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without Walls

College of Education reaches abroad

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6 Classrooms

without Walls

With the world as their

classroom, MU students

find studies abroad are

enriching far beyond

their coursework.


16 College Roundup

Calling all Students 16

Meet our Faculty 18

Faculty and Staff Kudos 20

Student Kudos 22

24 Tiger Notes

Seeds of Change 24

Alumni Updates 26

Pride Points 30

Alumna Spotlight 32



10 Community


Missouri’s education

students apply the

lessons they learn on

campus to better the

lives of children and

adults everywhere.


14 Perspectives on

Science Education

Faculty work to

advance science

education on two

fronts — by inspiring

student interest and by

improving the quality

of teachers who guide

their learning.

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College of Education


College of Education

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Columbia, MO 65211


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Dr. Rosemary T. Porter

Managing Editor

Jonathan Steffens


Karen Ostergren

Contributing Writers

Erin Junkel, Justin Roberts

and Lindsay Toler

Graphic Designer

Dawn Sees


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Clay McGlaughlin and Jonathan Steffens

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inside Ed Life from the interim dean of education

D r . r o s e m a r y T. p o r T e r

“America is only as strong as her schools.” This was

one of the slogans adopted by the EDin’08 campaign,

launched by the Gates Foundation, that worked to raise the

collective consciousness of the state of education in America

during the 2008 election year.

The MU College of Education must do its part to ensure

that we support not only strong school systems, but also the

educators who lead them. Now, more than ever, educated,

qualified citizens are essential to strengthening our position

in the global economy and the growing knowledge economy.

Our college works to build the strongest pre K–12 schools

by educating the best teachers, counselors, psychologists,

administrators, technologists, librarians and special

educators. We do this by providing excellent academic

programs and instruction; by hiring and retaining the most

accomplished faculty; by providing student experiences that

reach far beyond the classroom; and through the outreach

efforts of our centers, institutes and clinics.

“When we come together, we can

truly make a difference.”

— Dr. rosemary T. porter

It’s no secret that excellent academic programs and

accomplished faculty make the greatest difference in the

life of a student. We are very proud that our excellence in

teaching and research has led the college to be ranked

41st in the nation among 278 universities with doctoral

programs, according to the 2009 U.S. News and World Report.

In this edition of Ed Life, we explore the impact of the

College of Education on the state, nation and world.

We highlight the idea of Classrooms without Walls

(see Page 6) where students experience global learning

communities both virtually and in person. Additionally,

you will learn how our faculty and staff provide valuable

services from mental health to professional development

throughout Missouri and the nation.

This issue also highlights the impact that alumni and friends

of the College of Education have made over the course of

the For All We Call Mizzou campaign. Collectively, more

than $10.3 million was pledged in support of the College of

Education allowing us to provide additional scholarships,

support faculty positions and improve programs and facilities.

This year, the college’s administrators, faculty and

staff adopted the motto “A College on the Move” to

encompass our tireless efforts to uphold the quality of

instruction, research and service during these challenging

financial times.

This motto extends to our network of more than 45,000

MU education graduates around the world who make

positive impacts through their personal and professional lives.

When we come together, we can truly make a difference.

Please keep us updated on your adventures in life and in

your profession by e-mailing

In the spirit of Mizzou,

For more information, visit


Learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom. students

at the College of education develop skills and share their

passions on campus and in the community.

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Today’s Students,

Tomorrow’s Leaders

Clockwise from left:

1. Former Tiger and newly

drafted NFL wide receiver

Jeremy Maclin reads to

Missouri elementary students

via teleconference in the Tiger

Eye Reading Room. A different

athlete or administrator reads

to students every two weeks.

2. The Education Ambassadors

show off their black-and-gold

pride on College Colors Day

on Aug. 29, 2008. The group

represents the college at

campus and alumni functions.

3. Beginning with a few weeks

as a freshman, up to a full

semester during senior year,

every education student gets

plenty of teaching time.

4. A total of 240 students

received education bachelor’s

degrees at the May 16, 2009

spring commencement


5. Lynn McKinnon, one of three

full-time student advisers,

received a campus-wide

Excellence in Advising Award.

6. The MU Child Development

Lab runs programs for children

from toddlers through preschoolers.

The Art for Children

course includes a weekly

sketchbook activity.

7. Education students such as

RaSheila Harmon have donated

more than 11,000 hours of

community service since 2005.

8. Students also have the

opportunity to work with

faculty on research projects.

Sixteen undergraduates

presented their findings at

the Missouri state capitol

on April 30, 2009.

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without Walls


by Lindsay Toler

The Internet age has ushered in a new kind of nationality:

the global citizen. Today’s students have more access

to international cultures than ever before, and it’s up to

educators to instill in students the skills, understanding

and respect it takes to live in a quickly shrinking world.


At the University of

Missouri’s College of

Education, students, faculty

and staff take the role of

“global citizen” seriously,

starting in their own backyard.

This year, education students

raised hundreds of dollars for the

United Nation’s adopt-a-minefield

campaign. Faculty members,

such as counseling psychology

professor puncky Heppner,

launched programs to create

a welcoming atmosphere for

international students. Heppner’s

program helped increase

enrollment of Chinese students

from about 200 students in

1999 to almost 400 in 2007.

and although College of

education students, faculty and

staff know that international

cooperation starts at home,

many have also spent the last

year traveling — reaching out to

new, different cultures by living,

eating, working and learning

the way they do. Here are three

stories of education students

who studied abroad this year and

learned that sometimes the best

learning happens outside the

classroom. >> 7



These are the only two words MU’s counseling

psychology students needed to describe the two full

weeks they spent living and traveling in Taiwan. Over

winter break, 15 counseling psychology graduate

students flew to Taiwan for an immersion experience

designed to promote international sensitivity and

help students develop cross-cultural skills.

“You can’t learn what I learned in Taiwan from a book,”

says Kawika Allen, a doctoral student from Columbia, Mo.

“The true learning comes when you’re immersed in

the culture. I wanted all five of my

senses stimulated at the same time.”

Counseling psychology students

know successful counselors are fluent

in the innumerable ways culture and

identity can influence human behavior,

but for students on the trip, two weeks

learning about the rich, deep history of

Taiwan was just the beginning.

“I could have been there for a lot

longer,” says Reid Trotter, a doctoral

student from North Carolina. “I’m still

wrapping my mind around the trip.”

Danette stumpe, senior secondary

english education major, stands

in front of the sydney

opera House during her

semester abroad.


Love as philosophy

When asked about his trip, Trotter tells the story of a lecture

he heard in Taipei’s city hall. Taiwanese leaders in government

and education had invited MU students to a lecture about their

philosophy on education, and during the presentation, a graphic

popped up on the wall above them showing arrows pointing out

from a big red circle covered in Chinese characters.

Intrigued, Trotter waited to hear someone translate into

English. After all, a similar presentation in the United States

might put “commitment” or “ambition” at the heart of this

circle. But what, Trotter wondered, was central to education

here? The answer: love.

“If students feel love from us, they will learn,” Trotter

remembers the presenter saying. “Everything flows from this.”

Trotter said he left that presentation with his “mind blown”

and his schemas “all messed up.”

“Here, we leave love to the artists,” he says. “They use it to

teach kids. To go over there and see how much care, effort and

time is put into relationships — and the outcome of that —

makes me realize this is really central.”

Blogging from abroad

As they traveled, each student wrote one post on the Bi-

Directional Cross-Cultural Immersion Program’s blog, hosted

on the MU Graduate School’s Web site. Students used the blog

to tell friends and family back home what they were up to and

to show other students what

they were learning from their


Many of the students who

blogged said they hope to

go back to Taiwan or east

Asia in the future as more

than just tourists. Allen

says he hopes to move

his wife and children to

Taiwan, where he could

work as a counselor

for English-speakers.

