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HIGHERhappenings ED /// Nicole Eramo, Anne Womack, and Carolyn Livingston



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he mission of the Higher Education program encompasses an array of pursuits, including teaching, developing new knowledge and providing service to society. All of that activity emerges from a more fundamental commitment, to help our students meet their academic and professional goals. Over the years we have been pleased by the myriad and important ways in which our students apply the knowledge and training gained through participation in our program and at the University. From pre-admissions outreach through alumni development, Curry Higher Education graduates are providing expertise and leadership in nearly every aspect of many types of 2-year and 4-year universities. They can also be found in private sector educational enterprises and in a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations, here in the United States and abroad. Of course, our students are not only shaping higher education after they earn degrees. The energy and dedication that they bring with them to the Curry School and the contributions they make as interns and in student governance shape the vision and effectiveness of our program, the Curry School, and the University. In this issue of Higher Ed Happenings we are very proud to profile a few of our graduates who are building careers and making a difference in higher education. It’s truly an honor to present their stories and we look forward to more in the years to come. Nicole Eramo (M.Ed. ‘03 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) Associate Dean of Students University of Virginia

Editor: Brian Pusser Writer: Lynn Bell Higher Ed Happenings is published by the Curry School ‘s Center for the Study of Higher Education and is sponsored by the Curry School of Education Foundation.

Nicole loves the diverse portfolio encompassed by her job description—chairing the University’s Sexual Misconduct Board, supervising the Student Activities office, coordinating leadership programs, and serving as liaison to the Honor Committee. The most rewarding aspect, she says, is helping students work through some of the most difficult situations they have experienced in their young lives and

“I appreciate how the program covers all aspects of higher education. ”

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Thank You! The Curry School Foundation recognizes the generosity of the following alumni from the Higher Education program who have made donations so far in fiscal year 2013: Jill K. Boatright

Ione L. McKenzie

Patricia E. Brown

Gerald Lee Murray

Karen O. Clifford

Mona Beth Olds

Sarah L. Collie

Dennis Robert Parks

Lorri E. Cooper

Clementine S. Pollok

Dudley Jay Doane

John C. Presley

Christopher R. Foley

Kathryn M. Pumphrey

Daniel B. Friedman

Timothy R. Rose

Vincent J. Gorman

Brenda F. Roth

Tatia Daniels Granger

Barbara A. Schmertz

Lawrence A. Groves

Peter Stark, Jr.

Donald A. Hasseltine

Christian Steinmetz

Cynthia Howdyshell

Thomas C. Truesdell

Richard E. Jenkins

Edgar H. Turner II

Thomas Jennings, Jr.

Matthew J. Ulmer

Patricia M. Lampkin

Anne H. Womack

Marilyn S. Lockhart

These gifts directly benefit Curry students and the quality of their educational experiences. Your support is very much appreciated!

2013 Curry Foundation Award Recipients in Higher Education Congratulations to the following students who received awards and fellowships established by donors specifically to support students in Curry’s higher education program. Annette Gibbs Research Award Rose Marie Cole Jay L. Chronister Student Award in Higher Education

seeing them grow and learn through those struggles. “I appreciate how the [Curry] program covers all aspects of higher education—from finance to governance and management, to history, curriculum, etc.,” she says. “Having this broad understanding helps me be a better student affairs professional, as I have a strong sense of how things work and where to go or who to talk with to get things done.” Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: “The diverse ideas that I was exposed to from both the faculty and students in the program.” Anne Womack (M.Ed. Higher Ed ‘11) Executive Director Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation Mountain Brook, Ala.

After a year working at Hampden-Sydney College, Anne moved to Alabama to become the chief fundraiser for a nonprofit supporting her hometown school system. “Mountain Brook is the best public school system in the state of Alabama, and I love that I get to witness amazing teachers, administrators, students, and parents come together to form a successful educational system,” she says. “As a graduate of this school system, I am humbled daily to now try and give back to the system by raising funds to continue making this such a special place.” Anne says she has no doubt that her Curry degree is the main reason she got her first job. “My time at Curry provided practical lessons for my daily work and helped open the door for my career. “And I am still reaping the benefits. Going through the program and knowing the types of people who both taught me and studied with me has given me the confidence to take the reins of my current position and lead in a way I never imagined possible.” Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: “Higher Ed is a unique field to study,

because you’re constantly ‘in the lab.’ You are studying the composition, organization, and structure of the university as a whole while at one particular university. To me, there is no better place to do that than the University of Virginia.” Carolyn Livingston (M.Ed. ’02 Couns Ed; Ph.D. ’07 Higher Ed) Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President Emory University

