The College of Education hired an unprecedented 17 new faculty members last year. Here are first year highlights from some of them.
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? The most rewarding part of the first year has been the opportunity to meet and work with colleagues in the College of Education and across campus as well get to know the students. Leading the Block II Education Study Abroad in South Africa has been quite rewarding as well. What are some highlights? I was elected to Vice President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Developmental Disabilities. I also received a Spencer Foundation grant for research involving middle school mathematics curricula and students with disabilities. What are your goals for the coming years?
My goals are to receive a federal grant to research assistive technology for students with disabilities and/or to research assistive technology preparation of special education doctoral students and to publish research articles. I would also like to further my research agenda.
Luciana de Oliveira
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? The collaborative relationships built throughout the year. I was invited to present in two colleagues classes and I’m currently writing three articles with colleagues from English education, special education and math education. In addition, we have a ‘social’ group of assistant professors who started in the COE at the same time. That has been really important for me, as it’s the first time in the U.S. that I feel I belong to a group. It’s been wonderful to share successes, struggles, ideas and opportunities with this group. What are some highlights? Surviving the first year—that’s a great accomplishment! Getting to know the students and other colleagues in the college and building collaborative relationships have been wonderful accomplishments too. What are your goals for the coming years? I hope to continue to work with colleagues at Purdue, continuing to explore issues related to the education of English learners in Indiana. In addition, this year I am involved in an engagement project at Kyger Elementary School in Frankfort. The school has 81% Latino students and I am looking forward to working with teachers there in an effort to improve the education of their English learners. ’
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What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? A positive side effect of that learning process was getting to know the Ed Studies and COE faculty better. Another positive and rewarding aspect of my first year was seeing, firsthand, the full range of possibilities that exist here. I believe strongly that Purdue in general, and the counseling psychology program in particular, are “goldmines.” What are some highlights? My most significant first-year accomplishments include receiving a 2007-08 Year-Long PRF grant to study problem gambling among college athletes, publishing an article on qualitative research strategies in The Counseling Psychologist—one of my field’s top two refereed journals
participating in the Faculty Mentoring Network
program, and finally getting unpacked and settled into my office and new home. What are your goals for the coming years? A specific goal I have for the coming year is to obtain external funding to support my research program on the use of personalized normative feedback to help people change, especially those who are ambivalent about changing their gambling behavior. Two other goals I have are to become increasingly involved in the American Psychological Association’s division 17 and to continue getting to know my fellow peers and colleagues in C&D and elsewhere.
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? Being a part of the planning for and creation of Purdue’s Center for Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR). What are some highlights? I completed a year of post-doctoral work at The Ohio State University. The intensive study of the theoretical and clinical aspects of literacy acquisition for the most struggling learners will greatly inform and influence my work as a faculty member at Purdue and as the director of Instructional Interventions in Purdue’s Center for Literacy Education and Research. What are your goals for the coming years? Promote and secure external funding for the Center for Literacy Engagement and Research (CLEAR). Engage in research collaborations with school corporations and university partners that contribute new understandings for how to best assist the needs of low-achieving literacy learners at new levels and with different formats. Provide research-based professional development and serve as a resource for stakeholders across the state of Indiana and beyond to assure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the unique needs of low- achieving literacy learners.
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? To know that people trust you and believe in you. I never thought that the phrase “remember, we are here to help you.” could be so powerful.
What are some highlights? Receiving the $100,000 grant from American Councils for International Education to develop an exchange program for Russian and American educators was a highlight (see page 19). It took me almost four months to develop and conduct the program. Secondly, I published articles in academic journals and presented at conference presentations. What are your goals for the coming years? Apart from my research in the area of global citizenship education and international education, I received a grant to start a new graduate course with a study abroad component. I also plan to develop an agreement with Russian universities to start partnerships with our College of Education.
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? Of the many successes I have had in my teaching and research over the past year, the biggest highlight for me has to be the funding and implementation of the MS-RAPs grant which was developed with the College of Science K- 12 Outreach team. This $500,00 grant is a mathematics and
science partnership between the College of Education, College of Science, the Community Schools of Frankfort, and Shelbyville Central Schools. We will be working with over 120 K-8 teachers over the next three years to develop pedagogical approaches that emphasize problem solving and inquiry within mathematics and science. What are your goals for the coming years? It probably goes without saying, but making progress towards tenure is a big goal I have for the next few years. I hope to continue work with my grants and my research. I also hope to continue the progress we have made in this year with the elementary mathematics education program.
Carrie A. Wachter
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing students and colleagues. It’s so much fun to work with students who are so dedicated to their future profession and engaged. Being able to watch them grow and develop is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. What are some highlights?
There were some amazing moments in the classroom, where students made great progress and were making connections with each other and having fun in the process. I had my first article in print and my research recognized in
a textbook. I also had a student receive national recognition from the American Counseling Association. What are your goals for the coming years? In the coming years, I have many goals. My two primary goals are to continue to grow as a scholar and a teacher so that I can best serve my profession, my students and Purdue as an institution.
What has been the most rewarding part of your first year? It was rewarding to see my first doctoral student successfully present at the national ASHA convention and to see her receive a research travel grant award. What are some highlights? My highlights include getting funding for a new study on functional communication training for children with autism; receiving the COE doctoral dissertation award; and giving a keynote speech about AAC for autism spectrum disorders at the Institute for Child Health in London. What are your goals for the coming years? My goals include submitting an NIH grant proposal (and hopefully getting it funded), publishing a book on assistive technology and further developing and rebuilding our interdisciplinary programs in assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, and autism spectrum disorders.
What has been the most rewarding part? The most rewarding aspect of the first year has been making interdisciplinary connections across various departments. Purdue is a great place to do interdisciplinary work and it’s truly valued and supported by my colleagues and the administration within the College of Education. What are some highlights? I, along with child development and family studies faculty Karen Diamond and Douglas Powell, received a $1,738,508 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to improve Indiana Head Start classroom instruction through the use of video case-based feedback. I was also awarded a grant from Purdue Research Foundation to examine the use of case-based instruction and a Digital Content Development Grant with Andrew Tyminski to develop an online video case-based hypermedia environment for mathematics preservice teachers. What are your goals for the coming years? One of my main goals for the upcoming year isto continue seeking funding for my research and strengthen collaborations. Another goal of mine is to revise and resubmit some research grants. Over the past year, I also collected data from two research projects on the impact of case-based instruction on students’ learning and engagement. My goal is to write up the results and submit a couple of manuscripts.