Student, Alumni, & Faculty News
- Several students were graduated at Commencement on Sunday, May 10. Congratulations
to Dr. Constance Tucker, Michael Woods, and Kathryn Sharpe.
- Congratulations to Dr. Susan Nordstrom and Dr. Alison Happel-Parkins! Dr. Nordstrom
received an award from the College of Education, Health and Human Services for her
research, and Dr. Happel-Parkins received an award for her service.
- Katharina Barth, an EDPR Ph.D. student, has been awarded a $1,000 travel award by
the Engaged Scholarship Committee to support her presentation of "An Intergenerational
Community-Based Arts and Literacy Program in a Shelter for Families Who are Homeless"
at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Chicago in April. She
is the first student recipient of this award. Congratulations, Kathi!
- Congratulations to Dr. Shea Kidd Houze, who was hooded by Dr. Alison Happel in December
2014. Dr. Houze is the Associate Director for External Affairs at the University of
- Research associate is rated #4 in the highest-rated jobs for people in their 20s. How do you land a position of research associate? Start with a certificate and/or
graduate degree in Educational Research!
- The Fall 2014 Colloquia schedule is out! Click here to access more information about this series.
- WELCOME to our new Assistant Professors, Leigh Harrell-Williams and Chia-Chen Yang.
- Dr. Harrell-Williams completed her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and a post-doc at Georgia
State University. A quantitative researcher, Dr. Harrell-Williams' research focuses
on item response theory, pre-service K-12 mathematics teacher self-efficacy to teach
statistics,and universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk.
- Dr. Yang comes to Memphis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her work
focused on how electronic media and devices may influence adolescents' psychosocial
well-being and academic performance. She has a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures
with a minor degree in Psychology and an M.S. in Educational Psychology.
- We are excited to have two visiting professors for the 2014-15 academic year: Dr.
Joe Blackbourn and Dr. Jin Kong.
- Congrats to Dr. Rashunda Stitt, who has begun postdoc work at Howard University. The
project, HU ADVANCE-IT, is an NSF-grant-funded initiative to effect institutional
transformation for women faculty in STEM at Howard. She is working on the social sciences
aspect of the study, which focuses on the experiences of the STEM female faculty at
Howard. Rashunda graduated in August 2014, having successfully defended her dissertations
entitled "Sounds like something a White man should be doing: Academic identity in
African American female engineering students." Dr. Chris Mueller was her advisor.
- The Jubilee Summer Enrichment Reading Program (J-SERP) was a joint partnership/collaboration
among participating staff, teachers, and administrators at the Jubilee Schools of
Memphis; faculty of the University of Memphis (Drs. Chris Mueller, Denise Winsor,
and Beth Meisinger); and those providing ongoing generous financial support for the
J-SERP program. The J-SERP program consisted of a six-week long summer day camp targeting
rising third- and fourth-grade children currently attending one of the area Jubilee
Schools. The goal of the 2014 pilot program was twofold: to attenuate documented losses
of academic skills occurring for many Jubilee students during the summer months (i.e.,
the summer slump), and to improve children's foundational literacy skills (reading
fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary). The J-SERP pilot program was based
on the Quick Reads (Hiebert, 2003) curriculum, and included program evaluation as
an overall part of the program. To find out more, please read the article.
- Dr. Yonghong Jade Xu is part of a CEPR team that received a $40,000 research grant
from the Tennessee Board of Regents in a competitive evaluation process. This research
will focus on STEM student graduation rates.
- Congratulations to two of our faculty members: Dr. Karen Weddle-West has been named
Interim Provost at the UofM, and Dr. Ernie Rakow has been named Interim Dean of the
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
- Congratulations to Dr. Caro Hart (Ph.D., 2013), who has accepted a teaching position
at Westfield State University, where her husband will also be teaching.
- Drs. Denise Winsor, Vicki Murrell, and Susan Magun-Jackson have published Lifespan
Development: An Educational Psychology Perspective, written by faculty and graduate
assistants in the EDPR program. It will be used primarily as a text for the EDPR 2111
courses but is being used outside of the University of Memphis as well.