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Jim Trier book wins AESA Critics’ Choice Award

The American Educational Studies Association has awarded a 2015 AESA Critics’ Choice Award to the book “Detournement as Pedagogical Praxis,” edited by Associate Professor Jim Trier. The book, published by Sense Publishers, examines the use of “detournement,” which involves reusing artistic and mass-produced media elements to create new combinations that create new meanings and illuminate popular culture. The book describes examples of using detournement in educational settings. The book is available as a downloadable PDF here.

Dana Thompson Dorsey to be interviewed Tuesday on radio program

Dana Thompson Dorsey, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy, will be a guest on a Georgia Public Broadcasting program on Tuesday examining affirmative action. Affirmative action programs are under renewed scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court and is also the subject of a suit brought against Carolina and its admissions policies. The program, “On Second Thought,” will air at 9 a.m. and can be heard here.

Graduate Student Association hosting ‘Survival Panel’ brown bag Wednesday

The SOE Graduate Student Association will host its first Brown Bag event of the 2015-16 school year titled “Graduate Student Survival Panel” on Wednesday, between noon and 1 p.m. in Peabody 02. The event will bring together a panel of SOE faculty, staff, and graduate students to share helpful information about milestones and campus resources graduate students may use to succeed. Panelists include Dean Bill McDiarmid, Anne Bryan, Torrie Edwards, and Nestor Ramirez. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Door prizes will also be awarded!

CEPSA holding ‘Policy & Pints’ get-together on Friday

The Carolina Education Policy Students Association is having its first event, Policy & Pints, on Friday at 5 pm at R & R Grill on Franklin Street. At this event, CEPSA members and others will be hanging out, meeting each other, and talking informally about what is going on with education in the state. Everyone is welcome, and we encourage people from all Ph.D. strands and graduate programs to attend. If you have questions, please email CEPSA President Torrie Edwards at or CEPSA Event Chair Nestor Ramirez at

GSA extends school supply drive for local students

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association is extending its school supply drive through Friday, with collected items being donated to local schools. Collection bins are located in the graduate student lounge and the main student affairs office on the first floor, Suite 103.

First Education Policy Colloquium Series event on Sept. 10 to examine Common Core

The first SOE Education Policy Colloquium Series talk of the year will feature Morgan Polikoff of the University of Southern California in a presentation entitled “Lies, Damn Lies, and Alignment: Studying Instruction in the Common Core Era.” The talk will be held Sept. 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Peabody 02. Polikoff speaks widely about the Common Core. He’s also a former champion on the popular game show “Jeopardy!”

Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Nov. 21

The School of Education will host its Graduate Programs Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21, providing prospective graduate students an opportunity to learn about the school. The day-long event will include an overview of the school, an information fair featuring degree programs and student resources, sessions on applying to SOE graduate programs, a faculty research showcase and individual meetings with faculty members. Prospective students will also have opportunities to meet with current SOE graduate students.

SOE Brown Bag on Sept. 16 to feature Gregory Cizek

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, will present this year’s first SOE Brown Bag talk on Sept. 16. Cizek’s talk is entitled “The Concept of Validity in a Comprehensive Model of Defensible Testing Practice.” The presentation will offer a brief summary of current validity theory, demonstrates a critical flaw in the current conceptualization of validity, and provides a framework that both accommodates and differentiates validation of test score inferences and justification of test use in a comprehensive model of defensible testing practice. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. in Peabody 02.

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Wednesday, Sept. 2

GSA Brown Bag: "Graduate Student Survival Panel"
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Sept. 16

SOE Research Brown Bag: Greg Cizek
Peabody 02

Saturday, Oct. 3

SOE Alumni Awards Dinner
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Saturday, Oct. 10

Carol Malloy Research Symposium
Rizzo Center

Wednesday, Oct. 21

SOE Research Brown Bag: Leigh Hall
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Nov. 18

SOE Research Brown Bag: Eric Houck
Peabody 02

Saturday, Nov. 21

SOE Graduate Student Open House
9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Peabody Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 27

SOE Research Brown Bag
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Feb. 24

SOE Research Brown Bag
Peabody 02

Wednesday, Mar. 30

SOE Research Brown Bag
Peabody 02