News and Media

Alumni Spotlight: Trung Bui’s Success with Pitt Education Leads to Physical Therapy School

November 30, 2021
Alumni Feature

Trung Bui is a 2021 graduate of the B.S. in Exercise Science program and is a first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In this Q&A, he discusses his internship with the Jewish Community Center  and how Pitt prepared him for physical therapy school.

PhD Student Receives the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement

November 16, 2021
Student Spotlight

Nikki Cristobal, a PhD in Social Comparative Analysis student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, is one of the University’s 2021-2022 Iris Marion Young Awards for Political Engagement honorees. 

Alumni Spotlight: Seven Hours in the Operating Room Inspires Samantha Giangrasso to Pursue Medicine

November 15, 2021
Alumni Feature

Samantha Giangrasso is a 2021 graduate of the Master of Science in Clinical Physiology program. In the Q&A, she shares a life-changing experience through an internship placement at UPMC.

Alumni Spotlight: Kotaro Tamura’s Impactful Internship with the Children’s Institute

November 15, 2021
Alumni Feature

Kotaro Tamura is a 2019 graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program. In this Q&A, he discusses his internship experience at the Children’s Institute and how Pitt’s program prepared him to become a physical therapist.

Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Ocel’s Pathway to Becoming a Physical Therapist

November 11, 2021
Alumni Feature

Rebecca Ocel is a 2016 alumna of the the B.S in Exercise Science program and is a 2020 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh. In this Q&A, Rebecca talks about being a student in the Exercise Science program, her internship experience with P3R.

Alumni Spotlight: Christine Sperdute’s Internships Lead to Job in Health Programming and Promotion

November 11, 2021
Alumni Feature

Christine Sperdute is a 2014 almna of the B.S. in Exercise Science  program and a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity Programming and Promotion. In this Q&A she discusses how Pitt’s programs helped her in her career goals.

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Salsberry’s Experiences Led to Occupational Therapy

November 10, 2021
Alumni Feature

Jordan Salsberry is a 2014 graduate of the B.S in Exercise Science program. In this Q&A, she talks about how the University of Pittsburgh prepared her for her career as an Occupational Therapist and her impactful internship experience at the Children’s Institute. 

Jill Sarada Named Director of the Falk Laboratory School

November 9, 2021
School News

Jill Sarada, the school’s assistant director for elementary grades learning, has been named the next director of the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Tom Akiva Releases New Book on Out-of-School Learning Ecosystems

November 4, 2021
Faculty and Research

Faculty member Tom Akiva is the co-editor of the new book new book It Takes an Ecosystem: Understanding the People, Places, and Possibilities of Learning and Development Across Settings.

Justice Collective Member Spotlight: April Warren-Grice

November 3, 2021
School News

April Warren-Grice says she joined the PittEd Justice Collective because she "wanted to be a part of a team that was actively engaged in anti-racist, justice-directed initiatives." 

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Godoy’s Education Featured MLB Draft Combine Experience

November 3, 2021
Alumni Feature

Jessica Godoy is a 2021 graduate of the Master in Health and Physical Activity Programming and Promotion program. In this Q&A, she talks about her internship with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and participating in Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Draft League Combine. 

Pitt Education EdD Students Selected for Salk Health Fellowship

October 11, 2021
Student Spotlight

Three Health and Physical Activity Doctor of Education (EdD) students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education were selected for a 2021 Salk Health Fellowship.

PhD Alumnus Adam Alvarez Receives AERA Research Award

September 29, 2021
Alumni Feature

Adam Alvarez, a 2018 alum of the PhD Social and Comparative Analysis program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, has received the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2021 Review of Research Award for his article, “Seeing Race in the Research on Youth Trauma and Education.”

Dean Kinloch and Pitt Education to Lead 2021 NCTE Convention

September 27, 2021
School News

Dean Valerie Kinloch is organizing and leading the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English convention. The virtual event will feature First Lady Michelle Obama as a keynote speaker.

P.R.I.D.E Program Expands Reach to Philadelphia

September 27, 2021
Faculty and Research

The Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (P.R.I.D.E) program of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will participate in a project to extend its work to the Philadelphia region. 

Four from Pitt Education Selected for Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 Awards

September 14, 2021
Alumni Feature

Two University of Pittsburgh School of Education students, one alumna, and a staff member were recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’s 2021 40 Under 40 Awards.

Justice Collective Member Spotlight: Anneliese Martinez

September 8, 2021
School News

Anneliese Martinez says the PittEd Justice Collective is "an expression of movement solidarity and uplifting/amplifying the work happening both within the School of Education and the greater Pittsburgh region."

Darris Means Selected for Rockefeller Fellowship to Study Rural Education

August 27, 2021
Faculty and Research

Faculty member Darris Means will study rural education and equity through as a 2021 Richard P. Nathan Policy Fellow of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Thomas Ralston to Lead Western PA Superintendent’s Forum

August 16, 2021
Faculty and Research

Thomas W. Ralston, former superintendent of Avonworth School District in Allegheny County, will be the next director of the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

“A Historic Moment”: Undergraduate Teaching Degree Created at Pitt School of Education

August 12, 2021
School News

In fall 2023, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will offer a Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education Program. It provides a four-year, undergraduate pathway to teacher certification.

Learning, Struggle, and Settler Colonialism: New Book by Leigh Patel

August 9, 2021
Faculty and Research

Faculty member Leigh Patel published a new book, “No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education” (Beacon Press, July 2021).

Pitt School of Education Welcomes Ten New Faculty

August 9, 2021
School News

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education has hired six new assistant professors and four visiting professors for the 2021-22 academic year. They have expertise in higher education policy, digital media and learning, and language, literacy, and culture.

Justice Collective Member Spotlight: Sharon Ross

July 30, 2021
School News

Pitt Education faculty member Sharon Ross says she joined the PittEd Justice Collective because "I wanted to push myself to do more personally and professionally, and to be better for my students, my family, and my community."

Gina Garcia Receives Midcareer Fellows Program Award

July 6, 2021
Faculty and Research

Gina Garcia, a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy, has been selected to participate in the 2021-2022 Student Experience Research Network (SERN) Midcareer Fellows Program.