“We’re going back,”

says Allen. “I’m taking

my family back. I had a

little piece, but I want



Bonjour World

Study Abroad makes all of France a classroom

for one English education student

Louise Allen believes French classes should be about more

than just language or literature. That’s why Allen spent six

weeks studying abroad in France, immersing herself in the

culture of those who speak French as their native tongue.

“Being surrounded by the culture and living with

people who speak the language is a completely different

experience,” Allen says.

Allen spent about a week touring France before

moving in with a Parisian host family for one month.

There, she took intensive language classes where she

absorbed the nuances of the language to learn from

those around her.

Allen’s goal is to eventually use her experience in

France to teach high school students the importance

of language. “I’m showing my students you can use

this language in the world,” she says.

For now, Allen is on track to graduate in 2010

with a dual degree in secondary English education

and in French. Until then, she can’t wait to get

back to France.

“I’ve been missing it a lot,” she says. “Eventually,

I know I’ll have to go back.”

Global Perspectives

Seeing the horizon from Down Under

Before she came to the University of Missouri, Danette

Stumpe didn’t know if she wanted to study abroad. But

after talking to other College of Education students, she

decided to spend a semester studying at the University of

Wollongong, Australia.

“I saw things from a totally new perspective,” she says.

While abroad, Stumpe found classes to fit her secondary

English education major that also introduced her

to Australian culture, such as a 19th-century Australian

literature course.

“Studying abroad definitely broadens your horizons

and the way you think,” Stumpe says. “I felt like there were

opportunities in Australia that I wouldn’t get in Columbia.”

While Stumpe did not take education courses in Australia,

she says informal discussions with international education


Louise allen put her French skills to the test while touring sacré Coeur

and other cultural landmarks around paris during her study abroad.


opened her

mind to global perspectives on

instruction and learning.

“My time in Australia

will definitely affect my

professional career a lot

more than I think,”

she says.

Stumpe hopes

to apply her

experiences abroad

to create international

understanding for her

students, the same way

education courses at

MU and abroad did

for her. “You’re never too young

to have international experiences,”

she says. “You can highlight unique aspects of

other cultures and find out that maybe we’re not so different.”

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The College of Education’s

impact extends far

beyond the grounds of the

MU campus. With research

centers to improve classrooms

through curriculum and new

uses for technology, and with

programs to foster children’s

learning experiences, we are

helping shape communities

throughout missouri, the

U.s. and the world. >>



P P Discovering new

technological frontiers

Creative space generates new ideas

Located in London Hall, the

Allen Institute unites the

research and development

activities of faculty, staff

and students in the school

of Information science &

Learning Technologies (sIsLT)

in the College of education.

The institute is dedicated to

the research and improvement

of teaching and learning

methods through the innovative application of technology

and of educational, cognitive and social change.

“The institute provides an impressive space where our

students can work directly with faculty to conduct research

and development activities,” says interim dean rose porter.

The allen Institute was founded by sIsLT faculty John

Wedman and Jim Laffey in 1995 as the Center for Technology

Innovations in education. In 2007, the institute was named

in honor of Dr. Bryce allen, who retired as a sIsLT faculty

member in 2001. During his time at mU, allen conducted

groundbreaking research on the cognitive aspects of

information searching.

one current institute project is isocial, a 3-D virtual learning

environment for youth diagnosed with autism spectrum

disorders. This project is a collaboration with the college’s

Department of special education and the mU Thompson

Center for autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

P P Mental health clinic serves

mid-Missouri individuals and families

Collaboration aims to help patients maintain emotional balance

MU’s Assessment and Consultation Clinic provides something

for everyone. adults, children, couples and families benefit from the

comprehensive psychological services offered, including assessment,

diagnosis and intervention.

at the same time, graduate students in the college’s Department

of educational, school, and Counseling psychology often collaborate

with the staff to gain real experience with real cases.

Clinic staff members hold training seminars on mental health

awareness and share tips with groups across the state. New clientele

come through referral, word of mouth and the clinic’s Web site.

Director Debbie Wright says the clinic’s success stems from the

staff’s wide range of expertise, allowing them to “pool what we know.”

The clinic also partners with schools to provide training and support

for teachers whose students have learning disabilities or behavioral

problems. many rural schools don’t have mental health resources,

so collaboration with the clinic is a valuable tool.

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P P Connecting the world

through visual literacy

Understanding symbols leads to richer experiences

All teachers hope to leave an impression on their

students. Few imagine impacting fellow educators.

yet art education professor Kathy Unrath and coteacher

steve Barrett drew colleagues as well as graduate

students to their fall Visual Literacy course. Course

participant and literacy education professor Jill ostrow

says, “It’s wonderful to be back in class again and take

aspects of what I’ve learned to apply to my own teaching.”

Visual literacy is the idea of making connections across

the four symbols — letters, numbers, notes and images.

each one can be impactful on its own, but they create

much stronger meaning when working together.

“our vision for the class is for the word and the

visual to be inextricably linked,” Unrath says.

“There should be a beautiful melding

that creates a joyful, satisfying


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P P Continuing education for school leaders

Leadership training keeps educators at the top of their class

When mid-Missouri schools need help with The regional professional

professional training, they turn to the Heart of

Missouri Regional Professional Development Development Center

Center, part of the College of education. The

center works with teachers, principals and works with teachers,

superintendents to improve leadership

skills at every level.

principals and

Center staff consists of experts

superintendents to

in areas of K–12 instruction,

including reading, science, math,

improve leadership

special education, blind skills and

english language learning, as well skills at every level.

as specialists for the missouri

assessment program (map).

The Heart of missouri Center serves 20 counties, an

area that contains 79 school districts. The majority of the center’s

services are conducted within this region, though some extend statewide.

“When you add up all we did [in one year], we logged over 10,000 contacts

with missouri educators,” says director paul pitchford. “It gives mU’s College

of education a lot of interaction with public schools in the area.”

Districts and educators have two options for training. The center’s staff

hosts on-campus workshops throughout the year. The sessions are open to

any district that wishes to attend.

alternatively, if a district needs extra help or is struggling with a particular

issue, such as provisional accreditation, a team of specialists will travel to the

location for personalized training. This typically involves seminars on leadership

or classroom enhancement.

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P P Education students give back

Holiday party brings food, crafts and good cheer

Elementary education majors Kathleen Ball (Columbia, Mo.) and

Sarah Lucianek (Dupage, Il.) wanted a way to say thanks to the

teachers and students of Columbia’s Cedar Ridge Elementary,

where the two worked as a part of the senior year on-site program.

The idea snowballed into a holiday extravaganza. Cedar ridge has a

very high percentage of free and reduced lunch students — more

than 50 percent — so the student teachers knew many of them

wouldn’t be able to buy presents.

“These kids are so smart and so bright, and we thought,

why not give them an opportunity to make gifts?” says Bell,

an m ed student. “The idea just got bigger and bigger.”

College of education faculty and students were on

hand to assist with the assembly of windsocks, photo

frames and pipe-cleaner ornaments.

With donations from friends, family and local

organizations, Ball and Lucianek organized a prize raffle

for all of the students, with one big surprise — they had

enough sports balls, board games and electronics for every

Cedar ridge student to win the raffle.

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P P Star Light Reading Program promotes elementary literacy

MU athletes, education leaders put a 21st-century spin on story time

Since 2003, the College of Education has utilized MU

student athletes as literacy role models for elementary

students. Ten times each semester, an athlete from

one of mizzou’s sports teams reads a children’s book via

videoconference to schools across missouri.

The readings take place in the Tiger eye reading room,

an enclosed space in the corner of the reflector. Judy richey,

manager of reflector operations, always tries to choose a book

with good illustrations that will grab — and hold — the students’


For the 2008–09 school year, the program has four partner

schools in missouri: Hallsville elementary, mill Creek and

P P Staying informed about suicide prevention

New online course target mental health in the classroom

The Center for the Advancement of

Mental Health Practices in Schools

recently created a groundbreaking

suicide prevention course. The first

section will be offered to counselors,

school psychologists, administrators

and other online graduate students

in fall 2009.

