May 2011 Dear Colleagues, It is amazing that Summer Semester is underway! What a pleasure it was to shake the hands of our Spring graduates at Comme

May 2011

Dear Colleagues,

It is amazing that Summer Semester is underway! What a pleasure it was to shake the hands of our Spring graduates at Commencement recently. Thanks for all you do to make the USF College of Education the inspiring and impactful place that it is.

Congratulations to School Psychology on receiving re-accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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


Kofi Marfo, Ph.D.

Marfo to Serve on International Affairs Committee of Society for Research in Child Development

Dr. Kofi Marfo has been invited to serve on the International Affairs Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development, following nomination by the Governing Council. Marfo said he, "sees this as a reflection of recognition coming out of my international work, especially my ongoing work on child development research capacity building in Africa."

Dr. Kofi Marfo is currently co-Leader, with Professor Alan Pence of the University of Victoria, of the Africa Child Development Research Capacity-Building Initiative which grew out of an invitational conference aimed at strengthening Africa’s contributions to child development research. Held in February 2009 in Victoria, Canada, the conference was sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development. Six articles from the conference, three of which were authored or co-authored by Dr. Marfo, have just been published in the SRCD journal, Child Development Perspectives (Vol. 5, No. 2, 2011).


Anthony Rolle, Ph.D.

Rolle to Receive National Education Finance Conference Distinguished Fellow Award

Anthony Rolle, (DELPS) Chair and Professor has been selected to receive one of 10 National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) awards. This is one of the highest recognitions to those who have distinguished themselves in the field of education finance. Congratulations!

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Tony Tan, Ph.D., and Carlos Zalaquett, Ph.D. with Ted Williams, Ph.D.

Diversity Committee Receives USF Diversity Honor Roll Award

Dr. Tony Tan and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett, co-chairs of the COEDU Diversity Committee, received the Diversity Honor Roll Award from Dr. Ted Williams, associate vice president of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. The award, given by the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity during the annual USF’s Diversity Summit, celebrates the contributions to diversity made by the Diversity Committee of the College of Education. The eighth annual summit entitled Globalization & Diversity: It’s a Changing World, brought together Tampa’s new mayor Bob Buckhorn, leading corporate executives and business leaders, the university’s top leadership, including President Genshaft and Provost Wilcox, and Dean Kennedy, faculty, staff and students to share information on the benefits and challenges of diversity and globalization.

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Dr. Robert Sinibaldi with USF Emeritus Professor Dr. Lou Bowers after receiving the AAPAR National Teacher of the Year Award during the 2011 AAHPERD National Convention in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Robert Sinibaldi Named 2011 AAPAR Teacher of the Year

We congratulate Dr. Robert Sinibaldi, an adjunct instructor in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science, who was recently awarded the 2011 AAPAR (American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation) Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Sinibaldi holds four college degrees, three from the University of South Florida;, including a Ph.D. in Exceptional Child Education. He is a nationally certified adapted PE teacher through CAPE/AAPAR, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

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Lori Yusko, Director of SCATT

SCATT Honors Graduates

The theme of the event this year was "Oh, the Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss. Several students spoke and reminded us of the passion and dedication of our future teachers. Membership in the SCATT honors program is at an all-time high, with over 350 students. Thank you Lori Yusko! Over 90 SCATT students participated in the SCATT recognition honors ceremony on April 21.

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Olin Mott and Dean Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D.

Tutor-A-Bull Honors Reception

Partners, tutors, liaisons and others were recognized for their efforts to make the Tutor-A-Bull program such a huge success on May 2nd. MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, Olin Mott, local business person and philanthropist, and others spoke at the event. Read more.


Scot Rademaker, Tyler Hicks, and Liliana Rodriguez-Campos, Ph.D.

Graduate Students Evaluate Tutor-a-Bull Project

Scot Rademaker and Tyler Hicks found the program has a positive impact on student outcomes

Scot Rademaker (Special Education) and Tyler Hicks (Special Education & Measurement and Evaluation), both Ph.D. students in the College of Education, conducted the evaluation and presented the results to Dean Kennedy and Lori Yusko. Their advisory panel included 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). The final evaluation results will be used to share findings among key stakeholders and inform the future direction of the program.

NASW Award

Tampa Bay Unit Chair of the National Association of Social Work, Erik Libby, with Myrna Hogue, LCSW

COEDU Student is 2011 Social Worker of the Year for Tampa Bay

Myrna Hogue, a doctoral candidate in DELPS, received the National Association of Social Work (NASW) 2011 award for Social Worker of the Year. The title of her dissertation is, "A Case Study of Perspectives on Building Effective Partnerships Between a School and the Community." Congratulations!

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Andrew Charles and Diane Briscoe, Ph.D.

SAS Goes Green

This year, SAS electronically scanned over 17,000 files of graduates and continuing students in the College of Education. Andrew Charles, an MIS student at USF, created the SAS database. Training opportunities can be arranged for faculty and staff interested in utilizing this resource by calling either Dr. Diane Briscoe or Andrew Charles in the SAS Office.

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Dean Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D., Paulette Walker, Ed.D., and Mike Stewart, Ph.D.

Farewell to our Retirees

Dr. Paulette Walker (Student Academic Services) was recognized at the Spring Faculty Meeting for her service to the USF COEDU for the past 21 years. Also retiring this year are Marcia Mann (40 years of service, Childhood Education and Literacy Studies) and Sue Street (26 years of service, Psychological & Social Foundations). Congratulations to all of you on your retirement!

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VPK Offered on Campus This Summer at the USF Preschool for Creative Learning

The USF Preschool for Creative Learning will offer a voluntary pre-kindergarten education program on campus this summer.

Location: USF Campus on Bull Run Rd.
(Across from Sun Dome)

Hours: 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Dates: June 3, 2011 – August 12, 2011
Child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2011
and must not have attended VPK for the 2010-2011 school year.

For more information, please call: 813-974-5142