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Ranked Among the Best Education Programs in the Country

18 Faculty Members Celebrated for Authoring Scholarly Work

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Top 100 Education Schools

In the past two years, 18 full-time and adjunct SOEHHS faculty members have published 17 books and 14 book chapters in their related fields. Last semester, a reception was held to celebrate these accomplishments. Long Island educators are welcome to join this annual event each March in the lobby of Hagedorn Hall, South Campus. Please visit in February 2010 for details about our the next reception!

Hofstra’s School of Education, Health and Human Services is one of the top 100 graduate schools of education in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings. “The School of Education, Health and Human Services is proud to be included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of Education,” said Dr. David Foulk, dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Services. “Our rise in rankings validates the work of a dedicated faculty, the recruitment of top-notch students, and the support of top administrators and alumni.” Graduate programs at 278 schools granting doctoral degrees in education were surveyed in fall 2008 and early 2009. Of those schools, 238 provided the data needed to calculate rankings based on a weighted average, including quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity, overall rank and specialty rankings. These rankings allow people to narrow their search for a top-ranked school by location, tuition, school size and test scores.


To view a complete list of the top 100 schools, visit Hofstra ties at 96 with Iowa State University, Loyola UniversityChicago, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Mississippi, University of San Diego and Washington State.

FALL 2009

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program......2 IDEAS Welcomes New Director.................................3 From Holliswood to Hofstra.........................................3 IDEAS Events, 2009-2010...........................................4 Fall 2009 Conferences and Workshops................6 SOEHHS Study Abroad Programs...........................7 SOEHHS Slogan................................................................8

Seated (L to R): Tatiana Gordon, C&T; Andrea Garcia, Literacy Studies; Sage Rose, CRSR; Andrea Perkins, CRSR; Laurie Johnson, CRSR; Janice Koch, C&T (retired) Standing (L to R): Dean David Foulk; Jamie Mitus, CRSR; Alan Flurkey, Literacy Studies; Doris Fromberg, C&T; Alan Singer, C&T; Monica Byrne-Jimenez, FLPS; Maureen Miletta, C&T (Retired); George Giuliani, CRSR; Judith Kaufman, C&T PAGE 1

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Funds 16 Undergraduate Mathematics Majors Committed to Teaching on Long Island Hofstra Professors Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Establish Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Principal investigator Dr. Blidi S. Stemn of the School of Education, Health and Human Services (SOEHHS) and co-principal investigator Dr. Behailu Mammo of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS) have been awarded $898,976 from the National Science Foundation, for the the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, a fouryear research project for mathematics teaching at Hofstra University. In collaboration with the Westbury, Uniondale, Roosevelt and Brentwood School Districts on Long Island, the professors will recruit, prepare and retain 16 undergraduate mathematics students. Each student will receive $20,000 per year when they enroll in the secondary mathematics teaching program at Hofstra. Upon graduation, the scholarship recipients will be required to teach in a high-needs middle or high school for two years for each year they are funded by the scholarship. “My colleague and I are excited to hear that the National Science Foundation has funded the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at Hofstra,” said Dr. Stemn. “This productive partnership between the SOEHHS and HCLAS and the school districts will be beneficial to all involved.”

Professor Blidi Stemn

Robert Noyce, nicknamed “the Mayor of Silicon Valley,” is the co-founder of Intel and is also credited with the invention of the microchip. To learn about the application process for this scholarship, contact Dr. Stemn at For more about the Noyce Scholarship, visit jsp?pims_id=5733.

L to R: Dean David Foulk, Professor Blidi Stemn and Professor Behailu Mammo



IDEAS Welcomes New Director As the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) enthusiastically begins its 2009/2010 lineup of lectures, workshops and special events, it bids a fond farewell to its founding director, Professor Emerita Janice Koch. Dr. Koch began IDEAS in 2004 with the able assistance of Eloise Gmur. Together, they created an institute that provides diverse venues for learning about cutting-edge issues in science and technology. This year, traditions continue as we investigate new perspectives on providing science learning opportunities to the general public and science teachers. The 2009/2010 program offers a Science Teacher Day at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Saturday workshops, a trip to the Galapagos Islands, and its signature series of Thursday lectures by researchers and scientists. The School of Education, Health and Human Services announces the new director of IDEAS, Dr. Jacqueline Grennon Brooks. Dr. Grennon Brooks has taught at Hofstra for five years in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, where she has co-directed the Master of Arts in Mathematics, Science and Technology Elementary Education program. This year, she assumes responsibility for the Secondary Science Education program, along with the IDEAS directorship. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Dr. Grennon Brooks was the founding director of Stony Brook University’s Biotechnology Teaching Laboratory, a lab dedicated to helping the general public understand the world of DNA forensics and offering

