September 2020 Faculty News

Josh Duke

September 26, 2020

Dr. David Eccles, professor of sport psychology, appeared on a two-part episode of a podcast series called The Path Distilled. The first part discussed his research on expert performance in individuals and teams, and the second part explored his latest research on psychological rest and its impact on performance.

September 24, 2020

Tamara Bertrand Jones Associate Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones, associate professor of higher education, was awarded the 2020 Presidential Medal from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In the announcement, ASHE writes, “Tamara Bertrand Jones has consistently develops institutional change at a systemic level, combats ‘scarcity mentality’ in that she filled a void in needed support of others, and creates space for others to grow and shine. While making change, she has also developed structures that will ensure the success and sustainability of her change initiatives, even if/when she is no longer involved.” ASHE awards only one presidential medal each year and is given to a mentor, researcher, colleague, collaborator or someone in higher education whom the president of ASHE deems deserving of recognition.

September 3, 2020


Dr. Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, assistant professor of Science Education, published an article in the Journal of Research in Science Technology with Courtney Preston, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Dr. Zahid Kisa, research faculty at the Learning Systems Institute, Elif Oz (Education Policy and Evaluation Ph.D. '20), and Jennifer Morgan (Science Education Ph.D. student). The article is titled "Assessing instructional quality in science in the era of ambitious reforms: A pilot study" and looks at the instructional reforms that have changed the focus from "discrete facts" to "a focus on a small number of disciplinary core ideas that can be explored in depth."

September 2, 2020

Dr. Jenny Root, assistant professor of special education, published an article "Contextualizing Mathematical Problem-Solving Instruction for Secondary Students with Extensive Support Needs: A Systematic Replication" in Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. Co-authors include special education alumnae Dr. Sarah Cox (Ph.D. '19), Kat Davis (B.S./M.S. '20) and Nanette Hammons (Ph.D. '20).  






Dr. Phil Hiver, assistant professor of Foreign and Second Language Education, received the 2020 Early Career Scholar Award from the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL). The IAPLL is "an interdisciplinary association of scholars with an interest in exploring the psychological dimensions of language learning and teaching," that promotes research, publications, cooperation between scholars in the fields, and promotes the psychology of language learning throughout the world.