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Associate Dean Adams honored for outstanding mentoring of minority PhD students

Thomasenia Adams, science education professor and associate dean for research at UF’s College of Education, has received a statewide honor for outstanding mentoring of minority doctoral students.The award comes from the Florida Education Fund (FEF), a nonprofit organization that develops programs to enhance education for students at all levels across the state. Adams received the FEF’s 2015 […]

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7-year study aims to boost teaching of state’s English language learners

After $1 million, six years, and data from more than 24,000 elementary school teachers and 72,000 students, three University of Florida education researchers are close to completing a project that could transform the way teachers-in-training prepare to teach Florida schoolchildren whose primary language is not English.  In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education awarded almost […]


Higher Ed alum heads elite university program for veterans

Under the leadership of UF higher education administration alumnus Phillip Morris, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs was recently ranked among the best Western regional universities for veterans. Morris directs the university’s Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs.  Morris received his Ph.D. in higher education from UF’a College of Education in 2011, and his master’s […]


COE international students honored for academics, service

Four UF College of Education international students ­– Nari Choi, Sungur Gurel, Ahyea (Alice) Jo, and Yasemin Sert ­­– were recently honored with a Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement by the university’s International Center.  The annual award recognizes international undergraduate and graduate students across the University of Florida who have achieved an exceptional record of academic […]

THE REPUBLIC: Algebra Nation

The Republic11-22-13Algebra Nation The Republic, a newspaper in Columbus, Ind., published a feature article about Algebra Nation. Don Pemberton and Boaz Dvir of the Lastinger Center for Learning are quoted in the story

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Art Sandeen, student affairs icon, honored as Distinguished Pillar in student personnel

In Arthur “Art” Sandeen’s 26 years as head of UF student affairs and 14 years as a College of Education professor, his love and advocacy of students gave the university community a friend and leader they knew they could count on.  These traits help explain why the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has chosen […]

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Amanda Kraemer (MA ’09)

The New York Times11-26-13Amanda Hughes Kraemer (MA ‘09) Alumna Amanda Kraemer, maiden name Hughes, was quoted in a New York Times article about diverse students’ enrollment in Advanced Placement courses in Orange County, Florida. Kraemar is an AP calculus teacher at Freedom High School in Orlando.

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Study reveals ‘digital divide’ among state’s middle schoolers

 GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A new achievement gap is developing among Florida middle-school students based on their access to technology and whether they understand how to use it, according to University of Florida education researchers.  They say this “digital divide” is rooted in how students’ socioeconomic status, gender and ethnic background affect their computer savvy.  UF education technology […]


The Gainesville Sun, The Tampa Tribune11-15-13, 11-17-13Algebra Nation 2.0 Articles in The Gainesville Sun and The Tampa Tribune covered the Nov. 1 release of Algebra Nation 2.0, the update to Algebra Nation, a digital algebra program created by the Lastinger Center for Learning and Study Edge. Boaz Dvir of the Lastinger Center is quoted in […]


Alumni Association’s Florida GatorFall 2013Stacy Carlson (PhD ’11) The UF Alumni Association profiled alumna Stacy Carlson, who is the program director of a STEM grant awarded to the Lastinger Center for Learning, in their fall magazine’s “Pathfinder” section. Story not available online.

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ESOL ed alumnus named ‘Top 40 Innovator’ in digital education

James May, a “double EduGator” with two advanced degrees from UF’s College of Education, was named one of this year’s Top 40 Innovators in Education by the national Center for Digital Education.  The center is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding.  May earned his […]


Education doctoral student recognized for mentoring efforts

Natalie King, a doctoral student in UF’s curriculum, teaching and teacher education program, is a recipient of the 2013 Graduate Student Mentoring Award given by UF’s I-Cubed program.  King previously was a biology and chemistry teacher at Gainesville’s Eastside High School and an instructor for the UF College of Medicine’s Health Care Summer Institute.  I-Cubed, […]

Join the celebration of global education Nov. 21

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 21, for an EduGator adventure across international borders at the College of Education’s eighth annual Comparative and International Education Day. Former UF educational technology professor Cathy Cavanaugh will be the event’s keynote speaker. Cavanaugh was the associate director of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates for […]


HBCU DIGEST, BLACK PR WIRE: Statewide minority mentoring program

HBCU Digest, Black PR Wire10-31-13, 11-1-13SEC statewide minority mentoring program HBCU Digest and Black PR Wire reported on the College of Education’s partnership with Florida’s historically-black colleges and universities to form the Situational Environmental Circumstances (SEC) mentoring program. The statewide program matches student mentors at the colleges and universities in Florida with minority male elementary […]


