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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 […]


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).


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. Presented at AERA’s […]


High Demand Mentor: Buffy Bondy

Education Professor Elizabeth “Buffy” Bondy says mentoring doctoral students is at the heart of everything she does. No wonder Bondy has won the highest honor UF bestows on faculty mentors.


Special Education Scholar Receives Excellence Award

Nicholas Gage, an assistant professor of special education, was selected to receive a UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors for the quality and innovativeness of his research.


Counselor Ed Scholars Win Intl. Awards for Research, Practice and Communications

College of Education faculty and graduate students returned last week from a professional counseling conference in San Francisco bearing three major awards.


Learning Gains from our Brains

Faculty scholars are merging neuroscience and education research to personalize multimedia and online learning UF education technology researcher Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko has never been afraid to take risks and go against convention. His pioneering spirit emerged in the 1990s in […]


Counselor Ed. volunteers reflect on Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy

Several months have passed since a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — a horrific tragedy the likes of which rarely strikes so […]


College Welcomes New Faculty

The UF College of Education appointed a half-dozen professors to the college’s full-time faculty this year. Read our mini-profiles to get acquainted with our new faculty.


International group installs COE professor as president-elect

TESOL International, the world’s largest organization of educators committed to advancing English language teaching for non-English speaking students, has installed Ester de Jong, a UF COE professor and school director, as its president-elect.


UF Foundation selects education professor for research award

Education professor Mary Brownell says the $25,000 UF Foundation Term Professorship Award will allow her to develop ways of improving the practices of new teachers and interns, especially for teaching students with disabilities.


School psychology professor wins second Mensa research award

UF school psychology Professor John Kranzler has received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Research from Mensa International Ltd.


New school director Holly Lane embraces tradition of ‘vigorous research’

The College of Education has appointed Holly Lane, associate professor of special education, as the new director of its School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies. She succeeds Jean Crockett, who is leaving the post to resume her teaching and research responsibilities as a professor of special education.


Q & A with Kara Dawson on closing the ‘digital divide’

Dawson took time to discuss her research and the ways incorporating technology and digital tools into traditional classrooms can help all types of learners to flourish.


4 P.K. Yonge teachers named among Florida’s best ‘high impact teachers’

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked these highly ranked teachers at UF's P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School why they are succeeding.


UF honors ed. finance faculty scholar for doctoral mentoring

Professor R. Craig Wood is the college's latest winner of the UF Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award for outstanding work with his graduate students, many of whom have won national honors for their dissertations.


Anita Zucker Center co-director honored for leadership, impact on behavioral disorders

Maureen Conroy, co-director of the University of Florida Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, has received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. CCBD, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, presents […]


UF recognizes COE’s Kumar for superior mentoring

Twenty-five. That’s how many times Associate Professor Swapna Kumar returned the proposals and drafts Michael Kung had written for his dissertation. All of the careful editing and feedback illustrate how Kumar drives her students to achieve academic excellence. Kung said he […]


Ed. tech’s Ritzhaupt named distinguished alumnus by alma mater

Award-winning UF education technology researcher Albert Ritzhaupt received the Valencia College Distinguished Alumni Award for his contributions to the ed. tech field. Ritzhaupt, who received his associate’s degree from Valencia in 2001, is an associate professor and coordinator of the […]


International group recognizes UF professor as year’s outstanding science teacher educator

University of Florida education scholar Rose Pringle has been recognized as one of the world’s top science teacher educators after receiving an international award as 2015 Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year. The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), […]


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 […]


FSU honors UF’s inquiry scholar Nancy Dana with distinguished alumni award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Education Professor Nancy Dana has been honored with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Florida State University College of Education, where she received her doctorate in childhood education in 1991. The award […]


Leite and Collier win best paper award

A research paper by Associate Professor Walter Leite and doctoral candidate Zachary Collier won the most distinguished award in the Florida Educational Research Association’s annual advanced educational research paper competition. The College of Education scholars won for a methodological paper […]


College of Education scholars named Global Fellows

Walter Leite Brian Reichow Two College of Education scholars are among 10 University of Florida faculty members selected for a new program designed to enhance the university’s international research excellence. Associate professors Walter Leite and Brian Reichow were recently named […]


Pop some popcorn and ease into Sevan Terzian’s new book on American education in popular media

What iconic character types spring to mind when you think of your school days: Playground bully or rope-jumping queen? Jocks and cheerleaders? Freaks and geeks? Despotic principal? Inspirational teacher or professor? Are your most vivid school memories totally of your own experiences, […]


Welcome New Faculty Members

The College of Education welcomes eight new faculty members hired to start the current academic year, bringing with them fresh viewpoints and new expertise in the vital fields of counselor education, elementary education, higher education administration, literacy education, and school […]


National group honors UF education leader for helping low-income students get to college and succeed

University of Florida education innovator Don Pemberton received the prestigious Bob Craves Champion of College Access Award this week for his leadership in providing the means for low-income students to attend and succeed in college. The award was presented on Monday in […]


UF Research Foundation recognizes education scholar with elite professorship

One way Walter Leite explains the complex statistical methods he uses to measure the effectiveness of educational programs is with the old analogy of comparing apples to apples. The associate professor in UF’s Research and Evaluation Methods program works with […]


Paul Sindelar joins select group as UF Distinguished Professor

Special education Professor Paul Sindelar has been named a University of Florida Distinguished Professor, making him just the sixth College of Education faculty member to be awarded the coveted title. Sindelar’s new title “acknowledges an exceptional record of achievement in the […]


Laughter, accolades highlight farewell party for Harry Daniels

More than 70 well-wishers packed the Norman Hall Terrace Room recently to say farewell to Harry Daniels, a popular counselor education professor whose engaging nature is rivaled only by his soft demeanor. After devoting 49 years of his life to […]


‘Good’ news: UF leader listed among most influential education deans in U.S.

