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LAUNCH A Publication of Purdue University’s College of Education Volume 6, Fall 2015

CONTENTS 4 2015 Teacher Pinning Ceremony Read about our first-ever teacher pinning ceremony.

5 Matt Brodhead Gives Voice and Choice to

Students with Autism Learn about Matt Brodhead’s research partnership with West Lafayette’s Cornerstone Autism Center.

6 Adventures in International

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Student Teaching Read about Brady Severs’ (BA ’15) adventures in Germany and our new student teaching option in Honduras.

7 K-12 Partner School Calls International

Space Station Maconaquah Elementary was one of 12 groups selected nationally to call the International Space Station. » p. 8

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8 Meet Our Distinguished Alumni Meet our 2015 Distinguished Alumni.

9 Faculty Members Co-Edit Books Recently published books address current topics in education.

10 Faculty Update

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On the cover (clockwise from top): Assistant Professor Matt Brodhead works with a student from the Cornerstone Autism Center;


Raven Herron (BA ’15) at the spring commencement ceremony; Erin Curtis and Courtney Crowder in the Maymester in Honduras program; Associate Professor Mike Yough wins Purdue’s 2015 Exceptional Early Career Award; students from the GERI program; Melanie Kuhn is invested as our Jean Adamson Stanley Professor of Literacy; teachers at the SLED Summer Institute.

DEAN’S MESSAGE Dean Maryann Santos de Barona Greetings from an energized Purdue campus! Remarkably, this is the start of my seventh year leading your College of Education. It continues to be fulfilling and gratifying to work with Boilermaker students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners. There is so much to be proud of at the college, as you will read in these pages. In addition, let me highlight these data points: •

65.3 percent of our undergraduate students graduate within four years. That is well above the campus average of 49.2 percent. 98.9 percent of our 2014 graduates reported being employed or continuing their education. One hundred percent of our special education and social studies graduates from 2014 are employed. Our undergraduates leave school with an average student debt of $23,248 – the lowest on campus and $5,000 below the average. That said, 61 percent of our students leave school with debt, which is higher than the campus average of 43.7 percent. US News and World Report ranks the college #38 out of 246 schools surveyed. That’s in the top 15 percent – and we have been in the top 20 percent for the past seven years. Graduate enrollment over the past five years has increased 32 percent.

The sobering data is that our undergraduate enrollment has declined by 33 percent over the past five years. This is not a situation unique to Purdue, but a national phenomenon – and one that we are taking aggressive action to reverse.

We hired a full-time recruiter for our undergraduate programs who travels to meet with high school students and counselors. We organized recruitment events on campus specifically for students interested in education. In April, our first-ever Teacher Recruitment Day was attended by 48 high school students from around the state. Interest in our week-long summer program, EXCITE, exceeded capacity. We will expand the program in 2016. It has been well-documented that the profession which many of our alumni have chosen is at a critical juncture. Teacher shortages are appearing across the nation and fewer young people are pursuing education as a career. The College of Education at Purdue is committed to taking a leading role to reverse these dangerous trends and change the culture of education. We will continue to prepare teachers who are informed in best practice. We will continue to conduct the research that develops the pathways that will help all students learn. We will continue our conversations at the statehouse and with think tanks to shape policy and legislation that is truly good for schools and children. I welcome your input as we respond to these challenges, which also present opportunities for Purdue’s College of Education to show leadership on campus, around the state and across the country. Hail Purdue!

Maryann Santos de Barona Dean, College of Education Purdue University

Dean to Co-Chair State Blue Ribbon Commission Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, has formed a Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators. The commission consists of educators, key stakeholders and legislators throughout Indiana. It will develop strategies to help recruit and retain excellent educators throughout the state. Dean Maryann Santos de Barona will cochair the commission with Superintendent Ritz. Upon accepting the appointment, Santos de Barona said, “As the education dean at Indiana’s land grant institution, I feel a strong obligation to serve and work to find constructive solutions that can help Indiana schools recruit and retain excellent teachers.” Indiana has seen a significant decline in the number of individuals receiving initial teacher licenses in recent years. Specifically, there has been an 18 percent drop in the number of initial teacher licenses issued over the last five years. Schools of education also have reported significantly declining enrollments in recent years. The commission will work to shape the legislative agenda for the Department of Education for the upcoming legislative agenda.


