August 2021 Alumni News

August 30, 2021

Michael Sanseviro
Photo courtesy of Georgia State University

Dr. Michael Sanseviro (Higher Education M.S. '91) was promoted to vice president for student engagement at Georgia State University on July 1, 2021. Sanseviro had previously served as interim vice president for student engagement and programs and associate vice president for student engagement and dean of students. Prior his positions at Georgia State, he was the associate vice president and dean of students at Kennesaw State University.

August 16, 2021

Hyun-Ki Shim (Education Policy and Evaluation Ph.D. '19) received the 2021 Dissertation of the Year Award from AERA, Special Interest Group: Fiscal Issues, Policy, and Education Finance. His dissertation is entitled, "The Impact of Private School Choice Design – Program Type and Student Eligibility – on School District Enrollment and Expenditures."

August 16, 2021

Niu Gao
Photo courtesy of PPIC

Niu Gao (Education Policy and Evaluation Ph.D. '12) was named a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), a think tank based in San Francisco. Additionally, she is the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant-funded project entitled "RAPID: A Researcher-Practitioner-Partnership to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Recession on NGSS Implementation."



August 11, 2021

Leslie MilleLeslie Mille (Higher Education M.S. '15) was selected to serve as the Professional Development Director on the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE) Board of Directors. FloridaACE includes representatives from higher education institutions in Florida, including public and private colleges and universities; community colleges; technical school career centers and co-operative education personnel; as well as industry employers who recruit on Florida campuses and help build Florida’s workforce by promoting innovative internships, cooperative education, and career opportunities through partnerships among career professionals in education, government, and industry. 


August 2, 2021

Dr Melvin Middleton Jr.Melvin Middleton, Jr. (Educational Leadership & Administration Ed.D. '21) was featured in a piece by Valencia College spotlighting his work at the college, his research, and his teaching. At Valencia College, he serves as the evening and weekend campus manager and co-chairs the Black Male Initiative work group, which looks at Black male student success. Middleton also teaches part-time in Valencia's Educator Preparation Institution program. 




August 2, 2021

Dr Maxine MontgomeryDr. Maxine L. Montgomery (English Education B.S. '80) published a book-length monograph titled The Postapocalyptic Black Female Imagination. The monograph is published by Bloomsbury Academic (London) and is part of its African Diaspora Literature and Culture series. The book covers writers and performance artists including Octavia Butler, Edwidge Danticat, Beyoncé, Toni Morrison and more, and continues the scholarly conversation on Afro-futurist canon formation in the 20th and 21st centuries. Montgomery also served as chair of the 2020-21 FSU Taskforce on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion, created by President Thrasher.





August 1, 2021

Dr Anthony Chow
Photo courtesy of SJSU School of Communication
Dr. Anthony Shong-Yu Chow (Learning and Cognition M.S. '98, Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Ph.D. '08) was awarded a $1.4 million grant to address early children's literacy in five tribal communities—the Crow Tribe of Montana, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Northern Cheyenne and Santo Domingo Pueblo—two national community organizations, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. You can learn more about the project here. Chow also was hired as the new director of San Jose State University's School of Information. The program is the largest library and information science program in the nation.