This is the first online course designed

to be proactive rather than reactive.

every practice is completely evidencebased

and follows the same guiding

principles as the center: prevention,

early intervention and advocacy.

The purpose is to help teachers

recognize when a child is at risk. an

estimated 90 percent of suicide victims

have a pre-existing mental illness such

as depression.

The center, housed in the Department

of educational, school, and Counseling

psychology, developed the course

with the help of grant money received

from the substance abuse and mental

Health services administration in

Washington, D.C.

part of the funding also went to

design a training series for current

teachers. a set of 10 interactive modules

covers increasingly difficult topics,

beginning with an introduction and

concluding with cultural perspectives

on suicide.

each module includes an overview

of the topic, myths and the associated

facts, important terminology and

discussion questions in a multimedia


Bryant elementary in Independence, and Dewey elementary in

Chillicothe. Two classrooms take part in each reading session.

“We try to rotate schools around so the same schools aren’t

always paired,” richey says. “It gives the children a chance to

interact with different people.”

When the reading is over, the students have a chance to

ask questions.

“you never know what questions will come up,” richey

says. “‘What’s your favorite food?’ and ‘What are your favorite

children’s books?’ get asked a lot. We had someone ask

Um system president Gary Forsee, who read to the students

in January, what book he just finished reading.”

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on Science Education

by Karen Ostergren

Students’ attitudes about science form early. Elementary

school science courses have the greatest impact on how

children will approach the field in the future. With such

evidence, it’s no surprise that teacher quality is becoming

a hot topic. Education faculty at MU are finding innovative

ways to reach that goal.

n a speech on education

at a Thorton, Colo.,

school last summer,


candidate Barack Obama made

his goals for education clear.

Education is the currency of

the Information Age, no longer

just a pathway to opportunity

Programs such as QUEST aim to make

and success but a prerequisite,”

science accessible to all students.

he said. He specifically targeted

science education: “We don’t have to accept an America

where elementary school kids are only getting an average

of 25 minutes of science each day when we know that over

80 percent of the fastest-growing jobs require a knowledge

base in math and science.”

The early years of education have the most impact, so

they’re the most critical. An elementary science classroom

that fails to inspire curiosity might lead a student to decide

that he or she is just not a “science person,” a mindset

that often remains throughout secondary and higher

education. Yet only 23 percent of elementary educators feel

comfortable teaching science.

Faculty members in the MU College of

Education are working to change those numbers,

through both the future educators they teach

and with special programs designed to target

elementary-age learners.

Summer School

The second year of the QUEST

program takes place July 2009. During

the two-week event, instructors — from

beginners to veterans with decades of experience — learn

to be better science teachers by becoming students. The

group spends the first week investigating science questions

under the eye of College of Education faculty, including

associate professor Debi Hanuscin and education doctoral

student Deepika Menon. They resume the role of teacher

in the second week and lead the same sort of scientific

investigations that they themselves completed days earlier.

Instructors work with the children for five mornings.

Each afternoon the teachers get together to discuss and

work through the challenges.

QUEST, which stands for Quality Elementary Science

Teaching, aims to improve K–6 science education for all

students. The program incorporates three principles into

its teacher development sessions: inquiry-based instruction,

formative assessment that values periodic learning checks

over a final unit test, and universal design to make learning

accessible for everyone.

“We want to work with teachers to examine barriers

their kids might face,” Hanuscin says. “For example, if kids

have a weakness in reading, how do we teach science so

that it’s not double jeopardy?”

QUEST is funded for three years with state grants

resulting from efforts to meet No Child Left Behind

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Deepika Menon, doctoral student in science education, observes the student-teacher interaction at the 2008 summer QUEST program.

During the second week, educators spend the morning with students and later discuss successes and challenges they faced.

proficiency requirements. Each half of the QUEST program

complements the other for the best possible professional

development experience. For the first week, teachers are

reminded of the classroom experience from their students’

perspective. The second week is equally important because

it allows the educators to practice what they learn during the

pedagogy-focused first week.

QUEST pulls double duty in improving science education.

The enrolled teachers get two weeks of intensive professional

development in the summer. And the children who come

during the second week participate in the kinds of scientific

investigations that have been shown to increase student

interest in science — interest that doesn’t fade before August.

Beyond Mizzou Classrooms

MU science education students don’t have to wait until they’re

in the workforce to learn quality teaching. These evidencebased

methods are incorporated into the undergraduate

Teacher Development Program, and students clock plenty

of practice hours in the field before graduation. Every

sophomore, junior and senior in the College of Education

completes fieldwork throughout the year. Second- and thirdyear

students spend between 16 and 24 hours in the classroom,

depending on their level.

However, the most intensive experience comes through

the Senior Year On-Site Program. For their first semester,

students are placed in a local elementary or middle school

and rotated through every grade level. The

second semester is the student-teaching

experience familiar to education alum.

All this hands-on practice gives future

teachers a chance to work through problems that pop up and

to seek help when they’re unsure how to handle a situation.

They often say the fieldwork makes the theoretical real.

“There’s no way to substitute for this time when you’re out

in the field, but you’re still under the guidance of experienced

teachers and seminar leaders,” says field experience coordinator

Idy Mazza. “It’s a secure environment. It’s incredible.”

On Campus

Science education students also have the chance to volunteer

in several educational activities hosted by the college each

year, such as Science Olympiad, a statewide competition for

middle- and high-schoolers.

Another experience comes through the Magic of Chemistry

program, put on by a partnership between the MU Department

of Chemistry and the Heart of Missouri Council Girl Scouts.

Both events challenge participants to answer scientific

questions through investigation, experimentation and critical

thought. Similar to QUEST, the goal is to combat the notion

that participants are simply averse to science. It all adds up to

an educational experience for everyone involved.

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sheriece sadberry

P P Educational, School, and Counseling

Psychology doctoral student

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Sheriece Sadberry has combined two loves — sports

and psychology — and plans to make them her future.

Sadberry, who received her master of education in

counseling psychology from MU, found stress relief and

her connection to campus through the student recreation

complex, where she enjoys competing in intramural sports

such as flag football and basketball with a core group of friends.

Now a doctoral student, Sadberry hopes to break into the relatively

new field of sports psychology, counseling minority student athletes or

professionals and easing the transition to new teams, schools or environments.


Tanya Behrens

P P Middle school language arts education

Hometown: Glendale, Mo.

Tanya Behrens plans to let her creative

side shine in the classroom. As an

incoming student, Behrens chose MU

knowing she could find her niche in both the

school and the community, but it didn’t take

long for her to also choose education. Now

majoring in middle school language arts

with an additional emphasis in art education,

Behrens credits her education professors

with one-on-one attention and dedication

to their students’ learning. Upon graduation

she hopes to use her middle school language

arts education training to engage students

to learn through expression.


Bryan VanGronigen

P P Secondary education

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Bryan VanGronigen had chosen teaching

as his future career by the time he was in

middle school; all that remained was to pick a

college. His mind was made up after talking with

his MU faculty adviser, Lynn McKinnon. While

he says he appreciates the College of Education

for the real-world experience he’s gaining in the

classroom, he’s also developing leadership skills

through his participation in Greek life. He plans

to apply that leadership knowledge to his future

studies in education administration.

each education student brings a unique perspective to the field, and we hope the stories of these four

individuals inspire you. The collective mission remains: to educate Missouri, our nation and our world.

Kangmo Lim

P P Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum doctoral student

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Kangmo Lim earned his first MU degree, a master’s in

English education, in 1997. He then taught in South Korea,

his native country, for almost a decade before returning to

Columbia in 2006. He will graduate from the College of

Education a second time next May with a PhD. Though

he had an opportunity to continue his studies in South

Korea, Lim says he came back to MU because he

missed the faculty and the university’s culture.

Since his return, he’s worked closely with

Dr. Roy Fox, professor of English education,

to start a campus chapter of the United

Nations Association. The group

now has almost 40 student

and faculty members.


