News and Events
The College of Education loses a friend and colleague
Dr. Valerie Cook-Morales, passed away after a brief illness. Dr. Cook-Morales, chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP), was a respected teacher and scholar, social justice advocate, and leader in her field. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, as well as the thousands who have been touched by her work and passion. Dr. Nola Butler-Byrd, Associate Professor, has agreed to provide leadership as acting chair for the CSP department.
Dr. J. Luke Wood’s busy first year with the COE
Dr. J. Luke Wood, Assistant Professor in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) has been busy. Not only has he recently been named co-editor of the Journal of African American Males in Education, his recent research on factors influencing student perspectives on the effect of employment on academic success among African American males has been published in National Association of Student Affairs Professional Journal.
Dr. Wood received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from CSU Sacramento. He is an educational researcher focusing on community colleges, ethical leadership, decision-making, and Black male success. Wood's work on ethics examines how ethical paradigms (particularly the ethic of local community) can guide leaders' consideration of alternative courses of action in decision-making processes. His research on Black males centers on student success, broadly defined (including engagement, persistence, remediation, achievement, transfer).
This article investigates factors influencing student perspectives on the effect of employment on academic success among African American males in public two-year colleges. Data derived from the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study from employed students were analyzed. This study used a dichotomous dependent outcome where students reported that employment either had a 'negative effect' or 'positive effect' on their academic success. Using logistic regression, three nested models were analyzed which examined the relationship between the dichotomous outcome and background factors, a job's affect on school, and students' reasons for working. Findings illustrated that students who believed that their employment aided them in their coursework, provided them with work experience, and did not limit the number of courses they could take were more likely to believe that work had a 'positive effect' on their academic success. Further, students who worked to pay their educational expenses were more likely to believe that employment had a 'negative effect' on their academic success. Implications for policy, practice, and further research are explored.
Wood, J. L., Hilton, A. A., & Lewis, C. (2011). Black male collegians in public two-year colleges: Student perspectives on the effect of employment on academic success. National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Journal, 14(1), 97-110.
Neal Fogelhut’s new title: Retiree
Many of us were sorry to see College technical support engineer Neal Fogelhut retire after nearly 30 years of service, initially to the EDTEC department and, more recently, to the entire College maintaining our Smart Classrooms and overseeing the Faculty/Staff Help Desk.
"As a youngster I enjoyed playing with gadgets, taking things apart, and putting it all together to see if it still worked. My father did not appreciate it when it did not work."
Neal earned his masters degree here at SDSU in Curriculum and Design, and he taught in the community college system for several years.
He started with EDTEC in 1983, maintaining and repairing cameras, projectors (film and slide), tape-slide systems, video, and photographic processing equipment (did you know there used to be a fully equipped darkroom in North Education?). He managed the Instructional Media Lab and worked with students as well as faculty and staff.
He adapted to big changes as computers came into our academic lives and eventually transplanted or merged with photography, audio recording, film, and video.
In retirement, he's enjoying more time with his wife Lynn and two sons, Max and Benny, both now in college. He plans to do more sailing, cycling, and traveling with his family.
Neal, we're very grateful for your many years of faithful service to the faculty and staff and students in EDTEC and in the COE. We wish you a long, happy, healthy new life ahead!
Dr. Jason Naranjo helps San Diego Unified identify areas of needed improvement in helping teens with disabilities after high school
On November 10, 2011 COE Special Education Faculty member Dr. Jason Naranjo presented at the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).
During his presentation, “An Examination of Transition Planning and Services for Secondary Students in Special Education in the San Diego Unified School District," Dr. Naranjo spoke about his research on the importance and necessity of making sure that the transition plans from High School to Adulthood for students with disabilities are up to federal requirements. Unfortunately, after analyzing hundreds of plans in the SDUSD, many of these plans are not there yet.
For a more detailed overview of Dr. Naranjo’s presentation, check out this voiceofsandiego.org article: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/education/schooled/article_37d088ba-0cb1-11e1-9b92-001cc4c03286.html
Dr. Douglas Fisher Elected to Board of Directors for International Reading Association
Dr. Douglas Fisher, College of Education Faculty Member, was elected to the board of directors for the International Reading Association for a three-year term, 2012-2015.
Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.
Faculty Meet with Dr. Jill Biden at a Roundtable on Building Capacity in Military Schools
Dr. Joey Nuñez Estrada Jr., Dr. Colette Ingraham, and Dr. Trish Hatch met with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to discuss the positive impact of the Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools project.
This partnership between eight military-connected school districts and the USC School of Social Work, is a four-year $7.5 million project funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity. Dr. Estrada, assistant professor in the School Counseling Program, brought this opportunity for specialized training and supervision for our CSP students to San Diego State University. SDSUgraduate students in School Counseling, School Psychology, and Social Work serve as interns on the project in local area military-connected schools.
The goal is to raise awareness among educators about the needs of military children and to improve the climate of civilian schools. Graduate students provide counseling and other services to assist in welcoming and supporting military children and parents during the frequent transitions these families face. The Building Capacityproject is creating sustainable and replicable infrastructures for data-driven models of responsive and supportive military-connected schools. To learn more visit http://buildingcapacity.usc.edu/.
Last Modified 03/13/12 04:57