March 2012 Dear Colleagues: It is an exciting time in the College. The Department of Special Education has received full approval by the FLDOE of th


March 2012

Dear Colleagues:

It is an exciting time in the College. The Department of Special Education has received full approval by the FLDOE of their Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities online masters degree program. Congratulations!

I am so pleased that our Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies was named to the USF Diversity Honor Roll. This is a wonderful accomplishment and reflects favorably on the Department. The Status of Latinos (SOL) Presidential Advisory Committee (our own Carlos Zalaquett is a member) was also a recipient of this award at the 9th Annual Diversity Summit.

AERA is April 13-17 in Vancouver, BC. Read more... Gladis Kerstaint will send you a pdf soon with the schedule of all of the COEDU faculty and student presentations. Please support your fellow faculty members and students.

I am sure you will enjoy this issue of the Dean's Update featuring the accomplishments of our award-winning faculty, students and staff. Thanks so much for all you do!

Mark your calendars for the Spring Faculty Meeting on April 27. I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Best Regards,

Colleen S. Kennedy
Dean, College of Education

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Dean Colleen Kennedy

Dean Kennedy Returns to Research and Teaching

After nine years as dean of the College of Education, Colleen Kennedy will step down in June.

“Her passion, commitment and hard work have contributed not only to the enhanced stature of the university as measured in national rankings and increased research dollars, but also to our strategic efforts to promote and enhance diversity on campus — both among students and the faculty, as well as through scholarly contributions." - Provost Ralph Wilcox Read more.


U.S.News & World Report Rankings

The USF COEDU ranked 84th overall and 26th in generating external research funding in the 2013 U.S.News & World Report Rankings! Congratulations and thanks to all of you whose efforts make this prestigious national recognition possible. Read more about the rankings here.

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Carlos Zalaquett, Ph.D.

Carlos Zalaquett Appointed President of the Florida Military Behavioral Health Alliance

Dr. Zalaquett, Professor of Psychological & Social Foundations, will serve in the role of President of the Florida Military Behavioral Health Alliance, sponsored by Army OneSource’s Office of Community Support. Dr. Larry Barlow and Dr. SeriaShia Chatters will serve as Co-Vice Presidents. Dr. Zalaquett and Dr. Chatters and I got involved in this program through independent pathways. The role of the Alliance is to assess needs of, and connect returning vets, their families, and their children with the multiple resources available in Florida. In addition, they will promote the evaluation of programs delivered.

Dr. Zalaquett has also accepted the invitation of the Colombian Psychological Society (SOCOPSI) to serve as “Jurado del Premio Colombiano de Psicología 2012, categoría Vida y Obra” (member evaluator [jury] of the Colombian Psychology Award 2012, category Life and Achievements). This SOCOPSI award is the most important and coveted recognition for psychology faculty, professionals, and students in Colombia.


Bárbara C. Cruz, Ph.D.

Bárbara C. Cruz Elected to the Academic Advisory Council of the College Board

Bárbara C. Cruz, Professor of Secondary Education, has been elected to the Academic Advisory Council of the College Board. The members of this body are leaders in their disciplinary fields of study. They represent the range of secondary schools and higher education institutions and the diversity of student populations served by College Board programs and services. In this capacity, Dr. Cruz will be representing the University and College in a number of ways, especially on the issue of equitable access to college for all students. Read more.

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Valerie Janesick, Ph.D.

Valerie Janesick Wins the 2012 AERA Outstanding Contributions to the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group Award

Valerie Janesick, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, received an award from AERA, which includes a check for
$1,500. She was chosen for this prestigious award because her contributions to "the discipline of qualitative inquiry have been influential, unique, creative, and exceptionally meaningful for advancing understandings of the diverse practices and theories of qualitative methodology..." Congratulations for this well deserved award!


Sarah Kiefer Featured in Profile Piece for the American Psychological Association

Sarah Kiefer, Ph.D., Assistant Profesor in the Department of Psychological & Social Foundations, is featured on the APA website where she says, “My research involves deepening our understanding of—and improving upon—young adolescents’ motivation, peer relationships, and development." She said her of draw to the profession, “Educational psychology provides a platform to ‘open the black box’ of learning, and the immense, exciting developmental and contextual changes that occur during adolescence." Read the full interview here.

Technology Action Summit April 27

Let’s flex our tech muscles!

The purpose of the Summit is to showcase the myriad of innovative ways faculty and students are integrating technology with their instructional and research goals.

It will be a day for faculty and students to attend sessions that model examples of technology for all interest levels. There will be two types of time slots for sessions. You can volunteer for a 20-30 min. presentation session or for the poster/sharing session.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Continental breakfast in the area outside of the TECO Conference Center
10:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Welcome (Dean Kennedy) and Kick-off remarks (Dr. Shelley Stewart & Dr. Deidra Cobb-Roberts)
10:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Variety of sessions to showcase faculty and student's work in research and instruction
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Poster session in the Raymond James Room, second floor of the Stavros Center
2:00 p.m. COEDU Faculty Meeting and Reception (TECO Conference Center and Rotunda)

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Kadar Pryce

USF Student Kadar Pryce Accepts Civil Engineering Internship with FLDOT

Kadar Pryce, a Civil Engineering Student in the five year M.A. program at USF will graduate this May. He has served as a student assistant in the COEDU Dean's office for the past year and a half. He recently accepted an internship with the Florida Department of Transportation - American Consulting Engineers of Florida. Best of luck, Kadar!

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Luis De La Lama

Luis De La Lama is the Winner of the 2012 American Counseling Association Graduate Student Essay Competition

De La Lama is a Counselor Education doctoral student in the Department of Psychological and Social Foundations. This is a highly competitive contest and the winner receives multiple benefits, including a $1000 award and publication of the essay in the Journal of Counseling and Development, the premiere journal of counselors. His essay, "The Tao of Counseling," will appear in the May 2012 issue of Counseling Today. Congratulations!


Alison Robinson

A Fond Farewell to Alison Robinson

Alison Robinson, IT Director initially with the COEDU, and then the University, is leaving us to be with her husband who has been working in northern Virginia on Quantico Marine Corp base for the past two years. Her last day will be April 6th. Join us for cake April 4 from 2-4 p.m. in the TECO Room to say, "bon voyage!"

Best wishes, Alison!

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Children's Festival a Smash Hit!

Dean Kennedy said, "The smiles on the faces of the children confirm that the 2012 Children's Festival was a smash hit! You know every year I think it's the best......and once again, this year's festival was the absolute best! There was such variety in the learning activities, great student involvement, a lot of faculty support, wonderful entertainment, and the stage and sound system gave it all such a professional flare! I really appreciated the support we received from different sectors of the University and also the community and our sponsors!"

Kennedy added, "Thanks to each and every one of you for all of your efforts to make the 2012 Children's Festival such a success!"


Strawberry Sales to Benefit Migrant Student Success Fund

Thursday, March 22nd & Friday, March 23rd


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