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Meet our Faculty

mU’s new dynamic faculty bring cutting edge

perspectives to education

Wendy reinke and Keith herman

P P Assistant Professor and Associate Professor

Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

Wendy Reinke and Keith Herman have

offices next door to each other. They say

it works out well, especially because they have similar

interests, work for the same department and serve as codirectors

of the same center.

Oh, yeah. And they’re married.

“To be in the same department is ideal,” says Reinke.

Herman agrees. “This was preferred, especially since

we do very similar work,” he says.

The couple started working in the Department of

Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology two

years ago, but already they’ve hit the ground running

with what Reinke calls “our grand idea.” It’s the Missouri

Prevention Center, where community members and

researchers work together to help schools and families

prevent mental health issues in youth.

So far, Reinke and Herman have recruited more than

20 graduate students and faculty members to join their

team. They’ve also received funding from groups such

as the MU Research Council and Missouri Partnership

for Educational Renewal and launched four programs to

prevent aggression and depression in kids.

“The impact of the center is encouraging,” Herman

says. “The families and the schools we have worked with

have been very supportive.”

Deborah Carr, interim chair of the Department of

Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, says the

center is an opportunity for Mizzou’s education majors to

learn how to implement change in their own communities.

“Students will be able to take this knowledge and

make an impact in the field when they graduate from

MU,” Carr says.

Even with new jobs and four new programs, this duo

still finds time to spend with their 2-year-old daughter,

Kennedy — even if that means bringing her to an

occasional department meeting.

Belinda smith

P P Assistant Teaching Professor of art education

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

Belinda Smith doesn’t hold back her enthusiasm for the students

or subjects she teaches. “I have a real passion for art and art education,”

she says. “I get excited about the integration of arts for learning.”

Unlike many of the college’s new faculty, she’s very familiar with Columbia.

Smith earned her doctoral degree from MU in 2005 and has been teaching

ever since. “My parents and grandparents were raised in Ashland and Columbia.

I traveled to MU to earn my doctoral degree, so it’s possible that this is where

I’m meant to be,” she says.

For the past two years, Smith has researched the effects of sketchbook

activities on young children. Education students in her Art for Children course

conduct sketching activities in the MU Child Development Lab every fall. After

each sketching period, the students and children talk about the newly created art.

She says she hopes to expand her research by bringing in parents for the activity.

In addition to giving parents and children quality time together, the subsequent

discussion can lead to greater emotional understanding within families.

“I’ve found that the children’s dialogue with my students is a precursor to

language and writing acquisition,” Smith says. “It’s like art therapy. If you can

talk with someone about your art, there’s cognitive behavior development.

It opens up communication and hopefully creates a positive experience and

space in art and life for all involved.”

anna Waldron

P P Assistant Clinical Professor of science education

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

Anna Waldron wants to break down barriers. Bring out the chemistry sets.

In particular, she says, she hopes to engage more women in science and

encourage them to further pursue the field. As director of the newly founded

Office of Science Outreach, her goal is to bring science to the community

without all the jargon,” she explains. “I want everyone to see himself or herself

as a scientist.”

Her experience with outreach at Cornell’s Nanobiotechnology Center made

her the perfect candidate to become the office’s first leader. Even before taking

on the role, Waldron admired MU’s spirit of collaboration between education

and science.

“People here were already talking and working together because they wanted

to,” she says. Part of her purpose is to make collaborations between educators

and researchers easier.

In pursuit of building connections with the community, the office recently

expanded its Saturday Morning Science lecture series into a statewide traveling

program. Waldron also wants to involve more student groups in outreach work.

Currently, the office supports graduate students as they visit places such as

adult-care facilities. Their presentations give people the chance to ask questions

and gain understanding about science — exactly the type of discussions Anna

Waldron has in mind.

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Faculty and Staff Kudos

P P learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

The MU Graduate School recognized

Curators Professor Sandra Abell as the

Graduate Mentor of the Year. In addition,

she and emeritus professor Bruce Biddle

were inducted as an Inaugural Fellows

in the American Educational Research


Fran Arbaugh served as an associate

editor for a book reporting the work and

lessons learned from the National Science

Foundation’s Show-Me Project, which

focused on middle school mathematics

curriculum implementation.

Lloyd Barrow was named the 2009

Outstanding Mentor by the Association

for Science Teacher Education. He is the

second MU education faculty to receive

this national award. Curators Professor

Sandra Abell received the award in 2005.

Patricia Friedrichsen received a

Gold Chalk Award from the Graduate

Professional Council for excellence

in teaching.

P P educational, school, and Counseling Psychology

Lisa Flores was awarded the Distinguished

Professional Early Career Award from the

Latina/o Psychology Association as well

as AERA Division 17 Kuder Early Career

Scientist-Practitioner Award.

Curators Professor Norm Gysbers

received the Distinguished Faculty Award

from the Mizzou Alumni Association

for being an outstanding member of the

MU faculty and for bringing distinction

to the University.

Puncky Heppner received the Award

for Distinguished Contributions to the

International Advancement of Psychology


Roy Fox was the recipient of the first-ever

Global Award given by the Mid-Missouri

United Nations Association. He was also

selected as the 2009 Distinguished Scholar

Lecture at the University of Southern Indiana

and was awarded a $463,214 U.S. Department

of Education grant for the English Language

Learning in Missouri project.

Deborah Hanuscin received an Excellence

in Education Award from the MU Division

of Student Affairs for her commitment to

student learning and personal development.

Renata Maiorino was honored at

the 2009 Tribute to MU Women as a

faculty member who works to create an

environment of equity, fairness and justice

for all women on the MU campus.

Curators Professor Robert Reys

received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement

Award for Distinguished Service to

Mathematics Education from the National

Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Reys

has taught mathematics education courses

at MU since 1966.

from the American Psychological

Association as well as an Excellence in

Education Award from the MU Division

of Student Affairs for his commitment to

student learning and personal development.

Keith Herman and Wendy Reinke

received a $644,837 NIH-funded

subcontract from Johns Hopkins University

to fund a clinical trial of interventions

targeting aggressive/disruptive and off-task

behaviors among elementary school students.

Steve Osterlind received the International

Engagement Award from the MU Council

on International Initiatives for his work

Dick Robinson was awarded the 2009

Outstanding Literacy Education Alumni

Award from Northern Illinois University

where he received a master’s degree in

reading. He also co-authored a new text,

Teaching through Text: Reading and Writing

in the Content Areas.

Marcelle Siegel was awarded a $149,980

National Science Foundation grant to

support her joint research in addressing the

assessment gap in undergraduate science.

MU art educators, Belinda Smith and

Kathy Unrath, shared the Best of Show-

Grand Champion Purple Ribbon Award at

the Missouri Art Education Association’s

annual member art show.

Kathy Unrath was named the 2009

Western Region Higher Education Art

Educator of the Year by the National Art

Education Association. She is the second

MU faculty to receive the award; emeritus

professor Larry Kantner received the

first Higher Education Division Regional

Award in 1985.

to internationalize research, service and

teaching at Mizzou.

David Roberts and Deborah Carr were

awarded a $454,000 U.S. Department

of Education grant in support of their

project Long-term Training: Rehabilitation


Karen Weston received $91,036 from

the Moberly School District to support

the Health Literacy for Youth project and

$10,000 from the National Association

of State Directors of Special Education

for the Technical Assistance for IDEA



P P educational leadership

and Policy analysis

Motoko Akiba was awarded

a $281,852 National Science

Foundation grant for the project

CAREER: Work Contexts, Teacher

Learning Opportunities, and

Mathematics Achievement of

Middle-School Students.

Barbara Townsend was selected

as the 2009 recipient of the

AERA Division J Exemplary

Research Award for her research

on community college, transfer

issues and women community

college faculty members. Townsend

was also honored at the 2009

Tribute to MU Women as a faculty

member who works to create an

environment of equity, fairness and

justice for all women on the MU


P P school of information science

& learning Technologies

Gail Fitzgerald received a $400,000

U.S. Department of Education

Steppingstones research grant titled

No Tool Left Behind. This grant

focuses on the development, usability

and feasibility testing of electronic

performance support software for

students with mild disabilities.

