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Faculty Members Honored at Awards Dinner

College of Education faculty members were honored at the Excellence in Research Awards Dinner for fiscal year 2011, held at the university on November 1, 2011. Recognized for winning departmental outstanding faculty discovery awards were: Anatoli Rapoport (EDCI), Marcia Gentry (EDST - Professor), Yan Ping Xin (EDST - Associate Professor), and Emily Bouck (EDST - Assistant Professor). Recognized with Seeds for Success Awards, given in recognition of receiving a grant award of $1 million or more, were: Brenda Capobianco, Peggy Ertmer, James Lehman, Sidney Moon, and Johannes Strobel.

Providing Access to Advanced Math for Visually Impaired Students

Emily BouckEmily Bouck, faculty member in Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation through its Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities program. The goal of the project is to refine and evaluate the use of digital text readers, specifically MathSpeak-based technology, to support secondary students with visual impairments in using mathematics in the algebra classroom. The project aims to provide these students with access to standard algebra, improve their independence in mathematics, and improve their attitudes toward algebra.

Defining Global Engineering Competencies

Ayse CiftciAyse Ciftci, faculty member in Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, is Co-PI of an NSF grant project focused on building a theoretical framework for defining outcomes-based global engineering competencies. The goal of the project is to develop foundational knowledge about the complexities and multi-dimensionality of the term "global competence" so that a shared understanding of global competence in STEM education can be developed. The project PI is P.K. Imbrie in Engineering Education, and Rabi Mohtar in Agricultural and Biological Engineering is also a Co-PI.

Counseling Researcher Focuses on Grief and Loss

Heather Servaty-SeibHeather Servaty-Seib, faculty member in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Studies, studies the various ways in which people deal with grief and loss. Using a framework of gains and losses, she aims to get people thinking and talking about death, dying, grief and loss on individual, institutional and societal levels. Through research and student engagement via service-learning, she looks at the multidimensional aspects of grief -- emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and spiritual.  More...

Researchers to Investigate Algebra Teaching Approaches

 Jill Newton Yukiko Maeda

Jill Newton, faculty member in mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Yukiko Maeda, faculty member in educational psychology and research methods in the Department of Educational Studies, have been awarded a 3-year NSF REESE grant entitled, "Preparing to Teach Algebra (PTA): A Study of Teacher Education." The project will investigate how state-level policies related to algebra and recently released algebra expectations are addressed in secondary mathematics teacher education programs.  The project will seek to understand how opportunities for developing knowledge for teaching algebra are provided in different teacher preparation programs using a mixed-methods approach.

Gifted Education Researcher Among Most Prolific

Marcia GentryMarcia Gentry, professor of gifted education in the Department of Educational Studies, has been identified as one of the most prolific researchers in the field in a recently published study. An article by David Yun Dai, Joan Ann Swanson, and Hongyu Cheng, published in Gifted Child Quarterly (2011, 55(2), 126-138), reported on a study that surveyed more than 1200 empirical studies on giftedness, gifted education, and creativity from 1998-2010. The most prolific researchers and research teams were identified, and Professor Gentry ranked 9th overall with 11 publications during that period.

Synergy Grants Awarded

Emily Bouck Marcia Gentry Minchi Kim

Emily Bouck and Marcia Gentry, faculty members in the Department of Educational Studies, as well as Minchi Kim, faculty member in Curriculum and Instruction, are each recipients of a 2011-2012 Synergy Grant from the College of Education. Professor Bouck's project is entitled, "Promoting Independence through Assistive Technology." Professor Gentry's project is entitled, "Lifting the Invisibility Cloak: A Collective Case Study of Gifted/ADHD Girls." Professor Kim's project is entitled, "Classroom-Based Technology Integration: Scaffolding Technology-Enhanced Learning for Leaders in America (STELLA)." Synergy Grants support research and development projects that strengthen preparatory education, improve the learning and development of P-12 students, and create synergistic, discovery-oriented partnerships among Purdue University faculty and Indiana's P-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Indiana Campus Compact Awards Engagement Grant

Carrie Wachter-MorrisCarrie Wachter-Morris, faculty member in counseling and development in the Department of Educational Studies, has been awarded a Scholarship of Engagement (SOE) grant from the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC).  The project, titled “EDPS 61100: Engaging with Small and Rural Schools,” focuses on integrating a service learning component into a graduate level school counseling seminar. Teams of school counseling students will work with small and rural schools to identify needs and then develop programs to meet those needs.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Grant Awarded

Melanie ShoffnerMelanie Shoffner, faculty member in English education jointly appointed in the Departments of English and Curriculum and Instruction, has received one of seven Learning Outcomes Assessment Grants awarded by the Office of the Provost. The grants are intended to assist instructors who will design and evaluate new ideas for improving student learning in classrooms and laboratories. More...


