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P. Buckley Moss on education, Faculty & Student Highlights

A Wonderful Happening for Education

April 25, 2014 –    


P. Buckley Moss and Carol Mullen P. Buckley Moss (left) and Carol Mullen at the dedication ceremony of the Moss Arts Center today

During the program (in the auditorium), Pat Buckley Moss shared that "my passion in life is education and schools." She was recognized by VT for her philanthropic and artistic commitment to "arts based education."

Read about the building dedication and open house (April 25, 2014):

Interim Dean Joan Hirt visited with school of education friends and mingled during the open house.




Victoria Falls University Vice Chancellor's Visited Virginia Tech, April 2014


Gertrude Akapelwa-Ehueni meets President Steger accompanied by Bill Price, Joseph Mukun Gertrude Akapelwa-Ehueni meets President Steger accompanied by Bill Price, Joseph Mukuni, and Josiah Tlou (not in picture)

From April 6 to 11, 2014, Gertrude Mwangala Akapelwa-Ehueni, the Vice Chancellor for the Victoria Falls University (VFU), Livingstone, Zambia, visited Virginia Tech to identify areas of cooperation between her university and Virginia Tech. The Victoria Falls University is a private university which is still in its infancy. It is, therefore, looking for partners to help in the development of the university. Currently, Victoria Falls University has four schools, namely: School of Education; School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT); School of Business and Finance; and School of Hotel and Tourism Management. During the visit, the Vice Chancellor had meetings with the School of Education and the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, in addition to meeting President Charles Steger and Vice President Guru Ghosh.

Claire Robbins Serves as Co-chair of Next Gen


A conference for undergraduates interested in becoming college student affairs professionals

    Claire K. Robbins

Claire K. Robbins is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include the development and construction of social identities, ally behaviors among students and educators, and the experiences of students and educators in STEM disciplines. She is a Co-Chair of Next Gen 2014 and a member of the ACPA 2014 Convention Planning Team.

In addition to Dr. Robbin's co-chairing duties she coauthored an engaging blog with Dr. Thomas C. Segar of Shepherd University about the planning and implementation process for Nex Gen.

"With a central focus on social justice and innovative presenters and formats, we're going to introduce participants to ACPA and student affairs, invite them to consider opportunities for professional involvement and graduate preparation, develop strong connections among participants, and facilitate meaningful interactions between participants, practitioners, and scholars. We're especially excited about our keynote speakers and their focus on social justice as the foundation of student affairs. Kristin Skarie, President of Teamworks and Vice President of the ACPA Foundation Board, will facilitate "flashback" and "flash forward" conversations to introduce individual reflection and a sense of purpose. Becky Martinez, an independent consultant and trainer with Infinity Martinez and a Social Justice Training Institute faculty member, will emphasize the connection between individual reflection and organizational and social change, and how student affairs professionals can facilitate such change." ~Claire Robbins and Thomas Segar

    Next Gen

For the site and convention information:



Counselor Education Doctoral Student Receives a Prestigious Fellowship

Susan Branco, a doctoral student in the Counselor Education program in Northern Virginia, is the recipient of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). According to the NBCC there are only 22 awardees selected annually (and another Virginia Tech doctoral graduate Jennifer Cook, earned this last year). "The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations." Susan is a second year doctoral student whose counseling work focuses on trans-racial and international adoptive families.

AERA Research Presentations (American Education Research Association)

Paper Session

Globalization, Place, and Imagery in Educational Leadership

Presenter: Kami Patrizio


Kami Patrizio Kami Patrizio is is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership

Abstract: Conflicting perspectives about the focus educational leadership programs (Breault, 2010; Hess & Kelly, 2007; Levine, 2005), a dearth of research about leader education course design and content (Hess & Kelly, 2007), and limited scholarship about leader educators classroom experiences (Frick & Riley, 2010) render studying of leader education practices necessary and important. My self study addresses this need, examining the ways that place theory and imagery can be used to counter forces of globalization that diminish agency and relational learning in educational leadership. I use place theory (Eacott, 2010; Gruenewald, 2003; Steele, 1981) to examine the empirical, hermeneutic, and critical layers of my self study research, thereby contributing to the theory of placemaking in the field of educational leadership.

Testing a Partial Model of Domain Identification and Motivation With Engineering Students

Presenters: Chosang Tendhar and Brett Jones

    Chosang Tendhar
Chosang Tendhar, doctoral student in the Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program. Chosang Tendhar is interested in structural equation modeling (SEM), hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and longitudinal data analysis. Chosang's specific areas of interest in domain identification and career development, particularly in the context of STEM. Using the domain identification model, he is exploring the impact of academic motivation and the active learning technique on engineering students' major and career intentions in his dissertation.

