Lou Quast, associate chair and lecturer in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the University's College of Continuing Education (CCE), Nov. 15, in recognition of his outstanding educational contributions to CCE.
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Brad Greiman, adviser to students in the agricultural education programs in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), received a 2013 Outstanding Adviser award.
The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has appointed Dr. Frances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), as an expert on the Joint ILO-UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART).
Michael Goh, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and 20 students from OLPD 5132-Intercultural Education and Training participated and served as racial justice circle facilitators at the 11th Annual YWCA It's Time To Talk (ITT) Forums on Race. The Oct. 23 event in Minneapolis brought together 1,300 diverse community leaders across Minnesota--from business, education, arts, and community service to dialogue about race and commit to eliminating racism. This year's event was keynoted by Andrés Tapia, one of the leading voices in shaping a contemporary, next-generation approach to diversity and inclusion and author of the groundbreaking book The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.
"These events are "a way for institutions to express their personalities," says Gwendolyn Freed, who wrote her Ph.D. dissertation in educational policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on signature events. The events are usually heavily marketed to prospective students to reflect a college's character--whether ultra-intellectual or more lighthearted, she says.
The events help students feel a school fits their values and personality, says Ms. Freed, now vice president for institutional advancement at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle."
Freed received her Ph.D. in educational policy and administration - higher education from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in 2012.
Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, a Ph.D. student in the higher education track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been chosen to receive the Minnesota Personnel Association's (MCPA) Voice of Inclusion award. The MCPA Voice of Inclusion Award recognizes initiatives or individuals who serve Minnesota Higher Education by creating exemplary environments of inclusion for our students, employees, and/or institutions. "Recipients exhibit an ongoing commitment towards advancing multiculturalism, bringing typically underrepresented voices and identities to the forefront of Minnesota Higher Education."
Melissa Anderson, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been appointed chair of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The committee is charged with formulating and recommending principles and procedures to guide the association in a continuing review of issues that affect scientific freedom and scientific responsibility.
In August, Peter Demerath, associate professor in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), returned to Papua New Guinea where he carried out his dissertation field research in 1994-1995, to explore partnership opportunities with the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and University of Goroka (UG), visit primary and secondary schools, and continue his collaborative sustainable development work in the village of Pere, Manus Province. The trip was supported in part by a UMN Global Programs and Strategy Alliance travel grant awarded to he and his wife, Ellen (UMN School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology).
At UPNG the Demeraths met with Professor Steven Winduo (Ph.D. English, University of Minnesota) and Moyep Kilepak regarding possibilities for scholar, student and knowledge exchange between the two institutions. (Steven Winduo is the author of the blog The Window). At the University of Goroka, Demerath met Dr. Kapa Darius Kelep Malpo, Executive Dean of the College of Education and author of Gender Equity at the Workplace: A Recipe for Smart Organizations with a Purpose in Papua New Guinea. Dr. Malpo's work is motivated largely by Papua New Guinea's continuing challenges with regard to gender equality: it is currently ranked 153 out of 187 on the United Nations Gender Inequality Index.
Demerath then travelled to the island province of Manus where he visited two of the schools that hosted his 1995 research on student identity and academic utility. Most of the Demerath's time in Manus was spent back in the village of Pere, conferring with the Pere Executive Council and Pere Council of Chiefs on the next phases of construction for the rebuilding of the Margaret Mead Memorial Community Centre. The Demeraths carried a message of goodwill with them for the completion of the Centre from Margaret Mead's daughter, Catherine Bateson. At the end of August the Demeraths celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Mead Centre rebuilding project with the people of Pere by sponsoring four outrigger sailing canoe races, two for men and two for women, using both mbromana (large) and mwelipwe (small) outrigger canoes. Until recently it had been forbidden for women to sail on the large canoes; this was the first mbromana race for women in the history of the province.
Deanne Magnusson, lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), received a 2013 Access Achievement Award from University of Minnesota Disability Services. The award acknowledges the efforts of UMN faculty and staff who make significant contributions to improving access on campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests with disabilities.
Karen Seashore, Regents professor in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), is one of the authors of a new e-book by University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students showcasing innovation and leadership related to human technologies. Cultivating Change in the Academy: Practicing The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter Within the University of Minnesota is the second in the Cultivating Change series, and features meaningful conversation as a force for smart action across the U. For more information, see change or download the book.