Fall/Winter 2016-17 Edition

From the Dean: Making Connections

From the Dean: Making Connections

By Robert E. Floden Among the strengths of the Michigan State University College of Education are the ways our faculty, staff and students make connections. Members of our college’s community conduct research studies that connect pressing problems of practice and policy to understandings drawn from prior research and to new insights that emerge. Students and… Read More »

Doctoral Degree Recipients, Fall 2015-Summer 2016

Doctoral Degree Recipients, Fall 2015-Summer 2016

The following individuals received doctoral degrees from the College of Education in the program areas and during the semesters noted. To see photos from doctoral convocations, visit the MSU College of Education flickr site: flickr.com/msucollegeofed Fall 2015 Educational Policy Julie Christine Harris Tara Miyoko Kintz Mary Lynn Mason Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Amira Farouk… Read More »

Faculty Viewpoint: Here’s How Homeschooling is Changing in America

Faculty Viewpoint: Here’s How Homeschooling is Changing in America

By Kyle Greenwalt Associate Professor Department of Teacher Education greenwlt@msu.edu When children went back to school last fall, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers were starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling in the United States is growing at a strong pace. Recent statistics indicate that 1.5 million children were homeschooled in the United… Read More »

Cover Story: A Winning Combination for Athletic Excellence and Diabetes

Cover Story: A Winning Combination for Athletic Excellence and Diabetes

Kinesiology scholar pioneers research to fuel athletic excellence—and drive change for diabetes in sports By Lauren Ebelt Upon first glance, it doesn’t look like much. It’s a clear plastic box atop a metal gurney, accompanied by some wooden blocks, cushions and a bicycle seat. Small machines with wires draping down sit on top, blinking and… Read More »

Rewarding Renovations: Kinesiology at IM Circle

Rewarding Renovations: Kinesiology at IM Circle

IM Circle, home of the Department of Kinesiology, received important renovations in 2016. Included are a new faculty office suite and an undergraduate athletic training teaching lab. State-of-the-art technology—including “SimMan,” a full-size patient simulator—gives Michigan State University scholars and students a specialized space to put their research into practice and to develop their skills. “The… Read More »

New Faculty Members, 2016-2017

New Faculty Members, 2016-2017

The College of Education welcomes seven new tenure-system faculty members this academic year. Here are their bios and, in their own words, the impact they hope to make while at Michigan State University. In addition, Dorinda Carter Andrews was appointed as the assistant dean for equity outreach initiatives in July 2016. Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, Ann E.… Read More »

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Melvin Buschman died on April 2, 2016. He was a professor of continuing education from 1960-85. He also served as an administrator in Continuing Education and Admissions, taught graduate courses internationally and helped establish the Center for Extra-Mural Studies as part of the MSU project that created the University of Nigeria. He served as the… Read More »

Student Profile: Audio Analysis and Children with Autism

Student Profile: Audio Analysis and Children with Autism

Student strives to improve language development for children with autism through audio analysis By Nicole Geary Nearly every week for the past two and a half years, Savana Bak has been greeting familiar groups of bright-eyed kids and helping them put on special T-shirts. Throughout the school day, she records all of their conversations using… Read More »

Alumni Supporting Students

Alumni Supporting Students

Newly Established Alumni Board Scholarship Fund Continues Tradition For several years, the Michigan State University College of Education Alumni Association has awarded scholarships to worthy students with financial need. These scholarships were funded by membership dues generated by the association and managed by the college’s Alumni Board of Directors. Recently, however, MSU stopped collecting dues… Read More »

Alumni News and Notes

Alumni News and Notes

Honoring women pioneers Two alumni from the College of Education were inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in October 2016. Olivia Letts, M. ’54, Ed.D. ’70 and Ph.D. ’75 (Educational Administration and Curriculum), was the first African American teacher in the Lansing School District, and later became the district’s first African American principal… Read More »

Alumni Profile: The Bearded Teacher Who Ran for President

Alumni Profile: The Bearded Teacher Who Ran for President

Education. Democracy. Change. Inspiring the next generation of active citizens By Nicole Geary The 2016 presidential election was intense. It seemed like the whole world was focused on the two candidates from the two major political parties and what victory would mean for either side. But what about the third parties, the write-ins? And what… Read More »

The Impact of Annual Giving: A Departmental Look

The Impact of Annual Giving: A Departmental Look

A departmental look at where your gifts add up—and how they could grow our future The College of Education is fortunate to have thousands of alumni and friends who make financial contributions to the college, many on an annual basis. We are thankful for every gift because, no matter how big or small, they each… Read More »