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Bill McDiarmid writes about needed urgency in ‘Deans for Impact’ column

Bill McDiarmid, former dean of the School of Education, has written a blog post column for the group Deans for Impact in which he says schools of education deans need to convey urgency to their faculty regarding the need for change. McDiarmid is participating in a program with the group called Impact Academy that is working to build a network aimed at improving educator preparation. The column is available here.

Brian Gibbs to moderate discussion of Iran-Iraq War on Tuesday

Faculty member Brian Gibbs will moderate a discussion on Feb. 21 examining the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. The talk will feature a presentation by Amir Khadem, a PhD candidate in comparative literature at the University of Alberta, entitled “The Evil Benevolence of War in Iranian Sacred Defense Literature. Another presentation, by Mateo Farzaneh, associate professor of history at Northeastern University, is entitled “Iranian Women, Social Class, and Patriotism in the Iran Iraq War.” The event is at 6 p.m. in the FedEx Global Education Center. For more information, contact Claudia Yaghoobi,

In the media: Keith Sawyer cited in 'Fast Company' on creativity

The magazine Fast Company quoted faculty member Keith Sawyer in an article that says creativity springs most readily from group endeavors rather than solitary work. The article draws from recent discussion and criticism of a Beyonce album that listed 72 writers in its credits. Sawyer is cited in the article saying that creativity is most often a result of collaboration, stemming from insights gained from working with others. The article is here.

Friday is deadline for proposals for SEAES Conference

Organizers for the 20th Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference have issued a call for proposals for paper and poster presentations and panel discussions. The conference, hosted every year by the School of Education’s Graduate Student Association, will be held on April 1 in Peabody Hall. Proposals should be submitted by Feb. 24. Learn more and submit proposals at

Publications, presentations, etc.

Eileen Parsons gave the opening keynote for women in science symposium titled “Preparing Black Female for Prominence, Power, and Presence in the Academy: Designing Safe Spaces to Craft an Agenda for Empowerment.” Her keynote highlighted the role of specific critical theories and a Christian perspective in managing the challenges and opportunities of her lived experiences in academe. Other keynotes included Gloria Ladson-Billings from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Felicia Moore Mensah from Teacher's College. The national symposium was held in Atlanta.

Susan Friel presented with doctoral student Bryan Fede at the Association of Teachers of Mathematics Education: Re-Thinking Teaching and Learning in Orlando. The title of the presentation was “Moving Mathematics Education Online."

Gregory Cizek is presenting this week at the quarterly meeting of the Triangle Assessment Networking Group in Raleigh. The title of his talk: “Validation of score meaning and justification of a score use: A comprehensive model of defensible testing practice.” Cizek also will present a paper next month at the annual meeting of the Association of Test Publishers in Scottsdale, Arizona. His paper is entitled “Recommendations for licensure and certification agencies on assessment best practices from the K-12 context.”

Agger, C.A., & Byun, S-Y., & Meece, J.L. (2016). An examination of the expected timing of transition into adulthood among rural men and women. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Online published: December 2016. URL:

Byun, S., Meece, J.L., & Agger, C.A. (2017). Predictors of college attendance patterns of rural youth. Research in Higher Education, 1-26

Demetriou, C., Meece, J., Eaker-Rich, D., Powell, C. (2017). The activities, roles, and relationships of successful first generation college students. The Journal College Student Development, 58(1), 19-36.

Compton-Lilly, C., Papoi, K., Venegas, P., Hamman, L. & Schwabenbauer, B. (2017). Intersectional identity negotiation: The case of young immigrant children. Journal of Literacy Research.

Compton-Lilly, C., Papoi, K., Shedrow, S. & Hamman, L. (2017). Longitudinal case study research: Understanding literacy and identity practices of children in immigrant families in the American mid-west. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Doctoral student Michael Little has had a brief entitled "Racial and Socioeconomic Gaps in Executive Function Skills in Early Elementary School: Nationally Representative Evidence from the ECLS-K:2011” accepted for publication in Educational Researcher.

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Thursday, Mar. 23

Julio Cammarota lecture
Peabody 02

Thursday, Mar. 23

Julio Cammarota roundtable discussion
5 p.m.
Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge

Saturday, Apr. 1

20th SEAES Conference
All Day
Peabody Hall