Thomas Kochtanek received

$84,970 from Truman State

University to support the Harry S.

Truman Library Institute and the

Harry S. Truman Library MOU.

The National Association of State

Boating Law Administrators

awarded $116,499 to Joi Moore

for the project Assessing the Efficacy

of Distance Learning Alternative in

Boating Education for the Creation of

Delivery and Presentation Standards.


P P special education

Erica Lembke was selected to receive the

2009 Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty

Teaching Award.

Tim Lewis received a Faculty Award

from the Mizzou Alumni Association for

his work in the field of emotional and

behavioral disorders. He also received

$479,417 from Lehigh University for the

Behavioral Disorders Research Center and

$420,828 from the Missouri Department

of Elementary and Secondary Education

for work in positive behavioral supports.

Mike Pullis received an Excellence in

Education Award from the MU Division

of Student Affairs for his commitment

to student learning and personal


P P staff

Walter Bargen, senior coordinator

at the Assessment Resource Center,

received the 2009 Arts and Science

Week Distinguished Alumni Award

for his professional contributions.

Richard Branton, assistant director of

the Instructional Materials Lab, received

$74,935 from the Missouri Hospital

Association to fund the Development of

Decontamination Online Training project.

Coordinator of the Learning and

Performance Support office, Jason

Goran, received the 2009 Jennie Anne

Schultz Staff Award for his leadership

in the College.

The Missouri Department of Social

Services awarded a $114,744 grant to

Carol Mertsenmeyer in support of the

ParentLink WarmLine. She also received

$85,916 from the Literacy Investment

for Tomorrow in support of the Parent

Information and Resource Center.

The U.S. Department of Education

awarded a $375,878 grant to support the

research of Janine Stichter for a project

titled Developing a School-based Social

Competence Intervention for Youth with ASD.

Delinda van Garderen and Deborah

Hanuscin received funding for “QUEST:

Quality Elementary Science Teaching,”

one of six new professional development

programs funded through the Missouri

Department of Higher Education’s

Improving Teacher Quality grants

program. The 3-year project will receive

$124,000 annually to provide professional

development to classroom teachers,

administrators and prospective teachers.

Pamela Osman, director of the

Adventure Club, received $27,455

from the Columbia Public School

District to support her project School

Age Community/Afterschool Program

at Grant-Shepard Elementary.

Member of the Reflector staff and

current journalism student, Sean Powers,

received two of four national awards

presented by the Public Radio News

Directors Institute in the categories of

soft feature and spot news.

Judy Richey received the Educational

Technologies at Missouri Staff Award for

her work in promoting technology use in

her position as manager of the Reflector,

a three-story technology and reading

resource lab located in Townsend Hall.

Justin Roberts, coordinator of special

events and donor relations, participated

in a Group Study Exchange to Rio de

Janeiro, Brazil, through the International

Rotary Foundation. 21

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Student Kudos

Christina Andrade, senior secondary

language arts major, and Jenna Krueger,

senior elementary education major, were

named to Mortar Board national honor


Rachael Beard, doctoral student in

health education, received a $4,000

READ grant from the Interdisciplinary

Center on Aging to develop a new

undergraduate course applicable to

students from many human service

majors who might work with aging or

older adults during their careers.

Thitinun Boonseng, M Ed ’03 and

current doctoral student in information

science and learning technologies,

received the International Engagement

Award from MU International Programs

for the way in which he has represented

the international community for fellow

students at MU.


Adipat Chaichanasakul, master’s student

in counseling psychology, received

the Dissertation Fellowship from the

National Research Council on behalf of

the Ford Foundation to provide funding

during his final year as a student.

Hung Chiao, doctoral student in

counseling psychology, was awarded the

Chancellor’s 2009 Graduate Student

Leadership Award and received the MU

Catalyst Award for LGBTQ activism

Michelle Dickey-Kloz received the 2008

Dan H. Cockrell University of Missouri

Statewide Cooperative EdD Dissertation

Award for her research in the field of

educational leadership.

Shannon Dingman, Nevels Nevels and

Dawn Teuscher, doctoral students in

mathematics education, co-authored an

article in the NCSM Journal (Fall 2008)

with Professor Barbara Reys regarding

policies designed to improve learning

opportunities in mathematics.

Katie Doerhoff, sophomore art

education major, was selected as one of

36 MU 2009 Summer Welcome leaders.

Nick Gage, doctoral student in special

education, was one of three students

nationally to receive a Wing Institute

2008 Student Research Grant. Gage will

use the $5,000 grant to conduct research

on how environmental factors influence

elementary children with behavioral


Yuhong He, doctoral student in

counseling psychology, was awarded the

2009–10 Adel & Hancock Scholarship for

Study Abroad to fund her participation

in international education programs.

sTUDeNT sNapsHoTs

emily VanCourt

Doctoral student

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

Emily VanCourt doesn’t sit still. A month after earning her

education master’s degree at MU, VanCourt traveled around

the globe to Malawi, Africa, where she’s spending five weeks

educating children with WorldCamp. She’s documenting her

experiences through videos on her blog, A Worldwide Education.

Upon her return in August, VanCourt will have three weeks

to reacclimate herself before the fall semester revs up. She’s

starting PhD work this fall, in addition to teaching several

courses and helping Dr. Linda Bennett with elementary social

studies perceptions research. Between it all, VanCourt will fit in

her responsibilities as a National Issues Representative of the

Graduate Professional Council, a job she says aligns perfectly

with her studies.

Jaqui Rogers, senior secondary English education

major, hopes to pursue a career as a superintendent

or principal in an urban school district.

Marlen Kanagui, master’s student in

counseling psychology, was awarded

the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the

National Research Council on behalf

of the Ford Foundation to provide

funding for three years.

Stephanie Logan, doctoral student in

counseling psychology, and Christie

Puricelli, senior elementary education

major, were named to Omicron Delta

Kappa national honor society.

meghan Bedford

Renee’ Mapes, M Ed ’07 and current

doctoral student in sport psychology,

received the Distinguished Student

Practitioner Award from the Association

for Applied Sport Psychology.

Beth McCormack, senior elementary

education major, and Kathryn Pugh,

senior special education major, received

the Chancellor’s honorable mention award

for their joint undergraduate research with

Erica Lembke in the social and behavior

sciences category.

Melissa McNaught, doctoral student in

mathematics education, co-authored a

chapter with Professor Douglas Grouws

in the new handbook by Sage Publications

titled 21st Century Education.

Jaqui Rogers, senior secondary English

education major, was tapped into the

Mystical 7 MU honor society.

Graduate student

2009–10 MU Teaching Fellow

Meghan Bedford fit a number of firsts into her four years at

MU. As a high school senior, she received the first Mizzou

Flagship Scholarship from Audrain County. An elementary

education major, Bedford spent her senior year student teaching

at J.A. Rogers Academy in Kansas City — something no

previous student in her position had done.

As a college freshman, Bedford was diagnosed with ADHD

and worked with an academic counselor to develop successful

study habits. Determined to pass along those skills to her

classroom, she used her own learning experiences to connect

with students at the struggling public school. She’ll have the

chance to reach a new classroom this fall as a fifth-grade

teacher in Hallsville. — photo and story by Shane Epping

Tia Schultz, doctoral student in special

education, received $2,000 for her

submitted project, A Parent Education

Program: Enhancing Social Competence in

Children with ASD and Improving Parent

Outcomes, which will find ways to provide

better support for parents of children with

autism by evaluating her parent education


Brittany Smotherson, senior middle

school mathematics and English major,

was selected to be an undergraduate

research ambassador for the MU Office

of Undergraduate Research.

