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Honors and Awards


UB’s Graduate School of Education climbed to No. 53, up six spots from last year and 35 spots from 2020 in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Among public universities in the rankings, UB is No. 42 in education and is ranked third overall in the state.


The Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center achieved renewal of its National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation.


Headshot of Blythe Anderson.

Blythe Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, was named a finalist for the 2021 Timothy and Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award and was also named a 2021 Emerging Scholar by the Reading Hall of Fame.

Headshot of Julie Gorlewski.

Julie Gorlewski, chair and associate professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, has been awarded the Taylor & Francis 2022 Outstanding Journal Article Award for her article, “Ripple Effects: How Teacher Action Research on Culturally Relevant Education Can Promote Systemic Change,” published in "ATE's journal, Action in Teacher Education."

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Heidi Julien, professor of information science, has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), which is a publication of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

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LaGarrett King, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, received the 2022 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award for his contributions to the book, “We Be Lovin’ Black Children: Learning to Be Literate About the African Diaspora.”

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Amy Reynolds, professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, was recognized by the National Academies of Practice for her work as part of UB’s Interprofessional Education Leadership team.

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Margaret Sallee, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, was awarded a Spencer Foundation grant to conduct a study to assess how stimulus funding, the expanded Child Tax Credit and other forms of aid shaped student-mothers’ decisions and participation in higher education.

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Stephen Santa-Ramirez, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, was selected as a 2022 ACPA College Student Educators International Diamond Honoree for his outstanding research and service in student affairs. He is also a recipient of the 2022 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.


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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.


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Raven Baxter, PhD ’21, was named to Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 North America 2022 Science list.

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Carl Lam, EdM ’16, was recognized as one of Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2022 honorees. The list celebrates young professionals positively impacting their industries and communities every year.

Headshot of Tiffany M. Nyachae.

Tiffany M. Nyachae, PhD ’18, was selected for the 2022 inaugural International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Emerging Scholars Program by the Wallace Foundation Grant Committee. The research funding will allow her to work with youth and teachers in Buffalo in the summer of 2022.

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Douglas Regan, EdD ’83, was awarded the 2022 Irving Schwartz Distinguished Retiree Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

Faculty and Staff Promotions

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Julie Gorlewski, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs and teacher education for GSE, effective summer 2022. In this role, Gorlewski will oversee all matters related to academic affairs for GSE and lead a newly reorganized Office of Educator Preparation.

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Erin Kearney, associate professor, will assume the role of chair for the Department of Learning and Instruction in the fall of 2022.

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X. Christine Wang, has been named associate dean for interdisciplinary research, effective fall 2022. 

Staff Updates

Welcome to GSE

  • Charlie Baxter was named GSE’s director of assessment and data analytics.
  • William Bogdan has been named assistant director of enrollment communications in GSE’s Office of Admissions.
  • Katheryn Ross-Winnie has been named associate director of advancement.
  • Lauren E. Turner has been named GSE’s assistant director of alumni and constituent engagement.

Role Changes

  • Danielle LeGare has been named director of content for GSE’s Communications and Marketing team.
  • Ben Poremski has assumed the role of assistant to the chair for the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology.
  • Jennifer Rosseland-Bates has assumed the role of business liaison in the Dean’s Office. 


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

Nikole Hannah-Jones sitting and speaking on UB stage, during UB Distinguished Speakers Series, with moderator Dean Suzanne Rosenblith.

(Photo/Joe Cascio Photography)

FEB. 16

Pulitzer-Prize winner and New York Times Magazine staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke on Feb. 16 as UB’s 46th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Speaker as part of the 2021-2022 UB Distinguished Speakers Series. Dean Suzanne Rosenblith moderated the discussion.

Black History Nerds Saturday School is a monthly professional development series for PreK-12 schoolteachers and others interested in learning more about Black history and race. These one-hour sessions help develop Black history content pedagogical knowledge and are hosted by the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education.

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FEB. 5
Dr. Jarvis Givens from Harvard University presented The Art of Black Teaching

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FEB. 12
Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz from Teachers College, Columbia University, presented Historical Literacy as Racial Literacy.

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FEB. 19
Dr. Leonard Moore from the University of Texas at Austin presented Teaching Black History to White People.

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FEB. 26
Dr. Gholdy Muhammad from the University of Illinois at Chicago presented The Hill Project: A Black Studies Curriculum.

The Researching Race Professional Development Series is for academics and autodidacts interested in learning about race, racism and research. Sessions include topics ranging from theoretical frameworks and framing, methodologies, epistemological and ontological positioning, subject selection, writing, dissertation, and research. This series is hosted by the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education.

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Dr. Ramon Goings from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, presented The Reality of Researching Race in Your Dissertation: Strategies for Success and Keeping Your Sanity.

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Dr. Dann J. Broyld, 
associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, presented Borderland Blacks: Two Cities in the Niagara Region During the Final Decades of Slavery, which was the main lecture given at the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education’s Welcome to Western New York event hosted in conjunction with Entrepreneur Appetite.


Dr. Roderick Carey, assistant professor at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware, presented How Black Boys Perceived Their Mattering During the "Dual Pandemics": Race, Schooling, and Adolescents’ (In)Significance Throughout Health and Racial Crises. Carey was the last presenter for the 2021-2022 Dean’s Lecture Series.

Headshot of Tracie D. Hall.

The 2022 Bobinski Lecture Series, presented by the Department of Information Science and supported by The George and Mary Bobinski Lecture Fund, featured Tracie D. Hall, the tenth executive director of the American Library Association. Hall presented Race, Redlining and Resistance: Libraries in the Making of the Next Civil Rights Movement.

Seeds for Change: 2022 Student Research Symposium.

The annual Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for students from all disciplines within the Graduate School of Education to share their research, meet professionals in their field and prepare for upcoming conferences. This year’s symposium theme was Seeds for Change: Evidence-Informed Research and Practice in 2022 and Beyond. 

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New York State Commissioner of Education Betty Rosa discussed the state of education in a post-pandemic world with GSE’s alumni, students and faculty in a virtual presentation. This presentation was co-sponsored by GSE and the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association.