College Welcomes New Teachers with First-Ever Pinning Ceremony The College of Education held its first-ever Teacher Pinning Ceremony in May to welcome new educators into the teaching profession. Faculty presented candidates with a Purdue teacher education pin to signify their association with the university and their affiliation with the teaching profession. More than 400 students and family members attended the event. Teresa Taber Doughty, associate dean for learning in the College of Education, said, “For our graduates, this event marked the culmination of many years of planning and preparation to become a teacher. As our graduates set forth to make a positive impact in education and in the lives of their students, this event allowed us to send them off with an experience that made them even more proud of choosing to become a teacher. We created the ceremony as a way to highlight our students’ successful completion of the program, and also to shine a light on the noble profession of teaching.” Kathy Nimmer, a Harrison High School English teacher and Purdue alumna, addressed the Class of 2015 teacher education candidates. Nimmer is the 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. “Kathy Nimmer represents all that is good about high-quality teachers. She is inspirational,” said Maryann Santos de Barona, dean of the College of Education. “We were delighted to have her speak to this new group of professionals as they began their teaching careers.”


TEACHER’S CREED I am dedicated to ensuring that every child I teach receives a quality education. I will create a learning environment that encourages academic, social and emotional achievement. I will hold high expectations for all students and myself. I will serve as a model who guides and honors my students. I will respect the hard-won gains of those educators in whose steps I walk and gladly share the very best practices with those who follow. I am a teacher. I change the world one student at a time. (Recited at the pinning ceremony in May)

Matt Brodhead Gives Voice and Choice to Children with Autism Imagine if you had no way to communicate your wants and needs — either verbally or non-verbally. It could get really frustrating to have no way to voice your preferences, and you might end up acting out in one way or another to make your needs known. That’s what it can be like for some children with autism, says Matt Brodhead, an assistant professor of special education in the College of Education. Brodhead strives to better understand children with autism through his research partnership with Cornerstone Autism Center, a clinic in Purdue’s Research Park in West Lafayette. The Cornerstone Autism Center provides one-on-one applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy services to children through the Indiana Autism Spectrum Disorder Insurance Mandate. The center, which opened in 2011, currently serves 42 children but recently expanded to take on an additional 15 to 20 children. Children arrive at the center at a variety of levels on the autism spectrum and receive individual programming based on their needs. Some are completely nonverbal, have very limited diets, or dislike being around other people. Others might have trouble following directions at school or maintaining peer relationships. Brodhead conducts systematic preference assessments to find out what motivates children. They can choose

from physical activities, like jumping on a trampoline or playing a game, or independent activities, like playing with an iPad or a particular toy. “My research empowers the children to be able to make choices and give voice to their preferences,” Brodhead says. “When you have a deficit in communication, it can sometimes make it more likely that you might do inappropriate things to have your wants and needs met. But my research allows the children to make independent decisions about what they want.” Brodhead joined the College of Education faculty in 2014 after receiving his Ph.D. from Utah State University. He recently won a Clifford B. Kinley Trust grant to conduct research on improving communication between children with autism and their distant family members. He also received seed funding this year through the college’s Launch the Future grant competition.

