April 27, 2011

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Strunk Awarded NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Katharine Strunk was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is one of 20 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research who were selected for the award this year.

The fellowship begins in September, and helps support Strunk's important work researching collective bargaining agreements to examine relationships between contract restrictiveness, district characteristics, and student achievement.

 Read the full story
Imagine Rossier in 2021!
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Dean Karen Symms Gallagher is asking faculty and staff to save the dates of September 19-23 for Rossier's first ever "Strategic Thinking Week."

The multi-day gathering of diverse members of the Rossier community will give constituents an opportunity to imagine the School ten years from now, and begin the conversation about what an "undisputed elite" School of Education will look like.  The conversation will complement the Strategic Planning taking place at the University level, where President Nikias has set the goal of making USC an undisputed elite university.  

Rossier's "Strategic Thinking Week" will engage faculty, staff, alumni, students and Board of Councilors members in discussions about the kind of impact the school can have on the future of education. The process, which will be led by a small organizing group, is designed as the preamble to strategic planning and Rossier's major fundraising campaign.
Rossier Literacy Panel "Bookends" Festival

The L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC is this weekend, and Rossier is hosting a special expert panel discussion on children's literacy on Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. in WPH 403.


"What Did I Read?" Parents and Children Read Together: Important Interactions, Longstanding Positive Consequences features literacy experts from our own faculty in a discussion that will inform parents about child and adolescent literacy in a wired world, and provide real strategies parents can use to get their children reading at home.  The presentation will be available in English and Spanish.


Presenters are Dr. Eugenia Mora-Flores, Dr. Gisele Ragusa, Dr. Paula Carbone, and Dr. John Pascarella.


fob illustrationFor inquiries, contact the USC Rossier Event Office at (213) 740-9559 or rossier.events@usc.edu 


More about the Rossier panel and other USC Bookend events. 

First USC Rossier Ed.D. Research Summit Held

On Saturday, May 7, Rossier will host its first Ed.D. Research Summit, showcasing the most compelling dissertations of the past year that address real problems of practice in the field.

A selection of the top Rossier Ed.D. dissertations will be presented during the event, which will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in USC Davidson Conference Center.

For more information about the USC Rossier Ed.D. Research Summit, contact Nadine Singh at nadinesi@usc.edu or (213) 740-2785.

RSVP for the event here.
MAT@USC Continues to Make Headlines
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A USC press release noted that the MAT@USC now boasts more than 1,500 students, from an Army officer attending class from her Humvee to a small-town mom taking a second shot at her dream. Many will walk at the university's May 13 commencement.

Read the release.

The Daily Trojan featured an opinion column on the need for USC to offer more online courses, given the success of the MAT@USC program at Rossier.

Read it here.
Faculty Forefront
Tierney is Quoted on Universities' Enrollment Issues wgtierney

Los Angeles Times quoted Dr. William G. Tierney about the University of California's push to enroll more out-of-state students. He said that  UC's push to enroll more out-of-state students, combined with enrollment cutbacks at Cal State campuses and community colleges, threatens to diminish opportunities for Californians.

"We are moving in the opposite direction of where we need to go," Tierney said. "We need to be increasing capacity and participation in higher education, and the public sector is decreasing that. I understand why they are doing it, but it's not in the best interest of the state."

 Read the article.

Tierney was also quoted by The Press-Enterprise in an article on students who choose private universities over public ones. He said the barrage of negative headlines about California's public universities creates uneasiness among parents and students and doubt about the universities' future.

"That uncertainty is warranted," he said. "We really don't know what is going to happen in terms of finances and the quality of instruction."
Chung Presents on Korean Survey and Edits Journal
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Dr. Ruth Chung has been asked to serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling.

Chung also recently gave a research presentation at CUNY-Flushing on data from the Korean American National Survey that she conducted with funding from the Korea Overseas Foundation. It is the largest national survey of Korean Americans to date.
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Bensimon & Dowd Co-Author Chapter on Metrics for Student Success

Measuring student success is the topic of a recently published chapter in New Directions for Community Colleges: Institutional Effectiveness, co-authored by Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon and Dr. Alicia C. Dowd.

The chapter reports on the development of benchmarks of institutional performance and equity developed at the Center for Urban Education (CUE) over the past several years. These benchmarks allow colleges to monitor student progress at key momentum points in the curriculum and to involve faculty in adopting interventions for student success.

Read the chapter here.
This Week on CHEPA's 21st Century Scholar Blog
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Monday: "The Strengths of the Checklist" by Bill Tierney

Tuesday: "A Master Plan for Portfolio Districts" by Randy Clemens

Wednesday: "The Weaknesses of the Checklist" by Bill Tierney

Thursday: Thursday is Tech Day by Stefani Relles

Friday: An Update from Pathfinder Project Director Zoe Corwin

Go to 21st Century Scholar.
Rossier Family
Faculty Candidate Discusses Preparing Teachers

Dr. Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, candidate for the Teacher Education tenure track faculty position, will be facilitating a job talk on Monday, May 2,  noon to 1:30 p.m. in WPH 403.

Her talk is titled, "School Preparing Teachers for Diversity in 21st Century Classrooms: Content, Context, & Innovation."

If you are interested in attending, please contact Lori Givens at lgivens@usc.edu to confirm your attendance. Lunch will be provided.

More about Aguirre-Munoz.
Graduating Ed.D. Student Named Palos Verdes Principal

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Ed.D. candidate Nick Stephany, who will graduate next month, will be the next principal of Palos Verdes High School.  


He joined the Palos Verdes High School staff in 2005 as a biology and chemistry teacher, was named Dean of Students in 2007, and Associate Principal in 2009.


Read the press release. 

In This Issue
Strunk Awarded NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
Thinking Strategically about Rossier in 2021
Literacy Panel This Weekend
First USC Rossier Ed.D. Research Summit
MAT@USC in the Headlines
Tierney on Enrollment at Private and Public Universities
Chung Presents on Korean Survey and Edits Journal
Bensimon & Dowd Co-Author Chapter on Metrics for Student Success
This Week on 21st Century Scholar
Faculty Candidate Discusses Preparing Teachers
Graduating Ed.D. Student Named Palos Verdes Principal.






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