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UF faculty receives Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute funding award

Joni Splett, associate professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies (SESPECS), was awarded $5,845,320 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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UF faculty works to uplift our community’s nonprofit frontline workers

Latoya Haynes-Thoby, assistant professor, licensed professional counselor and trauma specialist, created a transformative workshop series to support the frontline staff of GRACE Marketplace in the rise of the global pandemic.

Poekert awarded UF Foundation Term Professorship Award

Phil Poekert, director of the Lastinger Center for Learning, was awarded the UF Foundation Term Professorship Award for 2021-2022.

Tina Smith-Bonahue named associate dean for student affairs and graduate education

Guided by a vision to strengthen student connections and foster community, Tina Smith-Bonahue leads EduGator Central as the newly appointed associate dean for student affairs and graduate studies.

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Three UF faculty recognized with B.O. Smith Professorship

Three University of Florida faculty have been appointed to the esteemed B.O. Smith Professorship — Christopher Anthony, Hannah Bayne and Pasha “Pavlo” Antonenko.

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UF professor named editor of journal

Kakali Bhattacharya, professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, has been chosen as the incoming editor of the journal Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. 

New UF Faculty Earns National Fellowship

Pengfei Zhao, assistant professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, has been named a recipient of the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2021 year.

New book written by COE faculty

Zhihui Fang, professor of literacy and language education and an Irving & Rose Fien Endowed Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning, has released his fifth book, “Demystifying Academic Writing.” The book focuses on the rhetorical moves, cognitive skills and linguistic strategies needed to write clearly, fluently, coherently and effectively for academic purposes.

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Taryrn Brown awarded 2021 COE Teacher of the Year

Undergraduate Teacher of the Year is awarded to faculty who excel in the classroom. Brown feels that despite the transition to emergency remote learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, she was able to cultivate connections with her students and foster a transformative academic experience.

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Nancy Fichtman Dana appointed to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Members of the academy are selected across UF colleges and academic disciplines.

Research and evaluation methodology professor receives NASPA APIKC Distinguished Contribution to Research and Scholarship Award

Kakali Bhattacharya, professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education,was honored with the 2021 Distinguished Contribution to Research and Scholarship Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC).

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Council for Exceptional Children honors two UF faculty with distinguished research awards

The Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research recognized two University of Florida College of Education faculty — Patricia Snyder and Nicholas Gage — as distinguished researchers.

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UF Counselor Education Research Featured

Research from members of the UF Counselor Education program featured in four articles in the October 2020 issue of Counseling and Values.

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Educational technology professor awarded NSF grant to foster inclusive computer science education

The National Science Foundation has awarded $299,624 to Maya Israel, associate professor of educational technology, and a team of computer science education leaders to explore ways to expand inclusion in CS education for students with disabilities.

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Team led by higher education professor receives NSF grant to improve access and success in Information Technology programs

The Institute of Higher Education (IHE) at the University of Florida received $600,000 from the National Science Foundation to enhance access and success among underrepresented students in community college Information Technology (IT) programs.

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Mary Brownell named UF Distinguished Professor

Mary Brownell, professor of Special Education and director of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, was named a University of Florida Distinguished Professor.

UF professor recognized with Mary Frances Early College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award

Kakali Bhattacharya, professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, was recently recognized with the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Endowed professor creates online literacy curriculum for eighth grade students

Preparing students in online literacy education and practice is becoming increasingly important as children grow up in an overwhelmingly digital world. Angela Kohnen, the most recent recipient of the B.O. Smith Professorship, hopes to create a comprehensive curriculum to ensure our students are prepared for their futures in an inevitably online world.

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Endowed Professor Strives to Improve Literacy Education

For more than 22 years, Professor Zhihui Fang has been impacting students at the University of Florida. With his recent endowment of the Irving and Rose Fien Professorship, he hopes to use his research to transform the way teachers approach reading and writing in content area subjects, a common struggle for many K-12 educators. 

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Erica McCray ushers in the new decade as director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

With a vision to empower faculty, staff and students to prioritize equitable outcomes for learners, families and communities, associate professor Erica McCray became director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies (SESPECS) in October 2019.

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International Education Week

This International Education Week we are highlighting assistant professor Pengfei Zhao and her study on ethical approval in East Asian countries.

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FERA honors Ritzhaupt and Kim

Two University of Florida faculty were recently honored at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association.

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New UF Faculty Earns National Fellowship

F. Chris Curran, associate professor of educational leadership and policy, has been named recipient of the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2019 year. This fellowship is one of the highest honors for those early in their career in higher education.

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Higher Education professor awarded co-funded grant to continue work on performance-based funding

Justin Ortagus, director of the Institute of Higher Education and assistant professor of Higher Education & Policy, who received $373,590 in co-funding to analyze how variations in performance-based funding policies impact outcomes for underserved students and under-resourced institutions. The grants serves as Phase Two of a two-part project to identify the impact of PBF policy design elements on college access and student success.

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New Textbooks By UF College of Education Faculty

Four faculty members within the UF College of Education have recently published textbooks. Three of the faculty members focused their publications on bilingual students and the variety of needs that they have within schools, one addresses school finance.