“My research empowers children to be able to make choices and give voice to their preferences.” Matt Brodhead Assistant Professor of Special Education

Together with Maggie O’Haire, assistant professor of animal-human interaction in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Brodhead is conducting

research on preferences for animalassisted interventions for children with autism to determine whether children will respond better to working with a preferred animal. Using animals from Lafayette’s Columbian Park Zoo, they are studying the difference that working with a preferred animal brings. Animals in the study run the gamut from a cat to a hedgehog to a bearded dragon. Brodhead says, “Sometimes you can ask children with autism what they like and they’ll tell you, but the population that I work with doesn’t always have the skills to be able do that – to say, ‘I like this a lot, but I don’t like this as much.’ Preference assessments rank things relative to one another so that a child can tell you, ‘I prefer playing on a swing much more than I prefer playing video games.’ When kids are motivated to work for things that they actually enjoy, we’re going to see much more positive learning outcomes. This research means that we’re able to provide high-quality rewards for children who engage in positive behavior.” “My research partnership with Cornerstone is really exciting because it is mutually beneficial,” he says. “They provide me with research opportunities, and Cornerstone benefits from learning new things from my research that they can implement very quickly with the children, instead of waiting until the research is published and disseminated, and implementing it then. I’m not sure what I would do without them.”


STUDENT EXPERIENCES IN OTHER COUNTRIES International Student Teaching Program Debuts in Honduras The College of Education has recently developed an exciting new opportunity for students to fulfill part of their student teaching requirement abroad. After doing 10 weeks of student teaching in the United States, students can travel to Honduras to teach for six weeks at Del Campo International School in Tegucigalpa. “This program will allow students to immerse themselves in a new culture and compare educational systems,” said Dorothy Reed, assistant dean Dorothy A. Reed, for engagement. Assistant Dean for Engagement The experience is currently open to students in the following teacher education programs: biology, chemistry, earth/space science, English, math and physics. Jennifer Barce,

senior coordinator of the Office of Field Experiences, is working to make the opportunity available to everyone.

“My six weeks in Honduras will be unlike anything I have ever done before. I am looking forward to experiencing new things and being immersed in the culture. I am both very excited and a little nervous.” Kaitlin O’Leary

Kaitlin O’Leary, a senior studying biology education and ecology, evolution and environmental biology, is one of the first students to participate in student teaching abroad. “I was always interested in studying abroad, but because of my double major, I had trouble fitting it into my schedule. I’m thankful to the faculty and staff from the College of Education for setting up the program so that I may have this experience,” she said. “My six weeks in Honduras will be unlike anything I have ever done before,”

O’Leary said. “I am looking forward to experiencing new things and being immersed in the culture. I am both very excited and a little nervous.” Joe Kellenberger, a senior in physics education, is also doing his student teaching in Honduras. Kellenberger said, “This program sounded like an excellent opportunity to get off campus for a while to experience more of the world.” He and O’Leary took a course to prepare them for the experience. “The pre-departure course really opened my eyes to Honduras as a whole,” he said. “Since we didn’t just focus on education issues during the class, I was able to get a sense of the political struggles and social identities of the people in Honduras.” Kellenberger hopes to learn more about the differences in education in Honduras and the United States. “I’m curious about how things like national standards and course expectations compare,” he said. “I also look forward to interacting with the people there and learning more about how their lives differ from ours here in the United States.”

Brady Severs Experiences Student Teaching in Germany Brady Severs, a 2015 College of Education graduate, did his student teaching this spring on a U.S. Air Force Base in Rammstein, Germany, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense. Here’s what he told us about his trip:

On living on a military base: “One thing that struck me about teaching on a military base was the high level of parental support,” Brady said. “Since the kids are from military families, they’re pretty well-disciplined. But, if there isn’t good parental support, the principal talks to the base commander, and the base commander talks to the parent.”

On his favorite experience abroad:


“I loved visiting Croatia. We flew in to Dubrovnik, where they film all the scenes from King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. We got a tour of the city with someone who was an extra in the show and found out insider facts. We also saw an old palace and drove to a national park.”

Why students should study abroad: “When you’re young, you’ve got to seize these opportunities. When we’re older, we won’t be able to take advantage of traveling every weekend and getting to experience all these different cultures and people. I think it’s something that everyone who is able needs to take advantage of. Be flexible and open to the opportunity.”

