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Read December 2021 | Volume 1




Welcome New Faculty and Staff

UofL Our college continues to recruit talented faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of our students.

Read on for a list of faculty and staff hires since May of 2021.




CEHD doctoral student pursues degree to "prepare the world" for students with autism

Lorita Rowlett Lorita Rowlett, like so many students, wears a variety of hats: mother, teacher, and student, to name a few.

Rowlett is pursuing her doctoral degree in Special Education through the College of Education and Human Development and as she explains it, it is the only path she could have imagined pursuing.

"After I graduated with my bachelors, I went right into teaching, and I taught in a self-contained classroom for eight years," Rowlett explains. Read more...

CEHD Outstanding Graduating Student Reflects on Teaching During a Pandemic and What Comes Next

Ruth Hertrick Ruth Julia O’Coffey Hertrick (class of 2020) has always had a mind for teaching and an interest in schools. Her mother was a school-based therapist, so her exposure to education as a career path started early.

Ruth’s name may be familiar to our College of Education & Human Development community because she was selected as the Outstanding Graduating Student & Banner Bearer for the December 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Read more...

College of Education and Human Development Alumna Finds Success in the WNBA

Dana Evans Dana Evans graduated from the University of Louisville Sport Administration program in May of 2020. A Gary, Indiana native and star player on the UofL women’s basketball team, Evans has opened her next chapter in Chicago, Illinois where she plays professional basketball for the WNBA Chicago Sky. During her time at UofL, Evans made an enormous impact on the UofL basketball program, winning a plethora of accolades including Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American in back-to-back seasons, ACC All-Academic Team for three seasons, and an appearance at the 2021 NCAA Final Four. Read more...

Interview with Dr. Rita Gilbert Greer

Dr. Rita Greer Dr. Rita Gilbert Greer is a three-time graduate of the University of Louisville, earning her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in education from the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Greer continues to expand on a prolific career in Jefferson County Public Schools, and contributes to education throughout Kentucky in a number of ways. We sat down with Dr. Greer to discuss her recently published book, "Teacher Journeys: Memories, Reflections, and Lessons from 20th-Century African American Educators." Read more...

CEHD and Pepsi Stronger Together Partnership Kick-Off

CEHD and Pepsi Stronger Together Partnership Kick-OffThe College of Education and Human Development has partnered with the Pepsi: Stronger Together Foundation and signature partnership school Atkinson Academy. The partnership was kicked off in December 2020 with the Pepsi Holiday Market. Read on to learn more about this exciting and innovative partnership.

Dr. Brad Shuck Receives Multiple Awards

ShuckDr. Brad Shuck, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, has had a productive start to 2021. Read more about Dr. Shuck's accolades and awards in the New Year.



Cardinal Success Program Moves to Telehealth Services

Cardinal Success Program It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the very framework of education and methods of learning and instruction. The CEHD Cardinal Success Program, which has been providing counseling services in West Louisville since 2014, has shifted to providing these services via telehealth. Learn more. . .



CEHD Invited to Participate in LIAM Initiative

The CEHD is thrilled to announce its invitation to participate in the LIAM Initiative. Leadership in Academic Medicine (LIAM), an initiative started by the University of Louisville Health Science Campus (HSC), is designed to enhance and refine leadership skills for university faculty and staff. Using design-based tools from LIAM, the CEHD team aims to deliver a framework and resources for engaging faculty, staff, and students in anti-racist programs, policies, and pedagogies. The CEHD LIAM team is as follows: Dr. Brigitte Burpo, Dr. Douglas Craddock, Dr. Amy Seely-Flint, Dr. Andrew McCart, and Dr. Ishwanzya Rivers. Thank you for your involvement in this exciting initiative!

CEHD Alumnus Named Principal of duPont Manual High School

NewmanWe sat down with Dr. Michael Newman to discuss his new appointment as principal of duPont Manual High School. Dr. Newman is an alumnus of the CEHD, earning his Ed.D in Urban Education and Leadership in 2017. Read more...



CEHD Faculty Partner with Bernheim Forest and the "Children at Play Network"

In this video, College of Education and Human Development faculty members Dr. Meg Gravill, Dr. Sherri Brown, and Dr. Jill Jacobi-Vessels discuss their innovative partnership and research opportunities with Bernheim Forest. Learn More


Two Students Selected as 2021 Holmes Scholars

Lorita Rowlett, M.Ed., and Peter Azmani Lorita Rowlett, M.Ed., and Peter Azmani M.Ed., both doctoral students in the department of Special Education, Early Childhood, and Prevention Science, have been selected as 2021 Holmes Scholars. Read on for how Lorita and Peter plan to utilize the supports offered through the program. Read more...


Dr. David Rouffett Recognized for Work with the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

Dr. David Rouffett Having studied, taught, and conducted research all over the world, Dr. David Rouffet now contributes his expertise to the College of Education and Human Development and the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. Read on to learn more about Dr. Rouffet and his important work. Read more...



