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Dr. Eric Platt's New Book to be Released in October

Persistence through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South, the new book by Dr. Eric Platt, Associate Professor and Chair in LEAD, (co-edited with Holly A. Foster) will be released in October through University Press of Mississippi. The edited collection that includes research by Dr. Platt and other scholars illustrates the lived experiences of college students, professors and administrators who studied, taught and led institutions of higher education during the deadliest internal conflict in US history—the American Civil War. Chapters focus on such topics as institutional longevity in the face of surrounding cataclysm, student military conscription, the effects of emancipation and college women during the war. Dr. Platt states that this work, “counters the narrative that all southern higher education closed during the Civil War years and presents insights as regards Antebellum intellectualism and institutional survival, as well as post-war academic and social reorganization to maintain institutional longevity in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Learn more and pre-order your copy here>.

CREP Partners with Engineering Research Visioning Alliance

The College of Education Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) is beginning a prestigious partnership with the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA). Established via a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) was officially launched on April 7, 2021. The first engineering research visioning alliance of its kind, ERVA is a diverse, inclusive and engaged partnership that enables an array of voices to impact national research priorities. ERVA will help the U.S. remain an international leader by identifying and developing new, high-impact engineering research directions to help the engineering community solve major challenges and improve daily life. 

CREP’s team is led by P.I. Dr. Todd Zoblotsky with Dr. Carolyn Kaldon and Dan Strahl serving as Co-P.I. CREP’s portion of the award as a Subawardee to ERVA is $800K for the first five years with more years anticipated. Dr. Zoblotsky, P.I, states, “CREP is excited and honored to be part of this amazing alliance tasked with setting the direction for engineering research for the nation.  Along with Co-PIs Dr. Carolyn Kaldon and Dan Strahl, we look forward to showcasing ERVA’s progress and success. This partnership is not only a highlight in CREP’s research portfolio but will elevate the University’s profile through this important work.” 

To learn more about ERVA and get involved, visit www.ERVAcommunity.org> and follow @ERVACommunity on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Learn more about CREP and their work at memphis.edu/crep>

Dr. Edith Gnanadass and Dr. Sandra Nichols named Hooks Academic Research Fellows

Dr. Edith Gnanadass (Associate Professor in LEAD) and Dr. Sandra Nichols (Professor and Chair, ICL) have been named Hooks Academic Research Fellows in 2021 by UofM's Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Serving for two years, Fellows assist the Hooks Institute not only in fulfilling its mission of teaching, studying, and promoting civil rights and social change but also in becoming a premier center for scholars working on race and social justice scholarship. The Institute's goal is to build a network of scholars that will give anyone visiting their website a more accurate sense of our work and partnerships.Dr. Gnanadass and Dr. Nichols demonstrate their commitment to be Driven by Equity in research, teaching and service through this honor. Learn more about the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and their upcoming virtual events at their website>. 

Jaclyn J. Gish-Lieberman, ICL Doctoral Student, Honored with P.E.O. Scholar Award

Gish-LiebermanJaclyn J. Gish-Lieberman, an Ed.D. student in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) in ICL, is one of 100 doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter W of Memphis, Tennessee. Jaclyn is the daughter of Gail and Wayne Bable of East Palestine, Ohio and John and Evelyn Gishbaugher of Darlington, Pennsylvania. She was a U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow from 2010 to 2013 and has served as a U.S. Department of State English Specialist in several countries including Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Indonesia. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Akron, where she was an honors scholar.

Dr. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw, IDT Coordinator and Associate Professor in ICL, says of Gish-Lieberman's award, "I remain humbled by the amazing students, scholars, and, in this case, women we have the opportunity to work with and mentor."

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members.

Congratulations, Jaclyn, on this distinguished honor!

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