Alumna appointed chief innovation officer by ISTE

This month, Wendy Drexler (EDS ’07, PHD ’10, Curriculum & Instruction) was appointed chief innovation officer by the International Society for Technology in Education. Dr. Drexler brings more than two decades of experience in educational technology across the K-20 spectrum to her new position as the division leader responsible for the ISTE Standards, professional development services, and the association’s thought leadership teams, including research and evaluation.

Wendy Drexler received an EDS and a PHD in Curriculum and Instruction from UF.  She is also a former elementary, middle, and high school teacher.

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Higher Ed Alum accepts post doctoral position

Hongwei Yu (PHD ’13, Higher Ed Admin) has accepted a post doctoral research position with the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois College of Education.  Dr. Yu will begin working on his research with the college next month.

Hongwei Yu began his doctoral fellowship in the Fall of 2009 with the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies.  His primary research included: student retention and degree completion in community colleges, part-time faculty, community college baccalaureate degrees, high school and community college partnership.

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Alum Named School Psychologist of the Year

John Poidevant (MEd ’85, EDS ’85, School Psychology; PhD ’89, Marriage & Family Counseling) has been named the Georgia Association of School Psychologists’ 2013 School Psychologist of the Year. Dr. Poidevant has worked as a Cherokee County School District school psychologist since 2006 and currently serves Avery and Macedonia elementary schools.

In 1985, he received his Master’s and Educational specialist degree in School Psychology from UF.  In 1989, Poidevant graduated from UF with is his doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling.  Dr. Poidevant will be recognized at the Oct. 17 Cherokee County School Board Meeting by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo, and the school board.

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Higher Ed Alum is selected to attend Executive Leadership Institute

Dr. Russ Rothamer (MEd ’93, Social Studies Ed.; EDS ’97, Curriculum & Instruction; PHD ’03, Higher Ed. Admin), Vice President of Academic Affairs at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, AZ, has been selected  by a national review panel as one of only 31 community college leaders to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute.  The Executive Leadership Institute is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College.  The 32 participants hold senior-level leadership positions in community colleges throughout the United States.

The institute provides an opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussion on leadership with an outstanding array of faculty drawn from among nationally and internationally recognized community college leaders.

Previous alumni update about Dr. Rothamer is here.

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