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Patricia Snyder Named UF Distinguished Professor

The University of Florida has awarded Patricia Snyder with the rare honor of Distinguished Professor. Snyder is only the seventh College of Education professor to ever receive this distinction.

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AERA recognizes multidisciplinary team with Best Paper Award

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) presented the Best Paper Award in the special interest group category of “Computer and Internet Applications in Education” to a multidisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students.

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UF Professors Receive $956,733 To Pilot Cryptography-Focused Elementary-Level Curriculum

Cryptography has been used for thousands of years to conceal covert messages, but researchers believe it may serve another purpose — to help children become successful readers and writers.

College of Education professor appointed to UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Elizabeth “Buffy” Bondy, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, was recently appointed to serve on the esteemed University of Florida Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars — an advisory group dedicated to enhancing the policies that maintain the university’s high-quality of academic excellence.

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School of Teaching and Learning professor receives faculty doctoral mentoring award

Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning Nancy Fichtman Dana was named one of five University of Florida faculty members honored with the 2019 Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award.

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Exceptional Children honors two COE faculty for impactful contributions

Patricia Snyder, director of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, and Nicholas Gage, assistant professor of special education, were awarded Reviewer of the Year by Exceptional Children, the nation’s most respected scholarly journal in special education.

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Higher Ed Professor Awarded Grant to Study Performance-Based Funding

Dr. Justin Ortagus, director of the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) and assistant professor of higher education & policy, and a team of researchers were awarded $204,528 from the William T. Grant Foundation to construct a comprehensive state-by-state data set of performance-based funding (PBF) policies across the nation.

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FERA selects Leite as 2018 Educational Researcher of the Year

Walter Leite, professor of research and evaluation methodology, has been recognized as the 2018 Educational Researcher of the Year by the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA).

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Christopher Busey fosters national civic dialogue at annual CUFA conference

Christopher Busey, assistant professor of curriculum, teaching and teacher education, serves as CUFA program chair engaging scholars from across the Americas in critical conversations that shape the field of social studies education.

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SITE Program Awarded Innovation in Teacher Education by SRATE

The University of Florida Site-based Implementation of Teacher Education (SITE) program has been recognized as an outstanding teacher education program and was selected to receive the Innovation in Teacher Education Award by the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE).

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Endowed professor raises the bar on teaching English language learners

Bilingual Ed. scholar Maria Coady fills a prestigious endowed Fien professorship that allows her to expand her landmark multilingual studies aimed at helping at-risk English language learners at rural high-poverty schools.

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UF is feeder to leadership posts for LGBT counselor groups

Faculty member John Super and two students in UF’s nationally ranked Counselor Education program have been elected officers of the Florida Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC).

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EduGators awarded editor posts at national journals

COE faculty scholars Albert Ritzhaupt and Cynthia Griffin have been awarded editorships of leading research journals in their respective disciplines. Alumna Melinda Leko (PhD ’08) also landed a editorship alongside Griffin, her former UF professor.

Decades of Devotion to Children

Don Pemberton has accomplished serious improvement in the lives of children. This year he is retiring, and in his wake he leaves successful institutions, impactful innovations, and hordes of individuals all inspired to continue Don’s vision forward.

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Higher Ed assistant professor gets UF excellence award

UF has honored Justin Ortagus, a faculty researcher in Higher Ed Administration and Policy, with its 2018 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. He also is the new director of the UF Institute of HIgher Education.

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Acclaimed study adds new dimension to college chemistry instruction

To 3D or not to 3D? College instructors in chemistry and other science disciplines are debating whether it’s best to use traditional, two-dimensional renderings of basic structures like organic molecules and crystals, or to adopt new technology that can render images of molecular structures in three dimensions.

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AERA honors UF Special Ed professor for impactful research

Special Education professor Stephen W. Smith, one of the College’s most prolific researchers and federal grant generators, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Special Education Research special interest group of the American Educational Research Association.

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Paying It Forward

Shelley Warm, senior lecturer and Site-based Implementation of Teacher Education (SITE) program director, has been honored as Florida’s Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year by the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE). The Mary L. Collins award recognizes dedication to the field of teacher education and advocate of high-quality education.

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UF scholar doubles up on national honors for advancing learning disabilities field

Prof. Mary Brownell is feted twice for leading reform efforts in Special Education teacher preparation.

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He will be missed: Professor Emeritus John Newell dies at 91

John Michael Newell, Ph.D., 91, a professor emeritus of educational psychology and a 30-year member of the graduate faculty at the UF College of Education, passed away Sunday, June 11, in Gainesville. He was a longtime instructor in the Department of Foundations of Education and served as acting director of the unit for two years in 1981-1983.

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Counselor Ed. professor doubles up on national laurels

Shon D. Smith, clinical assistant professor in Counselor Education, has recently drawn national attention in his field for two major achievements involving separate divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

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World’s largest education research group honors UF grad school dean

Henry “Hank” Frierson, associate vice president and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida with a faculty appointment at the College of Education, has received the Presidential Citation from the American Educational Research Association.