College of Education & Human Development Awards and Honors February 9, 2015

Doctoral student Dusty Dykes was awarded the Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award from the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals.

Dr. Mike Metzler will be inducted into the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America’s Hall of Fame during the SHAPE America National Convention in Seattle, Wash., March 17-21.

Dr. Janet Burns was named the winner of the 2014 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region II Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award.

Dr. Walt Thompson was quoted in an article entitled, “IPC and American College of Sports Medicine sign Partnership Agreement,” which was published on the International Paralympic Committee’s website.

Dr. Richard Lakes has been named to the editorial advisory board of the International Journal for Research on Vocational Education and Training, a peer reviewed, open access journal sponsored by the European Educational Research Association.

Ms. Laura Abbott will attend the southeast chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting Feb. 12-14, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla., to mentor three exercise science undergraduate students competing in the Student Trivia Bowl.

Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad is the recipient of the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award, which recognizes dissertations written in the last three years that relate to the teaching of English or the language arts.

Dr. Brenda Pitts received the 2014 Sport Marketing Association Research Fellow Award, which recognizes high-level and high-quality research in sport marketing.

The College of Education & Human Development’s Reading Recovery program is working with four other universities on a $2.9 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant that allows each university to train at least 10 special education teachers each year for three years in a new literacy intervention they’re developing.

Dr. Walt Thompson was quoted in an article entitled, “The fitness trends that will rule in 2015,” published in The Washington Post.

Dr. Jerry Wu and graduate students Matthew Beerse, Toyin Ajisafe and Huaqing (Virginia) Liang had an article published in Physical Therapy entitled, “Walking dynamics in preadolescents with and without Down syndrome.”

Doctoral student Dan Sims was awarded the 2014 Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education. The award recognizes Sims for his excellence, dedication and achievements at the school, including significantly increasing gains in student achievement while positively impacting student self-esteem, and collaborating within the school and greater community to provide resources for students.

Alumnus Nalani Butler (M.S. ’10) accepted an assistant professor position in sport management at the University of Tampa.

Dr. Mike Metzler was one of eight inducted as a fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Drs. Deborah Shapiro and Brenda Pitts had the following published:

  • “What little do we know: Content analysis of disability sport in sport management literature.” Journal of Sport Management, 28(6), pp. 657-671.

Dr. Yinying Wang had the following published:

  • Wang, Y., and Decker, J. R. (2014). “Examining digital inequities in Ohio’s K-12 virtual schools: Implications for educational leaders and policymakers.” International Journal of Educational Reform, 23(4), 294-314.
  • Wang, Y., and Decker, J. R. (2014). “Can virtual schools thrive in the real world?” TechTrends, 58(6), 57-62. doi: 10.1007/s11528-014-0804-z

Dr. Hongli Li had the following published:

  •  Li, H. (2014). “The effects of the read-aloud accommodations for students with and without disabilities: A meta-analysis.” Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 33(3), 3-16.
  • Li, H. (2014). “Comment on Buzick and Stone: Two tales of one city.” Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 33(3), 31-33.
  • Li, H., Fortner, C. K., and Lei, X. (2014, online first). “Relationships between the use of test results and students’ academic performance.” School Effectiveness and School Improvement. DOI:10.1080/09243453.2014.898662.

Dr. Mark Geil will make the following presentations:

  • Geil, M. and Fanchiang, D. “Walking Surface Ameliorates Equinus Gait in Children with Idiopathic Toe Walking.” American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, New Orleans, La., Feb. 21, 2015.
  • Basile, S., Gharaei, M.H., and Geil, M. “Prosthetic Knee Joint Center of Rotation Error in Gait Analysis.” American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, New Orleans, La., Feb. 20, 2015.

Dr. Brendan Calandra had the following published:

  • Calandra, B. and Rich P.J. (Eds.). (2014) Digital video for teacher education: research and practice. NY: Routledge.
  • Calandra, B., Sun, Y., and Puvirajah, A. (2014). “A new perspective on teachers’ video-aided reflection.” Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. 30(3), 104–109.
  • Calandra, B and Puvirajah, A. (2014). “Teacher practice in multi user virtual environments: A fourth space.” Tech Trends. 58(6), 29-35.
  • Dooley, C., Calandra, B., and Harmon, S.W. (2014). “Pre-service teachers’ experience practicing reading response in a multi user virtual environment.” Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. 30(4), 121-130.

Dr. Brett Wong had the following published:

  • Keen, J., Levitt, E., Hodges, G., and Wong, B. “Short-term dietary nitrate supplementation augments cutaneous vasodilatation and reduces mean arterial pressure in healthy humans.”

Dr. Richard Lakes had the following published:

  • Lakes, R.D. (2014). “Behind the Common Core Standards Movement: OECD’s PISA and Global Education Policy.”  In A.T. Costigan and L. Grey (Eds.), Demythologizing Educational Reforms: Responses to the Political and Corporate Takeover of Education (pp. 117-132).  New York: Routledge.

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