April 19, 2010

Undergraduate programs foster leadership

Connect cover Through the First Year Experience, all incoming College of Education and Human Development freshmen work to identify their individual strengths. This two-semester program focuses on helping students succeed academically and socially at the University and to identify the majors and careers where they can have the most impact. The college is also academic home to the University-wide leadership minor, which provides knowledge about leadership in the context of social action and change.

Learn how these programs tap students' natural potential in the Winter/Spring issue of Connect.

April 16, 2010

Recipients of Global Spotlight grants include four from OLPD

VavrusF2008W.jpgFour recipients of the new Global Spotlight grants from the Office of International Programs (OIP) are members of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. These grants will support research and other scholarly initiatives related to the spotlight area of "Africa and Water in the World" and continue development of a global network of engagement and scholarship across the University.

International Collaborative Seed Grants

The Cultural Politics of Pedagogy and Development in Tanzania
Principal Investigator: Frances Vavrus, associate professor

Doctoral Fellowships for International Research

Factors Associated with Partnership Experiences, Attitudes, and Perceptions: A Comparative Case Study of Two African Universities
Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education

OIP International Pre-Dissertation and Small Grants Awards for Doctoral Students

Navigating Pacific Identities through Sport: A Comparison of Water-Based and Land-Based Physical Activity Approaches to Health and International Development in Samoa and American Somoa
Christina Kwauk, Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education

Teachers as Political Tools in Tanzania
Matthew Thomas, Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education

April 15, 2010

CARE grant fosters grad. student research

Eighteen graduate students from the comparative and international developmental education program in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) are learning from a unique opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty in such countries as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Honduras, and Malawi. Their experiences are part of a partnership between the college, CARE USA, and CARE's partners in eight developing countries.

Honduran school children The college is in the final year of an initial $1.1 million grant from CARE. OLPD assistant professor Joan DeJaeghere and Christopher Johnstone, the college's director of international initiatives and relations, are co-principal investigators. OLPD faculty members Fran Vavrus and David Chapman also lead research teams in some of the countries.

Find out more about these unique research partnerships in the Community section of Connect.

Alumna reflects on 25 years of alumni association leadership

Margaret S. Carlson in the 2007 Homecoming ParadeMargaret Sughrue Carlson (Ph.D. '83) recently retired as president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association after more than two decades as one of the most visible faces of the University. Under her leadership, the UMAA built its own on-campus home, increased membership, expanded attendance at its annual event, and developed lobbying influence on behalf of the University.

Find out how Carlson's dissertation work with educational policy faculty helped shape her as the leader she is, as well as the reasons for her ongoing commitment to the college and the U of M, in the latest issue of Connect.

Leading in higher education

Rich WagnerRich Wagner (Ph.D. '06) rose to the office of president at Dunwoody Technical College, Minneapolis, just as the economy declined. Now he and his team are completely re-envisioning the nearly 100-year old institution. He says his grounding through CEHD prepared him to make major decisions quickly and confidently.

Read more about Wagner in "Leading for the Future," featured in the latest issue of Connect.

April 14, 2010

Open for some

Nicola AlexanderMinnesota's system of open enrollment, which policymakers established to allow the education system to self-regulate, has created a dynamic in which schools and districts must compete for students. Nicola Alexander, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has researched how competing for students influences the dueling pressures of finances and measures of student achievement for 55 Twin Cities metro school districts.

Discover more about her findings regarding the financial stability of local districts, as well as their competitiveness, in "Colloquium: Open enrollment's losers." It's available in the Winter/Spring 2010 Connect.

April 13, 2010

Kremers reflects on a tumultuous tenure

Kristi KremersKristi Kremers, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is wrapping up her second term as president of the Graduate and Professional Student's Association. In the face of a restructuring of the Graduate School, she made sure students had a place among decision makers.

Read more about her accomplishments and her plans for the future in the latest issue of Connect.

Empowered teachers = successful schools

Jennifer York-BarrSchools are experiencing a culture shift in which teachers are taking a more active and collaborative role in improving their educational practice, said Jennifer York-Barr, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in the latest issue of Connect, the college magazine. Her research into teacher professional development highlights the importance of peer leadership.

Read more about the college's engaged research to support teacher leadership in the article "Empowering teachers."

Tapping parents, community drives results

DSC_6427.jpgResearch from Kyla Wahlstrom and Karen Seashore demonstrates that collective leadership, shared between education professionals, parents, and other community members, leads to student achievement.

Their findings, which will be part of the upcoming Wallace Foundation report, "Learning from Leadership: Investigating the Links to Improve Student Learning," are included in a larger story regarding parent leadership--available in the Winter/Spring '10 issue of Connect, the college magazine.

April 12, 2010

Ph.D. student Chiteng Kot receives doctoral fellowship for international research

Felly Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is the recipient of a doctoral fellowship for international research from the Office of International Programs. Chiteng Kot's research focuses on international partnerships of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

April 6, 2010

In memoriam: Paul Marvin

R. Paul Marvin, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Education, died on April 4, 2010, at the age of 91. He had a life-long career as an educator and taught students at the elementary, high school, and university levels. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1960 and became a professor of agricultural education at the University. From 1970 until his retirement in 1984, Marvin was chair of the department, which was recognized as one of the best agricultural education programs in the world.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruby H. Marvin; daughters, Suzanne Hartle (Darrell) and Julia Schneider (Bobb); grandchildren, R. Todd Hartle (Jill) and Sarah Hartle.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the United Church of Christ, 1000 Long Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112. A visitation will be held before the service at 10 a.m.

