Best wishes to our retirees!

Dean Hitz, Dannelle Stevens, Christine Chaillé, David Bullock, Swapna Mukhopadhyay

Dean Hitz, Dannelle Stevens, Christine Chaillé, David Bullock, Swapna Mukhopadhyay

The GSE held a special “cupcake assessment” to honor four GSE faculty members who have faithfully served students for many years. Retiring this year are David Bullock, Christine Chaillé, Swapna Mukhopadhyay, and Dannelle Stevens.

David Bullock, EdD—22 years at PSU, 37 years in education

Dr. David Bullock retires as the manager of the professional library and technology center in the GSE. He designed, coordinated, and supervised the current computer lab, having moved it to the new GSE location from the former MISL lab last year. He has supervised student workers in the lab and taught courses and advised students in the Library Media Specialist program. Bullock also served as the interim chair for the Curriculum and Instruction Department in 2003. One of Bullock’s most important contributions to the GSE is the acquisition and implementation of the TK20 software system that stores records of student applications and portfolios of their work.

Christine Chaillé, PhD—25 years at PSU, 43 years in education

Dr. Christine Chaillé has retired from the Curriculum and Instruction Department where she served as chair from 2006 to 2016. She specialized in early childhood curriculum, authoring five books on the topic and earning a national award from the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Chaillé worked with Hands to Hearts International on a project to create child development curriculum for caregivers in orphanages in India.

Swapna Mukhopadhyay, PhD—13 years at PSU, 42 years in education

Dr. Swapna Mukhopadhyay is a retired professor who taught aspiring teachers in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Her focus was on mathematics methods, particularly around providing socially relevant hands-on lessons for students from diverse cultures. She pioneered the field of ethnomathematics, co-authoring two books on the topic and arranging nine annual public lecture series that drew international participation.

Dannelle Stevens, PhD—22 years at PSU, 50 years in education

Dr. Dannelle Stevens is a professor emerita who began her career in K–12 education, teaching social studies, language arts, and special education for middle and high school students. She is a Fulbright and Carnegie scholar, and has authored four books. Her best-selling book, Intro to Rubrics, has sold 40,000 copies and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. She most recently served as director of the GSE’s Educational Leadership Doctorate program. She is an avid journal writer and introduced the concept of rubrics to educators in Turkey.


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