Ran Zhao, M Ed ’08 and current doctoral

student in educational counseling, was

selected for a highly competitive ACT

summer internship working with the

Career Transitions Research team. 23

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$eeds of Change

Richard Wallace, MU chancellor emeritus, planted

a seed nearly a decade ago that led to one of

the most ambitious ventures in the history of the

University of Missouri — the For All We Call Mizzou

campaign. The eight-year campaign to raise private

financial support for Missouri’s flagship university

kicked off in 2000 and closed in December 2008 when

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced MU as one

of 20 public universities to raise $1 billion or more.

Of the total raised over the course of the campaign,

$10.3 million was pledged to support the MU

College of Education. The success of the campaign

demonstrates that education alumni and friends are

committed to supporting the future growth of the

College of Education.

Here are just a few of the many ways our donors

have contributed to innovation and excellence during

the campaign:

PGifts to the campaign enhance MU’s

competitiveness to recruit and retain the best

students. During the campaign, 19 new endowed

scholarship funds were created that provide more

than $90,000 in annual distributions to award highachieving

students and those with high financial need.

six additional scholarships were established that will be

funded through future estate gifts.

PDonors provided more than $200,000

for new and improved facilities including

classrooms, student workrooms, conference

areas and enhancements to the reflector, the

college’s state of the art student resource lab.


PFaculty support grew with gifts of more

than $3.2 million providing three new endowed

faculty positions:

P Joanne Hunt Hook Dean’s Chair

in Educational Renewal

Harold and Joanne Hunt Hook provided the largest

single gift ever to the College of education in 2004

when they established the first endowed deanship

in the history of mU. The deanship is named in

honor of Joanne, who earned her bachelor’s degree

in education at mU in 1955. additionally, this gift

created the Hook Center for educational Leadership

and District renewal.

P Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair

in Mathematics Education

richard miller graduated from mU in 1970 with

a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and in 2008

he aimed to address the shortage of mathematics

teachers by creating an endowed faculty position

in the college. The fund enhances opportunities for

research, travel and scholarly collaboration with

peers, which enables faculty to better meet

student needs.

P Dr. Lois Knowles Endowed Faculty


In 2007, robert K. and Barbara

mcFarland established a mathematics

education fellowship in honor of Lois

Knowles, a former College of education

professor who became best known for

her involvement in “new math,” which taught

elementary students mathematical concepts

instead of rote calculations.


PIn 2002, the college established the

Grace Bibb Society to recognize those

who financially support the college. since its

inception, the society has welcomed 86 annual

members who donate $1,000 or more annually,

and 53 sustaining members who donated

$25,000 or more over a lifetime.

PCampaign Stats

P Education donors designated 85 percent

of the gifts for specific purposes, with the

remaining 15 percent used at the dean’s

discretion to support the areas of greatest


P Of total individual gifts to the College

of Education, 91 percent were made by

individuals or businesses contributing

$250 or less per year.

P Education alumni contributed 24

percent of the college’s campaign total.

The remaining gifts were from friends,

corporations, foundations, faculty and staff.

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Alumni Updates

July 2008–June 2009

P P The 1930s

Helen G. Allgeyer Aubuchon,

BS Ed ’38, of Rhineland, Mo., celebrated

her 94th birthday Sept. 7, 2008.

P P The 1940s

Beauford W. Robinson, M Ed ’46,

of Jefferson City, Mo., was awarded

an honorary MU degree, one of the

University’s highest honors. Robinson

is known as the “father” of vocational

education in the state of Missouri and

received the award for his lifelong work

to improve education for all youth.

P P The 1950s

Gwen Vaughn Proffitt, BS Ed ’53,

M Ed ’58, and Perry Proffitt, BS Ag ’50, of

West Plains, Mo., celebrated their 60th

wedding anniversary Jan. 29, 2009.

Wilbur Miller, BS Ed ’54, M Ed ’55,

EdD ’60, of Auburn, Ala., was named

Player of the Year for the Alabama

region of the Golf Channel Amateur

Tour, placing in the top four of 20

tournaments with seven first-place

finishes in the Jones Flight.

Cordelia M. Cochran Esry, M Ed ’57,

of Hamilton, Mo., received the Alumni

Award from the Mizzou Alumni

Association awarded to accomplished

professionals who give to MU and

their communities.

Naomi Edmonds, BS Ed ’56,

Robert Edmonds, BA ’56, and Kristin

Edmonds, BM ’86, of Chesterfield,

Mo., own, which

made the semi-finals of the Olin Cup

Competition for startup businesses at

Washington University’s Skandalaris

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Donald Lee Holst, M Ed ’57, of

Chadron, Neb., wrote Famous Football

Players in Their 4th Quarter (Don Holst

Art & Books, 2008).

P P The 1960s

Judith Hayes Hand, BS Ed ’61, of

Birmingham, Ala., is finishing a threeyear

term as chair and adviser to the

Docent Council of the Birmingham

Museum of Art. She joined the Docent

program following her retirement as

Assistant Dean for Adult Learners at

Birmingham-Southern College in 2002.

Nancy B. Gifford Maddox Dailey,

BS Ed ’64, of Springfield, Mo.,

illustrated the children’s book Matthijs

in Honderdland by Inge de Graff

(Boekscout, 2008).

Carolyn Anderson-Grecco, BS Ed ’66,

of Curwensville, Pa., retired after

24 years with the Central Intermediate

Unit No. 10 Development Center for

Adults in Clearfield County, Pa. She

began as a part-time teacher in 1984,

was promoted to lead project facilitator

in 1987 and was named Pennsylvania’s

Adult Education Practitioner of the

Year in 2002.

Valerie Williams Goodin, BS Ed ’67,

M Ed ’75, of Columbia, Mo., retired

after 33 years of service to MU. In

tribute of her service, the Mizzou Alumni

Association named the Global Tiger

Scholarship in her honor.

George Eugene Stephenson,

BS Ed ’68, of Wichita, Kan., received

the Alumni Award from the Mizzou

Alumni Association awarded to

accomplished professionals who

give to MU and their communities.

Sharon Ziefle Daugherty, M Ed ’69, of

Abilene, Texas, retired from teaching at

Cooper High School where she served as

chair of the social studies department.

Barney Fisher, BS Ed ’69, of Richards,

Mo., began his third term in the

Missouri House of Representatives

where he has served as District

125 representative since 2005.

P P The 1970s

Mary E. Baker, BS Ed ’74, M Ed ’83, of

St. Charles, Mo., retired after 35 years as

an English teacher, 28 of them with the

Francis Howell School District where she

served as chair of the English department.

Larry J. Fuller, BS Ed ’71, of

Columbia, Mo., was recognized by

the Mizzou Alumni Association with

the Missouri Tiger Pride Award for

his sustained volunteer efforts.

Patricia Powell, MA ’75, of

Rocheport, Mo., received the Missouri

Retired Teachers Association’s 2008

distinguished retiree award for 23 years

of teaching. She retired in 2003 as

a media specialist from Columbia’s

West Junior High School library.

Paul A. Wagner, M Ed ’72, PhD ’78,

of Navasota, Texas, published the

book Ethical Decision Making in

School Administration: Leadership as

Moral Architecture (Sage, 2009). He

serves as Professor of Philosophy

and Educational Foundations at the

University of Houston-Clear Lake

where he became the second education

faculty member in UH history to

be named as President’s Research


Elizabeth Cox, BS Ed ’76, M Ed ’77,

of Auburn, N.H., received a 2008

Plymouth State University distinguished

faculty teaching award for her work as

an associate professor of theater.

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We Remember …

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Barbara K. Townsend, MU professor of higher education, of Columbia, Mo.,

died June 11, 2009. As one of the most respected scholars in the country on

community colleges, she joined MU in 1999 as a full professor where she served

as the director for the Center for Community College Research.

The primary focus of her research was the community college, especially

its transfer mission and more recently its movement to offer an applied

baccalaureate degree. She authored or edited 10 books and special journals,

published more than 40 empirical articles and made more than 100

presentations around the world.

Upon her death, husband and MU Curators Professor, Norman C. Gysbers,

created the Barbara K. Townsend Memorial Fund to honor her lifelong commitment

to student success and for her dedication to the MU College of Education.

