college of education | fall 2001

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Janet Alleman, professor (TE), and Jere Brophy, university distinguished professor (TE), have published Social Studies Excursions: k–3 Powerful Units on Food, Clothing, and Shelter (2001, Heinemann). Alleman and Brophy have also published with two co-authors the chapter “Teaching Primary-Grade Students About Cultural Universals” in Teaching Together: School/University Collaborations to Improve Social Studies Education (2001, National Council for Social Studies).

Ann Austin, associate professor (EAD), has co-authored with colleagues from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst “Paradise Lost: How the academy converts enthusiastic recruits into early-career doubters,” AAHE Bulletin, 53(9), 3-6.

Nancy Crewe, professor (cepse), was awarded the 2001 Roger Barker Distinguished Career Award by the rehabilitation psychology division of the American Psychological Association (APA). The award recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to the science of rehabilitation psychology.

John Dirkx, associate professor (EAD), co-presented the paper “Personal pedagogical systems: Core beliefs, foundational knowledge, and informal theories of teaching” with colleagues from Pennsylvania State University and the University of British Columbia. The paper was presented at the 42nd Annual Adult Education Research Conference held at MSU in June.


Susan Florio-Ruane, professor (TE), has published Teacher Education and the Cultural Imagination: Autobiography, Conversation, and Narrative (Erlbaum, 2001). She has also co-authored a number of articles, including “Thinking for ourselves: Literacy learning in a diverse teacher inquiry network,” published in Language Arts, 54(6), 596–607; and “Teaching literacy and literature in the eye of reform: A dilemma in three acts,” published in The New Advocate, 14(3), 197-210.

Louis Hekhuis, professor emeritus (EAD), and his wife Jean were featured clients in the first episode of the television series “Vet School Confidential” on the Animal Planet cable channel.

Steve Kaagan, professor (EAD), gave the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Queensland Secondary Principals Association in Australia in May.


Mary Kennedy, professor (TE), and Betsy Becker, professor (CEPSE), have been awarded an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Field-Initiated Studies (FIS) Grant Program. The research project is titled “Teacher Qualifications and the Quality of Teaching.”

Ernest Morrell, assistant professor (TE), has been awarded a $140,000 research grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The project is titled “Teaching Critical Research as a Pathway to Literacy Development: Teacher and Student Empowerment, and Social Justice in Urban Schools.”

John Narcy, associate professor (KIN) and MSU diving coach, was presented the Fred A. Cady Award at the 2001 U.S. National Outdoor Championships in August. The Professional Diving Coaches Association (PDCA) select the recipients for their outstanding coaching and years of service.

Mark Reckase, professor (CEPSE), has been appointed to the Audit Panel for the North Carolina Testing and Accountability Program. He has also co-authored Beginning teacher survey study: Final report published by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland. He has also authored “The controversy over the National Assessment Governing Board standards” in Brookings Papers on Educational Policy, 231–253.

William Schmidt, university distinguished professor (CEPSE) and national research director for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), attended an international session of TIMSS in Venice, Italy, in May. The meeting, which drew representatives from The Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Canada, and the Czech Republic, was held to complete coding of textbooks and curriculum guides for eighth grade mathematics. Others from the MSU TIMSS staff attending were Jacqie Babcock, Leland Cogan, Richard Houang, and Kathy Wight.

A book co-authored by Steve Ryan, assistant professor (TE), has won the 2001 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association. The book is titled Becoming Good American Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2000).

Jack Schwille, assistant dean (ISE), has co-edited Civic Education Across Countries: Twenty-four National Case Studies from the IEA Civic Education Project. The book is published by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, and was selected by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2000.

Chris Womack, assistant professor (KIN), has been elected to the executive board of the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also co-authored with fellow faculty members Jim Pivarnik and Robert Malina “Distribution and determinants of blood lipids in young distance runners.” The article was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, 85, 104–112.

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