PSU faculty member receives international award for middle level education

Dr. Micki Caskey is joined by her daughter Katie Caskey of Vancouver and husband Ron at the National Middle Level Education conference

In a crowded general session of the Association for Middle Level Education’s 39th annual conference at the Oregon Convention Center, Professor Micki M. Caskey was awarded the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service. The Lounsbury award is the highest honor given by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), an international organization that focuses on the education of children ages 10 to 14. It is presented to individuals with at least 10 years of service to middle level education who have made a global impact on middle level education.

“Micki has been the chair of the Research Advisory Committee for AMLE since 2004,” said AMLE President Jeff La Roux. “She has been conscientious, professional, and personable. I have always been impressed with her ability to communicate effectively, her keen intellect, and her friendly demeanor. She is a gem within our professional association, and I imagine that her colleagues feel the same way I do.”

Later the same evening, Dr. Caskey also received a second honor, the Pete Lorain Lifetime of Service Award from the Oregon Middle Level Association, an affiliate of the AMLE.

“I am humbled to be in the company of middle level leaders,” she said. Dr. Caskey was joined by her family and GSE Dean Randy Hitz who was delighted to be a part of the event. “Dr. Caskey is a wonderful teacher and scholar, and we are so very proud of her extraordinary accomplishments,” said Dean Hitz. “She is a role model for our GSE students and an inspiration for all of us.”

Dr. Caskey is a member of the Curriculum and Instruction department in the Graduate School of Education. She is a Graduate Teacher Education Program cohort leader who specializes in content area literacy, action research, learning strategies, content enhancements, and teacher education. Prior to coming to PSU, she spent more than 20 years working with students in inner-city schools.

Dr. Caskey is past chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group, chair of the Association for Middle Level Education’s Research Advisory Board, past editor of Research in Middle Level Education Online, former higher education representative to the Oregon Middle Level Association, and recent board member of the Portland Reading Council. She has written and co-authored several books, book chapters, and numerous journal articles and continues to conduct research on middle level education.

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