From new faculty and those whose careers have influenced their fields to how the college has and will impact the community, the following list recaps the most-read stories in 2019.


Olivia Hooker, a 1937 graduate of the College of Education

10. How her Buckeye years shaped the life of a hero

The College of Education and Human Ecology launched a distinguished diversity lecture series in honor of her incredible life of alumna Olivia J. Hooker. Bestselling author and journalist Ta-Nehesi Coates was its first speaker.

Exterior of Ramseyer Hall at the Ohio State Columbus Campus

9. Five college programs ranked in top 10 by U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report named the College of Education and Human Ecology with top marks of its education graduate program in its annual rankings, including No. 1 for education in Ohio and best in the nation for Counselor Education and Workforce Development and Education.


8. Driving toward excellence through diversity

In a move that experts call “bold” and “extraordinary,” the college has recruited a distinguished team of faculty and post-doctoral fellows that will mobilize with current faculty and staff around issues of equity, underrepresentation and social and educational disparities.


Post-doctoral student demonstrates sprint treadmill for Arnold Schwarzenegger

7. Schwarzenegger visits Ohio State kinesiology program

Each year Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Columbus for his sports festival. In 2019, he also made a stop to the college to learn more about education and novel research done in its kinesiology program.


Girl reading board book

6. The importance of reading to kids daily

One million words. That's the difference in reading and vocabulary development between children who have had their caregivers read five books per day to them before kindergarten and those who didn't. The new study by Jessica Logan, assistant professor of educational studies, gain nationwide attention in 2019.


Braylee Gaertner, left, and Aditya Mistry sort food items for the College of Education of Human Ecology food pantry.

5. College opens food pantry for Ohio State students

The College of Education and Human Ecology partnered with the Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars in 2019 to open a food pantry in the PAES Building to help battle an oft hidden issue of hunger on university campuses.


James Moore III sits on a sofa with Missy Weiler and Bob Weiler

4. Unlikely friends fight for those outside privilege

Well-known Columbus developer Robert Weiler and his wife, Missy, have known James L. Moore III for years. In 2019, the Weilers named a scholarship in Moore's name that will help undergraduate students at Columbus State Community College transfer to The Ohio State University.


3. New distinguished professor gets being gifted, black and poor

Rejoining the Ohio State faculty in 2019, Donna Y. Ford has already had an amazing career. She intends to keep forging new paths for children of color as distinguished professor of special education with the college.


2. Rudine Sims Bishop: ‘Mother’ of multicultural children’s literature

The faculty emerita was a pioneer of multicultural children's literature. We sat down with Rudine Sims Bishop in 2019 to talk about her legacy and hear what she thinks of children's books today.


Lori Patton Davis stands in the Martha L. King Center

1. Lori Patton Davis joins Ohio State in leadership role

One of the most influential scholars in the field of higher education joined the College of Education and Human Ecology in 2019 to chair the Department of Educational Studies.

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