regional high school students opportunities to engage in state-of-the-art experimentation. She also created Discover Lab, an interactive learning center for teachers and students of all ages designed to model constructivist teaching approaches. Discover Lab was featured as an exemplary program for middle school science teaching and learning by the National Science Teachers Association. Last year, IDEAS forged a collaboration with the Hofstra Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) as it hosted a lecture as part of the chapter’s induction ceremony. This year, we continue that tradition. PDK, a dedicated advocate for the public schools, publishes Phi Delta Kappan, the most cited education journal in the United States, and sponsors the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Today, as it has for the past century, PDK strives to prepare the next generation of educators as well as to serve practicing teachers, administrators, college educators, and those concerned about public education through a wide range of innovative initiatives based on leadership, research and service. PDK welcomes new alumni and current students to join the Hofstra chapter of this prestigious 103-year-old association. Please visit for details on how to become a new member of Hofstra Chapter #181, and join us this fall for the IDEAS lecture series.

From Holliswood to Hofstra On May 5, 2009, more than 100 students and their families gathered at Hagedorn Hall to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of art work produced by K-8 students from P.S. 178 in Holliswood, Queens. This exhibit was brought to the SOEHHS by Marisa Guglietta, an art teacher from P.S. 178 and alumna of Hofstra. Mrs. Guglietta received a B.S. in art education and an M.S. in art therapy from Hofstra. The exhibit was supported by P.S. 178 Principal Jennifer Ambert, Assistant Principal John Klocek and Parent-Teacher Coordinator Phyllis Corley. After welcoming the attendees, Professor Susan Goetz Zwirn, director of Hofstra’s Art Education program, thanked THE EDUCATOR

students for their creative work and parents who supported their children’s artistic efforts by attending the opening at the end of a rainy work day. Two eighth grade students made presentations about the creative and supportive L to R: Professor Susan Goetz Zwirn and Marisa Guglietta environment of Mrs. Guglietta’s art classes and what art means to them. The children toured Hagedorn Hall, discussing their paintings with their peers and family members. Parents shared with Professor Susan Zwirn that their children were very excited to have a “real exhibit” and could barely sleep for days. PAGE 3

IDEAS Events, 2009-2010 The Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS), based within the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofstra University, has been assembled to provide a focus on cutting-edge issues in science and technology for the general public, local public and private school teachers and administrators, and college educators. IDEAS seeks to create public visibility and enhanced understanding of advances in science and technology. Items shown in black are lectures, which are free and open to the public. Items shown in blue are workshops, which require registration and fees.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 4Teachers of Science (K-12) Professional Development Day at the Cradle of Aviation Museum

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Jacqueline Grennon-Brooks, Hofstra University

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 4The World Trade Center Site: New Perspectives on New York City Geology 7:30-9 p.m. Presenter: Charles Merguerian, Hofstra University

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 4The Apollo Moon Landings: Learning About Critical Judgment and Explaining Scientific Evidence 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Presenter: Stephen Lawrence, Hofstra University

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 4Making Sense of Minerals, Rocks and Fossils 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Presenter: J Bret Bennington, Hofstra University

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, FEBRUARY 6, MARCH 6 and 20 4Reflecting on Your Practice: Examining Your Classroom 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Presenter: Elena Jurasaite-Harbison, Hofstra University



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 4Second Annual “Science of Business on Long Island” Lecture: The Art and Science of Making Wine: A Long Island Perspective 7:30-9 p.m. Presenter: Richard Olsen-Harbich, Rafael Vineyards, Peconic, New York

THURSDAY, MARCH 4 4Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist Film Screening and Discussion With the Filmmakers 7:30-9 p.m. Carole and Richard Rifkind, filmmakers

THURSDAY, APRIL 8 4The Exploration of Mars: Recent Findings and Future Prospects 7:30-9 p.m. Presenter: Scott McLellan, Stony Brook University

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, APRIL 24 and 25 4Field Identification of Minerals and Rocks: A Local New York State Field Geology Workshop J Bret Bennington and Gail Bennington, Hofstra University