Memorials preferred to "Dr. R. Paul and Ruby Marvin -- Agricultural Education Scholarship," C-M-3854, University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 70870, St. Paul, Minnesota 55170.

March 31, 2010

Ph.D. student Selander receives Ramp-Up to Readiness grant

Julie Selander, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, received a grant from Ramp-Up To Readiness, a program of the University of Minnesota's College Readiness Consortium, to partner with Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools to help high school seniors prepare themselves financially for attending a postsecondary institution. The goal of the Ramp-Up to Readiness grants is to help University colleges, campuses and offices create new or enhance existing partnerships with preK-12 schools and community-based organizations to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits that are needed for success in college.

March 30, 2010

Integral role given to participatory education

This semester, Robert Shumer, Ph.D., lecturer in the department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is teaching a seminar titled Youth Participatory Evaluation for the Youth Development Leadership program. In this class, he focuses on youth-led evaluation as a function of youth development, specifically participatory evaluation.

For Shumer, civic engagement is not an unfamiliar topic. Since 1969, when he began teaching, he has been blending theory and the practice of youth leadership. His teaching is based on the conviction that service should be a central feature of democratic institutions.

Starting as a high school teacher and continuing on as a vocational education instructor, Shumer developed curriculum aimed to connect students with their communities through service and career interest. Over the years, he came to recognize the need for training of youth leaders and the role youth participatory evaluation played in producing high quality service and educational programs.

When Shumer arrived at the University in 1992, he was one of the individuals involved in the establishment of the Youth Development Leadership program and the University's National Service-Learning Cooperative Clearinghouse which he directed from 1994-2001.

In recent years, Shumer has become more involved internationally. In Singapore, he delivered keynote addresses on youth development at two national conferences, conducted an evaluation of a teacher education program, and has since been working on the development of a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Singapore's National Institute of Education at Nanyang University.

March 26, 2010

Vavrus receives McKnight Presidential Fellow Award

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been selected to receive the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award. This program is supported through the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chairs Fund that was established in 2000 through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

The McKnight programs, taken as a whole, allow the University of Minnesota to offer support to its most promising faculty at critical stages in their careers. This is the eighth cohort to be awarded the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award, which is targeted specifically to the most promising faculty granted tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. Selection of fellows was made by a committee of vice provosts and vice presidents, chaired by Vice Provost Carney. Funding was available to make five faculty selections based on the promotion and tenure dossiers evaluated in 2008-2009. The McKnight Presidential Fellow Award recognizes accomplishments and supports ongoing research and scholarship. Selection criteria include an identification by internal and external reviewers as leaders in their field; potential to build programs that will be in the top tier internationally; ability to advance University priorities; and growing national or international reputation as evidenced by record of scholarship, publications, external funding, invited presentations and symposia addresses, significant awards, or other evidence of recognition for research and scholarship. The annual $15,000 financial award that is attached to this honor provides research-related support for three continuous fiscal years.

March 25, 2010

Alumnus James Bauck picked as superintendent of Eastern Carver County schools

bauck.jpgJames Bauck (M.A., '82, Ph.D., '84) has been selected by the Eastern Carver County School Board as the district's next superintendent. He takes over July 1, serving the greater Chaska area and bringing with him 17 years of experience as a superintendent in other Minnesota school districts. He is currently superintendent in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, and his experience includes administrative positions in the Mounds View, Owatonna, and Lakeville districts.

Read the story on the Star Tribune Web site.

March 24, 2010

Mestenhauser receives award for innovative international research and scholarship

Josef MestenhauserJosef Mestenhauser, Ph.D., professor emeritus of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is the recipient of a new award by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers' (NAFSA) Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community honoring research excellence. The Award for Innovative Research and Scholarship in Internationalization will be given for the first time by TLS at the 2010 NAFSA Annual Conference in Kansas City (May 30-June 4). Professor emeritus Mestenhauser was the former NAFSA president from 1987-88.

March 10, 2010

Chapman co-edits book on East Asian higher education

David ChapmanDavid W. Chapman, Ph.D. professor of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, along with William K. Cummings and Gerald A. Postiglione, are the editors of Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education. Published in 2010 by Springer, this book is 27th in a series of CERC Studies in Comparative Education by the Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

Graduate receives AERA Dissertation of the Year award

Krista Ottino, Ed.D. graduate in educational administration from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Research on the Superintendency special interest group for her dissertation titled Diminished Aspiration: Women Central Office Administrators and the Superintendency. Krista will receive her award at the Spring 2010 meeting of AERA in Denver, Colorado. Professor Cryss Brunner served as her adviser.

March 1, 2010

Ph.D. student to participate in UCEA's Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Mohammed Elmeski, a Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been selected to participate in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) at AERA in April 2010. Mohammed's dissertation topic focuses on a policy analysis of an education reform initiative in Morocco to create stronger teacher and parent partnerships through a decentralized school governance process. He is co-advised by David Chapman and Deanne Magnusson.

