DEPARTMENTAL NEWS

SEHD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Awards

Kaitlyn Casanas
Alum named “Rookie of the Year” at Southwest Miami High School

Scotney Evans
Received the 2018 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award

Recognition

Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ph.D. was selected for an English Language Specialist assignment, supported by the US Department of State, to Brazil this summer. In addition to attending the TESOL Southern Cone conference (a conference with 5 South American TESOL affiliates) which will take place in Curitiba, Brazil, she will also be conducting professional development sessions with 12 regional English Language Fellows in the Americas focused on their emerging voices as teacher educators and TESOL professionals.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director, Holocaust Studies Summer Institute/ SEHD, have been selected to represent the University of Miami (and the SEHD) this summer at The 2019 National Jewish Retreat in Washington, DC. Dr. Kassenhoff...you rock!

Murat Kasli (Doctoral Student, Research, Measurement, and Evaluation) has received the prestigious Joe E. Covington Award for Research on Testing for Licensure annually given by the National Conference on Bar Examiners. The award is intended to provide support for graduate students doing research germane to testing and measurement, particularly in a high-stakes licensure setting. Murat will receive $6,000 stipend for the research he has proposed. Murat will work on developing a deterministic gated response time model to identify examiners with potential item preknowledge in high-stakes testing. Item compromise and advanced knowledge of items by some test takers prior to taking a high-stakes test have become a big concern for many testing programs that delivers test content in online and computer-based platforms. The advance knowledge of items due to potential item compromise would give an unfair advantage to the people who cheated and cause large repercussions when it comes to high-stakes decisions. With the increasing use of computer-based test delivery, many testing programs collect the information on how much time it takes to respond each question for each examiner. Murat is working on a statistical model to effectively use this data for identifying unusual aberrant patterns in response time to identify potential item preknowledge behavior.

Deborah Adeyemi and Obi Okolo
University of Miami seniors and 4-year mentors and members of Inspire U Academy Leadership Executive Council, were inducted in the Iron Arrow Honor Society in November 2018. Iron Arrow is referred to as the highest honor attained at the University of Miami. The five criteria required for receipt of this distinguished honor are leadership, character, humility, scholarship, and love of alma mater.
"Being tapped into Iron Arrow during my last homecoming was a surreal experience. It made the moment even more special to be able to share the experience with fellow members of Inspire U during the mentees first homecoming experience and parade participation. I’m truly honored to be a part of both Iron Arrow and Inspire U!"
– Deborah Adeyemi, December 2018

Deborah Perez
PhD student in the Department of Teaching and Learning, was selected as a member of the 2018 Council for Learning Disabilities Leadership Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Tinisha Hollinshead
Received her MBA with a specialization in Entreprenuership from Ashford University

Gennet Wright
Completed her Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), Concentration: Human Resource Management and Communication, UM School of Continuing Studies

Dr. Victoria Burns
Distinguished Alumnus, Victoria Burns, Ph.D.’11, recently received the honorable mention for the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching Award sponsored by the Society of Psychology of Women. She was chosen based on her newly created course; campus sexual assault prevention. The Mary Roth Award recognizes junior faculty who have devised a creative approach, exercise or assignment for increasing diversity in courses that focus on the psychology of women and gender.

Grants

Congratulations! For their project “Inclusion Matters in the Data Revolution,” members of the SEHD family have been selected for funding. The project was found to have a strong potential for high-impact results that address a meaningful challenge being faced by society. The team was awarded a maximum of $40,000 to support their work. Team members include:

  • Jennifer Kahn (Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning, SEHD)
  • Debbiesiu Lee (Associate Professor, Educational and Psychological Studies, SEHD)
  • Soyeon Ahn (Associate Professor, Educational and Psychological Studies, SEHD)
  • Athina Hadjixenofontos (Director of Programs, Center for Computational Science, UM)
  • Zanita E. Fenton (Professor, School of Law)
  • Lauren Fralinger (Learning and Research Services Librarian)

Congratulations to Scotney "Scot" Evans for his participation in the project "HURAKAN: Improving Hurricane Risk Communication for Vulnerable Populations." With the aid of a $150k grant, members of this team will conduct research to inform the development of new forecast products to communicate the risks and potential threats of approaching tropical storms and hurricanes.

Members of the HURAKAN team include:

  • Barbara Millet, research assistant professor in the School of Communication;
  • Alberto Cairo, associate professor in the School of Communication,
  • Kenny Broad, professor at the Rosenstiel School and director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy;
  • Scotney Evans, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development; and
  • Sharanya Majumdar, professor and associate dean of graduate studies at the Rosenstiel School.

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ALL NEWS

July 12, 2019

From the Desk of the Dean – July 2019

Fresh from watching the victorious USA World Cup team, I am reminded of a quote from Coach Jill Ellis, the first coach to win the biggest prize in women’s football twice, and just one of two coaches to ever win two World Cup titles ….
July 9, 2019

Introducing Angie Gonzalez-Kurver – Director of Development

Angie J. Gonzalez-Kurver started her professional career as a teacher in her native Texas. Now, she has returned to her favorite field as the new director of development for the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD).
July 8, 2019

“A Life Full of New and Creative Beginnings”: Dr. Beth Harry Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree

“An honorary doctorate is not something I had ever expected to receive in my life, so I am deeply touched that my work could have possibly earned such an accolade.”
July 8, 2019

Confronting Hate in America Today: Lessons from the Holocaust Studies Summer Institute

Teachers can play a major role in addressing the rising incidence of hate crimes in the United States, according to Dr. Mary Johnson, senior director, Facing History and Ourselves.
June 26, 2019

PERSPECTIVE Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 Edition of the SEHD’s Perspective has been published.  Please click on the link to view it.
June 26, 2019

Dr. Jenny Krawec inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame

This is the induction video for rower Dr. Jenny Krawec, as she entered the UM Sports Hall of Fame on May 2, 2019.
June 3, 2019

Using Data to Prevent Disease

As a 17-year-old lifeguard, Dr. Wesley Smith, Ph.D. ’07, discovered that by simply educating and warning people about shore breaks (which cause waves that violently slam people into the sandbar), they could prevent dozens of injuries.
May 21, 2019

Samantha Lang received a prestigious CCPTP award!

We at the SEHD are always excited to share with our school’s community the achievement of students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and community partners who do great things.