Advice for international travel: “Be friendly, because you’re representing your country. No matter where you go in the world, people are people. You see that time and time again when you’re in Turkey and you see a little kid running around in a store. If you treat people like people, it reflects well on you and your country.”

Life after study abroad: Brady is now teaching seventh and eighth grade language arts at Chesterton Middle School in Chesterton, Ind.

Brady Severs (BA ‘15) completed his student teaching on a U.S. Air Force Base in Rammstein, Germany.

College of Education Helps Students in K-12 Partner School Call International Space Station When Purdue alumna Cassandra Knolinski (BA ’90) learned that students could talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), she was determined to make that happen for her class. In late August, the College of Education helped make Knolinski’s dream come true. After Knolinski’s classroom was one of twelve groups selected nationally to call the space station, the college provided a grant to help purchase the necessary equipment. Knolinski’s school, Maconaquah Elementary, is one of the College of Education’s 22 strategic partner schools throughout Indiana. On August 27, hundreds of Maconaquah Elementary students gathered in the auditorium at Maconaquah High School to speak to astronaut Kimiya Yui, who was aboard the ISS. After the call, third grade student Rebekah Walsh jumped around on stage, talking excitedly about how her school was “beyond lucky” to be chosen for the experience.

Students from Maconaquah Elementary School in Bunker Hill, Ind., wait in the Maconaquah High School auditorium to speak with an astronaut on the International Space Station. Maconaquah was one of 12 schools selected nationally to speak to the ISS. Each student who asked the astronaut a question received a copy of Becoming a Spacewalker, the tale of how Jerry Ross, a farm boy from Indiana, became an astronaut who walked in space nine times (see below). “We were thrilled to help provide this real-world STEM experience for the

students of Maconaquah,” said Carla Johnson, associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships in the College of Education. After the call to the ISS, the ham radios purchased with the grant will be used to start a ham radio club at Maconaquah High School.

College Marks 25th Anniversary with Book Giveaway for Teachers The College of Education celebrated its 25th anniversary and Purdue’s Day of Giving by distributing more than 3,000 copies of Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars to Indiana teachers. The development of the book, the free online resources and the initial printing were paid for by private support from the members of the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council. Online educational resources, which have both a STEM and a literacy track, are available at At left: Susan Gunderson, co-author of the book and College of Education faculty member, Maryann Santos de Barona, dean of the College of Education, and Denny Cahill, executive director of the Wabash Valley Education Center, kick off the Spacewalker book tour in front of the West Lafayette School Corporation Observatory.

Purdue Alumna Wins Presidential Award Melissa Colonis (BA ’89, PhD ’11) was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Honorees receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. Colonis teaches at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind., and is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She and the other winners were honored at a ceremony at the White House in August. As she told the Journal and Courier, what matters most to Colonis is getting her students excited about math. She says, “Sometimes people think it’s a badge of honor that they were terrible at math. I push really hard to say, ‘Hey, math opens doors.’” She believes that her success as a teacher is due to the strong relationships she builds with her students. “A lot of people are turned off by mathematics, or tend to struggle, so I really try to make it painless,” she says. “I love going to work every day.”

Melissa Colonis is featured between USS Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and France A. Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation and former Purdue president.



We are proud to introduce our Distinguished Alumni for 2015. This biennial award is given to our alumni who make us most proud. These pioneers in their field carry the flag for the College of Education. We will present the awards at a recognition reception on October 30.

Dorothy Lawshe

Marsha Link

Sidney Moon

Daniel Stufflebeam

Ed.S. ‘82

M.S. ‘72

M.S. ‘87, Ph.D. ‘91

M.S. ‘62, Ph.D. ‘65

Dorothy Lawshe spent nearly 50 years in education, half of that as a tireless advocate for gifted children. Her work helped thousands of highability youth in Indiana and Michigan, especially those from underserved populations.

