January 2011 Dear Colleagues, Welcome back! In this issue we are highlighting some of the many initiatives underway in the College and the accomplis

January 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! In this issue we are highlighting some of the many initiatives underway in the College and the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. As you can see, the COEDU is engaged with our communities, locally and globally, undertaking significant interdisciplinary research, and blazing new trails in technology.

I am always heartened to learn about the difference our faculty, students and alumni are making in the lives of children, families and adults. I hope you will enjoy this issue of the Dean's Update.

Best regards,

Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor, College of Education

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FCIT Celebrates 2 Billion Hits!

Students and educators around the globe access free educational resources available on USF websites.

Julia Johansen is a Peace Corps volunteer who prepares Ukrainian teachers and other Peace Corps volunteers to teach English in small villages and towns. With many Ukrainian students never having heard an American speak, she says there is a huge need in these schools for access to native speakers’ voices. Read more.

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Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Holocaust Workshops for Educators Hosted by COEDU

Belfer First Step Program partnership with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, AACTE, USF, and five other universities throughout the U.S.

On January 14, Drs. Michael J. Berson and Stephen Thornton from the Department of Secondary Education, hosted a one-day workshop on Holocaust education for over 100 pre-service and in-service teachers from the surrounding areas. Goals of the workshop were to provide general knowledge about the events of the Holocaust; use the history of the Holocaust as a model for teachers and teacher candidates; prepare them to teach about the Holocaust in middle and secondary (6-12) school settings; to use national and state content standards in teaching about the Holocaust; and to consider the ethical implications for classroom teachers in teaching about the Holocaust. Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gave the keynote address. A Holocaust survivor, Judith Szentivanyi, also spoke at the event and answered questions from the teachers. A video from the event will be posted on iTunes.usf.edu soon. Special thanks to Sally Levine and Laura Boughton from the US Memorial Holocaust Museum, Dr. Mark Greenberg of the USF Library, and Dr. Edward Kissi.

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Associate Dean, Mike Stewart, Ph.D. and Dean Colleen Kennedy, Ph.D., serve hot cocoa to students.

Week of Welcome - Hot Cocoa Social

Dean Kennedy and faculty served hot cocoa to students in the Rotunda for the Week of Welcome festivities in the COEDU Rotunda on January 12. With freezing temperatures in Tampa this week, the timing could not have been better.


Dean Colleen Kennedy and Olin Mott

Michelin Golf Classic Raises over $275,000 for Local Children's Charities

Tutor-a-Bull and Joshua House tutoring programs among the recipients.

The 2011 Michelin Golf Classic, held on January 17th at World Woods in Brooksville, Florida, raised over $275,000 to benefit education. Proceeds from this annual event, begun in 1994, support multiple charities including the Joshua House, Kids Place, the USF Tutor-a-Bull Partnership Program, the Michelin Golf Classic 9th Grade Incentive Program, and other educational organizations.
The College of Education is grateful to Mr. Olin Mott for his vision and commitment to the strategic value of College of Education tutors working with struggling middle and high school students and to the Michelin Golf Classic Board of Directors for their shared vision and continuing contributions to educational excellence.


Pictured l to r: Scot Rademaker, Tyler Hicks, and Liliana Rodriguez-Campos, Ph.D.

Graduate Students to Evaluate Tutor-a-Bull Project

Scot Rademaker and Tyler Hicks to lead the evaluation.

Dean Kennedy is pleased to announce the formal evaluation team of the Tutor-a-Bull program. Scot Rademaker (Special Education) and Tyler Hicks (Special Education & Measurement and Evaluation), both Ph.D. students in the College of Education, will conduct the evaluation beginning this semester. Their advisory panel includes Liliana Rodriguez-Campos, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Measurement at USF and two Ph.D. students in the College: Sarah Mirlenbrink-Bombly (Special Education) and Connie Walker-Egea (Measurement and Evaluation). One of the main purposes of the evaluation is to assess the impact the program has on educational outcomes for the students being tutored. The final evaluation results will be used to share findings among key stakeholders and inform future directions. The final report is scheduled to be delivered in early May of this year.

