Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, associate professor in Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership and director of the school’s Research in Mathematics Education unit, will lead new K-12 STEM initiatives for SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.
For Ketterlin-Geller, this is a cross-disciplinary appointment in the Lyle School of Engineering, home to the Caruth Institute, and in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Her research ranges from supporting to algebra readiness in elementary and middle school mathematics to serving as a principal investigator for federal, state, and locally funded grants on measurement and assessment.
Read more on her appointment.
SMU broke ground Sept. 12 for Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the newest building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The ceremony followed a gift of $25 million from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons in February 2013 to fund a second building and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named in honor of Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request. Read more and see the brief video.
Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell gave the keynote address to the Education Writers Association’s conference on higher education, hosted by Simmons. He spoke to over 50 journalists about developing federal rankings for colleges and universities.
His talk was part of a two-day program co-organized with EWA Sept. 5-6 by Professor Michael McLendon and Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership Department. More on the seminar here.
Michael Lysko, professor of practice and director of Simmons’ Sport Management program, was featured on “All In with Chris Hayes,”on MSNBC. The discussion highlighted recent NFL decisions dealing with players who are involved in domestic violence cases. See the interview here.
As Congress convenes, Simmons Dean David Chard urges legislators to fully fund the Education Sciences Reform Act, which provides for research that evaluates the programs, practices and outcomes in schools. His opinion piece is featured in Roll Call and to read it, click here.
Dean Chard chairs the National Board of Education Sciences, which advises and approves research priorities for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.
Associate Dean Michael McLendon discusses recent findings on state policy initiatives impacting students’ college careers at a higher education seminar hosted by the Education Writers Association at SMU Simmons.
Simmons Associate Dean Michael McLendon co-edited a series of 11 papers this month in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science that find state policies meant to increase college access and degree attainment aren’t working.
The series looks at state policy initiatives such as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of “performance funding” to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of “P–20 councils” to align high school curriculum with college readiness, and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership. Read more.
Peter Weyand, director of Locomotor Performance Lab in Simmons
Associate Professor Peter Weyand, member of Simmons’ Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness, received the 2013-14 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Weyand, an internationally respected physiologist and biomechanist, was recognized by Provost Paul Ludden at the first general faculty meeting, Aug. 27. The prestigious award was been given to faculty since 1985.
Ken Clark, Simmons researcher in SMU’s Locomotor Performance Lab, discovers that the fastest runners have a distinct running pattern, which impacts speed. His article, co-authored with Simmons colleagues Peter Weyand and Larry Ryan, is featured in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
The new findings indicate that the secret to elite sprinting speeds lies in the distinct limb dynamics sprinters use to elevate ground forces upon foot-ground impact. For more on the research, click here.
The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project, based in Simmons, a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of the STEMPREP project, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs. Read more.
Michael Harris, associate professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, has been named director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. He starts his new position August 1 and continues to teach in Simmons. Harris succeeds Beth Thornberg, senior associate dean for academic affairs, Dedman School of Law.