THURSDAY, APRIL 29 4The Incredibly Tiny: Can Nanotechnology Help Power the World? 7:30-9 p.m. Presenter: Charles Black, Brookhaven National Laboratory

JULY 23-AUGUST 11 4Evolutionary Ecology and Geology of the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador: A Field Trip Russell Burke and Gail Bennington, Hofstra University

Please visit for event details. For more information, please contact: Jacqueline Grennon-Brooks Director, IDEAS Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching (516) 463-5371 THE EDUCATOR

Eloise Gmur Project Coordinator, IDEAS (516) 463-5792


Fall 2009 Conferences and Workshops For registration fees and more information on these conferences/workshops, please call the Office of Professional Development Services at (516) 463-5750 or visit

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 4Tourette Syndrome Conference (free event) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurobiological disorder characterized by tics, involuntary movements and sounds that are unwelcome and unwarranted. These can interfere markedly in an individual’s life. Many methods, including use of various medications, continue to be pursued in an effort to control or reduce the effects of this disorder. This conference will present the work of a consortium of leading researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and coordinated by the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). Applying principles of cognitive behavioral psychology, the group has refined a method that helps modify involuntary tic expression toward more socially acceptable patterns. The approach has been found to be highly effective, especially when compared to the use of medications.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 4Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth 15th Annual Conference 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc. (LIGALY) provides youth, K-12 and university staff and administrators, youth counselors, and health care professionals with the opportunity to learn about the broad range of issues affecting GLBT youth.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 4Health AIDS Conference (free event) 9 a.m.-Noon Location: Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus Co-sponsored by the Nassau County HIV Commission Prevention Committee, Hofstra University has hosted the Heart BEATS Conference since 2001. Teen peer educators plan workshops on HIV and health-related issues affecting young people. Free HIV screening is available to the University community.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 4Creativity in Aging 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: 246 East Library Wing, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus The senior population in the New York metropolitan area is living longer and is more diverse than ever. Hofstra’s Gerontology Program, in partnership with the Creative Arts Therapy Program, will explore the interplay of aging, diversity and creativity. Panels will explore how communities as diverse as the Hindu, Hispanic and Korean communities bring unique paradigms and strategies to creative arts therapy for seniors. The conference will showcase artwork by older people from Parker Jewish Institute, 5 Towns Senior Center and Glen Cove Senior Center. Members of the Hofstra faculty will speak on the interplay of creativity and lifelong learning.



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 4Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum (K-8) 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Hagedorn Hall, South Campus This conference is presented in collaboration with all Long Island BOCES and is for K-8 teachers and administrators interested in the practical classroom implications of using technology, specifically interactive white board technology and Web 2.0, in all curriculum areas. Twenty-four separate workshops will be offered, including Podcasting, digital story telling, one-to-one computing and video conferencing.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 4Legal Clinic: A Survey of Educational Law Topics

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: 246 East Library Wing, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus This is a conference for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, and department chairs in K-12 schools. Presenters are from the firm of Guercio & Guercio, LLP. This year’s topics include: • Use of technology and its impact on schools, including Facebook, sex-texting and social networking, FERPA and off-site use of technology • IEP compliance Issues • Non-custodial parents • Residency requirements

The SOEHHS offers fascinating study abroad programs in Italy, Spain, France and Guatemala. The study abroad experience provides an enriching opportunity for students to immerse themselves in different cultures while continuing the progress toward their degrees. This past summer SOEHHS students studied in Sorrento, Florence, Venice and Rome, Italy, and attended conferences in Paris and Guatemala. For more information about SOEHHS study abroad programs, visit and click on the SOEHHS Study Abroad link, or call the Office of Professional Development Services at (516) 463-5750. THE EDUCATOR



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The School of Education, Health and Human Services is searching for a slogan! We are looking for a short, clever statement to include at the bottom of official communications such as e-mails, stationery and the Web site. This statement should convey the unique qualities of our school in a creative way while relating to the University’s mission. In our case, that would mean complementing Hofstra University’s general slogan, “find your edge.” Slogans should be brief, but must reflect the offerings and philosophy of the school. If you have an idea that would help us market our school, please e-mail your suggestions to and place “SOEHHS slogan” in the subject line. For inspiration, please visit The winner of our SOEHHS slogan contest will be recognized in the next issue of The Educator. All ideas will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and administrators from the SOEHHS and the Office of University Relations. Thanks for taking the time to participate! PAGE 8


The Educator - Fall 2009  

The newsletter of the School of Education, Health and Human Services

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