Four years into his job at the College of Education, Dean Glenn Good has been ranked No. 14 on a list of The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States by Mometrix Test Preparation, a Texas-based company […]


College gives research team ‘incentive’ to create better reading assessment tool

Corinne Huggins-Manley says it was a “total team effort” that led to her receiving a College of Education-funded grant to continue promising research aimed at developing an effective reading assessment tool that teachers can use to help students improve their […]


Next HDOSE director has priorities in mind for school

David Miller doesn’t plan to make immediate changes when he takes over as director of the COE’s School of Human Development and Organizational Studies, but the longtime COE professor of research and evaluation methods has a few priorities he’d like […]


Special Ed’s Gage recognized as rising international scholar in emerging field

Nicholas Gage, a UF assistant professor in special education, has gained international recognition for his early-career research success and commitment to advancing the emerging science of positive behavior support. Gage is one of two recipients of the 2015 Ted Carr […]


International group recognizes COE professor as outstanding educator in addictions counseling

Kristina DePue, a COE assistant professor of counselor education, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Addictions and Offender Educator by the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors. COE Counselor Education Professor Harry Daniels told judges in a lengthy nomination […]


Service for Thomas Oakland set for March 28

A Celebration of Life service for retired school psychology Professor Emeritus Thomas Oakland will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville. Everyone is welcome to attend and a reception will follow […]


Kramer named co-director of Institute of Higher Education

The University of Florida College of Education has named assistant professor of higher education Dennis Kramer to the new position of co-director of its UF Institute of Higher Education (IHE)—an appointment college officials say “further strengthens the institute’s commitment to […]


Undergraduate Teacher of Year is model for aspiring teachers

Put simply, Kristen Apraiz – recently named the COE’s Undergraduate Teacher of the Year — makes lasting impressions in the classroom. “After completing seven semesters at the University of Florida, [Dr. Apraiz] is one of the best professors I’ve ever […]


Special ed. colleagues share national honor for teacher education achievements

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) honored University of Florida special education professors Mary Brownell and Paul Sindelar with its 2015 David G. Imig Award for distinguished achievement in teacher education on March 1 at the group’s annual […]


Art Sandeen, student affairs icon, publishes eighth book

Arthur “Art” Sandeen’s 26 years as head of University of Florida student affairs and 14 years as a College of Education professor translate well into writing. Sandeen recently published his eighth book, “Making Change Happen in Student Affairs,” to share valuable […]


Professor emerita of counselor ed. named ACA Fellow

The world’s largest nonprofit organization representing professional counselors has awarded College of Education professor emerita Mary Ann Clark with one of its highest honors. Clark, a full-time UF faculty member in counselor education from 2000-2014, will be inducted as an American […]


UF scholars program taps 7 ProTeach students, 3 faculty mentors

Seven COE ProTeach undergraduates have been named UF Anderson Scholars for their outstanding academic performances, and three faculty members have been recognized for mentoring several of the honored students. Anderson Scholar certificates are given campuswide by the College of Liberal […]


Benedict joins growing list of special ed. students to win prestigious CEC research award

College of Education alumna Amber Benedict (PhD ‘14, special education) will head for San Diego this spring to receive the prestigious Student Research Award for Qualitative Design from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research. The council is the world’s […]


Business school taps science ed. professor as Entrepreneurship Fellow

Griff Jones, a clinical associate professor of science education at the University of Florida College of Education, has been selected as an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow by the UF Warrington College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Jones, who […]


In Memoriam: Cecil D. Mercer, Ph.D., special education ‘giant’

Cecil D. Mercer, a giant in his field during his 31 years (1974-2005) on the College of Education’s special education faculty, passed away at home on Nov. 21, 2014, after a long battle with Lyme disease. He was 71. In […]


Spotlight shines thrice on Prof. Pringle as top science teacher educator

With three major awards in less than three months, UF COE associate professor Rose Pringle is solidifying her reputation as one of the top science teacher educators around. Over a recent six-week span, she received a regional award from the […]


Dean Good named to elite Abu Dhabi teacher education panel

UF College of Education Dean Glenn Good has been appointed to the blue-ribbon International Advisory Panel for the Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), a teacher education and school development center affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Education Council. Good joins […]


P.K. Yonge Spanish teacher honored for ‘excelencia’ as part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Excellence – or excelencia – in education is clearly evident in the teaching and learning activities occurring in Grisell Santiago’s Spanish classroom at P.K. Yonge. And this hasn’t gone unnoticed. Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera presented Santiago and two other […]


Incentive grant boosts ed. tech professor’s research merging education and neuroscience

Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko has received the College of Education’s 2014-15 College Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) grant which will help the education technology faculty member conduct cutting-edge research on the neurological dynamics of individuals during group problem-solving activities. “Working with others […]


State, regional groups honor Pringle as top science teacher educator

Two major professional groups of teacher educators have honored University of Florida College of Education faculty member Rose Pringle with their top science teacher educator awards for 2014. Pringle, a UF associate professor in science education, received a state honor […]


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