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On the Move: Honors, Awards and Promotions

Faculty and Staff Promotions

Headshot of Keely Benson.

Keely Benson has been named interim associate director of the Fisher Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center.

Headshot of Julie Gorlewski.

Julie Gorlewski, in the Department of Learning and Instruction, has been promoted to professor.

Headshot of Megan Iantosca.

Megan Iantosca, in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Headshot of Raechele Pope.

Raechele Pope has been named senior associate dean for faculty and student affairs and chief diversity officer for GSE.

Headshot of Benjamin Poremski.

Benjamin Poremski has been named director of data analytics and accreditation for the Graduate School of Education.

Headshot of Scott Sabella.

Scott Sabella, in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Headshot of Luis Tosado.

Luis Tosado, in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, has been promoted to clinical associate professor.

Headshot of Jinting Wu.

Jinting Wu, in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Honors and Awards

Faculty and Staff

Headshot of Wendy Guyker.

Wendy Guyker, clinical associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, was awarded the 2021 GSE Faculty S.T.A.R. Award for Service.

Headshot of Heidi Julien.

Heidi Julien, professor in the Department of Information Science, has been awarded the 2021 Service to the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award and was also awarded the 2021 GSE Faculty S.T.A.R. Award for Research.

Headshot of Tiffany Karalis Noel.

Tiffany Karalis Noel, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction was awarded the 2021 GSE Faculty S.T.A.R. Award for Teaching.

Headshot of Mary McVee.

Mary McVee, professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction was awarded the 2021 GSE Faculty S.T.A.R. Award for Advising.

Headshot of Ryan Taughrin.

Ryan Taughrin was awarded the 2021 GSE Dean’s Apple Award.


Courtney Doxbeck
, a doctoral student in the Department of Learning and Instruction, received UB’s 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants Competition.

Shira Pollack, a counseling psychology and school psychology doctoral student, was awarded the Psi Chi APA Convention Society Research Award for the poster submission to the 2021 American Psychological Association convention, titled “The Effects of Daily Gratitude on Procrastination in College Students.”


Janet Jones, EdM ’85
, was named the 2021 HireBig10+ Career Consortium David S. Bechtel Outstanding Career Services Professional of the Year.

Visiting Faculty

Rebecca F. Jacob

Headshot of Rebecca Jacob.

Rebecca F. Jacob, PhD ’20, a state certified school counselor, licensed mental health counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor, earned her doctorate in counselor education from GSE and joins the school as a visiting instructor of school counseling in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology. Jacob is active in the field, having worked as a former school counselor, a mental health program supervisor, a hospital therapist and a mentor to counseling students. Her research focuses on the therapeutic aspects of group work, and the impact of gender diversity on group member satisfaction, cohesion and outcome. She’s interested in counseling education and promoting the real-world application of knowledge, awareness and skill.

Dean’s Lecture Series

Dean’s Lecture Series Archive: 2021–22

2021–22 Theme: Equity and Education

GSE is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive and just community where all feel welcomed, included, supported and empowered. It is crucial our communities have equal access to supports, services and opportunities that ensure learning and success.

Invited speakers were selected by a committee of junior faculty who also picked the theme. Their topics reflect a range of perspectives on the theme, representing the various departments within GSE.

Jessica Chandras.

Visiting Professor
Wake Forest University

“The Sociolinguistics of Caste and Class Privilege in Education in India”

This talk presents a model of the intersection of language and social privilege in education as applied to a broader issue of educational equity in India. Based on research conducted from 2016 to 2018 in schools in Pune, an educational hub in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, the central question asks: How are multilingual practices in education in India used to keep education largely segregated by socioeconomic class and caste? In this talk, I will explore examples of classroom discourse, language socialization, and language ideologies collected using ethnographic and sociolinguistic methods to illuminate language as social action through privilege and its impacts on structural inequalities in education. Speaking against a narrative of social stratification in education in India amounting to economic capital and socioeconomic class differences, this discussion prompts a critical rethinking of the relationship between language, social status, and pedagogical structures within the socially stratified cultural context of urban India.

Frederick Leong.

Retired Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Michigan State University

“Desiderata: Diversity Mindsets”

This talk will describe a diversity mindset measure (DMM) based on the diversified portfolio model (DPM; Chandra and Leong 2016). The DMM captures the degree to which an individual’s mindset predisposes them to engaging in diverse roles and experiences, thereby engendering psychologically relevant diversification. A diversity mindset consists of a set of beliefs regarding the nature and consequences of diversity in life. These multidimensional beliefs pertain to the biological, psychological and social aspects of life. These beliefs also pertain to ideas, experiences, relationships and life roles.  The Diversity Mindset Measure postulates that individuals develop a higher level of the diversity mindset by seeking out diversity in life which in turn reinforces the diversified portfolio. In addition to describing the Diversified Portfolio Model and the development of the Diversity Mindset Measure, future research directions and practical applications of the DMM will also be discussed in this presentation. Given the current attention to BIPOC populations and their experiences, the DMM can serve as an important measure and tool to aid in the exploration of the psychological mindsets underlying racism, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.

Roderick Carey.

Assistant Professor
College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware

“How Black Boys Perceived Their Mattering During the ‘Dual Pandemics’: Race, Schooling, and Adolescents’ (In)Significance Throughout Health and Racial Crises”

Over two years, the “dual pandemics”—COVID-19 and anti-Black extrajudicial police violence—wrought peril on the Black community. These pandemics and the accompanying Black Lives Matter movements also awakened Black youth to systemic challenges they navigate in society and school and mechanisms that prove their (in)significance, (un)importance, or (non)-mattering. Carey will reveal how his research team currently explores this concept qualitatively with a group of 16 adolescent Black boys in one urban high school through The Black Boy Mattering Project. Carey will reveal data from sub-set of participants (N=5) captured during four focus group interviews captured over two school years (2019–2021) to explore how they made meaning of the dual pandemics. This inquiry, grounded in critical consciousness, and Carey’s racialized formulations of mattering (e.g., inferred importance and significance) reveals the interplay between their school’s response to the dual pandemics, the boys perceived school mattering and their visions for change.