The pandemic rattled our world’s way of life in 2020. In 2021, we adapted to a new normal while continuing to do extraordinary things. The College of Education and Human Ecology strives every year to excel in meeting expectations. We are thrilled at our opportunities and accomplishments that were put forth last year. Catch up with the top 10 stories of 2021.



Farewell to a friend

This year, the world lost an amazing woman, but we all gain from her legacy. Missy Weiler was a strong advocate for education. Learn how the paths she created are breaking down barriers for students pursuing careers in education. Read Story


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Diverse postdoctoral scholars program yields five new faculty hires

The Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program hired five people of color into tenure-track positions. This plus other strategic hires boosts diversity in this category from 30.3% last year to 33.5%. According to 2018 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, nationwide only 18 percent of Black and Hispanic faculty were in tenure-track positions, and only 7 percent had been granted tenure. Read Story


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College introduces free online course on infection prevention

If there were no current pandemic, clean surfaces and a healthy environment in public spaces would still be of highest importance. Now more than ever, how to clean and disinfect effectively is knowledge everyone should have, and now you can. Find out more on accessing the free course. Read Story


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Dear employer: 5 considerations for returning to the office

The current pandemic brings tough decisions for companies wanting to get the work environment back to normal. Employees adapted to their new routine while working remotely. Employers are considering many factors when transitioning back to an office setting. Read Story


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Power of the Pen: 11 children’s books about reading and writing

Professor Emerita Patricia Scharer highlights 11 children’s books that encourage the “power of pen.” Each focuses on the importance of the written word in a fun, engaging way. Scharer includes books about childhood friendships, family separation, historic figures and more. Read Story


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Higher Education and Student Affairs graduates record number of Black doctorates in one year

Eight Black doctoral students graduated recently from this program, which is ranked No. 8 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. This achievement paves the way for other programs to recruit and graduate Black students. These graduates’ research, which supports programming for Black and diverse college students, comes at a pivotal point for society. Read Story


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Lori Patton Davis delivers iconic Brown Lecture in Education Research

The 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education case is viewed as one of the most significant Supreme Court education cases of the century. Professor Lori Patton Davis was invited to deliver the American Educational Research Association’s annual lecture. She helps us understand how the case influences education today. Read Story

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A more perfect union: Social studies educators tell how to get there

When the US Capitol was stormed last year during the inauguration of our new president, students around the nation asked questions of their teachers. Learn what education scholars say about the century-old debate on teaching social studies. Read Story


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Fourteen new faculty bolster college’s strength this autumn

The college hired 14 new faculty this autumn, 12 of whom are faculty of color. Four are clinical faculty members of color, bringing diversity in that category within the college to 41.6%. See which programs welcomed new colleagues. Read Story



Two selected as Fellows of American Educational Research Association

Professors Jerome V. D’Agostino and James L. Moore III were inducted as 2021 Fellows by the American Educational Research Association. The premier organization has over 25,000 members nationwide.  Read about their major contributions to improving educational environments. Read Story

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