Marsha Link is an innovative, dynamic change agent who believes in the empowerment of lifelong learning. She is the founder and principal of Link Consulting Group, specializing in executive coaching, leadership development and organizational effectiveness.

Sidney Moon is professor emerita of gifted, creative and talented studies in Purdue University’s College of Education. During her 30-year career in the college, she served as associate dean for learning and engagement and as director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI).

Daniel L. Stufflebeam is an icon whose work has played a major role in shaping educational evaluation. A thought leader in the assessment field, Dan retired from Western Michigan University as a distinguished university professor and McKee Professor of Education.

As a graduate student at Purdue, Dorothy helped develop the now-renowned Super Saturday enrichment program. Marcia Gentry, director of Purdue’s Gifted Education Resource Institute, said, “Her work at Purdue under John Feldhusen laid a foundation for her service to the field for years to come. She was the founding director of Michigan State University’s Office of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). Dorothy’s efforts on behalf of gifted children are far-reaching. She has always advocated for developing talents among children from underserved populations.”

Her work has focused on the professional development and advancement of women in the healthcare industry, specifically in ophthalmology. Marsha is currently president of Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL), a non-profit group committed to the belief that diverse leadership results in better outcomes. She is the former chair of the board of trustees of Manchester University, where she is now an honorary trustee.

Sidney is a prolific scholar whose work continues to benefit gifted persons around the world today. In 2013, the National Association for Gifted Children recognized Sidney’s achievements and dedication with the Distinguished Service Award.

Jan Hansen, president and CEO of Educate Tanzania, said, “Sidney is a one-of-akind thought leader in gifted Professor Emeritus Richard education whose important Nelson said, “Marsha shows work has helped ensure that exceptional capability in gifted students are seen and An endowed fund at MSU named understanding and using best that their needs are addressed for Dorothy continues her practices in counseling, as well in compelling and meaningful mission to provide children as responding to the unique ways. Her deliberate and from disadvantaged needs of her clients. She has unceasing loyalty and backgrounds with access to adapted those practices in ways commitment to the field is easy talent development programs. that suit her personality.” to spot and difficult to match.”


He founded the Evaluation Center at The Ohio State University in 1965 and relocated it to WMU in 1973. His Context, Input, Process and Product (CIPP) Evaluation Model was one of the first models used for program evaluation and is still in use today. He directed the development of more than 100 standardized achievement tests, including the GED. Richard Frisbie, director of strategic assessment in the college, said, “Dan offered a framework and context for how to view a values-based world with a balance of objectivity and compassion. When the first question becomes, ‘What’s important?,’ the rest of any disciplined inquiry approach falls into place.”

FACULTY MEMBERS PUBLISH BOOKS We Get It: Voices of Grieving STEM Road Map: A Framework College Students and Young Adults for Integrated STEM Education Heather Servaty-Seib, professor of counseling psychology, has co-authored We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults with colleague David Fajgenbaum. A collection of 33 narratives by bereaved young adults, the book aims to help college students who are grieving and to provide guidance for people who seek to support them, including parents and non-bereaved peers, counseling center clinicians, faculty members and residential life employees. “If you take a group of college students and ask them if they have faced a significant death loss in the last two years, 40 percent will say yes,” said Servaty-Seib. “Yet, often, people don’t think about college students having to face significant life challenges like a death loss. College has such a positive, fun kind of focus, and because of that, when a student faces a truly challenging life experience, it’s hard for them to find support.” Servaty-Seib has dedicated the majority of her academic and clinical efforts to supporting, encouraging and empowering young people in their grief “If you take a group of journeys. Having always college students and ask wanted to assemble a them if they have faced resource for grieving college a significant death loss students, she realized that in the last two years, 40 what they needed most was percent will say yes.” to hear stories from their peers. The book is available Professor Heather Servaty-Seib at

The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education Wayne Wright, the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language, is the co-editor of the recently published Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education. More than 70 scholars contributed to the book, which includes Wayne’s introduction and a chapter he co-authored (“Striving for Education for All Through Bilingual Education in Cambodia”). The book is the first comprehensive reference work to address the policies, practices and educational theories related to the field of bilingual and multilingual education in a truly international way. The book covers language and education issues in diverse regional contexts and offers perspective on the needs of specific learner populations.

