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Doctoral Degree Recipients

January 28, 2016
Doctoral Degree Recipients

The following individuals received doctoral degrees from the College of Education in the program areas and during the semesters noted. Fall 2014 Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education Justin L. Bruner Ruthie Lee Riddle Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy Rachel Angela Akinyi Ayieko Lucia Margaret Elden Amy Lark Educational Policy Kaitlin Tiplady Obenauf Nathan Jay Clason… Read More »

A Journey To Become Policy Pioneers

January 28, 2016
A Journey To Become Policy Pioneers

Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program, now 40 years running, prepares fellows to lead change in the state By: Cynthia Kyle Their names ring forth from history—Cemetery Ridge, Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, The Peach Orchard. Here, on this ridged and sloped Pennsylvania terrain, 50,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, lost or captured. And here, at Gettysburg,… Read More »

Cover Story: Science for All

January 28, 2016
Cover Story: Science for All

MSU scholars unlock the secrets of science teaching to engage the next generation By Nicole Geary Michael Lim was disheartened every year. Many students were unable to grasp the first concepts of atomic theory introduced in his chemistry class. And when they moved, quickly, to the next topics in the textbook, it was too late.… Read More »

Alumni Profile: Seeing Science Underseas

January 28, 2016
Alumni Profile: Seeing Science Underseas

Spartan grad boosts learning through firsthand research experience By Nicole Geary As remotely operated vehicles descend deep into the water, followers tuning in from all around the world can watch a blue screen fade to black and then, suddenly, see the ocean floor getting closer. They might see hydrothermal vents, underwater mountains or an unknown… Read More »

Student Viewpoint: A Warning about Financial Early Warning Systems

January 28, 2016
Student Viewpoint: A Warning about Financial Early Warning Systems

School districts could be misidentified, avoid assistance or even lose funding under Michigan’s new law By Rachel White Doctoral Candidate, Educational Policy whitera3@msu.edu Michigan school districts1 are facing unprecedented levels of fiscal distress. Enrollment continues to decline, retirement system obligations continue to increase and the minimum allocation each district is guaranteed from the state School… Read More »

New Faculty Members, 2015-2016

January 28, 2016
New Faculty Members, 2015-2016

The College of Education welcomes 12 new tenure-track faculty members this academic year. Here are their bios and, in their own words, the impact they hope to make while at Michigan State University. In addition, Lynn Paine, professor of teacher education, has been appointed Assistant Dean for International Studies. Learn more about her background and… Read More »

In Memoriam

January 28, 2016
In Memoriam

Glen O. “Pete” Cooper, professor emeritus of teacher education, died April 17, 2015. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1966, and served as director of the Elementary Intern Program in the Greater Lansing area and taught in the Graduate Studies in Education Overseas program in many parts of Asia. He retired in 1984. James… Read More »

Student Profile: Candidate for Change

January 28, 2016
Student Profile: Candidate for Change

A look inside Kate Rollert’s journey to reshape education By Lauren Ebelt Kate Rollert wanted to be a doctor. She was in her senior year, pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biomedical science and chemistry and studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), when she received an email. “A Teach For America recruiter asked me for… Read More »

Are You Spartan Loyal?

January 28, 2016
Are You Spartan Loyal?

This year, the Michigan State University Alumni Association started making a significant change. Rather than limiting membership to graduates who join and pay dues, the university wants to reach more alumni and friends of the institution and make it easier to give back. Now, everyone who receives a degree from MSU will be considered part… Read More »

Learning to leave a legacy

January 28, 2016
Learning to leave a legacy

MSU-trained scholar comes full circle from her love story, loss to support future Spartans By Nicole Geary When Okhee Lee-Salwen decided to pursue her doctorate at Michigan State University, she didn’t realize she was joining the team that would become known for setting a new national research agenda on teaching, or that the course of… Read More »