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Faculty

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Sam Abramovich, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction and the Department of Information Science, has been named UB’s inaugural Micro-Credential Faculty Fellow.

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Tasha Austin, assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, has been named a 2022-24 Cultivating New Voices fellow by the National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation.

She was also awarded the Anthony J. Papalia Award for Outstanding Article in a State or National Foreign Language Education Publication; New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).

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Isaac Burt, associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, was the first author on a chapter in an edited book that received the 2022 Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s Most Promising New Textbook Award.

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Virginia Flood, assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, and X. Christine Wang, professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction and associate dean for interdisciplinary research, won the best full paper award at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences.

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Julie Gorlewski, professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction and senior associate dean for academic affairs and teacher education, has been appointed commissioner for the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.

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John Strong, assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, has been named an associate editor of The Reading Teacher.

Students

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Lauren Hennings, curriculum, instruction and the science of learning doctoral student, was awarded the 2022 Durand Scholarship, named after Henry J. and Bonita R. Durand. The award is given to a graduate student facing financial obstacles that stand in the way of completing a graduate degree.

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Danielle Lewis, higher education doctoral student, was recently awarded a SUNY PRODiG fellowship. This two-year fellowship supports late-stage doctoral students who want to explore academic careers and gain teaching experience at SUNY comprehensive colleges.

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Chazz Robinson, higher education doctoral student, was selected as a Julian Park fellow in UB’s College of Arts and Sciences. He will work with Ewa Ziarek, Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature, to research and facilitate African American graduate students’ engagement in diversifying curriculum and university culture.

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Anthony Vargas, higher education and student affairs master’s student, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the American College Personnel Association Coalition for Multicultural Affairs. He received the award in March at the ACPA 2022 Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, for his equity and inclusion efforts on college campuses.

Alumni

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Jean Alberti, PhD ’70, EdM ’62, was recognized with the UB Alumni Association’s Samuel P. Capen Award.

Faculty and Staff Promotions

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Sunha Kim in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology and the Department of Learning and Instruction has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Headshot of Melinda Lemke.

Melinda Lemke in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

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Raechele Pope in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and senior associate dean for faculty and student affairs and chief diversity officer has been promoted to professor.

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Amy Reynolds has been named chair of the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology.

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Ryan Rish in the Department of Learning and Instruction has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Headshot of Brenda Battleson White.

Brenda Battleson White in the Department of Information Science has been promoted to clinical associate professor.

Visiting Professor

Headshot of Rexwhite T. Enakrire.

Rexwhite T. Enakrire is a visiting scholar in the Department of Information Science. He currently serves on a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) project as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Informatics. After completing a three-year postdoctoral training fellowship, he remains affiliated with the University of South Africa on existing research tasks.

He has published extensively in the areas of informatics, bibliometrics, information and communication technology for development, information systems and application, information and knowledge management, and open-distance e-learning. Enakrire has worked as a lecturer at Delta State University in Nigeria and the University of Zululand in South Africa for over 11 years, and has served as an external assessor at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Limpopo, South Africa.

He obtained a PhD from the University of Zululand, South Africa.

Staff Updates

Welcome to GSE

  • Samantha Broas has joined GSE as a business liaison.
  • Kristin Cipollone, PhD, has joined GSE as assistant director of the UB Teacher Residency Program.
  • Mariah Glass has joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy as a department administrator.
  • Rob Hengesbach has joined the Office of Educator Preparation as an academic advisor.
  • Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, has joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy as faculty supporting the LIFTS and EdD programs.
  • Carly Ogletree has joined GSE’s Office of Research as a grant specialist.
  • Martha Price has joined the UB Teacher Residency Program as a post-award administrator.

Role Changes

  • Bonnie Reed has joined the Office of Educator Preparation as a department assistant.

Events

Explore our fall 2022 event highlights below. View upcoming events on our calendar.

2022-23 Dean's Lecture Series

Three speakers highlight topics connected to this year’s “A Just Society: Equity and Education” theme for the Dean’s Lecture Series, designed to showcase GSE’s commitment to creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive and just community where all feel welcomed, included, supported and empowered. Equal access to supports, services and opportunities—that ensure learning and success—is crucial for our communities. Speakers, selected by a committee of junior faculty, reflect a range of perspectives.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

ALYSSA HADLEY-DUNN, Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University presented “The Day After: Working for Equity and Justice in Traumatic Times.”

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Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

JAMESON LOPEZ, Assistant Professor in Educational Policy and Practice at Arizona State University will present “Creating Visibility Through Indigenous Statistics in Education.”

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Friday, March 10, 2023

CHARLES DAVIS, Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and Director of the Campus Abolition Research Lab at the University of Michigan will present “Between the Carceral University and Police-Free Futures.”