February 24, 2010

Professor emeritus receives elementary principals' award

Neal Nickerson, professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (educational administration), received the Champions of MESPA Award of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association at the MESPA Institute 2010, held on February 15, 2010.

February 23, 2010

Graduate receives AERA Dissertation of the Year award

Mary Denton, who received her Ed.D. in educational administration in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been awarded Dissertation of the Year by the American Education Research Association (AERA) in Division A [Administration, Organization, and Leadership ] for her study The Lived Experiences of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Educational Leaders. Mary will receive her award at the annual AERA conference in April.

February 16, 2010

Thailand institute awards honorary Ph.D. to professor emeritus

Gary McLeanGary N. McLean, Ed.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and now senior professor and executive director of international human resource development in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, received an honorary Ph.D. in human resource development from the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 6, 2010.

The degree was bestowed by Her Royal Highness, the Crown Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand during NIDA's regular graduation ceremony. Approximately 2,000 masters and Ph.D. degrees were conferred during the ceremony. One other honorary Ph.D. was awarded in public administration.

The degree was awarded in recognition of McLean's 20+ years of involvement in human resource development in Thailand, including input into the development of two Ph.D. programs and teaching in a third, collaborative research and publications with Thai professors, and involvement in development activities at the local level in villages and temples.

McLean retired from the University of Minnesota in 2007, after 39 years. He continues to advise masters and doctoral students in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.

Ph.D. student Chiteng Kot receives scholarship award

Felly Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has received a scholarship award from The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Minnesota. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. The NSCDA, founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 45 corporate societies with over 15,000 members. Chiteng Kot is conducting his doctoral research on the topic of university partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa.

February 9, 2010

Ph.D student wins 2nd place at University's Quality Fair

Julie Selander, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was awarded 2nd place at the 2010 University of Minnesota Quality Fair for a poster presentation entitled "Live Like A Student Now, So You Don't Have To Later"--an outreach campaign by One Stop Student Services with the goal of raising awareness of the financial realities of campus life and to remind students that smart money decisions during college will benefit them for years to come.

This lively, straight-talking campaign is kicked off during Welcome Week with an interactive game show. Financial literacy messaging is continued throughout the year using the Live Like a Student website, a student listserv, digital signs, portal advertisements, presentations, posters and events. The Quality Fair is a university-wide, annual event for all University of Minnesota employees to network and share best practices that will positively impact service and productivity, reduce costs, and enhance revenue, education and research.

Weerts selected as fellow for Higher Education Finance Roundtable

David WeertsDavid Weerts, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been selected as a fellow for the Higher Education Finance Roundtable that meets at the University of Houston in May 2010. Sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center's Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance (IHELG), the Houston Higher Education Finance Roundtable is an intensive seminar for junior faculty who write or teach in the broad fields of financial aid, finance, college finance, and related areas.

More information available at http://www.law.uh.edu/ihelg/Roundtable.html.

February 8, 2010

Book by professor, grad drives professional development of Minnesota school administrators

Karen Seashore LouisThe three school administrator associations in Minnesota are collaborating on a year-long professional development activity that is based on a recent book by Sharon Kruse (Ph.D. in EdPA; professor, University of Akron) and Karen Seashore Louis (Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education; professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development).

The book, Building Strong School Cultures: A Guide To Leading Change, is designed to help educators sharpen their ability to accelerate school improvement by focusing on building a shared leadership base in the school, with the district, and within the local community. The associations are offering book study options, blogs, and continuing education credits for participation. Kruse and Seashore Louis have presented at the fall and winter conferences of the three associations to kick off this work.

Additional information available at http://www.massp.org/bookread.html.

January 26, 2010

Harkins quoted in Star Tribune article

Arthur HarkinsArthur Harkins, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and faculty director of Leapfrog Institutes, was quoted in an article on future education and technology.

Future Ed: Remote learning, 3D screens
Star Tribune January 26, 2010

January 12, 2010

Ropers-Huilman co-edits new book

Rebecca Ropers-HuilmanRebecca Ropers-Huilman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has co-edited a new book with Elizabeth Allan (University of Maine) and Susan Iverson (Kent State University) titled Reconstructing Policy in Higher Education: Feminist Poststructural Perspectives.

This book highlights the work of accomplished and award-winning scholars and provides concrete examples of how feminist poststructuralism effectively informs research methods and can serve as a vital tool for policy makers, analysts, and practitioners. The research examines a range of topics of interest to scholars and professionals including: purposes of higher education, administrative leadership, athletics, diversity, student activism, social class, the history of women in postsecondary institutions, and quality and science in the globalized university.

January 11, 2010

Chapman and Fry receive Award for Global Engagement

Gerry FryDavid ChapmanDavid Chapman, Ph.D., and Gerry Fry, Ph.D., professors in the Department of
Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD)
, have been selected
as recipients of the 2009 Award for Global Engagement, a prestigious honor
by the Office of International Programs at the University of Minnesota. Both have contributed in numerous ways to support global education and international programs at the University of Minnesota and in the context of OLPD's graduate programs, and in particular in Comparative and International
Development Education
. Information about the award ceremony will be
forthcoming.

