Faculty and Research

Professor Receives National Research Award for Improving Literacy of the Visually Impaired

December 20, 2019
Faculty and Research

Tessa McCarthy, a faculty member in the Vision Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was recently awarded the prestigious 2019 Alan J. Koenig Research in Literacy Award.

Professor Wins Award for Leadership in World Languages and Cultures

December 19, 2019
Faculty and Research

“Kreng jai.”

This Thai phrase, which means “awe of the heart’,” is one of the most difficult Thai expressions to grasp, according to Richard Donato, a foreign language education professor of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Donato explains that the phrase is often said when a person does not want to burden another or be inconsiderate of another’s time or...

Professor’s New Book on Hispanic-Serving Institutions Receives National Attention

December 17, 2019
Faculty and Research

There are over 435 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the United States—and the number is growing every year.

Gina Garcia, a University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty member, is widely recognized as an expert in the field. After over a decade of institutional research and about 20 published articles, she published her book, Becoming Hispanic Serving...

Professor Receives Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum

December 17, 2019
Faculty and Research

Each year, the University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum recognizes five faculty members across the university for their active work to integrate equity and social justice work into their classroom instruction.

Lori Delale-O’Connor, an assistant professor in the Center for Urban Education (CUE) in the School of Education, was recognized for her design of...

Grant Supports Leadership Development of Superintendents

September 23, 2019
Faculty and Research

Pictured: Jerry Longo (right) poses with Bill Isler (left), a Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents participant, as Isler accepts the Forum’s Voice of Advocacy Award. 

Pitt School of Education faculty member Jerry Longo has received $120,000 in grant funding to provide continued support for the leadership development programs he coordinates for superintendents and...

Professor Ross Selected to Extended Diversity Experience

September 18, 2019
Faculty and Research
The Health and Physical Activity faculty member will forge interdisciplinary connections into the curriculum.

For Pitt School of Education faculty member Sharon E. Ross, equity and justice are more than just a pair of buzzwords - they are personal and professional passions. She was recently selected for the 2019-2020 Extended Diversity Experience at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Professor Garcia Elected to the ASHE Board

September 11, 2019
Faculty and Research

Pitt School of Education faculty member Gina Garcia has been elected to the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), a prestigious appointment that puts her at the forefront of her field.

With over 2,000 members, the ASHE is a national organization for scholarship in higher education administration. Garcia’s appointment will run from 2019-2021....

Prof. Maureen Porter Receives Outstanding International Educator Award

September 10, 2019
Faculty and Research
The Honor Recognizes Her Contributions in Contexts Around the World

For nearly 30 years, University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty member Maureen Porter has been an anthropologist of education. She is driven to create research–practice partnerships for students, faculty, and the community in culturally responsive contexts around the world.

In recognition of her...

Decoding the Benefits of Exercise at the Molecular Level

September 5, 2019
Faculty and Research
New study seeks insights on the benefits of exercise for individuals

Science has proven that exercise is good for human health. But exactly why this is true—a full understanding of the biological processes that produce the health benefits—is not well understood.

And even less understood is knowledge about which forms of exercise are the most beneficial to a specific person...

Helping the Well-Being of College Athletes Through the Science of Sleep

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

For college athletes seeking a competitive edge in their sport, a good night’s sleep can do wonders. Getting enough shut-eye often improves athletic performance and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.

A new review co-authored by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, the NCAA, and other universities and health systems provides recommendations for...

Valerie Kinloch Elected Vice President of NCTE

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

From National Council of Teachers English NCTE.org  

NCTE is pleased to announce the election of Valerie Kinloch to the position of Vice President.

Dr. Valerie Kinloch: A Committed Change Agent

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education by Tiffany Pennamon

Dr. Valerie Kinloch’s commitment to engaged pedagogies, community-centered work and educational equity and justice all stems back to the lessons she learned from her mother and father while growing up in the segregated south in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dean Valerie Kinloch Named 2019 AERA Fellow

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Dean Kinloch Receives Multiple Honors for Leadership

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Valerie Kinloch, the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, has recently received a number of recognitions for her leadership and work in helping to shape the culture of education in not only the School, but in local communities and beyond. She most recently has received the following awards:

Dr. T. Elon Dancy II Begins Apppointment as CUE Director

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

T. Elon Dancy II, PhD began his tenure as the third Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh on July 1. He comes to this appointment from his role as Professor and Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of...

Shannon Wanless, PhD, Named Director of the Office of Child Development

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

For the first time in over 30 years, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Office of Child Development is under new leadership.   Shannon B. Wanless, Ph.D. has been named the Director of the Office of Child Development, Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D., the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, announced Wednesday.   “It is my honor to name Dr. Shannon Wanless the...

Pitt SOE Faculty Recognized at AERA Conference

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Educators Team Up to Develop Flexible Curricula on Ethiopia for K-12 Students

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

via PittWire

Maureen Porter, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Education’s Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program, led the group of Pitt educators in determining what types of Ethiopian folklife should be included in the new curricula. The development of a rich new curriculum focusing on Ethiopia — adaptable to students in kindergarten through high school...

SOE Research Team Helps Children to Make Sense of 9/11

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang Honored with Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Contributions in Educational Psychology

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang has been honored with a Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions, which honors an individual's significant career contribution in the field of educational psychology. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant career contribution and completed his/her doctoral dissertation within the previous 10 calendar years. Wang is also...

Professor John Weidman Awarded the Exemplary Educator Award from the Government of Mongolia

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

Professor John Weidman was awarded the Exemplary Educator Award from the Government of Mongolia in recognition of his contributions to the development of higher education in Mongolia through research, technical assistance, and advising of Mongolian graduate students dating from 1992. He was nominated by his colleagues at the National University of Mongolia. Weidman also co-authored an...