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Peabody Pulse

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Help welcome our new graduate students today

The School of Education will hold its Graduate Student Orientation today, and urges faculty and staff to help welcome our new graduate students. The Alumni Council is providing cookies and lemonade in the lobby before the 3 p.m. orientation kickoff. Please come meet our newest members of the School of Education community!


Judy Perry wins Chancellor’s Award

Judy Perry, accounting manager for the School of Education, has been named one of this year's Chancellor's Award winners. Perry won in the category "outstanding state government service" and was cited for her dedication and service in helping the school navigate through difficult budgetary times. The Chancellor's Award was established in 1991 to recognize the University employees for meritorious or distinguished accomplishments in the categories of devotion to duty, innovations, public service, safety/heroism, human relations, and other achievements. Chancellor's Award honorees become the University's nominees for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence.


Rune Simeonsson to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Rune Simeonsson, professor of school psychology and early childhood education, will be honored this fall with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association. Simeonsson, who joined the School of Education in 1976, has devoted his career to teaching and research in child development, special education and public health, particularly the developmental and psychological characteristics of children and youth with chronic conditions and disabilities. Among his major accomplishments are achievements in the areas of assessment and classification of disability, and primary prevention and health promotion in youth with developmental disabilities. He is widely published and has received more than $20 million in federal research funding during his career. He will be given the award at the APHA annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1.


Fenwick English assumes presidency of national association

Fen English, Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, has assumed the presidency of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. The NCPEA is the oldest professional organization of higher education faculty in educational administration in the country. It works to serve the interests and needs of professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders, and to improve the practice and study of educational administration. English was elected president-elect of the organization last year. He assumed the presidency earlier this month during the NCPEA’s annual conference. He will serve through August 2012.


English publishes new book, journal article

Fen English, in conjunction with Rosemary Papa, has released a new book entitled "Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools" by Rowman and Littlefield of Lanham, Mass. The book deals with practical strategies for school leaders to improve student achievement. English also had a chapter in the two-volume series The International Handbook of Leadership for Learning, released by Springer of London, U.K. The chapter entitled "Schools as Organizational Connectors and Reproducers of the Hierarchy of Learning Success" deals with 20 years of work with the curriculum management audit.


Judith Meece elected to American Psychological Association division panel

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. The term consists of a first year as president-elect, then a year as president, followed by a year as past president. The mission of Division 15 is to expand psychological knowledge and theory relevant to education, to extend the application of psychological knowledge and services to all aspects of education, to develop professional opportunities in educational psychology, to further the development of psychological theory through the study of educational processes, and to promote cooperation and joint action with others having similar or related purposes. Division 15 members include approximately 1,300 psychologists, allied scientists, students, and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of learning and schooling.


Gregory Cizek invited to speak at DOE briefing

The U.S. Department of Education has asked Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, to participate in a briefing of senior staff regarding how the department can take a leadership role in ensuring test score integrity. The invitation comes after a spate of test cheating cases in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and elsewhere. The briefing is intended to help guide DOE leadership in ensuring test score legitimacy in connection with No Child Left Behind-related assessments.


Cizek elected to NCME leadership

Gregory Cizek has assumed the vice presidency of the National Council on Measurement in Education, a position in which he will serve until April 2012 when he becomes president of the group. NCME is an association of approximately 2,000 people involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. NCME members include university faculty, test developers, state and federal testing and research directors, professional evaluators, testing specialists and others.  NCME works to provide service to education communities and to ensure that assessment is fair and equitable for all students.


Parsons, two graduate students publish paper on critical race theory

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, and graduate students Billye Rhodes and Corliss Brown have published a paper summarizing critical race theory and using it to examine questions around the teaching of science. The article, “Unpacking the CRT in Negotiating White Science,” is being published in Cultural Studies of Science Education. It was published by the journal online, and can be found here.


Kathleen Lane publishes new book

Kathleen Lane, professor of special education, has had her new book – Systematic Screenings of Behavior to Support Instruction – published. The book, written with three co-authors, is intended to show how systematic screenings of behavior can enhance teachers’ ability to teach and support all students. The book was published by Guilford Press.


Jennifer Wooten wins AERA dissertation award

Jennifer Wooten, an assistant professor who holds a joint appointment with the School and Romance Languages, recently won an American Educational Research Association dissertation award. The AERA’s Second Language Research Special Interest Group awarded Wooten its Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Cultural Drag: Theorizing the Performances of Non-Native Spanish Teachers’ Linguistic and Cultural Identities.”


Faculty members awarded contract to evaluate mentoring program

Dana Griffin, new SOE faculty member Juan F. Carrillo, and George Noblit have been awarded a contract to evaluate Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Blue Ribbon Mentoring Advocate Program. The $70,000 contract will provide a useful community service, give graduate students and faculty research opportunities, and will lead to a number of publications.


Faculty/staff picnic on Sept. 7

Save the date! The School of Education will hold a picnic for faculty and staff and their family members on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event will be held at The Farm on Barbee Chapel Road, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Food is being provided. Musical guests include George Noblit and his band! Please RSVP by emailing Laurie Norman before the Labor Day weekend at


SCALE seeking proposals for presentations at November conference

SCALE is seeking proposals for presentations during its annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference in November. The deadline for submission is Sept. 16. You may submit a proposal here. SCALE is asking that presentations during this year's conference fall under one or more of the following strands: Research & Theory, Resources, Program Practice & Models. For more information about each of these strands and to see a complete list of suggested topics as well as descriptions of past presentations, please visit the SCALE website.


Doctoral student Lee Adcock wins dissertation fellowship

Lee Adcock, a Ph.D. candidate in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, has been awarded the Sequoyah Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. The fellowship confers membership in the Royster Society of Fellows, the highest honor awarded by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Graduate School to graduate students at Carolina. The fellowship provides financial support for the year and a travel stipend to allow attendance at professional meetings and conferences.


Enrique Murillo (Ph.D. ’99) to participate in national education summit

Enrique Murillo (Ph.D. ’99), a professor at California State University at San Bernardino, has been invited to participate at NBC News’s “Education Nation” 2011 Summit in September. The event will convene policymakers, elected officials, teachers, parents, educators and others in a discussion about the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning today's education landscape. “Education Nation” will include education programming across NBC News, MSNBC,, Telemundo and other outlets.