Thursday, June 5, 2014

COE Faculty Awards and Books

I am please to announce that Alyson Lavigne and Dorota Celinska have each been awarded Roosevelt University Research Grants for Summer 2014.  In addition, Nancy Sindelar is the author of a new book book called Influencing Hemingway, an examination of the individuals and places that shaped the writing of Ernest Hemingway.

Alyson Lavigne is an assistant professor of curriculum studies and teaches courses on child and human development.  She will use her grant to examine K-12 school leaders’ perceptions and practices related to teacher evaluation.  The study will help inform principal preparation programs, policy makers, and administrators about possible factors that may hinder or support the success of teacher evaluation and the day-to-day challenges that school leaders face as a result of new policies put in place in response to the federally funded Race to the Top initiative.

Dorota Celinska is an associate professor of special education and teaches courses on assessment and cognitive disabilities.  She will use her grant to evaluate the teaching of multicultural competencies in counseling courses. The literature on teaching multicultural competencies in graduate programs in counseling and psychology is very limited, making this project quite rare and of potential value to both the field and our college.

Nancy Sindelar is an adjunct professor in educational leadership and teaches courses on instructional leadership and assessment.  Her book begins with Hemingway’s birth and early influences in Oak Park, Illinois, followed by his first job as a reporter in Kansas City. Sindelar then recounts Hemingway’s experiences and adventures in Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, and Cuba, all of which found their way into his writing. The book concludes with an analysis of the events that preceded the author’s suicide in Idaho and reflects on the influences critics had on his life and work.

Congratulations to these instructors and researchers for their success and commitment to teaching and learning!

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