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SOE hosting info session today for doctoral students on job searches

The School of Education is hosting a professional education session today at 5 p.m. regarding how to seeking jobs in academia. The talk will be presented by two recently hired faculty members -- Marisa Marraccini and Helyne Frederick. They will provide a short overview of their experience being on the job market and answer questions on the topic. Pizza, salad and drinks will be provided. The event will be held in either Peabody 212. While a firm RSVP is not required, students may RSVP by emailing Kathleen Brown at

Lisa Dawley speaking Nov. 13 at Global Entrepreneurship Week kickoff event

Lisa Dawley, director of the Master’s in Educational Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship program, will speak in a panel on Monday, Nov. 13, in the kickoff of UNC’s “Global Entrepreneurship Week.” Innovate Carolina is hosting the weeklong series of events. Dawley will speak in an event focused on “Gamification, AR, VR and AI: Tech for Innovators and Entrepreneurs.” The event will be held in Kenan Science Labs and runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For tickets, go here.

O'Sullivan, Salas Villalobos, and Sun win $250,000 grant

Rita O’Sullivan, associate professor of evaluation and assessment, and Ph.D. students Fabiola Salas Villalobos and Wenyang Sun, in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, have won one of eight Title VI International Research and Studies (IRS) Program Grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The three-year project, funded for $250,000, is entitled “Investigation of How Teachers’ Use of Bridging in Dual Language Immersion Programs (Mandarin/English and Spanish/English) Can Help Strengthen Student Literacy in Grades 3-5.” It is designed to explore improved instructional practices for teachers in Spanish/English and Mandarin/English Dual Language immersion programs.

New webpage offers SOE assessment, accreditation resources

A new webpage has been established to serve as a resource for faculty and others within the School who are involved in assessment and accreditation work. Site development was led by Assistant Dean Diana Lys. The site has sections with information about various accrediting and program review efforts. It will eventually include a repository of data reports about the School, its programs and graduates. The site is here.

Alumna Page Gambill Pfister named N.C. School Counselor of the Year

Page Gambill Pfister, a graduate of the M.Ed. program in school counseling, has been named North Carolina’s next School Counselor of the Year. Pfister is a school counselor at Friendship Elementary School in Davidson County. She previously worked in Johnston County. Pfister will be recognized at the annual conference of the N.C. School Counselor Association in November.

Alumnus Michael Fuga named Durham Public Schools Principal of the Year

Michael Fuga (M.S.A. '09, Ed.D. '16) has been named the 2018 Principal of the Year for Durham Public Schools. Fuga is principal at Neal Middle School. Fuga has worked in education for 14 years, starting with five years as a teacher, two as an assistant principal and the past seven years as principal. Fuga will represent Durham at the regional level of the state’s Principal of the Year program. Read more about Fuga, including descriptions of his work at Neal Middle School, here.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Greene, J. A., and graduate students Copeland, D. Z., Deekens, V. M., & Yu, S. (2018). Beyond knowledge: Examining digital literacy's role in the acquisition of understanding in science. Computers & Education, 117, 141-159. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2017.10.003

Rebecca New served as keynote speaker at the International Congress on Early Childhood Education held at Gazi University in Turkey in October.

Byun, S, Meece, J. L., & Agger, C. A. (2017). Predictors of college attendance patterns of rural youth. Research in Higher Education, 58 (8), pp. 817-842. DOI 10.1007/s11162-017-9449-z.

Bratsch-Hines, Mary E.; Mokrova, Irina; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne; Family Life Project Key Investigators. Rural families’ use of multiple child care arrangements from 6 to 58 months and children’s kindergarten behavioral and academic outcomes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Vol 41, 2017 pp. 161-173.

Minshew, L. M., Barber-Lester, K. J., Derry, S. J., & Anderson, J. L. (2017). Leveraging students' knowledge to adapt science curricula to local context. Educational Technology & Society, 20(4), 205-218.

Doctoral student Lucia Mock presented at Worldview’s K-12 Global Education Symposium in October. Her presentation was about an organization – Nour International – that she co-founded and was entitled “Nour International: A Collaborative Curriculum on the Syrian Refugee Crisis [K-12]. The session discussed the Syrian refugee crisis and best practices in providing educational opportunities to refugee children.

Graduate Student Association news:

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association has published its October newsletter, and is available here. Highlights from the letter:

  • Weekly Wednesdays at 3:00 pm - Red4Ed Wear red every Wednesday to show your support for North Carolina’s public schools. T-shirts can be purchased here, or wear your own! We’ll meet in front of Peabody to document our support in photos each week. If you can’t make it, take your own picture and post it to social media with hashtag #Red4Ed.
  • Winners of the SOE GSA Fall Travel Awards will be notified by November 17, 2017
  • The SOE and the SOE GSA thank GSA students for nominating speakers for the social justice and equity speaker series. The SOE & GSA are working together on contacting the proposed speakers and working out the details of their participation. Look for more information on the series in the upcoming communications

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Monday, Nov. 6

Doctoral student session: Job Search Process
5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Peabody Hall, Room 212

Saturday, Nov. 11

Annual Alumni Awards Dinner
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Friday, Nov. 17

SOE Board of Visitors Meeting
BeAM Maker Space, Murray Hall

Career Development Events for graduate students

The following events are offered by the Graduate School. Prior registration is often requested. Register at

11/8: Prepare for the Fair
2:30-3:30pm, Hanes 239

11/14: NC Master’s/PhD Fair
12-4 pm, UNC Friday Center

11/15: Policy Career Pathways Panel
10am -12pm, location TBD