Carolyn has been at Emory since 2006. In addition to supporting the senior vice president, she supervises the Office of Student Conduct and administers the student medical amnesty process. She is also liaison to the Dean of Campus Life at Oxford College. “I find it most rewarding to have the opportunity to work with colleagues who have a mutual interest in enhancing the student experience,” she says. She says her Curry higher ed degree provided the confidence and skill set she needed to pursue interesting job opportunities. “I felt significantly prepared for life at Curry because of the challenging curriculum, excellent professors, and classmates who mutually shared their professional experiences.” Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: “My internship in the President’s office. I had the opportunity to learn the business of higher education and experience the university on a macro level. I worked with a group of colleagues who helped me to understand the politics of higher education. I also had the opportunity to work under the leadership of John Casteen.” Read more: These alumni share the best career advice Curry professsors gave them in the online version of this article. You can also read about John Donnelly’s (Ph.D. ‘06) experiences. Go to

Karen Connors Clarence “Bo” Guy Odom IV Alton L. Taylor Award R. Jason Cottrell Johnnie E. Merritt Graduate Fellowship Jason Jones Jill Jones Bonnie McKee Mason Clevenger and Daniel W. and RosaLee McKee Mason Fellowship in Education W. Leondias Williams 2


Doctoral Graduates: Fall ‘12/Spring ‘13 Thomas Bowman (Ph.D.) Dissertation: Perceptions of Athletic Training Education Program Directors on their Students’ Persistence and Departure Decisions Claire Mitchell (Ph.D.) Dissertation: Making the Adjustment: A Qualitative Investigation of the Potential of Community College Developmental Summer Bridge Programs in Facilitating Student Adjustment to Four-Year Institutions Julie Innes Caruccio (Ph,D.) Dissertation: Do No Harm: Understanding Reciprocity in University-Community Partnerships

Jennings Wagoner 1938-2013

/// Dr. Wagoner, his wife Shirley, and student Ingrid Isin at the 2012 Curry Student Awards Reception. Wagoner, who died last January, rarely missed the opportunity to meet recipients of the annual scholarship named in his honor.

“In my 30 years at the Curry School, I can’t think of anyone who had as much individual impact on the culture of the school,” says Professor Emeritus Jay Chronister, a former colleague and friend of the late Jennings L. Wagoner, Jr. Wagoner, considered by many to be one of Curry’s most beloved professors, died Jan. 27 at his home in Ivy. “He was humble, trustworthy, a scholar, and a great mentor to students,” Chronister says. “He demanded quality but supported students when they struggled.” Wagoner joined the Curry School faculty in 1968 as a professor in the Social Foundations Department. When Chronister arrived a year later to set up the Center for Higher Education, the two men quickly connected. They worked closely on launching the new center and doctoral program from the basement of Peabody Hall. When Chronister stepped down as director of the Center in 1975, Wagoner became its leader for the next decade, later renaming it the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Wagoner worked to connect the school and its students with other units around Grounds, remembers Christopher Loss (M.Ed. ’00, Ph.D. ’07), Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education at Vanderbilt University. “Jennings established strong relationships with the history department and religious studies, among other Arts & Sciences departments, that really enriched his students’ intellectual lives.” Loss notes that Wagoner oversaw the higher education internship program for many years. “A whole generation of gradu-

ate students—many of whom still work at U.Va.—honed their skills as administrators in the Curry Higher Education internship program,” Loss says. During his 37-year tenure with the Curry School, Wagoner touched many lives as he directed more than 50 dissertations. “Jennings was a true mentor for many students in the higher education program,” says Bill Haarlow (Ph.D. ‘00), Director of College Admission-Relations at Northwestern University. “Students in his education courses, which were always taught in Pavilion VIII, came to understand the historical and philosophical underpinnings of their chosen field. They were also treated to dinner at his home at the conclusion of the course.” The history of education field also bears a lasting imprint left by Wagoner, according to Loss. “Jennings wrote widely on different aspects of the history of higher education, but within the field he became best known for his work on the rise of education in the South and, particularly, for his work on the educational vision of Thomas Jefferson.” Wagoner served as president of the History of Education Society, the leading arena for historians of education, and as vice president of AERA’s History and Historiography Division. His textbook, American Education: A History, co-authored with Wayne Urban, is a standard in the field, notes Haarlow.