Donor-funded iPads helping COE students learn to teach digital curriculum

Today’s schools are under pressure to increase technology access, education and use for their students. UF’s College of Education is helping schools meet these 21st-century goals through a new initiative that prepares pre-service teachers with the resources and skills necessary to teach students how to effectively use and learn from technology.  All they need is […]


TAMPA TRIBUNE: Don Pemberton

Tampa Tribune (Highlands Today edition)10-12-13Don Pemberton Highlands Today, an edition of the Tampa Tribune, quoted Don Pemberton, director of the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, in a story about teacher quality in early learning programs.According to the article, Pemberton told the Florida House Education Committee that UF had just completed a study for the state […]


Education technology professor receives best paper award

Albert Ritzhaupt, an associate professor of educational technology at UF, received the best paper award at this year’s Informing Science + IT Education (InSITE) conference in Porto, Portugal.  InSITE is a conference sponsored by the Informing Science Institute, a professional association in information and communication technology.  The paper was a joint effort between Ritzhaupt and […]


The Independent Florida Alligator8-26-13Eric Thompson An article in the Independent Florida Alligator reported on recent doctoral graduate Eric Thompson’s research findings, which reveal a link between stressful life circumstances and low reading test scores. Thompson was quoted in the story.


MDLINX: Linda Behar-Horenstein

MDLinx8-9-13Linda Behar-Horenstein MDLinx, a website that provides medical research knowledge, featured a research article by Linda Behar-Horenstein, a College of Education faculty member who is also an affiliate faculty member at UF’s College of Dentistry. The article discusses Behar-Horenstein’s study of valid and reliable instruments used to measure and assess dental students’ cultural competence.

INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: $1.5 million grant to program for parents of children with disabilities

The Independent Florida Alligator10-8-13$1.5 million grant for COE’s program for parents of children with disabilities The Independent Florida Alligator reported that the COE received a $1.5 million grant to develop a learning program for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. Professor Patricia Snyder and education freshman Emily Kaidy were quoted in the story.


Counselor ed student honored by regional organization

Rachel Henesy, a UF graduate student in counselor education, has received the Outstanding Student at the Master’s Level Award by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  The group is a division of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The award honors master’s students who exceed the demands of their graduate program and […]


Counseling group honors grad student for research, practice

Melanie Varney, pursuing her master’s and specialist degrees in mental health counseling at UF’s College of Education, has received the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling’s (AARC) 2013 Master’s Exemplary Research and Practice Award. The award recognizes the contributions a master’s student has made in scholarship and service that align with the group’s mission.  Varney’s research […]


Regional group honors Swank as outstanding pre-tenure counselor educator

Jacqueline Swank, a UF assistant professor in counselor education, has been honored with the 2013 Outstanding Pre-tenure Counselor Educator Award by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The group is a division of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The award recognizes individual faculty instructors in the field who are showing exceptional […]



The Gainesville Sun, The Independent Alligator, UF News 9-2-13, 9-4-13 James Patterson scholarship gift A Gainesville Sun blog, The Independent Alligator and UF news published articles about bestselling novelist James Patterson’s $48,000 donation to the College of Education for teacher scholarships. Patterson, Elizabeth Bondy, director of the college’s School of Teaching and Learning, and Shannan […]

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PhD candidate in elite company after winning national honor for aiding exceptional children

Crystal Crowe Bishop, a University of Florida doctoral candidate in special education, joined some illustrious company with College of Education ties after receiving the 2013 J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Award from the Division for Early Childhood of the international Council for Exceptional Children. Bishop joins a growing line of UF EduGators who have previously […]

UF College of Education film screening Sept. 26 shines light on innovative inner-city teacher

Directed and produced by award-winning University of Florida documentary filmmaker Boaz Dvir, “Discovering Gloria” tells the story of former Gainesville Duval Elementary School teacher Gloria Jean Merriex’s transformation into a trailblazing innovator and a national model.  “Discovering Gloria” screens Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm at Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville. The 90-minute program, which is […]


Six new professors join College of Education faculty

UF’s College of Education this year welcomed six new additions to its faculty: Kristen Apraiz, Kristina DePue, Nicholas Gage, Ashley Macsuga-Gage, Diane Porter Roberts and Rachel Wolkenhauer.  Kristen Apraiz is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, in which she teaches elementary mathematics education courses. She received her bachelor’s and master’s […]

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Counselor ed study links life stressors to students’ reading scores

