2005 In Review
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Flurry of New Books Published by GSEP Authors
Books authored this year by GSEP full-time faculty include: Promising Practices Connecting Schools to Families of Children with Special Needs, and Promising Practices for Family Involvement in Schooling Across the Continents, by Diana Hiatt-Michael; Laws Affecting Clinical Practice, coauthored by Susan Hall; and Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy, coedited by Edward P. Shafranske. Shafranske was also an invited participant and facilitator at the American Psychological Association’s 2005 Educational Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Where Technology and Learning Intersect
The California Department of Education has given Linda Polin a grant for her to work with a large contingent of middle school educators. Professor Polin, director of the EdD in educational technology program, was also named to the Jan Davidson Endowed Professorship in Educational Technology in honor of her work in technology and learning.
Visiting Professor Tackles Substance Abuse in Schools
A recently-funded project by Covina-Valley Unified School District will enable visiting psychology professor Robert Hohenstein to supervise individual and group psycho-educational counseling services for district students to combat possible drug, alcohol, or tobacco abuse.
A Diversity Speakers Series was developed in tandem with the University’s Center for Faith and Learning and the GSEP Diversity Council, inviting individuals to speak about ethnic diversity, vocation, and faith to the students and faculty.
Superintendent Advisory Council
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology formed a Superintendent Advisory Council to establish relationships with state school superintendents who will advise GSEP on teacher credentialing, administrative training, and master’s and doctoral programs.
Alumni Access to Center for Learning in Community
Educational technology doctoral alumni who work in northern and southern California school districts can now tap into a support service organization, the Center for Learning in Community. A federal grant housed at the center has supported dissertation research for three GSEP doctoral students this past year.
A Collaboration in China
A school faculty team was led by its dean, Margaret J. Weber, to Beijing, Jinan, Shanghai, and Hong Kong to meet with educators about opportunities for collaboration in teacher education and educational research, and a faculty exchange program.
Dr. Dennis Lowe Honored
The Graduate School’s Center for the Family launched a free e-newsletter containing relationship tips and resources on topics of interest to couples, parents, and students as well as updates about local events. Subscribers receive the newsletter six times per year. Center director, psychology professor Dennis Lowe, received the 2005 John Trent Servant Leadership Award at the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries (AMFM) Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
New Graduate Degree in Progress
The Graduate School’s newest graduate degree program, the master of science in workplace learning and performance (MSLP), will launch in Fall 2006. The four-semester program will prepare students for professions in the design and development of workplace training and performance improvement initiatives.