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Friday, July 13, 2018

Leadership Students Exhibit Their Skills

Lucien Eloundou, a leadership minor student
Lucien Eloundou, a leadership minor student, discusses his project at spring event.

Posters and more posters.

That’s what students pursuing a Leadership Minor had to do this spring to highlight the projects they created this past spring.

Their projects’ topics and focus were wide and varied, but all had the same goal: get the students to exhibit their leadership skills.

Two COE Faculty Get Program Assessment Awards

Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks and Dr. Lisa Linder
Two College of Education faculty have received Program Assessment Awards from the San Diego State University Student Learning Outcomes and Program Assessment Committee.

Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks, lecturer in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education and Dr. Lisa Linder, assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Development both received awards to better understand and improve student learning.

Improving Futures Fund Funds Faculty and Staff Endeavors

Philip Yenawine, co-creator of Visual Thinking Strategies
Philip Yenawine, co-creator of Visual Thinking Strategies, was the keynote speaker at the Visual Thinking Strategies Symposium at the SDSU Digital Humanities Center.

Three College of Education faculty received awards from the Improving Futures Fund (IFF), established by to provide monetary support to COE’s faculty and staff endeavors that improve the future of the College’s graduates and of children, youth, and adults they will serve.

Dr. Katina Lambros, associate professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Dr. Marva Cappello, a professor in the School of Teacher Education, and Dr. Andre Branch, an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education, got IFF awards, launched in the fall of 2014 by Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., former dean of the College of Education and interim Provost at San Diego State University.

Faculty & Staff Donations Make a Difference

SDSU Grad
Some donate for student scholarships. Others to send students to national conferences or to start new centers or initiatives.

Regardless of the reasons, donations and gifts from faculty and staff are always welcome by the College of Education.

During the 2017-18 academic year, a total of 64 College of Education faculty and staff donated nearly $29,000 to COE programs.

Faculty Member Receives Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Pang and others
Dr. Pang (front row far right, in pink jacket) poses with some members of the Special Interest Group of the Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans.
Most Asians and Pacific Islanders are not the same.

This is what Dr. Valerie Pang, faculty in the College of Education’s School of Teacher Education has been highlighting in her research.

Her efforts were recently recognized by an American Education Research Association’s Special Interest Group, Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans (REAPA), which presented her with their 2018 Distinguished Research Award.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Katie Sciurba

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Katie Sciurba
Unsure which chocolate to select from that See’s Candies box? Well, Dr. Katie Sciurba, Assistant Professor with the School of Teacher Education, is your resident expert! With a skill set that ranges far beyond the chocolate world, she’s also, more importantly, a published children’s book author. For more fun facts, and to find out just how to pronounce her last name, keep reading this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Outstanding Graduates of the Class of 2018

2018 outstanding graduates
Each year the College of Education recognizes a group of exceptional students as its Outstanding Graduates.  These outstanding graduates are selected from each department at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels based on their academic performance and dedication to their field. In turn, these students then select the most influential faculty member of their academic career. Outstanding Graduates and their Most Influential Faculty members will be recognized at the COE Commencement Ceremony on May 13, 2018.

The Informed & Inspired Team caught up with the 2018 COE Outstanding Graduates to learn how they plan to go out and make a difference in their communities after graduation and also what their favorite SDSU memories are!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Xiong

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Xiong
Born last but not least, Michelle Xiong is the youngest of 10 and grew up to become a college student body president. Her big family ties have translated over to her love for cooking and sharing meals with everyone. She loves reading, writing and much more; check out this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff to find out what thrill-seeking experiences she enjoys!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

COE’s Dean Johnson to Retire in June

Dean Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.
After more than 30 years in education, Dean Johnson will be starting a new chapter.

Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., will leave his position as dean of the College of Education in June.

“I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to help individuals grow in their roles as students, staff, or faculty,” said Johnson, COE’s dean since 2013 and is also the interim deal of San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies. “I have enjoyed helping so many caring, committed individuals pursue their personal and professional goals.”

2018 Quest for the Best Winners Named

For more than three decades, San Diego State University’s Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Awards have recognized outstanding student leaders who aide in promoting the university’s mission.

The Quest for the Best Awards, given each year in April, recognize student achievement in four key areas: academic excellence, student involvement, community service and leadership development.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

College of Education Representation at AAHHE

 Dr. Marissa Vasquez - AAHHE
SDSU's College of Education was well-represented in the 2018 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) conference this past March. In addition to the prestigious accomplishment of Dr. Marissa Vasquez being awarded Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Service/Teaching Award, we had two joint doctoral students Gabriela Kovats Sanchez and Anthony Villarreal, named as graduate fellows. There were also three undergraduate students who presented at the conference, all of whom are affiliated with the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) - Bryan Osorio, Anthony Mota, and Oscar Duran. 

More information can be found on the AAHHE website and in the full AAHHE program.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hundreds of High School Students Participate in (STEM)2 Exploration Day

STEM Squared Exploration Day participants
About 200 high school students participated in (STEM)² Exploration Day, an on-campus, day-long event focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The students  came from 12 partner high schools in the Sweetwater Union High School, Grossmont Union High School and San Diego Unified School Districts.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

College of Education Student Research Symposium Winners

SRS: Student Research Symposium
Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2018 SDSU Student Research Symposium.  This year more than 520 students presented research and creative projects.  We are especially proud of the winners of the College of Education! This year, six of our students received special recognition. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Office of Student Services Prepares for Another Great Commencement

Lisa and Jackie assemble dressers for the furniture bank
This spring, SDSU College of Education’s Dr. Lisa McCully, Director of the Office of Student Services, and Jackie Fuller, Recruitment, Advising, and Commencement Coordinator, traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the annual North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) conference.

Friday, April 13, 2018

COE Moves Up Again in 2019 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Hardy Tower at SDSU
U.S. News and World Report has released their 2019 Best Graduate Education School Rankings and once again, SDSU has risen.  Our College of Education is now ranked #54 among all Colleges/Schools of Education in the nation.  Last year, the SDSU College of Education was ranked #57. The strong rankings are due in part to the reputation College of Education faculty have developed as leaders in their various disciplines. As well, the strong rankings are influenced by the success of College of Education faculty in acquiring funding for their research.  While SDSU is now ranked 54th among all universities, it is ranked 43rd among public universities.