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college of education | fall 1999

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Faculty News
Commencement Ceremonies Held at Wharton Center

Several hundred College of Education undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees at commencement ceremonies in May.

During commencement, three College of Education alumni--Donald Maine, Dr. Surat Silpa-Anan, and Dr. Fred Tinning--were presented with MSU Distinguished Alumni Awards because of their distinguished careers and for attaining the highest level of professional accomplishments while demonstrating exemplary voluntary service, personal integrity, and character.

Dr. Barbara Mieras, president of Davenport College in Grand Rapids, delivered the keynote address.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest recognition given by the MSU Alumni Association.

Donald Maine
Donald Maine

Donald Maine was honored for his long and committed services to Davenport College. Maine currently serves as chancellor of the Davenport Educational System, Inc., the largest independent college system in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation with 26,000 students. He served as president of Davenport College for two decades beginning in 1977 during which he spearheaded the college's growth from a two-year associate-degree college to a four-year baccalaureate-degree college. In 1998, he launched an MBA program for the college, moving it to a new plateau.

Maine received two degrees from Michigan State University--a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1965 and a master's degree in reading instruction in 1971. In addition, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Davenport College and completed Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management.

Surat Silpa-Anan
Surat Silpa-Anan

Surat Silpa-Anan received the award for his distinguished service in his native country of Thailand. Since 1997, Dr. Silpa-Anan has served Thailand as a senator in the National Parliament's House of Senate and is currently chairman of the Thailand Education Reform Committee. Prior to that, he was permanent secretary in Thailand's Ministry of Education. A lifelong educator, he has served his country as teacher, director, and member of the Teachers' Civil Service Commission. Since 1975 he has been a member of several other government posts within Thailand's Ministry of Education. Dr. Silpa-Anan has championed many causes in education, including the establishment of 58 public libraries, the Sirinthorn Institute for Continuing and Development Education, and the Center of Vocational Training.

Special honors include the Chakrabarti Mala Medal and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Srinakarinwiroj University. Dr. Silpa-Anan received his doctorate in education from Michigan State University in 1972.

Fred Tinning
Fred Tinning

Dr. Fred C. Tinning was recognized for his exemplary career in education. President Emeritus of Kirksville (Missouri) College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tinning served as president for 12 years. Prior to that appointment he was assistant dean for planning and program operations at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also served as a professor in the Department of Counseling, Personnel Services and Educational Psychology in the College of Education. He also held a variety of other administrative and teaching positions at Michigan State University.

The City of Kirksville proclaimed Dr. Fred C. Tinning Day on October 10, 1997, the day the Tinning Education Building was named in his honor. He received three degrees from MSU. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 in business education and also received his teacher certification. In 1961, he received a master's degree in educational psychology, counseling and personnel services. He received his PhD from the College of Education in guidance and personnel services with a cognate in medical education in 1973.


Faculty Publication Highlights

Maenette Benham, associate professor (TE), Case Studies for School Administrators: Managing Change in Education (Technomic Publishing, 1999).

Jere Brophy, university distinguished professor (TE), and Thomas L. Good, Looking in Classrooms 8th Edition (Longman, 2000). He also recently wrote a 35-page booklet entitled Teaching, which presents and brie▀y discusses 12 principles that summarize the implications of research on effective teaching. The booklet, developed by the International Academy of Education and distributed by the International Bureau of Education and the academy, is available on the Web at

Cleo Cherryholmes, professor (TE), Reading Pragmatism (Teachers College Press, 1999). Another of Cherryholmes' books Power and Criticism: Poststructural Investigations in Education (Teachers College Press, 1988) was issued in a Spanish edition, Poder y critica: investigaciones postestructurales en educacion, by Pomares Press, Barcelona, Spain. Cherryhomes also published "Dewey, Pierce, and the Learning Paradox," American Educational Research Journal, 36(1), 107-112.

Martha Ewing, associate professor (KIN), with Kinesiology graduate student Lori Gano-Overway, Crystal Branta, associate professor (KIN),and Professor Emeritus Vern Seefeldt, "The role of sports in youth development," in S. Ball-Kokeach, M. Gatz & M. A. Messner (Eds.), The Role of Youth Sport in Urban Settings (University of Minnesota Press).

Deborah Feltz, chairperson (KIN), with Melissa Chase (PhD '95) and Sandra Moritz (PhD '98), and graduate student Phillip Sullivan, "A conceptual model of coaching efficacy: Preliminary investigation and instrument development," Journal of Educational Psychology.

