Dr. Tina Anctil to serve as the new GSE associate dean

Dr. Tina Anctil has been selected to serve as the new GSE associate dean, effective August 1, 2017.

Anctil began at PSU in 2008. She holds a PhD in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is credentialed as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a clinical rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She is the current chair of the Counselor Education Department and until this year coordinated the Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization for PSU that is named one of the top rehabilitation programs in the country by US News and World Report. Continue reading

GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students. Continue reading

PSU pays tribute to Randy Hitz

Randy Hitz has retired as dean of the GSE after a decade of leading the largest education school in the state. Since 2006, he administered more than 50 programs and five research centers while working toward continuous improvement strategies for Oregon’s education system. He was the longest serving of his contemporary deans at PSU and the second-longest-serving dean of the GSE, behind Robert Everhart (1986–98).

“Students in Oregon will benefit from Randy’s leadership long after he retires,” said Wim Wiewel, PSU president. “He leaves a legacy of stronger schools, better teachers, and a community united behind its children.”

In addition to the deep professional respect Hitz garnered from colleagues, students, and faculty inside and outside the University, his many accomplishments are noteworthy and will likely influence education in Oregon for many years to come.

Colleagues describe Hitz as a nationally connected professional who led new initiatives at the University, across the metro area, Oregon, and the United States, where he was well-known for his service on the boards of several national professional organizations. Continue reading

Welcome new GSE dean, Dr. Marvin Lynn

Dr. Marvin Lynn wants to put the GSE on the map. The national map, that is. He feels the GSE’s strong reputation for equity in the classroom is worthy of a larger audience. As a nationally recognized scholar on race in education, Lynn is well-suited to do just that. Portland State and the GSE have everything in place to provide leadership for diversity in Oregon and beyond, he says.

Lynn most recently served as the dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend. He was also associate dean at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland, College Park. He began his education career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York.

In 2008, he founded the successful South Shore Chicago Opera Company, which brings classical opera to underserved communities in Chicago. During that time, he also co-founded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, a scholarly organization focused on advancing discussion about race and education in the US and beyond.

Dean Marvin Lynn is the 15th dean and only the second African American to lead the GSE.

He began his tenure at PSU on July 1, 2017. Lynn, his wife and three sons are excited to make Portland a permanent home.

Q&A with Dean Marvin Lynn Continue reading

GSE alumnus named OnPoint Credit Union 2017 Teacher of the Year

GSE alumnus James Nosen, ’83, is one of two OnPoint Credit Union Teachers of the Year for 2017. He was nominated by his school this spring and received honors at the annual OnPoint event May 26, during a KGW broadcast. Nosan was the art teacher at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby School District where he worked for 34 years, and has now retired.

Nosen earned his bachelor’s in elementary education at PSU when the program was offered as an undergraduate degree. He is licensed for K–12 and holds endorsements for elementary multiple subjects and art education. Continue reading

PACE graduate Brian Fassett distributes bicycles in Uganda

Brian Fassett, his wife Kate, and daughters Ruby and Clara are excited about their new adventure.

A former Peace Corps member, Brian Fassett, ’12, had a great job as director of training and development at Advantis Credit Union in Portland. But Fassett was ready for a new adventure. He has taken a new position as operations director with a small start-up NGO, Bicycles Against Poverty. Their mission is to distribute bicycles to rural African communities to improve the standard of living. They distribute bikes on a lease-to-own basis that enables people in small villages, especially women, to expand their opportunities.

Fassett is a graduate of the PSU Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) master’s degree program that develops adult educators to anticipate and respond to the changing developmental issues of diverse adult learners, organizations, and communities. He also holds a certificate in working with adult learners. Continue reading