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Summer 2018 Benjamin Bulletin

Julie J. ParkMessage from the Dean

As my first year as dean of the College of Education comes to a close, I am proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students this year. We are building our capacity to have ever increasing impact in our schools, districts, state, and scholarly communities, and this translates into a strong foundation for growth and advancement...

Research and Faculty News

Award winner Alison Jovanic with Dean Rice and DJ Bolger COE Annual Awards Ceremony 2018

On Friday, May 7, the College of Education hosted its Spring Assembly to honor faculty, staff and students who received awards for their scholarship, service, and contributions to the College and the University.

John B. King Jr presenting at Dean's LectureAt Inaugural Dean's Lecture, Dr. King Presents on Civic Education as Key to Robust Democracy

John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of The Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education, presented the Dean's Lecture, "Advancing the Civic Mission of Higher Education in Challenging Times," to more than 250 people.

Prof. Peter Leone

Terp: Locked Up, Not Thrown Away

In this Terp magazine feature, Peter Leone, a professor of special education, is featured for his work to ensure quality schools in youth detention centers, including for those with developmental disabilities.

teacher presenting in front of science classroom

US News & World Report Ranks COE Among Best in the Nation

COE's graduate programs excel in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings, with the College’s Counseling and Personnel Services program (a joint program with BSOS) ranking first in the nation for the 19th consecutive year. 

Nancy S. Grasmick

Nancy S. Grasmick, Former State Superintendent, Joins COE as College Park Professor

Nancy S. Grasmick, who served as the Maryland state superintendent of schools for 20 years, joined COE faculty as a College Park Professor, a University designation that is conferred on nationally distinguished scholars, creative or performing artists, or researchers.

Children reading in South African classroom

UMD Research Examines Underrepresentation of Teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Women teachers provide distinct benefits to students, and yet in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa they are underrepresented in the classroom. UMD researchers examined why women in four countries are less likely than men to enter the teaching force, as well as how the lack of women teachers negatively affects students.

Student Spotlight

Matthew Aruch
Hana Yi
Luanjiao Hu

Student Fulbright & Asia Foundation Development Fellow Awards

From Brazil to Korea, COE students are traveling as part of their prestigious fellowships. Three COE students, Matthew Aruch, Hana Yi, and Ivan Lamas-Sanchez, won 2018 Fulbright awards, and Luanjiao Hu was one of 12 selected out of 1,100 applicants for the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellowship.

Spring 2018 COE graduatesCOE Celebrates Spring 2018 Commencement

On May 21, the College of Education gathered at Reckord Armory to fete more than 250 of the College’s new graduates with a commencement ceremony. 

Tessa JohnsonCOE Doctoral Student Wins AERA In-Progress Research Gala Award

Tessa Johnson, a doctoral student in the measurement, statistics, and evaluation program, received the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2018 Division D Graduate Student In-Progress Research Gala Award.

Participants on the Cuba trip on a local busUMD, GWU Graduate Students Travel to Cuba

Graduate students from UMD and George Washington University traveled to Cuba in February to take part in a seminar in Cuba called Búsquedas Investigativas 
(Academic Explorations), where they engaged with education scholars and practitioners from across the island and visited local schools.

HECG! program participantsStudy Abroad Program Explores Higher Education in the Ghanaian Context

Program participants explored Ghanaian higher education, with an emphasis on student affairs’ practices, as well as reexamined issues of social justice and power dynamics through a different cultural lens.


Jody K. OlsenAlumna Jody K. Olsen (Ph.D. ' 79) Tapped to Lead Peace Corps

Jody K. Olsen (Ph.D. ’79) was nominated and instated as director of the Peace Corps in 2018. The Peace Corps provides opportunities for volunteers to complete service projects abroad in areas such as agriculture, economic development, health, education and more, operating in 140 countries.

Linda JacobsLinda Jacobs (‘62, M.A. ’65, Ph.D. ’71), Founder of Acclaimed Special Education School

Dr. Jacobs was among the first undergraduates in special education at UMD and the challenge of teaching special education has held her attention throughout her lengthy career.

Eden BadertscherAlumna Eden Badertscher (M.Ed. ’00, Ph.D. ’07) Received Equity in Mathematics Education Award

Eden Badertscher, who earned both a master’s in mathematics education in 2000 and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in 2007 from the University of Maryland, recently received the 2018 Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award. 

David EdwardsAlumnus David Edwards (Ph.D. ‘14) Named Head of Education International, Representing 32M Teachers Worldwide

David Edwards (Ph.D. '14), was named to lead Education International, a global teaching union organization that is a federation of 32 million teachers and other educators affiliated with unions and associations in 173 countries globally.

mailboxesKeep in Touch with the College of Education

We love to hear from our alumni! To ensure we can keep you in the loop on alumni events, volunteer opportunities, and the latest College news, please email Assistant Dean Kurt Sudbrink,, with your most up-to-date contact information. 


COE faculty and staff pose with Testudo for campaign launch
The University of Maryland has launched a $1.5 billion campaign, Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland. At the College of Education, the fundraising campaign—our most ambitious to-date—will focus on teaching scholarships, graduate student fellowships, endowed chairs and professorships, classrooms of the future and program initiatives.  

Alexander D'EsterreMake a Gift to the College of Education

Your support of the College can empower the next generation of practitioners by funding scholarships, advancing research and creating social change through community programs and partnerships with area schools. Please contact Kurt Sudbrink at with questions. 

Media Mentions

CBS News: Border separations show why the U.S. doesn't have orphanages any more
COE Professor Nathan Fox explained how separating children from their parents can have negative effects on children’s cognitive, social and psychiatric development.

Inside Higher Ed: The Hallway Ask
In an op-ed by Associate Dean KerryAnn O'Meara, she discusses the often unfair distribution of service work among faculty.

PRI's The World: One day there won't be anymore Holocaust survivors. This museum is racing to preserve their stories.
COE's Margaret Polizos Peterson is featured for her work leading writing workshops for Holocaust survivors at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Teen Vogue: Former Secretary of Education John King on Why Colleges Need to Support Student Activism

In an op-ed, former Secretary of Education and COE Visiting Professor John B. King Jr. emphasized the importance of civic education and student activism. 

Fox 5: Maryland parents battle with school districts to get special education services for their children
Prof. Margaret McLaughlin weighs in on parents battle for special education services and the effects of lawyers

The Baltimore Sun#NeverAgain and #MeToo movements intimately connected
In an op-ed by Assistant Prof. Colleen O'Neal, she examines connections between #metoo and #neveragain.

Terp: UMD Staffers Collect, Donate Prom Gowns
Robin Walukonis and her daughter Kaitlin started an organization to collect formal wear and accessories for prom, offering them free for girls.


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