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Faculty-staff celebration,
3 to 6 p.m, Lula's Restaurant


1 p.m., Dean Smith Center

Graduation reception,
3 p.m., Kenan Stadium’s Blue Zone

SOE graduation ceremony, reception on Saturday

The School of Education’s graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Students who are graduating and planning to participate should join the lineup at 12:15 p.m. on the ground floor of the Smith Center in the tunnels behind the stage. A reception will follow the ceremony. It will be held in the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, beginning at 3 p.m. Complete details regarding both events have been emailed from Anne Bryan.

Doctoral student Becca Merrill selected for institute

Becca Merrill, a doctoral student in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement has been selected to participate in the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science at RTI International. The institute – a partnership between Princeton University and RTI – is sponsored by the Russell Sage and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The 12-day program covers text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, non-probability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics.

Education minor Emma Miller wins summer research fellowship

Emma Miller, an Education minor, has been selected for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship awarded by Carolina’s Office for Undergraduate Research. Miller was one of 51 students out of 133 applicants to be chosen for the award. Miller’s proposed project involves a look at school finance issues in Swain County.

Students, alumni fete Eileen Parsons with ‘Students’ Choice Award’

A group of School students and alumni have presented Eileen Parsons with their inaugural “UNC SOE Students’ Choice Award.” Parsons was taken out for dinner and presented a plaque and a book of letters in which students described how she has affected them in their academic work. The award was funded by the students and alumni.

Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

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

Brian Gibbs will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Teaching Hard History: Slavery, Reconstruction, and Lasting Legacies conference put on by the North Carolina Museum of History, Humanities for the Public Good, and Carolina K-12 Education. The keynote titled Balancing the Fear, Horror and Hope: Toward a Critical Teaching of Lynching in the American South is based on his research investigating how teachers teach about lynching near historic lynching sites in the American South.

Hart, W., Houck, E. A. & Watson, J. R. (2019). 2019 State of the States: North Carolina. Journal of Education Finance 44(3), 309-311.

Houck, E. A. & Midkiff, B. C. (2018). Advocacy Coalitions and Colorado’s Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: A Discourse Analysis. Journal of Education Finance, 44(2), 115-139.

Springer, M.G. (2019). You Get What You Pay For: The Need for 21st Century Compensation Policies. Keynote prepared for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching's Education Research Roundtable in Santa Monica, CA.

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