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Fall 2018

Greetings from the Chair

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Recently, I was driving home from the University and listening to NPR’s On Point broadcast. The evening’s show was The Global Affairs Roundup and featured reporters stationed in Europe and Asia discussing the international news and the changes shaping the globe. The show’s host stated, “All eyes might be on Washington these days, but there is plenty happening out there around the world.” As I continued to listen, I reflected on the phrase, “plenty happening out there around the world,” as an appropriate summary of the global focus and engagement of our work in Graduate Education.

As you will see in this fall edition of our e-newsletter, faculty, staff and students in Graduate Education have led courses, professional development, and community engagement on the increasing diversity in our local schools while we are also realizing the need to appreciate and experience our diverse global environment. We believe that we need to create learning experiences in our academic programs and conduct research that understands and exposes differences in cultures, norms, and languages in schools and organizations across the globe.

In this edition, we celebrate two graduates, Tim Gruber and Gabrielle Robinson, who were awarded Fulbright grant recipients to travel to Malaysia and Panama, respectively, for English Teaching Assistantships. You will also read about how Dr. Bob Spires, our most recent addition to the Graduate Education faculty, works with teachers and administrators in rural Cambodia. Dr. Spires has been a great addition to our faculty and in the coming months we will provide an opportunity for our community to hear about his work and research in Cambodia. You will also read about the Global Context of Educational Leadership class in which 11 SPCS graduate students and four SPCS faculty members traveled to Germany to participate in a Sumer Study Abroad course. Students from three SPCS graduate programs — Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Curriculum & Instruction, and Nonprofit Studies — compared how leadership in schools and non-profits in the U.S. and in Germany approach equity and inclusiveness.

The e-newsletter also highlights how we continue to meets the needs of local school divisions with professional development in problem solving and creative thinking, teaching of English Language Learners, and understanding the well-being of adolescents. As always, you will read about the many awards, honors, and changes happening with our incredible students, staff, and faculty.

As the heat of summer and backyard parties gives way to cooler temps and changing leaves, our attention turns to the start of the school year. Those of us who have the privilege of being in the field of education believe this time of year holds the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. We hope the autumn season brings new opportunities and a sense of renewal in all that you do. Enjoy.

Tom J. Shields, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Chair

In This Issue

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  • Feature Stories
  • Program Updates & Additions
  • Graduate Education Speakers
  • Upcoming Events & Deadlines
  • News & Information
  • Faculty & Staff Updates
  • Alumni Updates
  • Student Reminders
  • Photo Gallery
  • Submit Your News
  • Graduate Education Events
  • Contact Us & Connect

Previous Issues

Program Updates & Additions

Kate Cassada

Following the appointment of Tom Shields as Associate Dean, Dr. Kate Cassada has been named Director of the Center for Leadership in Education effective September 17, 2018. Her appointment ensures the important work of developing leaders remains a central part of the conversation about education in the Richmond Region.

Dana Jackson

As the Center for Leadership in Education continues its work of equipping school leaders throughout the region, Dr. Dana Jackson has been named Coordinator of the Center’s Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA). NGLA enables participants to become effective, motivated, supportive school principals who can diagnose the needs of their schools, guide and develop teachers, and manage their schools with a focus on student achievement.

Laura Kuti

Following the departure of Scott Bray as Assistant Chair in Teacher Licensure Preparation, Dr. Laura Kuti has been named Assistant Chair of Teacher Education. In this newly created position, Kuti oversees both Teacher Licensure Preparation and Curriculum & Instruction programs.

Tom Shields

Following a peer nomination and application process, SPCS has named Dr. Tom Shields as Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs effective July 1, 2018. Shields will continue in his role as Chair of the Graduate Education program during his tenure as Associate Dean. His appointment represents the first time in recent memory that SPCS has appointed an associate dean from among its faculty, reflecting alignment with associate dean appointments in other schools of the university.

Bob Spires

SPCS welcomes the arrival of Dr. Bob Spires as Assistant Professor of Education. Spires arrives from Valdosta State University where he taught both undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses. His research interests include international non-formal education, NGOs, the intersection between teacher training and social justice issues, and secondary teaching methods. He will teach several teacher licensure preparation courses including secondary methods and classroom management.

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Graduate Education Speakers

The Spring 2018 Graduate Education Speakers Series, which featured a panel discussion titled “Promoting Educational Health and Well-being,” prompted a rich discussion among a range of expert panelists and audience members. The Graduate Education program is planning the Spring 2019 Speaker Series, so look for details in a few months.

Chris Barton, Children’s Author Illustrator

Please join the Graduate Education program in welcoming noted children’s author and illustrator, Chris Barton, to campus on October 10. Barton is a popular and eclectic author who has written humorous picture books, as well as biographies of diverse and underrepresented figures in history and science. This book talk and signing event is jointly sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences, Boatwright Memorial Library and the Graduate Education program.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Educational & Race Relations Expert

The University of Richmond will host Dr. Beverly Tatum, noted educational and race relations expert, as part of this fall’s Sharp Viewpoint Series. Dr. Tatum’s talk, “The Empathy Gap and the Power of Dialogue,” will be held November 1. Free tickets will be available starting October 11.

Promoting Educational Health and Well-being
Promoting Emotional Health & Well-being in Adolescents
Promoting Emotional Health & Well-being in Adolescents
Promoting Emotional Health & Well-being in Adolescents
Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Spring 2019 Student Teaching

If you missed the September 10 Student Teaching meeting for students intending to complete their student teaching experience in Spring 2019, please contact Dr. Deborah Napoli immediately.

