SOE News

Peabody Pulse


WednesdayMAT Online Information Session, 6p.m.
ThursdaySchool Counseling Online Information Session, 6p.m.
Jeff Greene, Matt Bernacki project wins $2 million in NSF funding

A project led by Jeff Greene, associate professor of learning science and psychological studies, and Matt Bernacki, assistant professor in education psychology, has won $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund work at Carolina and at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to help undergraduate college students struggling in STEM courses. The project will identify struggling students, then test various interventions to help them succeed. These interventions include ones developed by Bernacki at UNLV as well as academic coaching interventions developed at Carolina as part of the Finish Line project.

Other Grant News

Faculty members are noted in bold, graduate students/recent graduates with underline.

Doctoral students Brittany Murray and James Carter III have won a $14,000 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to support their research project “Outsized and Overlooked: The Role of PTA Resources in the Widening Achievement Gap.” The grant is part of the Foundation’s Educational Opportunity Monitoring Project.

Cheryl Mason Bolick selected for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program

Associate Professor Cheryl Mason Bolick has been named to the Carolina Center for Public Service's new cohort of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program. The program brings together selected faculty from across the campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to enhance their engaged scholarship. Ten Carolina faculty members were selected for this cohort.

Patrick Akos elected to National Career Development Association board

Patrick Akos, professor of school counseling and school psychology, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Career Development Association. The NCDA is considered the leader in developing standards for the career development profession, and works with licensing and credentialing bodies to support the preparation and recognition of career counselors and career development practitioners. Akos will serve as the trustee representing counselor educators and researchers.

Doctoral student Nestor Ramirez named a Barbara Jackson Scholar

Nestor Ramirez, a doctoral student in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been named a Barbara Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. The Jackson Scholars program was established by the UCEA to support promising graduate students of color in the field of educational leadership. The two-year program includes a structured mentoring program in which scholars are matched with faculty mentors, and a networking initiative that includes attendance at UCEA conventions and annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association.

Doctoral student Robert Carr completes State Policy Fellowship

Robert Carr participated in the inaugural year of the Society for Research in Child Development State Policy Fellowship. In the program, six pre- and post-doctoral fellows from around the country were placed in state executive branch agencies to gain firsthand experience in policymaking, program implementation, and evaluation, while also providing the agencies with access to child development research expertise.

Students invited to join Implementation Science Student Group

Students interested in learning more about implementation science are invited to join the Implementation Science Student Group. The group aims to facilitate networking with local, national, and global implementation science researchers, provide useful information related to implementation science, and develop leaders in the implementation science field. Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based programs, interventions, and policies into routine practice. The group holds events for networking such as happy hours and coffee breaks, hosts seminars with well-established implementation researchers, and offers skill-building workshops. Students, faculty and staff interested in the group and its upcoming seminars and training events are encouraged to join the listserv.

Presentation explores collaborations between human services, education

A presentation on Sept. 18 by Gary Bowen, dean of the School of Social Work, and Dennis Orthner, research professor in the schools of education and social work, will highlight the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within human services and education. Implications for involving undergraduate Human Development and Family Studies majors in research and human service will be discussed. The event will be held in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium at noon. A light lunch will be provided.

Publications, presentations, grants awarded, etc.

Faculty members are noted in bold, graduate students/recent graduates with underline.

Diana Lys and Alisa Chapman presented “State Spotlight: Using State Data for Program Improvement” in June at the National Forum on Education Policy, Education Commission of the States in Washington, D.C.

Catherine Marshall, the Robert Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor, delivered the keynote address to the International Conference of Professors of Educational Leadership, in Charlotte, on Aug. 6. Her topic was “Democracy in Action: Educator Activism in the Neoliberal South.”

Vernon-Feagans, L., Mokrova, I. L., Carr, R. C., Garrett-Peters, P. T., Burchinal, M. R., & The FLP Key Investigators. (2018). Cumulative years of classroom quality from kindergarten to third grade: Prediction to children's third grade literacy skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Advanced online publication. doi:

Be the first to know! ‘Like’ us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter

Want to be among the in-the-know SOE crowd? Click “Like” on the School’s Facebook page and you’ll get the latest dope straight in your news feed. Join the SOE Facebook here. Follow us on Instagram at and on Twitter at UNCSchoolofEd.

Got news?

Have you got news to share? A new paper published? Make a conference presentation? Win a grant? Do you know of an upcoming SOE event of interest to others? A shoutout, about yourself or someone you know? Submit your news in this online form:


Wednesday, Sept. 5

MAT Online Information Session

Thursday, Sept. 6

School Counseling Online Information Session

Tuesday, Sept. 11

MSA Online Information Session

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Undergraduate Information Session

Thursday, Sept. 13

Graduate Information Session

Tuesday, Sept 18

Gary Bowen, Dennis Orthner: Merging disciplines talk
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium

Wednesday, Sept. 19

MEITE Online Information Session

Saturday, Sept. 29

School of Education Fall Open House