News and Events
Trio of Professors Earn Faculty Honors
Three Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education professors were recognized at the annual Faculty Tribute ceremony hosted by the OU Board of Regents and President David L. Boren on April 10.
Diane Horm - David L. Boren Professorship
Diane Horm, Ph.D., is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, as well as director of the Early Childhood Education Institute at OU-Tulsa. Horm joined the OU faculty in 2006 and was the founding director of the ECEI. She is a past winner of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Leadership/Citizenship award, as well as the JRCoE Research award.
Kristy Brugar - Robert L. and Nan A. Huddleston Presidential Professorship in Education
Kristy Brugar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of social studies education in the department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. Brugar joined the OU faculty in 2014 and was awarded the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Junior Faculty award in 2016.
Paula McWhirter - University of Oklahoma Student Government Association Awards Outstanding Faculty Award
Paula McWhirter, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling psychology and professional counseling, as well as the training director for counseling psychology. McWhirter came to OU in 2006, after time spent as a clinical director and therapist. A Fulbright scholar, McWhirter completed her dissertation on intervention strategies with high-risk youth while training at a school-based community mental health center in Santiago, Chile.
Urick Named AERA Division A Early Career Award Winner
Assistant Professor Angela Urick has been named the 2018 American Educational Research Association Division A Early Career Award winner. She will be recognized during the Division A business meeting at the AERA annual meeting this April in New York.
Each year, Division A of the AERA presents an Early Career Award. This award recognizes an early career scholar within his/her first seven years after the award of the doctorate or in the first five years of tenure track position and who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of leadership, administration, or organizational theory. Scholars are nominated for this award.
Urick is an assistant professor in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, department of educational leadership and policy studies. Her research interests include school improvement in the areas of principal and teacher perceptions of leadership, leadership styles, school climate and teacher retention. She specializes in the application of advanced statistical methods and large databases to the study of school leadership.
OU at AERA 2018
Click here to download a list of panels, presentations and workshops featuring Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education faculty, students and staff at the 2018 AERA Convention, April 12-17 in New York, New York.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 4
Collings Hall 250
A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.
Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring T. Elon Dancy, Ph.D., Kirsten T. Edwards, Ph.D., Mirelsie Velazquez, Ph.D. and doctoral students E. Cheryl Ponder and Eric Sourie.
To register to atted, visit http://bit.ly/2FI1Tyb
Columbia Teachers College's Alex Bowers to Present Workshop, Lectures at OU
Alex J. Bowers, Ph.D., associate professor of education leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, will present a workshop and a pair of lectures on March 7 and 8 as part of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Endowed Lecture Series.
Bowers will present a workshop titled Cluster Analysis Heatmaps and Latent Class Analysis on Wednesday, March 7, from 3-5 p.m. in Collings Hall room 275. This workshop is limited to 35 people and reservations can be made by visiting http://bit.ly/BowersWorkshop.
At 7:15 p.m. on March 7, Bowers will give a lecture Examining School Leadership as a Congruency – Typology to Inform Teacher and Leader Practice in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Auditorium in Gaylord Hall. To register to attend, visit http://bit.ly/BowersMarch 7.
Bowers concludes his visit on Thursday, March 8, at 7:15 p.m. with the lecture Education Leadership Data Analytics: Using Big Data Visual and Education Analytics to Inform Evidence-Based Improvement Cycles in Schools. The lecture will take place in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium in Gaylord Hall. To register, visit http://bit.ly/BowersMarch8.
Bowers’ research focuses on the intersection of effective school and district leadership; organization and human resources; data-driven decision making; student grades and test scores; student persistence and dropouts. His work also considers the influence of school finance, facilities and technology on student achievement. Bowers studies these domains through the application of Intensive Longitudinal Data analysis, data science and “Big Data” analytics such as data visualization analytics, multilevel and growth mixture modeling, and cluster analysis heatmap data dashboards.
JRCoE Hosts Social Justice in Education Conference, Feb. 6-9
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education presents the 2018 Social Justice in Education Conference, Feb. 6-9 on the University of Oklahoma-Norman campus.
The event kicks off with a keynote lecture from Cynthia B. Dillard, Ph.D. (Nana Mansa II of Mpeasem, Ghana) on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Zarrow Hall (JJ Rhyne Community Room). The event is open to the public and you can register to attend by visiting http://bit.ly/DillardLecture.
Dillard is the Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education and department chair, educational theory and practice, at the University of Georgia College of Education. Dillard's talk is titled Democracy is Just a Word Unless You (Can) Live It: Learning from the Work and Lives of Women of Color.
The OU Center for Social Justice, along with JRCoE, will lead a workshop for OU faculty on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Frontier Room at Oklahoma Memorial Union. Social Justice in the Classroom: Inclusive Teaching Praxis will feature panelists Meta Carstarphen (Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication), Kirsten T. Edwards (Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education), Neil Houser (Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education) and Heather Shotton (Native American Studies). The panel will be moderated by Associate Dean for Commuinty Engagement and Academic Inclusion T. Elon Dancy, II.
Registration is required for the faculty workshop. Visit http://bit.ly/2CuSXuH to register.
On Friday, Feb. 9, Collings Hall will be the site of the JRCoE Graduate Student Symposium from 5:30-9 p.m. Graduate students from across the OU campus will offer discussion and share research related to social justice and equity in education. To register to attend, visit http://bit.ly/18GradSymposium.
Early Childhood Education the Focus of 2018 Humphreys Lecture Series
NORMAN, Oklahoma — Julia Torquati, Ph.D. and Karen LaParo, Ph.D. have been selected as the featured speakers for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Cathey Simmons Humphreys Distinguished Lecture Series, Feb. 15 and April 10 on the University of Oklahoma-Norman campus.
