PSU hosts groundbreaking for new Fourth and Montgomery building


OE leadership team participated in rain-free groundbreaking event at the Fourth and Montgomery site.

PSU officials broke ground on the newest of PSU’s campus buildings Friday, January 11. The Fourth and Montgomery building is the future site of the PSU College of Education (COE), along with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the Portland Community College (PCC) dental programs, and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Among the officials attending were PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi, PCC President Mark Mitsui, OHSU President Danny Jacobs, Mayor Ted Wheeler, COE Dean Marvin Lynn, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Dean David Bangsberg, OHSU Division Dean Karen Sanders, and members of the PSU and PCC Boards of Trustees.

The $100 million building will have classrooms, a dental clinic, and low-cost mental health services for the public, along with ground-floor retail and restaurants. The Fourth and Montgomery building is expected to open in 2020 and will be one of the largest academic buildings on PSU’s main campus.

Mobility Matters summit features transportation innovation

handicappedsignThe College of Education will host an interdisciplinary event in partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) on March 11, 2019. The second annual Mobility Matters summit is intended for disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members. Participants will discuss new designs and innovations for navigating roads and urban environments in the metro region.

Last year’s Mobility Matters summit drew over 100 participants who were introduced to technologies that are being developed to expand mobility for people with disabilities, particularly vision impairment.

This event stems from an inventive partnership between TREC and the Special Education Department, which offers a certificate in Orientation and Mobility and the Visually Impaired Learner license and master’s degree.

For more information, or to register, visit the Mobility Matters website or email

New director for Student Services, Marketing, and Communication named

patrick kelleyPatrick Kelley, MBA, is the new director of Student Services, Marketing, and Communication, in the College of Education (COE). He joins PSU January 16, 2019.

No stranger to Portland, Kelley is an alumnus of Wilson High School and most recently worked at George Fox University as the director of graduate, adult degree, and international admissions.

“Patrick is a strong and visionary leader who is poised to effectively lead the important work of the Student Services, Marketing, and Communication team in the College of Education,” said Dean Marvin Lynn.

Kelley started working at George Fox in 2009, initially as an admissions counselor. He was promoted to associate director of graduate admissions and then to director of graduate, adult degree, and international admissions. He has taught courses at George Fox in leadership and management.

Kelley is a graduate of Willamette University and holds a BA in religious studies with a mathematics minor and a master’s in business administration. He will oversee recruitment and marketing services for the COE, succeeding interim Director Todd Cherner, who returns to his teaching assignments in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

Deconstructing Thanksgiving: A look into Native American identity


Victor Begay

Victor Begay

Professor Victor H. Begay remembers that he loved his third-grade teacher. But she lied to him, he said. As a young child, he was a good student, but some of the things he was learning in public school seemed strange to him.

Begay introduced this conundrum to 100 guests at the College of Education’s first annual Deconstructing Thanksgiving event, on November 21 in the Native American Student and Community Center. Begay is an assistant professor at North Idaho College where he coordinates the American Indian studies program there. He has worked in Arizona public schools and community colleges and received a PhD from Arizona State University. Through his work and his research, Begay is connected with many Native American tribes around the country. Continue reading

Master’s students investigate early childhood schools in Peru


PSU students try out the “Molecule”

In September, eight PSU students traveled to Peru with Assistant Professor Ingrid Anderson and Professor Emerita Christine Chaillé to study how La Casa Amarilla (The Yellow House), a network of schools in Lima, Peru, has adapted Reggio Emilia–inspired education concepts across a school system. Students in the Early Childhood master’s program are a mix of local and out-of-state students who met face-to- face for the first time on this trip.

Lima is a modern metropolis of 20 million people on the west coast of Peru, perched on massive cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Lima boasts abundant modern architecture mixed with ornate Victorian buildings and more than 2,500 historic sites leading back to pre-Columbian cultures. Founded in 1535, the city boasts many five-star hotels and restaurants. The city has affluent and poor neighborhoods and has recently seen an influx of immigrants from Venezuela, the result of political unrest in that country. Continue reading

Faculty member Cary Sneider’s YA book featured

Cary Sneider

Associate Research Professor Cary Sneider has published a young adult book Jake and the Quake that is featured on the November Reading List of the Children’s Book Council. The book is a novel based on actual adventures of survivors of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California. Sneider, who is co-Principal Investigator on the GSE Science in the Learning Gardens grant, wrote and illustrated the book, which is published by Tumblehome Learning.

Sneider is also this year’s recipient of the Robert H. Carlton Award from the National Science Teachers Association.