A new book provides K-12 educators a powerful resource for integrating STEM curricula into the classroom. STEM Road Map: A Framework for Integrated STEM Education is co-edited by Carla Johnson, the College of Education’s associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships. “Putting this book in teachers’ hands means that all students can experience STEM curriculum,” said Johnson. The book is the first resource to offer an integrated STEM curricula, encompassing the entire K-12 spectrum. It maps out the Common Core standards in mathematics and English/language arts, the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. It is a coordinated, integrated, STEM education curriculum map. This book is the first phase in a three-phase project. Future phases include writing and distributing all of the curriculum outlined in the book and piloting “Putting this book in face-to-face STEM teachers’ hands means that professional development all students can experience training. Johnson and STEM curriculum.” her team plan to develop Carla Johnson online professional Associate Dean for Research, development to help Engagement and Global Partnerships educators understand how to teach each module. The STEM Road Map places the power into educators’ hands to implement integrated STEM learning within their classrooms without the need for extensive resources.

Associate Dean Responsibilities Reorganized In February, associate dean Jim Lehman was selected as the new Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of the Discovery Learning Research Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park. In light of Lehman’s new role, the college’s associate deanships were restructured. Carla C. Johnson has been named associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships. Teresa TaberDoughty, who continues to serve as associate dean for learning, has taken on a new role overseeing graduate studies. Lehman continues to serve as associate dean for faculty development.

Jim Lehman

Teresa Taber-Doughty

Carla C. Johnson


Melanie Kuhn Named Jean Adamson Stanley Professor of Literacy Melanie Kuhn recently joined the College of Education as the Jean Adamson Stanley Professor of Literacy. Her primary focus is on research designed to close the achievement gap between struggling readers and their more successful peers. She examines the relationship between reading fluency, vocabulary and conceptual knowledge, and comprehension of text. “When I first read about the Stanley Chair, I was inspired by the principles that underlie the position: a belief in the importance of reading as fundamental to learner success and the recognition that a strong educational system can assist in solving many of society’s problems,” Kuhn said. “By helping students become skilled, fluent readers, we are providing them with the tools they need to experience success not only in school, but also in life. My goal is to continue to undertake research that will allow a greater proportion of our population to embark on such journeys and, in turn, contribute to the continued success of our communities — and our country — throughout the 21st century.” Susan (BA ’70) and Ronald Dollens created the Jean Adamson Stanley Chair in Literacy in 2005 in honor of Susan’s mother, a former teacher. The position was previously held by Maribeth Schmitt, who retired in 2013. The College of Education currently has five endowed chairs, all of which are filled. In addition to Kuhn, our faculty members who hold named professorships include: • Wayne Wright, Barbara I. Cook Professor of Literacy and Language • Ming Chiu, Charles R. Hicks Professor of Educational Psychology • Alberto Rodriguez, Mary Endres Professor in Elementary Education • Phil Vanfossen, James F. Ackerman Professor in Social Studies Education

Ankerberg Hired as Director of Advancement Chrissie Ankerberg has joined the College of Education as the director of advancement. Previously, Chrissie was the director of development for WBAA Public Radio. She has a degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Richmond. Prior to coming to Purdue, Chrissie was director of communications and corporate relations at Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that works with New York City’s homeless population, and senior account executive at Abernathy MacGregor, a leading public relations firm. “I am so excited to be part of such a talented and passionate team in the College of Education,” Chrissie said. “I’m looking forward to working with the many supporters who make it possible for the college to advance its mission to launch the next generation of educators and thought leaders.” Chrissie replaces Jennifer Jeffries, who now serves as the college’s senior director of strategic communications and programs.


