Welcome back! Now that the Spring semester is underway, many of you are immersed in your classes, engaged with our local and global communities, condu

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Welcome back! Now that the Spring semester is underway, many of you are immersed in your classes, engaged with our local and global communities, conducting interdisciplinary research, and leading the way with the use of technology in your curriculum. In this issue of the Dean's Update, we are highlighting some of the many initiatives underway in the College and the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni.

Mark your Calendar for the Children's Festival March 2nd!

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Dean's Update.


Harold Keller, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, USF College of Education


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Mandisa Roeleene Haarhoff performing “Crush Hopper: Exploring the journey of identity in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Crush Hopper Performance and Fulbright Meet and Greet held Jan. 17

Mandisa Roeleene Haarhoff performed "Crush Hopper" for a crowd of nearly 300 at the USF Music Concert Hall for a Fulbright event organized by Darlene DeMarie, Ph.D., Department of Psychological & Social Foundations. Patrick De Walt, Ph.D., Department of Psychological & Social Foundations and other faculty, students, and staff participated in the event.


USF Foundation Board Member and College of Education Alumna Endows Education Scholarship

The USF College of Education and the USF Foundation recently announced a gift of $25,000 from Holmquist Educational Consultants, Inc., (founded by Stephanie Holmquist-Johnson (’81, ’05)) to establish a scholarship for graduate students in the USF College of Education.

This new scholarship reaffirms the College of Education’s commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

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Dana Zeidler, Ph.D.

Zeidler Receives Honorary Professorship in Seoul, South Korea

Dana Zeidler, Ph.D., Department of Secondary Education, was recently honored as a Distinguished Professor for his work in the implementation of "Establishment of Education System of Enhancing Scientific Literacy for 21st Century" for Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. His appointment was made by University President Kim Sun-Uk at the request of Professor Hyunju Lee who runs the World Class University Global Institute for STS Education. Dr. Zeidler has made three trips to Ewha helping frame a research program on socioscientific issues for many of their science education faculty and doctoral students. The first of several research papers through this international collaboration was recently published.

Dr. Zeidler plans a fourth visit this summer with more research to be conducted, and a keynote address delivered to the International Conference of East-Asian Association for Science Education (EASE) which will be held in Hong Kong.

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Joan Kaywell, Ph.D.

Kaywell Award Winners Named

The award, presented to young adult authors and advocates of the genre, is named after Joan Kaywell, Ph.D., Department of Secondary Education.

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Stampede of Service Student Volunteers at USF Preschool for Creative Learning. Photo credit: Bryce Moseley

Stampede of Service Students Lend a Hand at USF Preschool for Creative Learning

Upwards of 3,000 University of South Florida students turned out for the University of South Florida’s biggest community engagement project – Stampede of Service – which celebrates a helping hand across Hillsborough County. See the slideshow.

Farewell to Joseph Bondi

Joseph Bondi, Ph.D. retired COEDU Professor, passed away Jan. 8.

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See current COEDU grants here via the Office of Research website.