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

PSU alumna Janet Do receives Milken Award

Janet Do Guadalupe GuerreroFirst grade teacher Janet Do, ’13, who works at Whitman Elementary School, is this year’s only Oregon recipient of the prestigious Milken Award. The award was announced today at an assembly at her school in Portland Public Schools. Only 40 Milken awards were distributed nationwide this year.

Do, who is the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, completed a bachelor’s degree from PSU and has an MEd from the College of Education.

The Milken Award is one of the highest honors in education with an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000.

Congratulations Janet! The COE is proud of you.


Assistant Professor Molly Siuty accepts early career award

MollySiutyMolly Siuty received the Early Career Publication Award from the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children at their conference in Las Vegas on November 7. Her publication “Unraveling the Role of Curriculum in Teacher Decision Making” was published in the Journal of Teacher Education and Special Education. She shares the award with two co-authors, Melinda M. Leko and Kimberly M. Knackstedt.

Siuty was hired to work in the Special Education Department in 2017 and is the cohort leader of the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP).

In July 2017, her doctoral dissertation was named Outstanding Dissertation from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

Assistant Professor Deanna Cor receives state award


The Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) presented College of Education Assistant Professor Deanna Cor with the Human Rights Award at their fall meeting, held Friday, November 9, at the Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland.

The award is presented to ORCA members who have demonstrated an exemplary level of professional and personal commitment in the areas of human rights and the advancement of human dignity.

Cor came to PSU in 2016 and is the program coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization. She is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a board-approved clinical supervisor. Her research interest is in facilitating and advancing multicultural and social justice counseling competencies for working with trans and nonbinary clients. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented locally and nationally on these topics.

Most recently, in conjunction with a small group of advocates, she worked to establish the Oregon chapter of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling. She is currently serving as the inaugural president of the organization.

The Human Rights Award was established in 1986 by PSU Emeritus Professor David Capuzzi, who began working at PSU in 1977. He was an instructor, program coordinator, department chair, and assistant dean, and is a past president of ORCA’s national affiliate, the American Association for Counseling and Development.

GSE faculty member Olivia Murray honored

Olivia MurrayThe Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition (OSSCC) will honor Dr. Olivia Murray at their yearly awards ceremony for her work supporting LGBTQIA students.

Murray is an associate professor of practice in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, where she teaches in the Graduate Teacher Education Program. She leads a student group on the PSU campus that meets periodically to discuss pressing issues related to gender and sexual orientation in education. Her research interests include culturally responsive classroom management and the use of queer-inclusive pedagogy in teacher education.

The OSSCC Safe Schools Awards celebrates Oregonians who have made schools and communities safer for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth.

GSE’s Amy Parker receives transportation honors

Amy ParkerThe Portland chapter of the Women in Transportation (WTS) has awarded Special Education Assistant Professor Amy Parker an honorary membership to their organization for one year. She joins Governor Kate Brown and five others with this distinction.

Parker came to PSU in 2017 to coordinate the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program in the Special Education Department, which can be taken alone as a certificate, be taken in concert with teacher preparation in PSU’s Visually Impaired Learner license or endorsement, or infused as an area of specialization in the Master of Science in Special Education.

Last year, Governor Brown championed a $5.3 billion transportation package to upgrade Oregon’s highways and infrastructure to withstand earthquakes and to create safer crossings and signals. It passed the legislature in 2017, and she signed House Bill 2017 in August of that year.

Since launching the O&M program at PSU, Parker has partnered with the Transportation Research Education Center (TREC) on projects to improve mobility in urban environments for individuals with disabilities and/or vision impairment. TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University, houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and the archives of its predecessor grant program, the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).

WTS Portland was established in 1985 and provides career and technical support to women in transportation throughout Oregon. WTS Portland is a local branch of a national organization consisting of 79 chapters and 6,500 members throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

This year’s WTS Portland honorees include:
Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon; Brendan Finn, Transportation Policy Advisor; Doug Kelsey, General Manager, TriMet; LaQuida Landford, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Urban League; Amy Parker, PSU Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program; Momoko Saunders, Operations Director, BIKETOWNpdx, and cofounder, Bike Farm; and Alando Simpson, VP City of Roses Disposal and Recycling and Commissioner, Oregon Transportation Commission.