Read more about Tutor-a-Bull here.


Pictured l to r: Lee Roy Selmon, Olin Mott, Dave McCay (back), and Cledus T. Judd

Tutor-a-Bull to Receive Portion of Ticket Sales from "Corndogs and Country"Concert at the Florida State Fair Feb. 11

Lee Roy Selmon and WQYK Morning Show personalities star in promos.

Spots for the concert will air Jan.18 - Feb. 10, on various networks including: Country Music Television, ABC Family, Sun, MSNBC, CNBC, the Weather Channel and TruTV. Tickets available here. Special thanks to Olin Mott, of Olin Mott Tire Co., Lee Roy Selmon, Dave McKay, and Cledus T. Judd of WQYK, Brighthouse Networks, Dave Harb, General Manager, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, and Chuck Pesano, Executive Director, Florida State Fair Authority.


Tampa Day School and USF College of Education Team Up on Research Project

Do short bursts of physical activity have an impact on classroom behavior and academic performance for children living with ADHD?

Research over the last decade indicates that physical activity positively impacts time on task and academic achievement in the general student population. However, no research has addressed this issue in children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Read more.


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Disability Advocate and Spoken Word Poet LeDerick Horne to Visit USF

Feb. 17, 10am - 11am, TECO Room - Faculty Conversation

5pm - 7:30pm, MSC 2500 - Student and Community Presentation

This event is sponsored by the COEDU Diversity Committee, along with the COEDU, the Department of Special Education, Students with Disabilities Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Mr. Horne is a dynamic and powerful presenter. The event represents an alternative version of our COEDU Faculty Forum Series on Diversity and Teachable Moments. That is, rather than the topic being spread over three sessions within the course of a semester, we have two sessions within a single day. The morning session is designed for Faculty members to engage with the presenter on issues of disabilities, student learners with disabilities, and the preparation of educators working with individuals with disabilities. The evening session is designed for students and colleagues in the schools and community, along with faculty.

Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity, initiated by the Department of Special Education, to engage with the presenter and to learn and grow in our understanding of disabilities and of learners with disabilities. Please encourage your colleagues, students and professional partners in the schools and community to join us in this important event.


Georgina Rivera-Singletary

Rivera-Singletary appointed District Supervisor for Migrant Education for the School District of Hillsborough County

Georgina Rivera-Singletary was appointed District Supervisor for Migrant Education for the School District of Hillsborough County. She will be working directly with 38 schools in the district providing leadership for the implementation of the Title 1, Part C Migrant Program and the Migrant Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) program and other program components that support the education of children from migrant farmworker families. She earned her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership in 2006 from the USF College of Education and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on Special Education and a cognate in Multicultural Administration/Migrant Education.

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Danielle Dennis, Ph.D.

Dennis Recipeint of Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Danielle Dennis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies, received the 2009-2010 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (OUTA), and was honored at a ceremony along with the University's awarded teachers and researchers. Thirteen faculty across the university were awarded OUTA. The selection is based on student evaluations, peer observations, teaching philosophy, and creativity in teaching. Congratulations!

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Haichun Sun, Ph.D.

Haichun Sun to be Inducted Fellow in AAHPERD Research Consortium

Haichun Sun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science, will be inducted in San Diego as a new Research Consortium Fellow of AAHPERD this coming March. Congratulations!

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Valerie Janesick, Ph.D.

Janesick Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Research

Valerie Janesick, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies has been nominated to receive a lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Research for the 7th Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry to be held May 2011 in Urbana, IL. Congratulations!


Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Ph.D.

Cobb-Roberts Named Distinguished Alumni at the University of Illinois

Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Social Foundations is the 2011 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Congratulations!


Staff Senate Quiet Quality Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Staff Senate Quiet Quality Awards: Yvonne Frank, nominated by Diane Wood and Jaye Berkowitz, nominated by Dr. David Hoppey


Children's Festival March 5, 2011

11am - 3pm
In and around the College of Education
Free and open to the public - fun, learning, games and activities for children of all ages.
Rain or shine!