Faculty Updates David Breneman, Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education, served this year as senior associate dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He will serve as Dean of the Fall 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea. Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas received a grant from the International Baccalaureate Organization to study the effects of high school research experiences on college readiness and achievement. Her work with the IBO led to several presentations and reports, including at the Australian Association for Research in Education in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Inkelas also keynoted an institute on developing residential colleges at the University of Macau, serves as the internal evaluator for U.Va.’s NSF ADVANCE grant, and was named to the editorial board of College Teaching. Brian Pusser presented in a presidential session titled, “Lawyers, Guns and Money” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Las, Vegas, NV. He is also co-editor, with Ana Martinez-Aleman and Estela Bensimon of the forthcoming book, Critical Research in Higher Education, from Johns Hopkins University Press. Josipa Roksa co-authored two articles published in Social Science Research, examining how inequality in parenting practices shapes children’s academic achievement. More educated mothers disproportionately engage in practices associated with higher academic achievement, and since these differences persist year after year, the effects on children’s outcomes accumulate over time. Christian Steinmetz is president of Charlottesville/UVa branch of AAUW. She recently served as an Invited panelist for “How Public Is Your Public University?” sponsored by United for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity. Justin Thompson presented at the national AERA Conference in San Francisco. The title of his presentation was “Leader Succession in Public Doctorate-Granting Universities: Academic Leaders’ Self-Assessments of Preparedness and Appeal for Presidential Duties.”

Read more about Jennings Wagoner online. There’s so much more to say! HIGHER ED HAPPENINGS • SPRING 2013




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CLASS NOTES Patricia Brown (Ed.S. ‘85) is proposal manager for Northrop Grumman in McLean, Va. Dominique Baker (M.Ed. ’12) began her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy at Vanderbilt University in fall 2012. For her doctoral work, she received the Provost’s Graduate Fellowship and is an Experimental Education Research Training (ExPERT) Fellow Anne Hughes Bishop (Ed.D. ’80) published a book, Yes and Thanks: Seeking the Spiritual World, written with John R. Scudder Jr. Abigail “Abby” Coulter (M.Ed. ’10) received the 2011 Staff Recognition Award from the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs. She is a community specialist with the WorkSource Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Dennis Gregory (M.Ed. ’76, Ed.D. ’87) is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where he has worked since 2000. His most recently published article is “Comparative Cultural Analysis of Student Disability Services: A Case Study of Universities in the United States and Hong Kong” in the Journal of the World Universities Forum with David J. Thomas. Dreama Montrief Johnson (M.Ed. ’12) has taken a position with U.Va.’s University Career Lauren Germaine (M.Ed. ’06, Ph. ’12) received the AERA-Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2013. She is currently an instructor at Syracuse University in New York.



Submit your class note at Services as the Career Counselor for Outreach since finishing her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education. Christopher P. Loss (M.Ed. ‘00 Ph.D. ‘07) published Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century, which is the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Book Award presented by AERA. Michael McCabe (Ed.D ’80) entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981. Before retiring in late 1999, he enjoyed another graduate school experience at the National Defense University and finished his Foreign Service career as the leader of several interagency delegations. He and his wife now live in rural downeast Maine. Kedrick Perry (Ed.D STDT) is academic adviser for the Suffolk University McNair Scholars Program and the PLUS Program in Boston. Josh Pretlow (Ph.D ’11) received the Journal of Developmental Education’s Outstanding Article Award (Vol. 35, 2011-2012) for a paper he coauthored with Curry assistant professor Heather Wathington. Pretlow is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. Annie Rappeport (M.Ed. ’11) works for the Institute of Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea, sponsored by U.Va. She works with international students and the Global Ambassadors Program, a young alumni volunteer group. Jacob H. Rooksby (M.Ed. ’07, Ph.D. ’12) is an assistant professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pa. His article “Sue U.” was published in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Academe.

Amy Swan (Ph.D ’11) recently published two articles in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Justin Thompson (Ph.D. ‘12) is the new director of Innovations and Outreach for the Curry School. Read more. Some submissions were abbreviated due to lack of space. You can read complete class notes online at curry.

Gene C. Crume Jr. (Ph.D. ‘00) was named the seventh school president of Judson University in Elgin, Ill. Crume’s tenure began on May 10. Before coming to Judson, Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on issues related to external relations and strategic planning. Dr. Crume spent a significant portion of his career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, where he served as the executive director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. His career also includes serving as executive vice president and assistant professor at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and president of the Indiana State University Foundation.


Higher Ed Happenings 2013  

The official alumni newsletter of the Curry School of Education's Center for the Study of Higher Education

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