Carnegie project selects GSE alumnus Ryan Palmer

PalmerGSE Doctoral alumnus Ryan Palmer, ’13, has won the 2014 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice Award. He is a graduate of the GSE Doctorate in Educational Leadership: Postsecondary Education program. He is currently an assistant professor of family medicine and the director of curriculum evaluation and development at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

His thesis is entitled Exploring online community among rural medical education students: A case study. Dr. Palmer and his colleagues at OHSU are involved in ongoing research to study the impact of mobile learning on students at OHSU, noting that medical education is rapidly embracing online learning to better serve students both on and off campus.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to win such a prestigious award,” says Dr. Palmer. “I’m very honored to represent our program in this capacity.”

GSE Professor Candyce Reynolds enthusiastically nominated Dr. Palmer for the award. “I was very fortunate to work with Dr. Palmer,” she says. “He came to the doctoral program with a passion to learn how to significantly impact medical education through technology. His dissertation addresses the crucial training needs of rural residents. His unique application of the community of practice model in his research points to ways that physicians can address the serious shortage of rural physicians. Since his graduation, he continues his ground breaking research as an assistant professor at OHSU.”

Dr. Palmer is one of only two CPED Dissertation in Practice award winners nationally this year. It’s the second consecutive year that a PSU GSE student has won the award. GSE alumna, Mary Cato ’13, received the same award in 2013 for her dissertation, Nursing student anxiety in simulation settings: A mixed methods study.

The CPED reviews doctoral theses to locate and highlight work that is not only grounded in high-quality research, but also has the potential to impact future practices in education. Each submission goes through a rigorous blind review process. The award affirms the quality of the student’s dissertation, as well as the program.

Dr. Palmer is invited to the CPED Convening in October 2014 at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he will be formally presented with the award and $1000.

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