CEHD Welcomes COL Charles Luke to Army War College Fellows Program

 COL Charles Luke In its seventh year at UofL, the U.S. Army War College Fellow program allows Army officers to spend a year on campus conducting research and outreach while auditing classes to sharpen their leadership skills and broaden their outlook as strategic thinkers. We are pleased to welcome COL Charles Luke as the UofL 2020-2021 Army War College fellow. Read on to learn more about COL Luke and the program. Read more...

Student Voices: Jessica Jackson

Newman Jessica Jackson, a first-year master’s student in the Sports Administration program, shares her story of moving from Colorado to Louisville just as the Breonna Taylor verdict was announced, and the effect of dual pandemics on her racial identity. Read more...



2020 Grawemeyer Award in Education  Announced

Mehta and Fine Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine are recipients of the 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Education. They were selected for their book, "In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School." Drs. Mehta and Fine stated that powerful learning occurs when learners are trying to do something consequential and when they see purpose in what they are doing. The core problem in classrooms is that the way American society organizes schooling does not align well with what we know about learning. Read more...

Courtade Receives $2 Million Grant

Ginevra Courtade Ginevra Courtade, PhD, chair and associate professor in the Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Prevention Science, along with Drs. Melinda Ault and Kera Ackerman, University of Kentucky, were awarded a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. Project PURPLE, Preparing Urban and Rural Personnel as Leaders in Education, will support the preparation of doctoral level leadership personnel in special education, with a focus on future faculty who can effectively research and prepare special education personnel for a variety of high-need urban and rural settings. UofL and UK will receive over $1 million each to fund five scholars at each university. Scholars will be recruited to begin their programs in fall 2020. Read more...

Robert Named 2020 Nystrand-Offutt Scholar

Justin McFadden Justin McFadden, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary, Middle and Secondary Teacher Education, is CEHD's 2019 Nystrand-Offutt Scholar. He was selected for his project, "Exploring Elementary Teachers' Beliefs About a Sensemaking Approach of Science Instruction," which investigates science instruction experiences and beliefs of 45 pre-service elementary teachers. The Nystrand-Offutt Scholars are supported through a generous donation from Nancy and George Stablien in honor of Nancy's parents. The award supports a tenure-line, pre-tenured faculty member who is engaged in research related initiatives under the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education.

Washington Keynote Speaker at UNI Summit Teacher

Ahmad Washington Ahmad Washington, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, was a featured keynote speaker at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Education Summit, "Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices: Challenging Systemic Inequity and Injustice in Education and Health."
In addition, Dr. Washington is an editor on the recently released book, "Creating and Sustaining Effective K-12 School Partnerships: Firsthand Accounts of Promising Practices." The book combines manuscripts and studies that explore partnerships and strategies educators and education leaders use to produce positive socio-educational outcomes for Black students in various contexts. The book is published by Information Age Publishing. Read more...

Leach and Brydon-Miller Receive Fellowship

Mark LeachMary Brydon-Miller Mark Leach, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, and Mary Byrdon-Miller, PhD, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, are recipients of a 2020 Fellowship with the Project for Ethical Leadership Excellence offered through the University of Louisville College of Business. The project goal is to create a Structured Ethical Reflection (SER) process designed specifically for business leaders to incorporate into their decision-making processes.
Dr. Brydon-Miller was also a guest on Mark Hebert's UofL Today Radio Show. She discussed how she is helping students and Moore Middle School and a school in South Africa with environmental education. Link to the show...

Landrum Publishes Article

Tim Landrum

Tim Landrum, PhD, professor in the Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Prevention Science, is lead author on the article, "School Shootings: What We Know, What We Can Do," which is featured in the October issue of Educational Leadership. The theme of the issue is, "Making School a Safe Place." Former CEHD doctoral student, Chris Sweigart, is co-author of the article. Learn more...

Alagaraja Named Editor of HRDR

Meera Alagaraja Meera Alagaraja, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development (ELEOD), has been appointed associate editor of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR).

Guskey Quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Thomas Guskey, Thomas Guskey, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, ELEOD, was quoted in a recent article that appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune. "Teachers, Experts Question Traditional Ways of Grading," which focuses on the inconsistency of grading systems in high schools.
Dr. Guskey also is author of an article that discusses grades versus comments on students' work. The article is titled, "Grades Versus Comments: Research on Student Feedback," and is published in Phi Delta Kappan. In addition, Dr. Guskey's article, "Interpreting Average Effect Sizes: Never a Center Without a Spread," was published in the November 27 issue of NASSP Bulletin.

Sun Receives ASHE Award

Jeff Sun, Jeffrey Sun, PhD, JD, interim associate dean for innovation and strategy and professor, was selected for the 2019 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Distinguished Service Award. He was presented the award during the ASHE conference that was held in November.

UofL and CEHD Selected for CPAE Award

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AACE) Commission for Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) selected UofL and CEHD for the CPAE Curriculum Award. The award recognizes innovative approaches to the education of adult learners.

Bergman Publishes Book

Matt Bergman Matt Bergman, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, and co-authors, published the book, "Unfinished Business: Compelling Stories of Adult Student Persistence," through Information Age Publishing (IAP). The book contains stories and research that show the value adult students bring to colleges and universities that help them complete their degrees. Dr. Bergman was also the keynote speaker at the Complete College American's New England Summit: Reengaging Adult Learners.

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