Torquati’s lecture will take place on Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. LaParo will speak on April 10 at 4:30 p.m. Both lectures will take place in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium in Gaylord Hall.
The lectures are open to the public at no charge. Those wishing to attend may respond by visiting http://bit.ly/18Humphreys.
Torquati is a professor in the department of child, youth and family studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her talk focuses on the influence of natural environments on children’s development and well-being. Specifically, her research looks at exposure to nature and benefits to executive functions and self-regulation; young children’s environmental moral reasoning; and implications for education.
LaParo is an assistant professor in human development and family studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She will focus her talk on research areas of quality in early childhood education programs and preparing effective teachers, using a systems perspective of understanding teacher preparation.
The Cathey Simmons Humphreys Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual event put on by the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Previous speakers include Robert Putnam, Ph.D., Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Wes Moore.
For more information on the event, contact the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at (405) 325-4844.
Transforming the Early Education Workforce
New America Foundation visited Tulsa this past summer and filmed Diane Horm, Ph.D., Libby Ethridge, Ph.D., current early childhood education students and OU-Tulsa ECE graduate Nammi Kim in her Educare classroom. The resulting video was released as part of the “Transforming the Early Education Workforce” series.
This video produced by New America tells the story of how Tulsa Community College and the OU-Tulsa, together with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, created a new bachelor's degree program in early childhood. It was designed to teach developmentally informed practices, be accessible to child care staff members and educators already in the workforce, and provide loan forgiveness to offset costs.
Sinclair Named CEC Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Ph.D. student Tracy Sinclair was named the 2018 Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year. Sinclair is a student in the special education program.
The CEC Student Awards recognize CEC's outstanding college student members -- undergraduate and gradute students - and chapter advisors who make outstanding contributions to CEC and to exceptional children. The Outstanding Graduate Student award honors a student CEC member for his or her dedication and contribution to children and youth with exceptionalities and to student activities.
Student award recipients receive a plaque at an awards ceremony during the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, held Feb. 7-10, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. All student award recipients will be recognized on the CEC website.
Sinclair is currently a Sooner Scholar at the OU Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment and entered the University of Oklahoma doctoral program as a three-time teacher of the year at multiple grade levels, special education department chair and RTI coordinator.
"Tracy is constantly formulating new ideas to improve our field," said Amber McConnell, Ph.D., assistant director of learning enrichment at the Zarrow Center. "When other doctoral students are working on projects, they often seek feedback from Tracy. She strategically guides conversations to solutions. This is such an important quality when so many people can only see problems."
"Tracy has excelled in her courses, scholarly undertakings and in professional service," said Jim Martin, Ph.D., director of the Zarrow Center. "She has become a peer leader of those her in her doctoral cohort and this becomes obvious in class and community projects."
Cox Wins Award for Work in Student Retention
Assistant Dean Sherry Cox (center) was honored for her work in student retention at 13th annual National Symposium on Student Retention held in Destin, Florida. The event was held by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma.
The University of Oklahoma won the Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award. The paper, “Retention and Recruitment: Using a Predictive Analytic Model to Build and Implement a Strategic Graduation and Retention Action Plan,” was written by Cox, Jeremiah McKinley and Glenn Hansen. This award is given to the paper best demonstrating the importance of institutional research to the field of student retention. The Office of Business Analytics worked with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education to build a predictive model. Based on historical data, it identifies strong candidates for teacher certification programs. It also predicts the likelihood of graduation and program completion from the College of Education. Academic advisors and administrators use the model to develop and carry out action plans to assist at-risk students.
The CSRDE hosts the symposium each year as a forum for administrators, faculty and staff from institutions of higher education to share the most current research on student retention and success. NSSR is distinguished from other conferences in that all papers presented at the symposium have gone through a multiple stage review process before presentation, beginning with the submission of abstracts. If selected, the papers are also published in the conference proceedings.
The CSRDE has a diverse membership of about 400 colleges and universities—two- and four-year, public and private—with the common interest of achieving the highest levels of student success through sharing data, knowledge and innovation. It is operated by the Center for Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at the University of Oklahoma Outreach.
Brugar Receives Early Career Award
Assistant Professor Kristy Brugar has been awarded the Early Career Award for the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies.
This award, made to a scholar in the early (pre-tenured) stages of his/her career (with degree awarded during or after 2010), recognizes a significant program of research on important problems of theory and/or practice in the area of social education. The recipient of this award must be engaged in scholarly inquiry that extends a significant line of research, addresses new and/or persistent issues of concern to the field, fills a gap in current knowledge, or raises significant questions about extant knowledge.
In addition, the awardee should be engaged in studying problems or questions that are timely and that contribute to current debates or dilemmas of theory and/or practice. The scholar's body of work must be characterized by conceptual and/or empirical significance, rigor, coherence, and sophistication, and must hold potential to contribute significantly to scholarship in the field.
Said one reviewer on the awards committee, "What put Kristi on top for me was the quality/quantity of her work, years past doctoral study and overall service to the profession."
College and University Faculty Assembly is an affiliate group of the National Council for the Social Studies. CUFA consists of higher education faculty members, graduate students and others interested in working with social educators (K-16) such as social scientists, historians and philosophers. It is also an advocacy organization for social studies education.
Baird Receives Fulbright Award
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education 2017 graduate Hannah Kristen Baird has been named a recipient of a Fulbright Grant for academic year 2017-2018. Baird will serve as an English teaching assistant in Mexico.