Faculty Members Co-Edit New Book

Erik Malewski

Erik Malewski, faculty member in curriculum studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Nathalia Jaramillo, former faculty member in educational foundations in the Department of Educational Studies, are the co-editors of a new book entitled, Epistemologies of Ignorance in Education. The book provides educators a distinct epistemological view on questions of marginalization, oppression, relations of power and dominance, difference, philosophy, and even death among our youth. It is available from Information Age Publishing. More...

Writing to Learn Mathematics

Rachael Kenney Melanie Shoffner

Rachael Kenney, mathematics educator, and Melanie Shoffner, English educator, received a 2010 Faculty Research Fellowship from the Discovery Learning Research Center to evaluate secondary mathematics teachers' experiences with the writing-to-learn-mathematics approach. The research is extending understanding of literacy in mathematics education and reflection in teacher education. The fellowship supports collaborative projects between faculty members in a STEM and non-STEM discipline.


Purdue Leading Math Science Partnership Project

Brenda CapobiancoBrenda Capobianco, faculty member in science education and courtesy faculty member in engineering education, is Co-PI and project co-leader of a new National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership project entitled, "Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED)." The project focuses on the use of engineering design as a vehicle for teaching science in grades 3 through 6. Partnering in the project are Purdue's Colleges of Education, Engineering, Science, and Technology; the Discovery Learning Research Center; and the Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Taylor Community, and Plymouth schools. The project will span five years and impact about 200 teachers and 5000 students. More...


Project Focusing on Energy Concepts for Rural Schools

Peg Ertmer Peg Ertmer, faculty member in educational technology, is part of a team leading a new National Science foundation funded project. The project, entitled "A Sustainable Energy Concepts Professional Development Model for Rural Schools and Its Extension to a Systemic Approach for Integrating STEM Research and Education," is under the direction of Provost Timothy D. Sands, Gabriela C. Weaver, Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center, and Maureen McCann, Director of the Energy Center. The project is designed to increase interest and engagement in STEM disciplines by providing professional development to help rural teachers in Indiana to integrate sustainable energy topics in the classroom.

Science Educator Awarded Fulbright

David EichingerDavid Eichinger, faculty member in science education with a joint appointment in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Biological Sciences, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. Professor Eichinger taught and conducted research during the 2010-11 spring semester at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda. He  co-taught biology courses for environmental health majors at the main Mukono campus, conducted science teaching workshops for primary and secondary school teachers at regional campuses, researched Ugandan teachers' views of the nature of science, and assisted with research capacity building and collaboration in science education. More...


Purdue Counseling Faculty Member Twice Honored

Carrie Wachter-Morris

Carrie Wachter-Morris, faculty member in counseling and development in the Department of Educational Studies, received a 2010 Exemplary Counselor Educator Award from the Indiana School Counselor's Association. Earlier in the year, she was also recognized with an Early Career Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her innovative work in counseling.

Project to Focus on Gaming for Systems Engineers

Bill WatsonBill Watson, faculty member in Learning Design and Technology and director of the Purdue Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments, is working on a project from the Stevens Institute of Technology. The project, supported by funding from the Department of Defense, will develop a game/simulation prototype for helping systems engineers develop their expertise.

Project for Military Families Gets Education Help

 Jennifer Richardson Bill Watson

Jennifer Richardson and Bill Watson, faculty members in the learning design and technology program, are assisting with a Military Community, Family, and Youth Extension project, supported by Department of Defense funding, operated through Purdue's Military Family Research Institute. Professors Richardson and Watson are helping to develop online support materials for military families as part of the project.

Researcher Receives Award for Article

Jean PetersonJean Peterson, professor of counseling and development, has received a 2010 Mensa Education & Research Foundation / Mensa International, Ltd. Award for Excellence in Research for her article "A Longitudinal Study of Negative Life Events, Stress and School Experiences of Gifted Youth," which appeared in Gifted Child Quarterly in 2009. More...