Scholarship Deadline for Spring 2019

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the Spring 2019 semester is November 1, 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for funds toward completing your degree — the School awards over $140,000 in scholarships each year, and that amount continues to grow!

News & Information

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Faculty & Staff Updates

  • Spires co-authors journal article

    Dr. Bob Spires, Assistant Professor of Education, co-authored Cambodian Youth Perspectives on Social and Educational Barriers, a case study published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Spires’ co-authors are Jeremy Tost of Colorado Mesa University and Sokleng In of Love Without Boundaries in Poipet, Cambodia.

  • Spires to participate in anti-slavery research

    Dr. Bob Spires, assistant professor of education, will participate this summer with Dr. Monti Datta, associate professor of political science, in grant-funded research in Assam, India, to assess the effectiveness of NGOs in liberating enslaved people.

  • Education faculty present at leadership conference

    Four members of the Graduate Education faculty — Dr. Tom Shields, Dr. Kate Cassada, Dr. Dionne Ward and Dr. Dave Myers — co-presented Undergraduate Leadership Studies Curriculum and K-12 School Leader Development at the global meeting of the International Leadership Association in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Sandra Peart, Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, chaired the panel.

  • Shields co-authors report highlighting value of school diversity

    Dr. Tom Shields, SPCS associate dean and associate professor of education & leadership studies, has co-authored a report highlighting the value of school diversity. Written with scholars from VCU and the Virginia Housing Alliance, the report focuses on Richmond’s school rezoning efforts.

  • Spires publishes article on Hong Kong youth

    Dr. Bob Spires, assistant professor of education in SPCS, has published with two co-authors the article Generalized Self-Efficacy of Youth in the New Territories [of Hong Kong] in the Asian Studies & Development Studies journal.

  • Carpenter named officer on engagement committee

    Liza Carpenter, administrative coordinator in the Education department, has been named recording secretary as an officer on the A&S Staff Engagement Committee. In her role, Carpenter engages students, faculty and staff in Schools of Arts & Sciences and Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Milby selected to serve on VDOE committee

    Dr. Tammy Milby, Director of Reading, has been selected to serve on the Virginia Department of Education English Steering Committee as the Department prepares to implement fully the new English Standards of Learning that were adopted in 2017.

  • Education department's Blackmon & Carpenter recognized for sustainability efforts

    Miriam Blackmon, Master of Teaching Admissions Coordinator, and Liza Carpenter, Administrative Coordinator, were recognized by the University’s Office for Sustainability for digitizing and securely shredding admissions and licensure documents dating back decades.

  • Edinger published in Journal of Psychology

    Adjunct professor of education Dr. Matthew Edinger recently published an article with Suzanne Edinger titled Improving Teacher Job Satisfaction: The Roles of Social Capital, Teacher Efficacy, and Support in the Journal of Psychology.

  • Spires serves on Inequality & Human Trafficking panel

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires served on a panel on Inequality & Human Trafficking at the Annual Atlanta Global Studies Symposium at Georgia Tech University on April 26. Panelists from North America, West Africa & Asia examined causes, consequences & solutions to address global human trafficking.

Graduate Education Alumni Updates

  • Kenneth White, GC'15, GC'16, appointed Highland Springs principal

    Kenneth White, GC’15, GC’16, has been named principal of Highland Springs High School in Henrico County Public Schools. White earned a M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction in 2015 and a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in 2016. 

  • George Fohl, GC'17, named Chesterfield County gifted coordinator

    George Fohl, GC’17, has been named Gifted Education Coordinator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Fohl completed the post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in December 2017.

  • Peggy Boon, GC'17, named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School

    Peggy Boon, GC’17, has been named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Prior to this appointment, Boon served as Dean of Faculty and Academics at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond. She earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership & policy studies at SPCS.

  • Padraic Hampton, GC'18, named lead teacher

    Padraic Hampton, GC,’18, who earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2018, has established and will serve as Lead Teacher for the Swansboro Elementary School 5th Grade Success Academy. The Academy supports academic achievement of students as they transition to middle school. Hampton was also named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Swansboro Elementary School.

  • Nicole Hood, GC'15, named director at The Bryn Mawr School

    Dr. Nicole G. Hood, GC’15, has been named to the position of Upper School Director at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore effective July 1, 2018. Hood earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Frenishee Smith, GC'12, GC'16

    Frenishee Smith, GC’12, GC’16, has been awarded a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation. Smith’s award will fund visiting schools that engage students living in poverty in innovative ways along with attending The International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Grace Creasey, GC'14

    Grace Creasey, GC’14, has been named the Executive Director for the Virginia Council for Private Education, effective October 16, 2017. Creasey earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies in December 2014.

Student Reminders

Fall Academic Schedule

Fall courses began the week of August 27. Please visit the Academic Calendar via the Registrar’s Office webpage for important fall semester dates and deadlines.

Comprehensive Exams

Fall Comprehensive Exams will take place in November. Eligible students will be contacted with further details by their respective program in early fall.

Commencement & Graduation

  1. If you plan on graduating in December 2018, you should already have submitted your degree application (deadline was in February). If you missed this deadline and require assistance, please contact your respective Graduate Education program.
  2. If you plan on graduating in May 2019 or August 2019, please file a degree application via BannerWeb by October 19, 2018 — review details.
SPCS Summer Study Abroad - Germany 2018
Summer Study Abroad - Germany 2018
Summer Study Abroad - Germany 2018
Summer Study Abroad - Germany 2018

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