December 17, 2009

Demerath publishes book about the role of education in personal advancement in high school

Peter DemerathPeter Demerath, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development has just published a new book, Producing Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in an American High School (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Based on four years of research at a Midwestern public high school, the study takes a different approach to understanding the role of education in the perpetuation of social inequality in the United States: it focuses on the construction of advantage. The book examines the many ways in which the community's class cultural achievement ideology shapes educational practices, from students' self-conscious honing of their work ethics, to parents' manipulation of school policies, to the school's naming over forty students valedictorians. Yet Producing Success also describes the toll taken by such an unswerving commitment to individual advancement, including student stress and fatigue, incivility and vandalism, and the alienation of the less successful. Overall, it is an often troubling account of the educationally and morally questionable results of the American culture of success.

Vavrus publishes book on comparative education

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has published a new book, Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Co-edited with Lesley Bartlett, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, it is considered a "must read" for researchers in the field of comparative and international development education, including those working primarily in the United States. The book unites a dynamic group of scholars who examine the appropriation of educational policies and programs across diverse regions; the concepts of 'participation' and 'sustainability' in international development discourse; the political economy of 'diversity'; and education in post-conflict settings. Using vertical case studies and multi-sited ethnographies, the authors encourage new ways of thinking about comparative educational policy and practice, from the U.S. to Ireland, Tanzania to Liberia, Brazil to Peru, Pakistan to Lebanon.

December 3, 2009

Bush Foundation commits $4.5M for TERI

The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development. The Bush Foundation today announced a total of seven partnerships, which include 14 higher-education institutions, focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

Read the press release

November 25, 2009

Alumna Valeria Silva named St. Paul superintendent

val5.jpgValeria Silva (M.A., '91) has been named superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. Silva earned her master's in educational administration and an educational specialist degree from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. The only inside candidate among the final three, Silva has served for more than 20 years in the district.

Before her current post as chief academic officer, Silva was St. Paul's director of ELL (English Language Learner) programs from 1997 to 2006. She was principal of Adams Spanish Immersion School prior to that. She has been recognized for developing a new model of teaching ELL and for improving student achievement.

Silva is the recipient of the 2007 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Leadership Award.

Read the official St. Paul district announcement

November 20, 2009

OLPD undergraduate student receives SEED award

Pa Lee, a junior in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is the recipient of a $1,000 Sue W. Hancock Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award (SEED) and was recognized at the 2009 Equity and Diversity Breakfast on November 19, 2009. She is working on a double major in business and marketing education and human resource development along with a leadership minor.

November 5, 2009

Experts from eight countries to present education initiatives for marginalized youth

As part of an ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota and CARE-USA, one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations, 20 representatives from eight CARE countries will visit the U of M campus for an open-to-the-public research workshop Nov. 9 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the University International Center, 331 17th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis.

The public is invited to learn more about CARE education partnerships (including the U of M research partnership) for marginalized youth in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Malawi, Mali and Tanzania, and to meet these international guests. More information

HND-2006-JL-054.jpgThe University of Minnesota College of Education and Development and its private partner Miske Witt & Associates are in the middle of a two-and-a-half year, $1.1 million dollar grant as part of CARE's Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative. Through this $20 million, 20-year endowment, CARE is building ongoing partnerships in eight countries where they are working to improve educational access and quality for marginalized children--especially girls. The focus is on rights to, within and through education.

University of Minnesota faculty are providing critical support for in-country partners to document and measure how culturally relevant programs are helping girls realize their right to education and empowerment. The CARE Research Partnership for Girls' Education involves co-principal investigators, Joan DeJaeghere, assistant professor, Chris Johnstone, director of CEHD international initiatives and relations, and professors David Chapman and Fran Vavrus, along with 18 graduate students from the College of Education and Human Development.

While at the University of Minnesota, the CARE country partners will attend a five-day workshop on how to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their educational efforts. Changu Mannathoko, UNICEF senior education adviser, will be the keynote speaker at a Nov. 13 reception for invited guests. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) will also speak at the event.

October 30, 2009

CEHD included in $185M USAID grant

Experts from the College of Education and Human Development will join colleagues from five other colleges across the University to help developing countries better respond to emerging animal diseases that pose a threat to human health.

The University of Minnesota is part of a multidisciplinary team that will implement a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement with funding up to $185 million.

The project, called RESPOND, is one of five that will work together to pre-empt or combat the first stages of emerging zoonotic pandemics--diseases that can spread between animals and humans.

Faculty and graduate students from CEHD will provide monitoring and evaluation of training activities, provided by University experts and partners, with animal and health care workers in potential hot spots (likely located in Southeast Asia, the Congo Basin, and the Amazon Basin).ChapmanD-2009 Web.jpg

"We are honored to be part of the University of Minnesota partnership with USAID," says professor David W. Chapman from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, who is the primary college liaison on the partnership. "The project is an important piece of the United States' effort to help combat animal-born diseases that could lead to pandemics."

Faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the Medical School, the College of Education and Human Development, and College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences, will be tasked with improving the ability of countries to recognize and respond to new epidemics in areas where ecological relationships - between humans, animals, and the environment - are unstable. Over the course of the five-year project, the RESPOND team will work to improve the training and response capacity for zoonotic disease outbreak identification, investigation, analysis, and control within countries and regions; strive to improve the coordination among public and private interests involved in an outbreak; support in-country outbreak response activities; and introduce new technologies to help improve a country's response to an outbreak.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's new Ecosystem Health program, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and Center for Animal Health and Food Safety were instrumental in obtaining funds to join RESPOND.

"We are increasingly aware that our health depends on the health of livestock, wildlife, and the environment." said Katey Pelican, head of the Ecosystem Health program, who championed the University's proposal to join the RESPOND team. "Nowhere is this clearer than in the increasing number of diseases that are emerging from animal populations as environmental degradation forces more interactions between wildlife, livestock, and humans. The RESPOND program will provide the University of Minnesota the opportunity to use its unique ability to work across animal and human health disciplines to improve global response to these life threatening outbreaks."

Although members of the RESPOND team will be dealing with diseases that don't yet exist, examples of similar diseases they might try to prevent include SARS, Ebola, and avian influenza.

"As the founder of the Congressional Global Health Caucus, I applaud USAID for recognizing the critical need to address emerging illnesses from a global perspective and to better understand the intersection of human and animal health," said Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum. "The University of Minnesota uniquely brings together the multiple disciplines and experience needed to meet this challenge.

John Deen, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the director of the project at the University of Minnesota.

October 28, 2009

Karen Seashore named to Beck Chair

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore (Louis) has been named the inaugural holder of the Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education. The first endowed chair of its kind in the United States, the Beck Chair encourages scholarly activity that promotes a better understanding of the conceptual foundations underlying critical issues in education.

Cornelia Ooms Beck established the chair in memory of her husband, Robert Holmes Beck (1918-1991), who was a faculty member at the college from 1947 until his retirement in 1989. He published extensively, writing or editing more than 50 monographs and articles, as well as several books that included Curriculum in the Modern Elementary School; The Three R's Plus; and Beyond Pedagogy, which recounted the history of the College of Education on the occasion of its 75th anniversary in 1980. Beck's scholarship included extensive study of educational systems in other countries. In 1976 he was named a Regents' Professor, the University's highest honor for excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Seashore, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was appointed a professor in 1987. In the past, she has served as department chair, associate dean, and as director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Her research focuses primarily on school improvement and reform. She is co-principal investigator of research funded by the Wallace Foundation that investigates how principal leadership has an impact on student achievement. Recently, the University Council for Educational Administration awarded Seashore with the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Beck Chair is a three-year renewable appointment.

October 27, 2009

BME undergraduate earns SEED award

Pa Lee, a junior majoring in business marketing and education, has won a 2009 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. Lee was one of 12 undergraduate students and one graduate student to earn this honor from the University's Office for Equity and Diversity.

The SEED Award program honors high-achieving students at the University of Minnesota with diverse identities, including students of color, women, GLBT students, and students with disabilities. SEED Award recipients must demonstrate impressive academic achievement and leadership in community outreach and activism, in addition to a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice.

October 21, 2009

Inaugural Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture on Internationalizing Higher Education

Josef A. MestenhauserThe Office of International Programs, in co-sponsorship with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is pleased to announce the creation of the Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education. The annual lecture will provide an academic forum in which scholars from around the world will be invited to present thought-provoking scholarship on the internationalization of higher education.

Appropriately, Dr. Mestenhauser will be the featured speaker at the first lecture. Mestenhauser, professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Development, has devoted has career to international education as teacher, researcher, administrator, counselor, and consultant.

We hope you will be able to join us to honor Dr. Mestenhauser and to hear his insights on the past, present and future of internationalization of higher education. The details are as follows:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Reception

Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 26, to 612-626-8832 or nunnx016@umn.edu.

Cowles Auditorium and Atrium
Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

October 14, 2009

Ardichvili receives 4-year grant for FIPSE/Brazil student exchange program

Alexandre ArdichviliAlexandre Ardichvili, Ph.D., associate professor in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, received a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the FIPSE/Brazil program called Global Talent Development for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The program involves a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, the University of Sao Paulo (USP), and the University of Brasilia (UnB) that focuses on undergraduate and graduate student exchange and faculty research opportunities.

FIPSE provides scholarships for U.S. students going to Brazil for semester-long stays at USP or UnB.

Associate professors, Edgard Cornachione (USP) and Alexandre Ardichili (OLPD), will give a presentation on HRD in Brazil and the UMN/USP FIPSE exchange program on October 23, 2009 from 12:00-1:30 pm in 250 Wulling Hall.

October 9, 2009

OLPD hosts post-doctoral fellow

Jarrett GuptonJarrett Gupton will hold an appointment in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with an affiliation in the School of Social Work. His research is on educational experiences of homeless youth and access to higher education. His doctoral degree is in urban education policy from the University of Southern California.

September 29, 2009

DeJaeghere gives presentation at UKFIET in England

Joan DeJaeghereJoan DeJaeghere, Ph.D., assistant professor in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, presented at the United Kingdom Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET) in Oxford, England on "Beyond Gender Mainstreaming: Equality and Empowerment for Girls and Boys" as part of a panel with Dr. Shirley Miske, Miske Witt and Associates, and Joyce Adolwa, CARE- USA. The presentations were based on a research conducted in partnership with CARE USA, for which Joan DeJaeghere is a co-PI (with Chris Johnstone).