Anna Neumann, associate professor (CEPSE), "On experience, memory, and knowing: A post-Holocaust (auto)biography," Curriculum Inquiry, 28(4) 425-442. She also published a chapter, "Inventing a labor of love: Scholarship as a woman's work," in Women's Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity (Routledge, 1999). She also has published with Aaron M. Pallas, professor (CEPSE), and Penelope Peterson, "Preparing Education Practitioners to Practice Education Research" in Issues in Education Research (Jossey-Bass, 1999).

Richard Prawat, chair (CEPSE), "Cognitive theory at the crossroads: Head fitting, head splitting, or somewhere in between?" Human Development, 42(2), 59-77, and "Dewey, Pierce, and the learning paradox." American Educational Research Journal, 36(1), 47-76. Prawat also co-authored another article with William Schmidt, university distinguished professor (CEPSE), " What does the Third International Mathematics and Science Study tell us about where to draw the line in the top down versus bottom up debate?" Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 21(2), 85-91.

Vern Seefeldt, emeritus director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, and Robert Malina, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, "The prevention of injuries in in-line skating: A position statement," in Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports (Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Community Health.)

Deborah Smith, assistant professor (TE), "Appropriating scientific practices and discourses with future elementary Teachers," Journal of Research in Science Teaching 36(7).


Awards and Recognition

Lois Bader, professor (TE), received the largest grant awarded nationally from the Corporation for National Service for a literacy program focused on urban poor children.
The Summer Read to Succeed Pro-gram used MSU students from various colleges who worked with students from Lansing-area schools. In addition to their work in the program, several of the MSU students also taught in a program for migrant students and the Family School Partnership program in public housing and community centers.

Maenette Benham was a speaker at the Tri-Annual World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education in Hilo, Hawaii.

Jean Baker, associate professor (CEPSE), won the "Best Paper of the Year" award from School Psychology Quarterly, the refereed journal of the American Psy-chological Association's Division 16. The paper was entitled "The social context of school satisfaction among low-income African American children."

Betsy Becker, professor (CEPSE), traveled to Thailand and Korea in August, and met with College of Education doctoral program alumnae in both countries. In Korea, she also gave an invited talk on "The Potentials of Meta-analysis." The presentation was made at the Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) in Seoul.

Michael A. Clark, assistant professor (KIN), was elected to the steering committee overseeing the creation of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaches' Education, which will be involved in assessing nearly 175 post-secondary coaching education programs as well as the various efforts directed at in-service youth and scholastic coaches.

MaryLee Davis, professor (EAD), received Sparrow Health System's highest honor, the Founders' Award, from Sparrow Board Chairperson Lawrence A. Bass. Davis spent 11 years as a member of the Sparrow Board of Directors, the last eight as chairperson. During her tenure, Davis oversaw the evolution of Sparrow from a community hospital to a regional health care system. "Dr. Davis guided Sparrow's emergence as our region's premier health care system," said Bass, who is president of Friedland Industries. The Sparrow Founders' Award represents the premier recognition of the Sparrow Health System, recognizing individuals who have played important, positive role in Sparrow's historical community service development.

Nell Duke, assistant professor (TE), received the Promising Researcher Award by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Fredrick Lopez, professor (CEPSE), was selected as Fulbright senior scholar to Portugal for 1999-2000. He will spend a portion of his sabbatical in the spring conducting research at the University of Porto and the University of Coimbra.

Linda Forrest, associate professor (CEPSE), was elected to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives, the governing body of APA. She is a representative from Division 17 (Counseling Psychology). During the APA convention in Boston, she was honored as a Fellow in the Division of Counseling Psychology, and was first author of a major contribution to The Counseling Psychologist on Trainee Impairment.

Jim Pivarnik, professor (KIN), has been appointed to a task force by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The task force is developing national guidelines for movement and physical activity for 
very young children. Pivarnik also co-authored with Kinesiology graduate student Karin Allor an abstract presented recently at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. The study was entitled "Exercise intensity levels in adolescent girls."

Deborah C. Smith, assistant professor (TE), was awarded a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Fellowship for Teacher Educators.

Louis C. Stamatakos, professor emeritus (EAD), was honored as a Diamond Anniversary Honoree by the American College Personnel Association's Education Leadership Foundation. He was recognized for his distinguished contributions to the field.


In Memorium 

Judd Field, who served the College of Education as an associate professor from 1967 to 1992, died on May 4. He was 68. He is survived by his wife Dorothy.


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