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UMD College of Education The Benjamin Bulletin

Julie J. ParkMessage from the Dean

Dear College of Education community,

As announced last month, I have been appointed UMD's Senior Vice President and Provost. I am humbled and honored to be taking on this new leadership role at the university, and I am excited about the impact that I can have through this position. But I approach my new post with mixed emotions -- serving as dean of the College of Education for the past four years has been an absolute privilege and honor...

Research and Faculty News

Jennifer King Rice
Dean Rice Named UMD Senior Vice President and Provost

The College of Education’s Dean Jennifer King Rice has been named senior vice president and provost of the University of Maryland. Dean Rice, who has led COE since 2017, will take over as second-ranking officer at the university effective July 1. Alongside President Darryll J. Pines, Dean Rice will work to further the university’s mission of academic excellence, while supporting social justice, cultural diversity, and resource conservation and economic opportunity at the university.

Laura Stapleton
Professor Laura Stapleton Named Interim Dean of the UMD College of Education

UMD College of Education Professor Laura Stapleton is Interim Dean of the College of Education, effective July 1. A faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, she has served as associate dean for research, innovation, and partnerships in the College since January 2019. She is an accomplished and well-regarded scholar.

Candace Maddox Moore Receives Fulbright to Study Higher Education’s COVID-19 Response in Ghana
Dr. Moore with faculty and students in the IEPA. Photo Credit, top: Dr. Michael Boakye-Yiadom, IEPA Student Innovation Expo, May 2019.

Associate Clinical Professor Candace Maddox Moore received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award from the U.S. State Department to study in Ghana. She will be conducting research and teaching at the University of Cape Coast, as part of her project, “Culturally Conscious Pedagogy and Practice: Collaborating to Inform Ghanaian Higher Education COVID-19 Response.”

COE Researcher Helps Fight COVID-19 Misinformation

Doug LombardiAn international team of experts has published The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook to fight misinformation related to COVID-19 vaccines. The initiative was spearheaded by the University of Bristol and brought together researchers worldwide, including COE Associate Professor Doug Lombardi, who’s a lead co-author on the publication.

New COE Faculty Awarded Prestigious NIH Grant
Rachel Romeo

When incoming faculty member 
Rachel Romeo arrives at COE, she’ll kickstart her research with the help of the prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence award providing approximately $1M in funding. Dr. Romeo, currently serving as visiting faculty at COE while completing postdoctoral research at Harvard Univ., will use the K99/R00 grant funding to study how early childhood experiences influence cognitive and neural development.

COE’s KerryAnn O’Meara Honored with Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award

KerryAnn O'MearaThe University of Maryland has named COE Professor KerryAnn O’Meara a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. The prestigious university-wide award honors a few faculty each year, with Dr. O’Meara being one of just six university professors to receive the award in 2021. The award recognizes faculty success and accomplishments in teaching and research.

Education Researchers Awarded $2M in National Collaboration Supporting Students With Disabilities
student with disability writing in notebook

The University of Maryland College of Education will receive $2 million to collaborate on a $15 million U.S. Department of Education grant to improve college and career readiness for students with disabilities. The project helps state education and vocational rehabilitation agencies by allocating resources and recommending practices to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities, including work experience and other hands-on training.

Federal Grant Funds UMD-County Partnership on School Counseling Course For Mental Health

Natasha MitchellAmid increasing youth mental health issues spurred by the pandemic, a new COE course is preparing school counselors and school counseling graduate students to better address mental health in PGCPS middle and high school students. The Build, Recruit and Improve Capacity and Knowledge for Mental Health in Schools initiative resulted from a $1.3M grant by the U.S. Dept. of Education awarded to PGCPS, which partnered with the university to develop the course, with UMD receiving $342,000 of the five-year grant.