UKFIET is an international conference that brings together researchers and practitioners concerned with international development and education. This year's conference had participants from 55 different countries.

September 22, 2009

In memoriam: Darrell Lewis

Darrell LewisDarrell Lewis, professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration and former associate dean of the College of Education and Human Development, passed away on September 20, 2009 after an aggressive battle with lung cancer.

Full obituary available in the Star Tribune.


Visitation will be on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 pm at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Ave. North, Long Lake, with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Graveside service will be held at the First Lutheran Church of Highland Cemetery in Highland, MN. Memorials may be directed to either University of Minnesota Masonic Center Lung Cancer Research or Highland Lutheran Church.

September 18, 2009

King and York-Barr featured in UMNews article

Jean KingJennifer York-BarrJean King, Ph.D. and Jennifer York-Barr Ph.D., both professors in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, are featured in the article Model Educators posted on UMNews.

September 8, 2009

Teacher Education Project wins Quality of Education in Africa Award

Frances VavrusThe Teaching in Action program, initiated by associate professor Frances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has received the Ashoka Changemakers Champions of Quality Education in Africa award. The award, sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, went to three programs drawn from a pool of 400 international entrants.

Teaching in Action is based at Mwenge University College of Education in northern Tanzania, and it brings together Tanzanian and U.S. educators to help the country's high school teachers use more inquiry-based, student-centered methods in core teaching subjects. The goal is for the university's faculty and the participating high school teachers to become models of active, participatory pedagogy in a country where rote memorization and formalistic teaching are the norm. The program grew out of the sabbatical Vavrus spent at Mwenge University as a Fulbright Scholar in 2006-2007. Teaching in Action is funded by AfricAid, a non-profit organization that promotes girls' education in Tanzania.

This year, two CEHD Ph.D. students--Brent Ruter and Matthew Thomas--accompanied Vavrus and helped to facilitate the program. They were joined by associate professor Lesley Bartlett of Teachers College, Columbia University and Bethany Hinsh, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Vavrus also received support from the University of Minnesota to explore further collaboration between the University and Mwenge University. She was the recipient of a CEHD grant for international engagement and a summer travel grant from the Office of International Programs.

August 10, 2009

Seashore receives lifetime achievement award

Karen SeashoreThe University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Karen Seashore, Ph.D., who is a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. This award was instituted by UCEA in 1992 for the purpose of recognizing senior professors in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity, and service.

Seashore is the author of numerous significant publications including books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. She has served as professor, chair, and associate dean at the University of Minnesota since 1987. She has also served as visiting scholar at Rijksuniversiteit van Utrecht as well as lecturer at Harvard University. Seashore received her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University in 1975 and her B.A. in history from Swarthmore College in 1967. During her long, illustrious career, Seashore has mentored numerous educational leadership and policy scholars.

All of UCEA's annual awards will be presented at its 23rd Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA on November 19, 2009 at its UCEA Awards Luncheon. The University Council for Educational Administration is a consortium of research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy. The dual mission of UCEA is to improve the preparation of educational leaders and promote the development of professional knowledge in school improvement and administration. UCEA headquarters is currently hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about the impact of high-quality leadership preparation, visit UCEA's web site at http://www.ucea.org/ or Michelle D. Young at 512-475-8592 or michelleyoung@austin.utexas.edu.

July 29, 2009

Dundar appointed to World Bank position

Dr. Halil Dundar, Ph.D. in Higher Education (1993) from the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, has been appointed as the lead education specialist/education economist for the South Asian Region of the World Bank. The position is located in the Bank's Washington D.C. office, although he will spend considerable time on mission activities in South Asia.

July 1, 2009

Team of Ph.D. students receive grant from Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

A team of Ph.D. students in Comparative and International Development Education, together with two other students from the Humphrey Institute (Juliet Lyon) and the College of Continuing Education (Hindolo Pokawa), received a grant of $46,811 from the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives in the Graduate School.

All of the students in EdPA are members of the entering group of Ph.D. students for fall 2008. Members of the team are as follows: Christina Kwauk, Soo Kyoung Lee, Ya Liu, Brent Ruter, Amanda Sanchez, Casey Stafford, Somongkol Teng, Tryggvi Thayer, Li Yang, and Maiyia Yang.

June 9, 2009

Amenumey receives McLean Fellowship

Felix Amenumey, doctoral candidate in WHRE with an emphasis in HRD, has been selected as the 2009-2010 recipient of the Gary N. McLean Graduate Fellowship in International Human Resource Development. Congratulations to Felix who is the first recipient of this fellowship!

November 19, 2008

Alum Johnson named head of Catholic Eldercare

Alum Dan Johnson (M.A., higher education administration, '90) has been named President and CEO of Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis.

Not-for-profit Catholic Eldercare is a community resource with a nearly quarter-century tradition of meeting the diverse needs of elders of all faiths. Catholic Eldercare provides affordable assisted-living and skilled nursing options, home health care, and adult daycare services for elders of all economic means.

