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Jeffrey Greene, doctoral student Victor Deekens column published by N&O

The problem of the spread of online falsehoods is the topic of an opinion column by faculty member Jeffrey Greene and doctoral student Victor Deekens published in Sunday’s News & Observer. Greene and Deekens write about a “digital literacy crisis” and why it is often difficult for people to ascertain what is true in online news and fake news stories. The two suggest ways that people can work to be better informed. The column is available here.

Bolick part of team launching project about the South

SOE faculty member Cheryl Bolick, Todd Boyette, director of the Morehead Planetarium and an SOE clinical faculty member, and William Ferris of the UNC Center for Study of the American South are launching a project to create an online portal “Understanding the American South.” Supported by a $35,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the project will explore the question: “What does it mean to be from, or live in, the American South today?” The effort will include oral histories, images, recordings, and educational materials. The portal will serve as an educational complement to Morehead Planetarium’s fulldome film "American South," which is currently in production. The portal will feature a constantly growing archive of Southern history and culture that will be accessible to schools and to the public.

Doctoral students win innovation grant from School of Pharmacy

Kayley Lyons and Nikki Lobczowski, doctoral students in the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies Ph.D. strand, have received the Eshelman Institute of Innovation Grant from UNC’s School of Pharmacy for their personalized collaborative coaching app, “Collabucate.” Each year the institute awards grants for innovative ideas that have measurable impact and lead transformative change in health care. Lyons and Lobczowski created a prototype for the app last spring in a course taught by SOE faculty member Kelly Ryoo. They recently completed a pilot study of the first iteration of the app with Pharmacy doctoral students. The app scaffolds students to identify collaborative challenges, gain social awareness, and learn regulation strategies to overcome these obstacles so that the students can enter the workforce with positive work experiences and proficiency for collaboration.

High School Journal seeking manuscripts

The High School Journal, managed by graduate students at the School of Education, is seeking manuscripts for its next edition. The High School Journal publishes research papers, essays and reviews that examine the field of secondary education. For information or to submit a manuscript visit or send an email to Doctoral student Sarah Byrne Bausell is this serving as editor of the journal this year.

Publications, presentations, etc.

A new book by faculty member Xue Rong and alumnus Jeremy Hilburn – "Immigration and Education in North Carolina: The Challenges and Responses in a New Gateway State" – has been published by Sense Publishing.

Alumnae Hillary Parkhouse and Alison McGlinn Turner, doctoral student Stephanie Konle, and faculty member Xue Lan Rong have had their article, “Self-Authoring the Meaning of Student Teaching in China: Impacts on First-Year Teaching Practices,” published by Frontiers (The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad), Volume XXVIII, Fall 2016, Pp. 78-98. The article is based on a research project conducted by doctoral students & faculty team. The two leading authors have graduated and are professors in universities in Virginia and North Carolina.

Fen English presented three papers at the Australian Association of Research in Education's annual conference in Melbourne with colleague Lisa Ehrich of Queensland University of Technology. The papers were “Baktin's Heterglossia and Leadership as an Aesthetic Activity;” “A Metaphorical Deconstruction of Leadership Standards: A Cross Cultural Comparison between Australia and America;” and, “The Continuing Quest to Understand Leadership Identity and Transformation.”

The annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council of the Social Studies, held last week in Washington, D.C., featured a large contingent from the School of Education:


Cheryl Bolick and alumna Meghan McGlinn Manfra (2006) chaired a session that presented their forthcoming Handbook for Research in Social Studies Education (in press).

Brian Gibbs presented a paper, The Ways of Rigor in the Social Studies. He also presented a session, Art as Intellectual Social Studies.

Doctoral Students

Betsy Barrow presented a paper, The Influence of a Short-Term Student Teaching Abroad Experience on Preservice Teachers’ Intercultural Competence. She also presented a poster, Exploring Preservice Teachers Intercultural Competence During a Short Term Student Teaching Abroad Experience.

Tommy Ender presented a paper, Rehumanzing Social Studies: Reconceptualizing How Others Are Viewed in Social Studies Education.

Stephanie Konle presented a paper, The Uses of the Past in Pedagogy: Teachers’ Ambivalent Relationships to the History They Teach.

Christoph Stutts presented a paper, One Last Look Back: A Model for New Scholars to Analyze Their Social Studies Pedagogy.


Alumna Hillary Parkhouse (2016) received the Kirkman Research Award for Social Justice for her paper, Critical Consciousness In U.S. History Class: Student Perceptions Of Racism And Sexism.

Recent alumni Jeremy Hilburn, Paul Fitchett, and Lara Willox also presented research papers.

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