GSE alumna receives national award for research in Kenya


Recent GSE doctoral graduate Staci B. Martin, ’18, is the recipient of the 2018 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award for her work entitled Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope Through the Use of a Psychosocial Peace Building Education course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Martin holds an EdD in the Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University and a scholar of critical hope and critical despair. She is a community-based action researcher working with vulnerable populations, in particular, refugee youth. She has lived and worked alongside communities in over 15 countries. Her experiences vary from designing to implementing to evaluating sustainable psychosocial peace-building education programs in four countries: South Africa, Dieplsoot Informal Settlement (nthabiseng project, 2001); Nepal, Vishwa Shanti Vihara Vishwa Monastery (Khelera Sikou Project, 2012); Jamaica (Irie Project, 2010); and Kenya, Kakuma Refugee Camp (Pambazuka, 2017). She has presented in over 20 conferences and authored five papers on this work.

Martin’s research and teaching interests include critical hope and despair, pedagogy of hope, refugee education, psychosocial, peace-building, participants as co-researchers, and community-based action approach.

“Staci is indeed a remarkable young scholar,” said her dissertation chair, Professor Emerita Dannelle D. Stevens. “She is humble, focused, articulate, and persistent in accomplishing her goal of conducting rigorous research. By doing so, she empowers individuals to create better outcomes for themselves and others. It has been my honor to work with and learn from her over these last five years.”

Her dissertation committee includes Micki Caskey, doctoral program coordinator, Samuel Henry, emeritus faculty in Curriculum and Instruction and Matt Carlson, Graduate Office representative.

Martin will attend the CPED Consortium Convening in Phoenix, Arizona, in October to receive a monetary award and plaque, and she will present her work at their luncheon.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is the knowledge forum on the EdD with a membership of over 100 schools of education in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.

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