Congratulations Dan!

WHRE at international human resource development conference

Faculty, emeriti, students, and alumni from the human resource development (HRD) program in the Department of Work and Human Resource Education (WHRE) were well represented at the recent 7th International Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development (Asia Chapter) held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Faculty members Alexandre Ardichvili, Rosemarie Park, and Kenneth Bartlett, along with Professor Emeritus Gary McLean, presented papers. WHRE graduate students Suthinee Rurkkhum, Gary Meyer, Oranuch Pruetipibultham, and Robert Smith also presented research. In addition, 11 alumni from the CEHD HRD program were in attendance--many now faculty members at top HRD programs from Asia and around the world.

November 14, 2008

Wahlstrom comments on school start times

WahlstromKyla Wahlstrom, director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), was quoted in a Star Tribune article on a local school district considering later school start times.

Later school start time could be beneficial for teens
Star Tribune (Minn.) Nov. 13, 2008

November 13, 2008

CEHD faculty and staff discuss Sec. of Ed. pick

Professor Darwin Hendel, Assistant Professor David Weerts (both from the Department of Educational Policy and Administration), and Associate Dean Mary Bents were quoted in an article on President-Elect Obama's possible pick for Secretary of Education.

U.S. Secretary of Education pick still to be decided
MN Daily (Minn.) Nov. 10, 2008

November 3, 2008

CEHD faculty and staff present at UCEA

Amy Garrett Dikkers (EdPA) organized a symposium entitled "Leadership and Accountability: Perspectives of Stakeholders and Impact on Practice" for the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) annual convention in Orlando, held October 30 to November 2.

Presenters were Amy Garrett Dikkers, based on a paper written with Christopher Johnstone (ICI), Kyla Wahlstrom (CAREI), David Johnson (ICI) and Karen Stout (ICI), and Susan Hasazi and Katharine Shepherd from the University of Vermont.

Ann Werner (EdPA), Amy Garrett Dikkers, and Kyla Wahlstrom also presented a paper entitled "Practitioners' Voices in Leadership Preparation: Increasing Authenticity and Improving Student Achievement" at the convention.

October 28, 2008

Alum Henderson featured in Star Tribune

Alum Delores Henderson (Ph.D., educational policy and administration, '82), principal of St. Paul's Ames Elementary School, was featured in an article on the recent changes the school has undertaken to meet No Child Left Behind requirements.

How one failing St. Paul school made the grade
Star Tribune (Minn.) Oct. 20, 2008

September 29, 2008

Seashore comments on learning communities

SeashoreProfessor Karen Seashore (Educational Policy and Administration) comments on the benefits of professional learning communities to educator development and student success.

Group approach to learning is heralded
Jackson City Patriot (Mich.) Sept. 12, 2008

August 28, 2008

Cogan named Distinguished Global Scholar

CoganProfessor Emeritus John Cogan has been named the 2008 Distinguished Global Scholar by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

This award is promoted annually by the International Assembly of NCSS and sponsored by the Eleanor and Elliot Goldstein Family Foundation. John will speak at the International Assembly luncheon on November 14 at the NCSS Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.

Congratulations John!

June 25, 2008

Alumna McGrath publishes two books

Alumna Mary Zabolio McGrath (M.A. '78, educational psychology; Ph.D. '88, educational policy and administration) recently published two books.

Ethical Dilemmas in Education: Standing Up for Honesty and Integrity
by Beverley H. Johns, Mary Z. McGrath, and Sarup R. Mathur
Rowman Education, 2008

Reaching Students with Diverse Disabilities: Cross Categorical Ideas and Activities
by Mary Z. McGrath and Beverley H. Johns
Rowman Education, 2008

Congratulations, Mary!

June 16, 2008

Alumna Price receives Chamber of Commerce award

Verna Cornelia Price (Ph.D., educational policy and administration) has received a Women in the Workplace (WOW) Achievement Award from the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. The award notice reads:

"Price has been an innovator known for creating programs and processes which increase organizational effectiveness and individual performance. Dr. Price's experience as an educator, researcher, trainer, and business consultant led to the development of a unique multiple intelligence approach to helping her clients rethink leadership and the role of personal power in the workplace. Dr. Price has coined the principle 'experiencing knowledge' and believes that excellence can only be achieved when relevant and meaningful knowledge is applied to your profession and life. Dr. Price is the founder of Girls in Action, and co-founder of The Power of People Leadership Institute. She is the author of The Power of People: Four Kinds of People Who Can Change Your Life, and The Silent Cry: Dealing with Subtractors in Work and Life. These books continue to empower and equip organizations with strategies for motivating and inspiring employees to excellence."

Congratulations, Verna!

Dikkers and Solheim win DMC funding

Lecturer Amy Garrett Dikkers (Educational Policy and Administration) and Professor Cathy Solheim (Family Social Science) have been named 2008-09 Digital Media Center (DMC) Faculty Fellows. Each will receive funding in the amount of $10,000 to be used in support of their projects.

Congratulations Amy and Cathy!

June 12, 2008

EdPA graduate student awards round-up

Graduate students in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration have racked up some impressive awards this year! Read on a for listing of the College, University, and national awards and grants they've accumulated.