Brett Jones Brett Jones is an associate professor of Educational Psychology

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to test a partial version of the domain identification model proposed by Osborne and Jones (2011). We investigated the measurement of the MUSIC Model of Academic Motivation (Jones, 2009) and four mediating variables (i.e., engineering identification, engineering utility, engineering program belonging, and engineering program expectancy) separately, followed by the full structural model which also included likelihood of engineering major and career. Based on the fit indices, we documented strong evidence for model data fit in all three cases. Except engineering program belonging, the other three mediating variables had significant relations with engineering major and career. The success component of the MUSIC model had the greatest impact on all of the four mediating variables.

Structured Poster Sessions

Agency and the Arts

Presenter: Kami Patrizio

Purpose: This poster is intended to engage session participants in dialogue about the role of agency in their educational practice.

Perspective(s): The current accountability context that pervades the field of education renders educational leaders' process of "becoming" complicated. Many are challenged to learn as they are compelled to react, instead of reflect, by the pressures of standardization and testing. Across the world, educators struggle to find agency in their own learning. This self-study research is predicated on the idea that people are "in the process of becoming - as unfinished, incomplete beings in and with a likewise unfinished reality" (Freiere, 2000, p. 84). Katz-Buonincuontro (2011) suggests that "expanding leadership preparation methods emphasize applied and experiential aspects of praxis as well as a focus on self-understanding as a way to improve leadership performance (p.4). Indeed, her research using arts-based methodologies to structure intensive, educational leadership workshops suggests that artistic methods can expose biases and gaps in leaders' knowledge thereby facilitating the adoption of alternative perspectives and new ideas (Katz-Buonincuontro, 2008). Additionally, empowering students by allowing them artistic expression offers students "an alternative form of voice" (Chio & Fandt, 2007, p. 487). So empowered, graduate students can experience what it means to be …authors or agents of their own lives and meanings…[giving] them the right to speak but also create[ing] a safer interpersonal and social forum for them to do so as the stories to be told are singularly theirs and their alone (Chio & Fandt, 2007, p. 488). I hope to create a classroom environment where the aspiring leaders that are my students can experience agency in their learning. However, I have long felt that my extensive use of dialogical techniques might be improved through the use of artistic methodologies. This research relies on Laboskey's (2004) five criteria for self and the self-study tradition of professional disclosure (Frick & Riley, 2010) to address the questions: What can artistic methods help leader educators to understand about the nature of praxis? How do artistic methods influence dialogue?

Rural Scholar to Visit Virginia Tech

Kai Schafft, Associate Professor of Education (Educational Leadership) and Rural Sociology, and Director of the Center on Rural Education and Communities, at The Pennsylvania State University will present on
Rural Education as Rural Development:
Understanding the Rural School-Community Well-Being Linkage in a 21st Century Policy Context

When: Monday, April 28, at 12 p.m.
Where: 220L War Memorial Hall


Topic: Universal Design for Instruction, takes the idea of equal access for all and applies that to the design of courses. We will discuss methods of how to use them when developing courses.
When: April 29th 12:00 -1:00pm
Where: North End Ctr Conference Room 3600. Parking is free with a F/S pass.

Drinks and desserts will be provided.

Email contact:

SOE Employee Spotlight ~ Rick Barrow!

    SOE Fixed Assets Wrangler



Rick Barrow Rick Barrow, Fixed Asset Wrangler, demonstrating his wrangling skills

Rick definitely makes the day brighter and much funnier for everyone! Thanks for everything you do Rick! The Newsworthy News salutes you!

"In 2008 I landed the perfect job for a rehabilitation counselor, special research faculty for a grant-funded assistive technology service with home base at Virginia Tech. After nearly five fun, productive years the grant and my job ended, and I secured my current half-time position tracking and documenting about 1,350 computers and other items assigned to School of Education faculty and staff. I already knew nearly everyone in SOE, including my supervisor, Diana Wu and had years observing which faculty and staff were likely going to be the most challenging to my fixed assets wrangling. Recently the School of Education successfully completed its 2013 inventory, my first as Fixed Assets Wrangler. Humor and wonderful colleagues make it worthwhile to daily hunt for a parking space, and I enjoy working with the real people that are custodians of the "stuff" I inventory." ~ Rick Barrow

Deadline for submissions for the April issue of News2Note

The deadline for submissions to the May issue of News2Note is Tuesday, 29 April. Send your updates to Associate Dean Debra Stoudt at

Editor Dave Brod
Co-Editor and Faculty Adviser Dr. Carol Mullen