2012 News

Educational leadership and higher education and student affairs leadership master's student recognized

Nov. 12—The National Association of Campus Activities Mid America Region recognized educational leadership-higher education and student affairs leadership second year master's student, Emily Lott, as the 2011-12 Outstanding Graduate Assistant. Emily received her award at the annual regional convention held in Grand Rapids. Emily holds a graduate assistantship at Kalamazoo College in student activities. The Outstanding Graduate Student Assistant award recognizes a student within a higher education graduate program who has made substantial contributions to the NACA Mid America region, while continuing to maintain their responsibilities to the institution and program board that they advise. This student must demonstrate the desire to pursue a career in student affairs.

Dr. Jessaca SpybrookSpybrook awarded $27,000 contract

Oct. 23—Jessaca Spybrook, assistant professor in evaluation, measurement and research, was recently awarded a $27,000 contract from the University of Chicago. The contract is part of a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation. The purpose of the project is to improve studies of the impact of group level interventions on program quality and youth outcomes. Spybrook's primary role is the development and support of the Optimal Design Software, a program for calculating statistical power for single level and multilevel studies.

Dr. Andrea BeachBeach receives emerging leader award

Oct. 22—Dr. Andrea Beach has been recognized with an Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of University Administrators. Beach is an associate professor of educational leadership, research and technology and directs WMU's Office of Faculty Development. She was nominated by Provost Timothy Greene.

Dr. Walter BurtEducational leadership associate professor appointed vice president of REL Midwest Board

Oct. 15—Walter L. Burt was recently re-appointed to serve a two-year term on REL Midwest Board of Directors. REL Midwest is part of a network of ten regional educational laboratories funded by the U. S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Each REL serves a designated region of the country and focuses on the national priority of helping states and districts use data and analysis to address important policy and practice issues with the goal of improving student outcomes. REL Midwest serves the educational needs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. American Institutes for Research administers REL Midwest.

The REL Midwest Board of Directors met on May 8 and reviewed the Year 1 scope of work as recently approved by IES. The 28-member board includes the region's chief state school officers; researchers; teachers and representatives of institutions of higher education, educational service agencies, and professional and community organizations. Elected to serve as board president was Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education and Walter L. Burt, associate professor of Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University, was elected to serve as its vice-president.

Dr. Andrea BeachAssociate professor receives emerging leader award

July 27—Dr. Andrea Beach, Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Development received the AAUA Emerging Leader Award. Beach will be awarded at the AAUA Leadership Seminar to be held at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown Pa., Friday-Saturday November 2-3, 2012. This award is made on the basis of Beach's CV and the excellent letter of nomination by Academic Vice President and Provost Timothy Greene.

Two graduate students receive WMU sustainability grant

June 19—Two College of Education and Human Development graduate students in the educational leadership-higher education and student affairs leadership program received a $4,878 grant from the WMU Student Sustainability Grant Program. Meredith Atchison, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Izaak Blankenstijn, from the Netherlands, received the grant for Carbon-Neutral USB-Drives. 

"Students receive funding for sustainability projects" news article

Doctoral alumna appointed assistant professor

May 30—Educational leadership doctoral alumna (2012) Jill Van Hof has been announced tenure-track assistant professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She'll be teaching with the elementary education faculty for the teacher preparation programs. This coming semester she has been assigned to teach human development and learning, U.S. foundations in education, a student-teaching seminar and the supervision of student teachers.

Career and technical education award goes to alumnus

May 11—The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals announced that their Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year is Ryan Rowe, principal of the Lenawee Intermediate School District TECH Center. Prior to going to the LISD TECH Center, Ryan was Assistant Principal of Onsted High School and Principal of Onsted Middle School.

Rowe is a true life-long learner and a role model for his own young children, students, and staff. His education includes a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership in 2004, a Specialist of Arts degree in educational leadership in 2009, and he began his doctoral program in educational leadership in the fall of 2010 here at WMU. Beyond college, Rowe has attended conferences and workshops to continue to expand his knowledge and skills in both CTE and leadership. He consistently collaborates with many groups throughout the county, region and state on CTE initiatives.

Faculty and graduate students present papers at conference

April 17—In March, Dr. Robert Leneway presented a paper that was co-authored with Dr. Warren Lacefield and educational technology graduate student’s Spencer Carr and David de la Rosa entitled: "Administrative and Demographic Factors Related to Teacher’s Confidence and Competency in Using Technology," at the 2012 Society of Technology in Education in Austin, Texas. This paper contained results of four years of survey data collected in part on teacher’s readiness to use technology in the classroom at four WMU GearUp grant supported school districts in Michigan and Ohio. After the presentation this paper was invited for publication in the SITE publication Journal of Technology in Teaching. 

Leneway and Dr. Sharon Peterson presented a paper at this same 2012 SITE conference on "Differences in Help Seeking Strategies Used by Online vs. Face-to-Face Instructed Pre-service Teachers."

Faculty member presents at Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning

Dr. Robert LenewayApril 16—Dr. Robert Leneway gave a well-attended presentation at the 2012 Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning in Grand Rapids. The presentation was titled, "A Look at How Technology Can Support Marzano's Seven Principles of Schools that Work."

Dr. Jessaca Spybrook

Professor awarded grant

Jan. 6—Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, assistant professor in evaluation, measurement and research, was recently awarded a $25,000 Officer's Discretionary Grant from the WT Grant Foundation. The purpose of the funded project is to track research evidence from the completed randomized trials launched by the Institute of Education Sciences. The results from the study will help further our understanding of how research evidence from experimental studies is disseminated.

Dr. Walter BurtProfessor facilitates discussion at conference

Jan. 4—Dr. Walter Burt, associate professor facilitated a discussion at the National Alliance of Black School Educators' Annual Conference held in New Orleans, La. in November 2011 entitled: Surviving in Turbulent Times: A Recapitulation of Success Strategies Incorporated by School Superintendents in Three Mid-size Urban School Districts.

Professors have articles published

Jan. 4—Drs. Walter L. Burt and Dennis McCrumb from the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology had an article published titled; Tenure of African American Superintendents in Michigan School Districts: A Forty-Year Recapitulation of the Michigan Experience. The article appeared in the summer issue of the Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators.