Jan Abramovitz, PhD
A new assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Jan Abramovitz, holds a master’s from Columbia University Teachers College and a doctorate from OSU. He was formerly on the dance education faculty at New York University and Lesley University. He enjoys working with children as a teaching artist for The Vibrant Classroom and The Right Brain Initiative.
Joel Lane, PhD
The Counselor Education department welcomes Dr. Joel Lane from Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Lane was active in advocacy for the counseling profession in Michigan where he was a Licensed Professional Counselor. He completed his doctorate in counselor education at Oakland University in the Detroit, Michigan area. He will teach courses at PSU in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
Christopher Pinkney, PhD
The Department of Special Education welcomes assistant professor, Dr. Christopher Pinkney, who comes to GSE from California. He has an MA in special education from California State Stanislaus, but got his duck feet at the University of Oregon where he completed his doctorate. He will be teaching secondary special education courses.
Samuel Sennott, PhD
Special education assistant professor, Dr. Samuel Sennott, is a technology early adopter. He has written and published an app for smart phones, Proloquo2Go, that enables people without speaking ability to communicate. He has a doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University and will be working on language, literacy, and universal design. His assignments will include teaching assistive technology at the GSE.
Kathryn van Asselt, PhD
The Department of Counselor Education welcomes Dr. Kathryn van Asselt from Capella University. She is from Colorado where she holds licenses in counseling and school counseling. Her scholarly work focuses on leadership and advocacy. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Northern Colorado.
Marci Krass, MS, is passionate about growth of all kinds. Having spent a significant portion of her life outdoors, she has substantial knowledge of horticulture and sustainable food production. Her training at the GSE has helped her translate those skills into encouraging growth and development in students. Marci leads students at Mt. Hood Community College in the Project YESS program, teaching them to garden organically, grow native plants from seed, and identify native plants in the forest. These skills overlap with her more complex visions, including cultivating leadership skills and exploring solutions to build community and revitalize ecosystems. In both her personal and professional life, Marci is always looking for ways she can ‘stack functions’ to achieve new and greater goals, like creating a world she wants the next generation to inherit. Continue reading
David Douglas School District superintendent, Don Grotting, has been named Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). He is a 1996 graduate of the Master’s in Educational Leadership program.
Superintendent of the Year finalists are selected for the following criteria: leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. The award is a remarkable accomplishment for a relatively new superintendent, whose career is a study in contrasts, taking him to opposite ends of the state and from school districts vastly different in size and makeup.
The Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) has named Dr. Ryan Melton this year’s recipient of the Leona Tyler Award. Dr. Melton was a fixed term faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and now is a senior research associate in the PSU Regional Research Institute. Continue reading
GSE Professor Tina Anctil has been appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve a three-year term on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Dr. Anctil is an associate professor in the Counselor Education Department and the coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, which is currently ranked in the top 25 in the country by US News.
Dr. Anctil brings a wealth of experience to the board having worked for over 19 years in the field of professional counseling at the Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, OHSU, WSU, and PSU. Her research is concerned with career development and counseling for adolescents and people with disabilities, for which she has published and presented articles and papers. In addition, she has been Principal Investigator on 11 successful grants. “This is particularly timely for the field of rehabilitation counseling as we address accreditation changes and health care reform,” she said. Continue reading
Early childhood professor, Will Parnell, and Helen Gordon Child Development Center Director Ellie Justice, announced the awarding of a $1.5 million federal grant to support the 2014-18 Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) program. This grant offers low-income student families subsidies to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). The new four-year award prioritizes support for Pell-grant eligible and military-connected families; it will cover up to 50 percent of child care tuition.
The grant also funds HGCDC teaching positions, classroom and program enhancements, and graduate assistantships to formally connect the early childhood master’s program and early childhood research activities with classroom practices. Continue reading