Congratulations EdPA grad students!

National
Moosung Lee (Ph.D. candidate, comparative and international development education) won the 2008 Graduate Student Research Award at the 49th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, for his paper "The History of UNESCO's Lifelong Learning Policy Discourses: An Enduring Social Democratic Liberalist Project of Global Educational Development." The paper was co-authored with Tom Friedrich (Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction).

Diana Yefanova and Candy Schnepf (Ph.D. students, comparative and international development education) have each been named recipients of an Alexander Dubcek Fund Grant Award. The award supports the recipient's research in a country of Eastern Europe.

Jinous Kasravi (Ph.D. student, comparative and international development education) has been named one of only two national recipients of the 2008-09 Ping Doctoral Fellowship from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The $20,000 award supports dissertation research on topics relevant to international educational exchange.

Peggy DeLapp (Ph.D. student, educational administration) has been named a SIFEPP Conference Fellow and will participate in the conference titled The States' Impact on Federal Education Policy: New Perspectives in Research and the Historical Record which takes place in Washington, D.C. on May 8 and 9, 2008.

Giljae Lee (Ph.D. student, higher education) has been selected as a Fellow for the 2008 National Summer Data Policy Institute for research on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and National Science Foundation (NSF) databases.

Yong-Lyun Kim (Ph.D., educational administration, 2007) has been named the winner of the Dissertation of the Year Award by the AERA Research on the Superintendency Special Interest Group. The award was presented in New York at the 2008 AERA convention.

Emanda Thomas (Ph.D. student, educational administration) has been selected to attend the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy. The Clark Seminar is sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Corwin Press.


University
John Flomo (Ph.D. student, higher education) been awarded a Compton International Peace Fellowship by the University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change. The $24,000 award supports both exploratory fieldwork and dissertation research.

Yongling Zhang (Ph.D. student, comparative and international development education): 2008-09 Doctoral Fellowship from the Office of International Programs (OIP) at the University of Minnesota and a U of M Graduate School Thesis Research Grant.

Kate McCleary (Ph.D. student, comparative and international development education) has been awarded an International Pre-Dissertation and Small Grant Award from the Office of International Programs to support her research in Nicaragua.

Mary Denton (Ed.D. candidate, educational administration) has been awarded the Schochet Endowment Award for Best Graduate Paper. The Steven J. Schochet GLBTA Studies Awards for Excellence in Creativity & Scholarship recognize papers and projects done by students in the field of GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. Mary has also received awards from the following University organizations in spring 2008 to support her research: Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Association; Graduate and Professional Student Association; and the Office of University Women.


College
Jinous Kasravi and Nancy O'Brien (Ph.D. students, comparative and international development education): Graduate Student Awards from the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC).

Mary Denton (Ed.D. candidate, educational administration): Seashore Endowed Fellowship.

Elizabeth Stallman (Ph.D., candidate, comparative and international development education): Ruth Eckert Scholarship.

Kyoung-Ah Nam (Ph.D. candidate, comparative and international development education): Robert and Corrie Beck Graduate Fellowship. Larry Wilson Scholarship.

Tara Harvey (Ph.D. student, comparative and international development education): Advanced Studies Student Scholarship.

Akiko Maeker (Ph.D. student, comparative and international development education): Corcoran Research Travel Award.

Tom Delaney (Ph.D. student, educational administration): Corcoran Research Travel Award.

June 11, 2008

Lee receives grad student research award

Moosung Lee, a graduate student in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Graduate Student Research Award. He received the award at the 49th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, which was recently held at the University of Missouri. Moosung was chosen for the award for his co-authored paper titled "The History of UNESCO's Lifelong Learning Policy Discourses."

Congratulations, Moosung!

May 29, 2008

Shumer receives service-learning award

Lecturer Rob Shumer (WHRE, C&I) has been named a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning . The award, which was given by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing service-learning scholarship, particularly in the K-12 context. In particular, the award honors Rob's 2006 publication, The Wisdom of Delphi: An investigation of the most influential studies in K-12 service-learning research in the past 25 years.

Congratulations, Rob!

May 2, 2008

Johnson wins President's Award for Outstanding Service

Johnson with President Robert Bruininks and Board of Regents Chair Patricia Simmons
David R. Johnson , associate dean for research and policy, is a 2008 recipient of the University's President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Congratulations, David!

April 16, 2008

Alumna Collins named president of NHED

We reported back on March 5 that alumna Sue Collins (Ph.D., educational policy and administration) was one of three finalists for president of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED). We're now happy to say that Sue has officially been named President of NHED. Read the full story here.

Congratulations Sue!

April 14, 2008

Alum Alvig named Science and Mathematics Principal of the Year

Kathleen Alvig (Ph.D. '99, educational policy and administration), principal of Northrop Urban Environmental School, has been named a 2008 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. The award was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Read more about Kathleen and the award.

Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association honors two Minneapolis Public Schools principals

Insight News (Minn.) April 14, 2008

April 11, 2008

Kremers to head GAPSA

Kristi Kremers, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, was recently elected GAPSA President. GAPSA, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Board, works in the interests of excellence in the graduate and professional experience here at the University.

Congratulations, Kristi!