To make a gift to any of these funds, please contact the Office of Development:

MU College of Education | 114 Hill Hall | Columbia MO 65211 | 573-882-5111

Mary L. Brown James,

BS Ed ’71, of Harrisonville,

Mo., died Jan. 2, 2009.

James dedicated her life to

public service in the fields

of education and health

care. She and husband,

William E. James, were

founding members of the

Grace Bibb Society and the

Walter Williams Society

at MU.

In 1999, she

was appointed to the

UM System Board of

Curators and became board president in 2005. She was active

in the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence and the Advisory and

Development Committee within the College of Education.

Prior to her death, she established the Mary L. James

Scholarship Endowment in the College of Education to provide

awards to students whose scholarship and volunteer service

demonstrate a commitment to excellence.

Mizzou honors the legacy of three

great education supporters

Marilyn Lacey McMullen, BS Ed ’54, of Shawnee Mission,

Kan., died Oct. 19, 2008. As a lifelong friend and supporter of

the College of Education and MU, she served on the college’s

Advisory Committee and as a trustee and

past director of the Jefferson Club. She

and her husband, Larry McMullen, were

among the founding members of the

Kansas City Jefferson Club Committee

and the Grace Bibb Society.

Her husband, whom she met at

MU, established the Marilyn Lacey

McMullen Scholarship Fund in 1995

as a 40th wedding anniversary gift

to recognize her appreciation and

support of the College of Education,

her experience as a teacher and her

commitment to the community

through volunteer service. She

credited her mother, Esther Choate

Lacey, with instilling in her a lifelong passion for education.

She was also a member of the Griffiths Leadership Society

for Women and the Jefferson Club.

P P in Memoriam

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Norman Howden, MA ’76, of Dallas,

Texas, is serving as chair of Texas Library

Association District 5 and chair of the

Texas Council of Academic Libraries. He

is assistant dean of educational resources

at El Centro College-DCCCD.

Kathy Bearden Peckron, BS Ed ’76, of

Ballwin, Mo., retired from the Rockwood

School District in St. Louis after 31 years

of service. She is now assistant dean of

professional development at Lindenwood

University in St. Charles, Mo.

Douglas Wright, M Ed ’76, EdSp ’85,

PhD ’92, of Blackburn, Mo., received the

2009 Rural District Administrator of the

Year award by the Missouri Association

of Rural Education for his service in the

Santa Fe R–X school district.

Jan Gillette Sartain, BS Ed ’77, of

Austin, Texas, is chair of the Special

Olympics Texas Board of Directors.

Terry L. Witte, BS Ed ’77, of Vandalia,

Mo., began his fourth and final term in

the Missouri House of Representatives

where he has served as District 10

representative since 2003.

James Thomas, M Ed ’78, of Aliquippa,

Pa., is assistant dean of the School of Arts

and Sciences at Point Park University in


Deborah S. Durk Snellen, BS Ed ’79,

MA ’80, of Whitefish, Mont., received the

Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni

Association awarded to accomplished

professionals who give to MU and their


P P The 1980s

Scott David Conner, BS Ed ’80,

of Shawnee Mission, Kan., won the

$1,000 grand prize in FinScale Modeler

magazine’s “Be an Author” contest.

A panel of magazine editors selected

his article about a 1/35 scale World

War II-era German Tiger I tank.

Leo E. Lewis, III, BS Ed ’80, of Eden

Prairie, Minn., was honored with a 2009

Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni

Association. Lewis is associate athletic

director for student-athlete development

at the University of Minnesota.

Jo Harrington Steitz, BS Ed ’80, Helen

Cope Porter, BS Ed ’97, M Ed ’98,

Ed Sp ’07, and Chris Hysong, BS Ed ’07,

M Ed ’08, were among seven Columbia

Public School teachers honored through

the Columbia Fund for Academic

Excellence for work in their community

and school district.

Tim Travers, M Ed ’80, EdSp ’96, of

Hartsburg, Mo., is the director of the

Yangon International Educare Center

in Myanmar.

Titus Blackmon, BS Ed ’87, M Ed ’88,

of Baltimore, Md., completed a term as

president of the governing board of the

Mizzou Alumni Association.

Marian A. Cope Minor, PhD ’89, of

Columbia, Mo., was honored with a 2009

Faculty Award from the Mizzou Alumni

Association. She serves as professor

and chair of physical therapy in the

MU School of Health Professions

Edward Schoenfelt, EdSp ’94, of

Chesterton, Ind., is executive director for

the Lakeshore Alliance for Student Success,

Inc. where he works with schools in literacy,

professional learning communities and

small learning communities.

P P The 1990s

Heather Young Allcock, MA ’94, of

Crofton, MD, joined the Maryland

Coalition for Inclusive Education as a

professional development facilitator where

she works to provide inclusive environments

for students with significant disabilities.

Carrie Ellis-Kalton, MA ’96, PhD ’01,

of St. Louis, Mo., was appointed director

of Social Sciences at Maryville University

where she was named Advisor of the Year

in 2007. This summer, she will present at

the International Teaching of Psychology

Conference in Vancouver, Canada, and will

teach in London for Study Abroad in 2010.

Nongluck Manowaluilou, M Ed ’99,

EdSp ’01, PhD ’08, of Pranakorn,

Thailand, is a faculty member in the

Department of Vocational Education at

Kasetsart University in Bangkok.

Behiye Bezir Akcay, M Ed ’02, of

Istanbul, Turkey, published a book titled

History of Science in Science Education

(VDM Verlag, 2009). She is a current

faculty member at Istanbul University,


P P The 2000s

Jill Lane, EdSp ’02, of Walkertown,

N.C., is dean of the University of North

Carolina School of the Arts High School

Academic Program.

Brian Townsend, PhD ’05, of Cedar

Falls, Iowa, and David Barker,

BS Ed ’97, PhD ’07, of Bloomington, IL,

teamed up with associate professor of

mathematics education, John Lannin, to

publish the article “Promoting Efficient

Strategy Use” in the journal Mathematics

Teaching in the Middle School.

Sara Lakin Jaeger, BS Ed ’06, M Ed ’08,

and Tiffany Zimmerman BS ’07,

M Ed ’08, of Columbia, Mo., were

awarded Outstanding Beginning Teacher

awards by the Missouri Association for

Colleges for Teacher Education.

P P update your information: You are part of an elite group of professionals dedicated to education and to a wide variety of other

professions, too. Since graduation, many of you have traveled in very different directions, throughout the state, nation and abroad.

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know what’s new with you at

Congratulations, Excellence in Education Award Winners

P P education alumni


Outstanding Achievement


Alice Foy Kuehn, PhD ’89

James P. Leavitt, BS Ed ’78,

M Ed ’80

Citation of Merit

for Outstanding and

Meritorious Service

K. Blake Danuser, M Ed ’75,

PhD ’78

Madge Fisher Harrah, BS Ed ’53

Frank D. Sachs, BS Ed, ’73

Honorary Alumni Award

Wendy L. Sims

P P undergraduate student

Council awards

Undergraduate Student

of the Year

Jenna K. Krueger, TDP

Undergraduate Instructor

of the Year

Eryca Neville, TDP

Staff Member of the Year

Michelle Bollinger

P P Graduate student advisory

Council awards

Graduate Student Scholar

of the Year

Melissa McNaught, LTC

Graduate Student Instructors

of the Year

Kelley Buchheister, LTC

Christiana Kumalasari, SISLT

Graduate Instructor

of the Year

Melissa Stormont, SPED

Graduate Adviser/Mentor

of the Year

Linda R. Esser, SISLT

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Grace Bibb society Membership

and annual Brunch

In 1878, Grace C. Bibb was named dean of the

University of missouri’s College of Normal Instruction

(now the College of education). Bibb became the first

woman to hold a dean’s position in the university’s history.

membership is open to alumni, friends of the college and

not-for-profit organizations affiliated with the university.