Olenchak to Lead Department of Educational Studies

Rick Olenchak has joined the Purdue University faculty as head of the Department of Educational Studies. He comes to Purdue from the University of Houston. During his tenure there, he was director of the Urban Talent Research Institute, associate provost and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. Rick is a former president of the National Association for Gifted Children.

The Importance of Discovery Rick believes in developing the talents and passions of young people. “Learning can’t just be about facts and rote memorization,” he says. “What’s critical is the spirit of discovery. You have to allow students the freedom to fully explore different subjects and land in an area that truly interests them – one where they can be fully engaged and develop a meaningful career. Discovery is really important, and Purdue is a place that promotes that.”

Why He Chose Purdue Rick says, “Having taught and served as a school principal in public schools, along with having served on faculty and in administration at two universities before coming to West Lafayette, I have long been well aware of the reputation of Purdue and its many forerunning accomplishments. As one who not only values creativity and innovation in a diverse academic climate, but who sees these traits as necessities, Purdue seemed like a perfect match for my interests and abilities. Once I was on campus during my interviews for the department head’s position, I recognized quickly that Purdue was the optimal place for me. It is an atmosphere of collegiality, collaboration and cooperation energized by a pervasive spirit of ‘one brick higher.’”


Heather Servaty-Seib

Associate Professor Educational Psychology

Professor Counseling Psychology

Nathan Mentzer

Sunnie Watson

Associate Professor Engineering/Technology Education

Clinical Associate Professor Learning Design & Technology


Most Outstanding Research Award, Autism Society National Conference This award is presented to an individual or organization that has provided the autism community with meaningful progress and advancement in the field of applied research. TechPoint Education Tech Award Presented to SPEAK MODalities, the company that Wendt co-founded, this award honors the best of educational technology in Indiana.

Mike Yough 2015 Exceptional Early Career Award The Exceptional Early Career Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching among Purdue’s early career, tenure-track faculty.

Carla Johnson Christian J. Foster Award Named after the former first gentleman of Purdue, this award recognizes a faculty member who has made transformational contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in Indiana’s K-12 schools.

Matt Brodhead Clifford B. Kinley Trust Award The Clifford B. Kinley Trust funds research that uses a social science perspective to explore methods for improving the human condition. Teaching for Tomorrow Award Purdue’s Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Awards Program fosters the continued excellence of teaching and learning on the Purdue campus.

Amy Gaesser Harvey Baker Research Award Presented at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology International Conference, this award recognizes outstanding research supporting the field of energy psychology.

Minjung Ryu Teaching for Tomorrow Award The Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Awards Program facilitates the development of the teaching potential of our faculty.


We’re proud to welcome and congratulate these talented faculty members. Some are new to Purdue, and some were appointed this fall to new positions within the College of Education.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES Blake Allan Assistant Professor Counseling Psychology Hannah Bowers Assistant Professor School Counseling Eric Green Associate Professor School Counseling Kharon Grimmet Clinical Assistant Professor Special Education Nielsen Pereira Assistant Professor Gifted Education Mandy Rispoli Associate Professor Special Education Denise Whitford Assistant Professor Special Education

DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION Judy Lewandowski Clinical Associate Professor Learning Design & Technology Muhsin Menekse Assistant Professor Engineering Education Trish Morita-Mullaney Assistant Professor English Language Learning Sanjay Rebello Professor Physics Education Hui-Hui Wang Assistant Professor Agricultural Education Sunnie Watson Assistant Professor Learning Design & Technology Carol Werhan Clinical Assistant Professor Family & Consumer Sciences


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Summer isn’t all about rest and relaxation. It’s for learning, too. The college hosted many camps this summer, including the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, which brought top high school scholars from across the United States and Europe to Purdue in order to build relations among future leaders; EXCITE!, a five-day residential camp designed to encourage and inspire participants to discover teaching as a career; and the Gifted Education Resource Institute’s 38th annual summer residential program.

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