COE Announces New Council on Racial Equity and Justice

Benjamin BuildingCOE launched a new Council on Racial Equity and Justice (COREJ, pronounced “courage”). The mission of COREJ is to elevate research and amplify faculty, staff and student voices on matters of structural and systemic racism, white supremacy, anti-Blackness and the intersecting issues of oppression and power.

EdSurge Op-Ed: Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic 

Christy Tirrell-CorbinEdSurge published the op-ed, "Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden," by experts in childhood trauma, COE Clinical Professor Christy Tirrell-Corbin and Carlo Panlilio ('15).
Frank Schmidtlein
Through Kindness, Former Department Chair Frank Schmidtlein Created a Higher Education Legacy
Frank Schmidtlein, former University of Maryland College of Education department chair, died this April at age 88. Dr. Schmidtlein had significant experience working for state and federal education agencies before transitioning into academia, where he created a lasting legacy at the College by establishing a federal grant-funded center for research on higher education. Yet, colleagues say his most defining contribution is the kindness and encouragement he offered to students and faculty alike. 

Student News

Jia Zheng and Jalah Townsend
Inside Higher Ed: Do the Work
COE grad students Jia Zheng and Jalah Townsend describe strategies for retaining Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) women faculty at higher education institutions in a recent Inside Higher Ed article. Some of the actions the authors suggest include conducting equity audits, making public goals and benchmarks, and recognizing the contributions of BIPOC women faculty within departments and the institution.
Student looking at computer
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Funds "Terps-EXCEED" Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program at UMD
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council awarded $100,000 to the University of Maryland Center for Transition and Career Innovation (CTCI) to create “Terps-EXCEED”, an inclusive higher education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program will launch in the fall of 2021 with a small pilot of students.
As part of our 'WhyEdTerps,' series, elementary education major Laura Torres shares her reasons for joining the UMD College of Education.

Alumni News

UMD Alumna Michelle Asha Cooper Appointed to Prominent Education Role in Biden-Harris Administration

A University of Maryland alumna was appointed to a key education leadership role in the Biden-Harris administration. Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper (Ph.D. ’06), who completed her doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership, is the new deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs—serving as acting assistant secretary—at the U.S. Department of Education.  

Pat Yongpradi

A Passion for Programming Transformed into a Passion for People

In a fifth-grade class that taught chess, computer literacy and slot cars, Pat Yongpradit (M.Ed. ‘01) discovered his love for computer science – a love that would unknowingly guide his future career path and impact national education policy.

Dr. William Tate IV

Dr. William Tate IV Named President of Louisiana State University

Dr. William Tate IV has been named president of Louisiana State University. One of the nation’s most prominent education researchers, Dr. Tate (Ph.D. '91) is currently the Education Foundation Distinguished Professor and provost & executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina. 

Announcements

In 2020, the UMD College of Education earned national accreditation for its educator preparation programs from the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In an important milestone that validates its accrediting process, the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) has been formally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national organization.

Media Mentions

ABC 7 News: 'Rethink Student Progress': Md. Board of Education Stats Show Student Failures in Pandemic (Donna Wiseman)
New York Times: Opinion: Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole (Sarah McGrew)
NBC News/Hechinger Report: Schools Face a Substitute Teacher Crisis. These Districts are Getting Creative to Fix It. (Jing Liu)
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Report Finds Workload Inequities Based on Faculty Members’ Race and Gender (KerryAnn O'Meara and Dawn Culpepper)
CNBC: Racial Trauma Affects your Mental Health, and Tips for Coping as We Return to 'Normal' (William Ming Liu)
New York Times: Introverts vs. Extroverts: A Family Feud (Kenneth Rubin)
Newsy: Race in the Classroom: The Debate Over ‘Critical Race Theory' (Jioni Lewis)
Washington Post: Family with Two Dads Debuts on 'Sesame Street' During Pride Week (Christy Tirrell-Corbin)
Forbes: When They Grant Tenure, More Colleges Are Taking Professors’ Diversity Work Into Account (Kimberly Griffin)
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