Former GSE dean receives retired faculty award

Dave Krug Head shotProfessor Emeritus David (Dave) L. Krug received the Retirement Association of Portland State (RAPS) Outstanding Retired Faculty Award at the President’s Annual Gathering for Retired Faculty and Staff at University Place on Tuesday, April 17, 2014. He is a former Graduate School of Education interim dean and chair of the Special Education Department. He retired in 1999, but continues to be active in the field by conducting research, writing, and publishing. He is a past president of the RAPS group. Continue reading

Counselor Education awarded Diversity Grant

PSU_FlagThe Counselor Education Department was recently awarded a PSU President’s Diversity Grant to work with minorities and underrepresented students in the campus community. The grant will enable the department to engage in two outreach activities—providing additional counseling groups, and the distribution of informational brochures about PSU counseling services for underrepresented students.

The Counseling Department wanted to provide counseling students with additional training in cultural competence while providing minorities and underrepresented groups access to counseling services.

“The Counselor Education Department is really eager to reach out to underrepresented students both as clients and as future counselors,” says Dr. Lisa Aasheim, director of the PSU Community Counseling Clinic. “We know about many of the unique challenges and stressors that accompany the experience of being a minority student on campus, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to support students in facing these challenges.”

GSE alumnus Paul Coakley named to Centennial administration

CoakleyCentennial School district has selected Dr. Paul Coakley, MEd ’01, EdD ’13, as the new assistant superintendent/director of human resources for the district. He has demonstrated his loyalty to Portland State University by enrolling in multiple programs including: doctorate, master’s, initial and continuing administrator licensure programs through the GSE, and a bachelor’s in liberal studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“Paul was the first student in my current doctoral cohort of 13 students to complete his dissertation,” says Professor Tom Chenoweth, his doctoral advisor. “He is highly motivated, task driven and a wonderful person.”

Dr. Coakley is the current assistant superintendent and a principal in Rainer School District. “I am very excited to come back to the east side,” said Coakley, who grew up in Gresham.

He will begin his position in Centennial on July 1, 2014.



GSE student-directed video recognized nationally

Dr. Kathryn van Asselt’s school counseling students are celebrating. They are recent winners in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) national advocacy week video competition. Their video Why is CACREP Important?, produced by students Nick Yoder, Steven Coop, Dhara Sheth, Sada Dewey, Emily Sanborn, Laurie Gottschalk, Kate Knochel, Michael Lambert, Susan McAndrew, and Kelly Russell, took second place in the national competition. CACREP is the accrediting body for the GSE’s Counselor Education programs. Congratulations to all!

GSE community mourns the loss of Richard J. Sonnen, former department chair

RichardSonnen copy (1)The GSE is saddened to learn of the passing of former colleague and special educator, Dick Sonnen, who passed away in February 2014.

Dr. Sonnen was hired as the chair of the PSU Special and Counselor Education Department in 1978, after a successful career in Portland, Lake Oswego, and North Clackamas school districts. He served as chair of the department for 11 years. Following his retirement, Dr. Sonnen was awarded the status of professor emeritus at PSU. Continue reading

PSU Length of Service Awards 2014

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On Thursday, March 6, 2014, PSU honored faculty and staff who have reached a length of service milestone in 2013. PSU employees were honored for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and remarkably, 45 years of service to the university.

Congratulations to the following Graduate School of Education members. GSE faculty honorees included:

20 years

  • Russell Miars, Associate Professor, Counselor Education Department

25 years

  • Susan Bert, Senior Instructor, Special Education Department
  • Candyce Reynolds, Associate Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Department

Please join us in acknowledging our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to the Graduate School of Education and Portland State University.