As researchers across the country continue the search for early indicators of academic failure and dropouts, University of Florida education researchers are paying particularly close attention to warning signs predicting reading test scores. Eric Thompson, a summer doctoral graduate in counselor education at UF’s College of Education, recently completed his dissertation research in which he […]


UF higher ed alum named to Florida university system post

Chris Mullin (PhD ’08), a UF doctoral graduate in higher education administration, has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for policy and research by the State University System’s Board of Governors. The board oversees Florida’s public university system. Mullin previously served as program director for policy analysis at the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C.  […]

NEWS-PRESS.COM: Jason Schipper

Ft. Myers News-Press.com8-4-13Jason Schipper Social studies doctoral studies Jason Schipper was quoted in a Ft. Myers News-Press.com article about Asian college students’ views about grades and education. 


Channel NewsAsia7-30-13Leah Villanueva Channel NewsAsia featured educational leadership alumna Leah Villanueva in a report about  the new Teach for the Phillippines initiative, which is similar to the United States’ Teach for America. Villanueva is a public school teacher for the program.

GAINESVILLE SUN: Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis

The Gainesville Sun7-22-13Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis Brianna L. Kennedy-Lewis, an assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning and a school discipline researcher, wrote an open letter about how educators should “focus on students’ strengths and schools’ failures, rather than on schools’ strengths and students’ failures.” The letter was in response to a previous Gainesville […]


The Gainesville Sun7-21-13Algebra Nation A Gainesville Sun article featured the expansion and success of Algebra Nation, a digital project by the Lastinger Center for Learning and Study Edge. Boaz Dvir and Dom Pemberton of the Lastinger Center and Alicia Stephenson of P.K. Yonge Developmental School were quoted in the story.

State legislature invests $2M in Algebra Nation, UF’s answer to high-stakes End-of-Course exam

After hearing from teachers who actively engaged with Algebra Nation in its trial period, the state Legislature has invested $2 million to expand the reach and impact of the University of Florida’s innovative program to help students succeed on the high-stakes End-of-Course exam.  Developed by UF’s Lastinger Center for Learning in partnership with the Florida […]


7 COE faculty receive promotions

The College of Education congratulates professors Alyson Adams, Gary Boulware, Penny Cox, Kara Dawson, Timothy Jacobbe, Erica McCray and Albert Ritzhaupt, who received promotions effective this fall semester. Adams, from the School of Teaching and Learning and the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, is now a clinical associate professor. Her research interests include studying the […]


Graduate teaching honor goes to educational foundations professor

Since he joined the UF College of Education faculty in 2000, Sevan Terzian has been repeatedly commended by his peers and students as an exceptional teacher and accomplished academician. Most recently, Terzian, an associate professor in social foundations of education, received the college’s 2013 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for his teaching and mentorship of graduate […]

NPR StateImpact: Albert Ritzhaupt

State Impact by NPR6-13-13Albert Ritzhaupt An NPR StateImpact radio and online report quoted Albert Ritzhaupt, a professor of educational technology, about the digital divide present among Florida’s public school students. The article cites Ritzhaupt’s research on how Florida public schools in low socioeconomic areas use technology.

GAINESVILLE SUN: Jamal Sowell, Situational Environmental Circumstances

The Gainesville Sun6-2-13Jamal Sowell, Situational Environmental Circumstances program In a column in the Gainesville Sun, Jamal Sowell, the special assistant to UF President Bernie Machen, discussed educational inequality in Florida and the university’s new mentoring program for at-risk and minority youth. The new College of Education-led project is called Situational Environmental Circumstances.

COE honors 5 Florida ‘distinguished educators’

Every year, the University of Florida’s College of Education recognizes five of the state of Florida’s most elite educators by honoring them with a Distinguished Educator Award at the university’s fall commencement ceremony. This year, the college honored Nancy Hunter, a high school teacher in Lake County; David Murphy, a high school principal in Monroe […]

Doctoral student receives National Data Institute fellowship

  Jasmine Ulmer, a doctoral student in educational leadership, was selected as a fellow for this year’s National Data Institute on the datasets of the National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation.    The institute serves as an intensive introduction to using national data to support research on science, engineering and postsecondary education. […]


Two statistics education journals choose UF math ed professor for editor posts

Tim Jacobbe, a UF assistant professor in mathematics education, has been appointed as the founding editor of the Journal of Statistics Education’s new department on research in K-12 statistics education, as well as an associate editor for the Statistics Education Research Journal. Jacobbe will serve as an associate editor for the latter publication until 2016. […]