College of Education Newsletter

Greetings from the Dean

Mary Kalantzis, DeanThe end of December has come already, marking the completion of the first half of our academic year. At this time, we also prepare for the holiday season, representing as it does love, charity and renewal - in a variety of ways for people of different backgrounds. We also herald a new calendar year with its traditions of hope and rituals of fresh resolve.

download the 2011 College of Education ProfileThis is also a time when we can congratulate ourselves that, on every measure, our College has retained its sound intellectual foundations. It continues to be the shining light of scholarship that attracted us all here. Each of you deserves credit for this outcome. I am happy to share with you our 2011 Profile, an overview of some of our accomplishments over the past year.  While it is difficult to capture all we do, this year’s entries provide a snapshot of our strengths and vibrancy.

Saying this seems straightforward and even obvious, given that we recruit an outstanding community of scholars, students, and staff.  It does not reveal, however, the challenging conditions under which we have achieved what we have in recent years, internally and externally.

We live in a time when no one really can predict trajectories. For this very reason, it is a time that needs scholars, scientists, workers, poets, technocrats, and philosophers to engage productively, each separately and all together taking responsibility for the design of our futures. Yet it also is a time of unprecedented global fear and anxiety. It was interesting to note how the December 5 TIME magazine covers interpret the anxiety of our times in its various versions of its cover.  For those of us in the U.S., change seems to be regarded as a virtue and a spur for action where elsewhere it appears more threatening and destabilizing.

Our role as educators is to understand and teach about our conditions of life and their transformative potentials, both positive and negative. So it is just wonderful to see, from the research projects, publications, and teaching activities reported in this newsletter how many of you are working in one way or another to address this imperative.

In our own university we have been talking for a long time now about what it means to be a land grant institution in these times. Our new Chancellor, Phyllis Wise, has started a fresh dialogue about our future. She is inviting all of us to consider where we might be 20 years hence and to prepare a road map for our journey. I encourage you to join this dialogue.

We have much to look forward to in the New Year. I hope it brings you all that you desire.

Happy Holidays!

Mary Kalantzis
Dean, College of Education

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Stanley Roszkowski and Dean Mary KalantzisUniversity alumnus Stanley Roszkowski honored with naming and dedication of Rockford courthouse

In late October the new $100 million federal courthouse in Rockford was dedicated in honor of long-time U.S District Judge Stanley Roszkowski, who, along with his family, has strong ties to the University of Illinois and the College of Education. The Honorable Roszkowski '49 BUS/'54 LLB met his wife Catherine '54 EDUC at the University of Illinois.

Brad AbelArlington Heights social science teacher shocked by educator award and $25,000 prize

A seemingly routine school assembly turned into a big surprise for Hersey High School social science teacher and U of I alumnus Brad Abel, when he won the Milken Educator Award and $25,000. (photo: Milken Family Foundation)

Asia Fuller-HamiltonSix alumni listed as Forty Under 40 winners in Central Illinois Business Magazine

Six College of Education alumni or current students were listed in the Central Illinois Business Magazine in its “Forty Under 40” list. The winners were selected for their “significant contributions to their communities and their places of employment” and “represent a range of professions and interests, but they all share one trait–a passion for what they are doing,” it said in the October 2011 publication.

Freeman HrabowskiCollege alumnus Dr. Freeman Hrabowski honored by Carnegie Corporation with prestigious award; invited to White House meeting by President Obama

College of Education alumnus, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, was recently awarded the Centennial Academic Leadership Award by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.



Shameem RakhaEPOL doctoral student plays key role in securing 1.25 million grant for local leadership academy

The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded the TAP In Leadership Academy, currently at Edison Middle School, a $1.35 million, three-year grant.

Inclusive IllinoisCollege of Education students and faculty participate in Inclusive Illinois Day

The College of Education participated in “Inclusive Illinois Day: One College, Many Voices” on September 21, 2011. Individuals were reminded of both tangible and intangible ways to support Inclusive Illinois and its goals.


Project Neuron GameProject NEURON receives funding for new computer game

Project NEURON has received funding to develop a computer game called BrainCASE: The Golden Hour. The focuses on traumatic brain injury and aligns with a Project NEURON unit focused on the same topic, titled “Why dread a bump on the head?”


Bill CopeNew grant awarded for postdoctoral training program to assess student writing in digital workspaces

New grant provides research-related experiences that will prepare fellows to become well-rounded researchers who are fully engaged in the academic professional life.

computer pictureNew grants for Fiscal Year 2011

The College of Education is pleased to announce the following new grants received during the 2011 fiscal year. This list does not include continued or renewed grants. As state funding continues to decrease for state universities, we especially rely on grants and other private or alternative sources of funding.


Post-doctoral staff provides invaluable support

The College appreciates the contributions of its post-doctorate Fellows. They provide invaluable contributions to the College’s intellectual achievements by serving as researchers for large, federally-funded grants.

Fellows are listed with their departments, and professors/principal investigators with whom they work*:

David James Purpura, Curriculum and Instruction, Sarah Lubienski/Arthur Baroody/Joseph Robinson
Elizabeth Bagley, Post-Doctorate Research Fellow, EPOL, William Cope
Rahkyung Kim, Special Education, Stacy Dymond
Alecia Magnifico, EPOL, William Cope
Vance Scott Martin, Education Administration, Chris Roegge
Erin Reid, Curriculum and Instruction, Arthur Baroody
Justin Douglas Olmanson, EPOL, William Cope
Shannon Marie Carlin Menter, EPOL, William Cope
Colleen Marie Ganley, Curriculum and Instruction, Sarah Lubienski/Arthur Baroody/Joseph Robinson

* List reflects Fellows July through December 2011



Fouad Abd El KhalickC&I Department Head Fouad Abd El Khalick elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

“Being inducted as an AAAS Fellow is an extraordinary honor and a well deserved recognition of his continued contributions to advancing science education,” said Dean Mary Kalantzis.

Ron JacobsRon Jacobs named president-elect of the Academy of Human Resource Development

With over 500 members, AHRD is a global organization made up of, governed by, and created for the Human Resource Development (HRD) scholarly community of academics and reflective practitioners.


Richard C. AndersonRichard Anderson named to international Gallery of Scientists

The Gallery of Scientists recognizes eminent senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.




Sarah LubienskiCollege announces new appointments for Sarah Lubienski, Stafford Hood, and Fouad Abd El Khalick

The College of Education congratulates colleagues Stafford Hood, Fouad Abd El Khalick, and Sarah Lubienski on their new positions.  Lubienski is the newly appointed Director of STEM Education Research Collaborative which advances teaching, learning, and policy in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. More information on the Hood and Abd El Khalick appointments...


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