Purdue Education Researchers Awarded High Honor

Helen Patrick Youli Mantzicopoulos Ala Samarapungavan
Helen Patrick, Panayota (Youli) Mantzicopoulos, and Ala Samarapungavan, faculty members in the educational psychology program, have received the 2010 Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) Award for publishing the outstanding article in Volume 46 (2009) of JRST. Their article featured work from the Scientific Literacy Project, an initiative supported by a 3-year, U. S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences grant. This project investigated kindergarten students' learning of scientific inquiry processes and was cited in the March 2010 issue of Scientific American . For more information about the project, see

Gifted Education Researcher Awarded IES Grant

Marcia GentryMarcia Gentry, faculty member in gifted education, is the principal investigator on a new grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences that will experimentally investigate the effects of scaling up the Total School Cluster Grouping (TSCG) Model. TSCG is a research-based, total-school application of cluster grouping combined with differentiation, focused on meeting the needs of students identified as gifted, while also improving the learning and achievement of all students. Research has shown that TSCG improves achievement and increases the numbers of students identified as gifted who come from economically disadvantaged families and from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. For more information, see

Science Educator Elected AAAS Fellow

Anita RoychoudhuryAnita Roychoudhury, faculty member in the science education program, was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was recognized at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego in February, 2010. See


Education Faculty Assisting with NIH Grant

Marcia Gentry Becky Mann John Staver
Education faculty members Marcia Gentry, Becky Mann, and John Staver are members of the leadership team of a new NIH-funded project directed by Timothy Ratliff and Sandra Amass in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Entitled Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses: Animal Contributions towards a Healthier Citizenry, the project will develop, deliver, and assess hands-on, problem-based learning curricular materials for students in grades 3, 6, and 9 that focus on health issues that affect both people and animals and how animal models play an important role in biomedical research. The project is designed to both inform and excite schoolchildren about careers in health science research and to encourage activities for better health. See

Grant to Prepare Faculty to Use Technologies in Special Education

Emily Bouck Teresa Taber Doughty
Emily Bouck and Teresa Taber Doughty, faculty members in special education, have received a grant from the U. S. Department of Education to support the Technologies in Special Education (TISE) Scholar Program. This project will prepare doctoral students in special education for academic positions in higher education focusing on technologies in special education. TISE Scholars will be funded for doctoral study for two years and will complete apprenticeships in teaching, research, and service.

Preparing Secondary Teachers to Teach Computer Science

James Lehman Aman Yadav
Education faculty members James Lehman and Aman Yadav are Co-PIs of a National Science Foundation grant project, conducted in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, focused on preparing educators to teach computer science at the high school level. Dubbed CS4EDU: Computer Science for Education, the project seeks to address shortages of computer scientists by contributing to a national effort to get computer science taught in 10,000 high schools by 10,000 well-qualified teachers by 2015. The project is developing a computer science teaching endorsement program, including a new CS teaching methods course, that will be open to all secondary education majors at Purdue. See

Understanding Student's Conceptions of Climate Change

Anita RoychoudhuryAnita Roychoudhury, faculty member in science education, is the principal investigator of an NSF-funded grant project, "Making Sense of Global Warming and Climate Change: Model of Student Learning via Collaborative Research." This research project is developing a model of student learning in the complex domain of climate change and global warming. These topics require an understanding of climate science and underlying physics concepts yet the coherence between the two areas is rarely a focus in K-12 school level science. Science teachers from four school districts and 500 students from their classrooms (7th and 8th grades) are participating in the project. These teachers are collaborating with the Purdue research team in developing, modifying, and implementing lessons in middle school classrooms.

Project Helping Students to Learn to Multiply

Yan Ping XinYan Pin Xin, associate professor of special education, is the principal investigator of a 5-year National Science Foundation funded project that is studying how students with learning difficulties develop multiplicative reasoning and using this knowledge to develop a computer system that models students' evolving conceptions and suggests tasks to help students achieve higher levels of performance. Entitled Nurturing Multiplicative Reasoning in Students with Learning Disabilities in a Computerized Conceptual-Modeling Environment, this research and development project will augment teaching practice by providing the tools to analyze student conceptions and enact best-practice on an individual, student-needs basis. The goal of the project is to diminish the gap between students with learning disabilities/difficulties and their normal achieving peers.