For more information, call 573-882-6443 or e-mail

Save the Date: Annual Society Brunch

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On April 18, 2009, the MU College of Education honored the contributions of its faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends

during the 41st annual Recognition Awards Banquet. Join us in recognizing the recipients of the following awards:

P P Jennie anne schultz

staff award

Jason L. Goran

P P distinguished Friend

of the Collage award

Harold S. Hook and

Joanne Hunt Hook,

BS Ed ’55

28 2009–10 2009–10 29

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dean’s office

Interim Dean Dr. Rosemary T. Porter

118 Hill Hall

Columbia, MO 65211


office of development

Anne Weller


academic Programs office

Associate Dean Linda Bennett


research and Graduate & international studies

Associate Dean Glenn Good


Upcoming Events

science outreach at the Missouri state Fair

Aug. 20–22, 2009

Family Weekend open house

Sept. 12, 2009

education alumni organization Board Meeting

Sept. 20, 2009

Grace Bibb society and

scholarship recognition Brunch

Oct. 10, 2009

Mu homecoming

Oct. 24, 2009

25th annual superintendent Tailgate

November 7, 2009

education Week

Feb. 8–12, 2010

distinction in Performance awards Banquet

March 12, 2010

education alumni organization Board Meeting

April 17, 2010

42nd annual recognition awards Banquet

April 17, 2010

Gourmet breakfast

Located just steps away from campus

5 luxury suites most with jetted tubs starting at $159

Mizzou’s own bed and breakfast


Pride Points

Dr. Rosemary T. Porter Interim Dean

MU College of Education

P P academic units

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

• Information Science & Learning Technologies

• Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

• Special Education

• Teacher Development Program

P P enrollment statistics, 2007–08

Undergraduate 1,149

Graduate 1,589

Total 2,738

The College of Education has more graduate

students — 712 total — enrolled in MU Direct’s

online and distance degree programs than any

other MU college or school.

P P degrees granted, 2007–08

Bachelor’s 249

Master’s and

Educational Specialist 484

Doctor of Education and

Doctor of Philosophy 47

Total 780

The college offers many options, including

mathematics, art, career and rehabilitation

counseling, literacy, reading, behavioral

disorders, autism, social studies, educational

technology, library science, policy and


P P international

international Graduate students 106

International students come to MU from more

than 30 nations around the world.

P P Faculty and staff, 2009–10

Faculty 222

Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty 79

Student-to-faculty ratio 15-to-1

Full-time staff 171

P P alumni

Total living alumni 49,120

P P scholarships, 2008–09

Number of scholarships

offered 332

Number of scholarship

recipients 264

Total scholarship amount $440,364

P P Fee Waivers, Fy 2008

Number of graduate students

receiving fee waiver, fellowship

or assistantship 512

P P Grants

Grant Funding, Fy 2008 $16,894,287

The College of Education also collaborated on

17 funded projects with outside departments

with funding at approximately $4 million. The

college ranks second on the Columbia campus in

Instruction/Public Service grant funding, seventh

in Research grant funding and fifth in overall

grant funding.

P P Cross-discipline research

In 2007–08, the College of Education was awarded

64 interdisciplinary research grants to partner in

discovery at MU. Some of these collaborations

explore how children understand math and

reading, the qualities of successful school leaders

and how technology can synthesize learning.

The leading partnerships include:

• Arts & Sciences 13

• Engineering/Nuclear

Engineering 9

• Medicine/Nursing 26

• Other MU Divisions 16

The college also has research collaborations with

30 domestic and five foreign universities and with

29 Missouri school districts.

P P Check us out online. Our Web site has the latest

information on student scholarships, research statistics

and current happenings around the college.

P P College Kudos

Faculty shape the field through national



• American Educational Research Journal:

Social and Institutional Analysis, Motoko Akiba

• Cases in Mathematics Teacher Education:

Tools for Developing Knowledge Needed

for Teaching, Fran Arbaugh

• Journal of Research in Childhood Education,

Linda Bennett

• Training and Education in Professional

Psychology, Kathleen Boggs

• Library Quarterly, John Budd

• Journal of Educational Psychology,

Kwangsu Cho

• Adult Education Quarterly, Joe Donaldson

• Journal of Counseling Psychology, Lisa Flores

• Journal of Counseling and Development,

Glenn Good

• L’Orientation Scolarie et Professionnelle,

Norman Gysbers

• Journal about Women in Higher Education,

Casandra Harper

• American College Personnel Association’s

Books and Media, Jeni Hart

• Journal of Counseling Psychology,

Mary Heppner

• Asian Journal of Counseling, Puncky Heppner

• School Psychology Quarterly, Keith Herman

• Technology Enhanced Learning, David Jonassen

• Online Information Review, Thomas Kochtanek

• Australian Journal of Special Education,

Timothy Lewis

• Politics of Education Association Bulletin,

Brendan Maxcy

• School Psychology Quarterly, Wendy Reinke

• 2010 National Council of Teachers of

Mathematics Yearbook — K–12 Mathematics

Curriculum: Issues, Trends, and Future

Directions, Barbara Reys

Cheerleader for Education

Standing in frigid Arrowhead Stadium

in Kansas City, Mo., in November

2007, Joanne Eggeman Harrison,

BS Ed ’62, says she experienced the

redemption Mizzou fans had awaited 47

years: MU beat KU in football, knocking

them out of the top spot and avenging a

loss to KU in 1960 when the Tigers were

ranked No. 1.

She calls those days “the Devine years,”

in reference to former MU football coach

Dan Devine and to express how sublime she counts her time at MU.

Once on campus, she joined the cheerleading squad and cheered in

two Orange Bowls. She continued dancing, performed in the all-

• U.S. Doctorates in Mathematics Education:

Developing Stewards of the Discipline,

Robert Reys

• Journal of School Leadership, Jay Scribner

• Journal of Research in Music Education,

Wendy Sims

• Behavior Disorders, Janine Stichter

• Special Issue of Psychology in the Schools,

Melissa Stormont

• Women in Higher Education, Barbara Townsend

• Visual Arts Research, Kathleen Unrath

• Annual Editions — Drugs, Society, and Behavior,

Alex Waigandt

• Journal of Diversity in Higher Education,

Roger Worthington

A lifetime enthusiast for MU champions education and learning as key to life


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school musicals, joined a sorority and declared a major: education.

After graduation, she moved home to St. Louis to teach. She met

her future husband who was studying to be a cardiologist, and they

moved to Topeka, Kan., in 1972.

Once settled in Topeka, she started raising her family. Though

she never taught school again, she talked about the joy she gets from

teaching her grandchildren and about learning new things herself.

Harrison has taken on the role of cheerleader for education as a

community volunteer in Topeka. In the heart of Jayhawk country, she

remains fiercely loyal to Mizzou.

Harrison recently included the College of Education in her

estate plans because, as she puts it: “I love Mizzou and because

education is just key to life!” For more on Harrison’s story, visit 31

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Connecting the Past, Engaging the Present, Embracing the Future | The Magazine of Mizzou’s College of Education

alumna spotlight

Tamara Glise

Alumna receives Librarian of the Year honors

F ive and one-half hours was all the time Tamara Glise, MA ’90,

interim director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, had to

decide what could be saved before the impending flood waters

would overtake the city’s historic 85,000 square foot library that

occupied a city block.

Staff members worked through the last minutes of the evacuation

to save what they could. The unprecedented flood crested on Friday,

June 13, after capturing nearly ten square miles of the city’s central

business district. In its aftermath, the first floor of the library and

more than 160,000 items were lost.

Glise immediately began work on a satellite location, known as

the “Bridge Facility,” that consisted of six storefronts at a local mall.

The Bridge was later consolidated into a single mall location that

symbolically opened on another Friday the 13th in February 2009.

For her efforts to provide continuous library service to the

people of Cedar Rapids, Library Journal, one of the oldest and

most respected publications covering the library field, recognized

Glise and her entire management team with its 2008 Librarian of

the Year Award.


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