Department News Archive - 2013

LRA Included Current RLAC faculty, alumni and students

Numerous RLAC faculty, alumni and doctoral students presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association held December 4-7, 2013, in Dallas, TX.

Among the faculty were Professor and Chair Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Ed.D., Assistant Professor Rochelle Dail, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Marcelle Haddix, Ph.D., Professor Kathleen Hinchman, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Zaline Roy-Campbell, Ph.D.

Current students included Reading Education doctoral candidate Elizabeth Stevens and English Education doctoral student Janine Nieroda.

Alumni Donna Alvermann (Ph.D., Reading Education, 1980), Mark Conley (Ph.D., Reading Education, 1983), Bryan Crandall (Ph.D., English Education, 2012), Carol Delaney (Ph.D., Reading Education, 2004), Elizabeth Lewis (Ph.D., English Education, 2008), Jolene Malavasic (Ph.D., Reading Education, 2007), Ewa McGrail (Ph.D. English Education, 2003), and Karen Wixson (Ph.D., Reading Education, 1980) also participated.

For more indepth information, please visit the conference webpage.

RLAC Presence at NYSRA

Kathleen Hinchman, current faculty member and Reading Education alumna (M.S. 1980 and Ph.D. 1985) presented a featured speaker address, Reading-Writing Relationships in the Common Core: Helping All Learners Benefit", for the annual meeting of the New York State Reading Association in Albany, NY, October 27-29, 2013. Hinchman also participated in a session featuring contributing authors for the NYSRA journal, Literacy, Common Core and Beyond: The Language and Literacy Spectrum Spring 2013 Issue -- Part 2, on an article co-written with Virginia J. Goatley, University at Albany, entitled "Using Research to Make Sensible Literacy Decisions Within Current Educational Initiatives".

Also, Kelly Chandler-Olcott, current faculty member and department chair, presented a featured speaker panel discussion with Jodi Burnash (M.S. in English Education 2009) and John Zeleznik, teachers at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, "Using Digital Storytelling to Meet Literacy Shifts in the CCLS". In addition, Chandler-Olcott and Zeleznik participated in a session featuring contributing authors for the NYSRA journal, Literacy, Common Core and Beyond: The Language and Literacy Spectrum Spring 2013 Issue -- Part 1, on an article entitled "Narrative Plus: Designing and Implementing the Common Core State Standards with the Gift Essay".

RLAC Faculty Member Participated in 2013 NCTE Annual Convention

At the NCTE Annual Convention, held in Boston, MA, November 21-24, 2013, Marcelle Haddix, RLA assistant professor, was among the speakers at several sessions on topics entitled: "Every Ghetto, Every City: (Re)Considering Place-Based Urban Literacies and Public Space in Schools, Communities, and Society"; "Literacy Development Among Hybrid Spaces: Exploring the Literacies and Identities of Young Black Women"; and "The Neoliberal Context ofTeacher Education: Reinforcing Separate and Unequal Educational Experiences". Haddix's topic for the 3rd session was: "Moving Targets: Teacher Candidates of Color Facing Contradictions in Teacher Preparation".

Mindfulness in Education

Rachel Brown, Ph.D., attended the Mindfulness in Education Symposium at the Garrison Institute in November 2013.

SOE Research & Creative Grant Competition Winner

Congratulations to Tess Dussling, Reading Education doctoral student, for being one of the winners of the 2013-14 SOE Research & Creative Grant competition!

Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research Winner

On behalf of the SOE Research Committee, James Bellini, Ph.D. of Counseling & Human Services and chair of the committee, announced on May 16, 2013 the winner of the 2013 SOE Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research competition. The proposal by Marcelle Haddix (Assistant Professor, RLA), Reba Hodge (doctoral student, T & L), and Blair Smith (doctoral student, CFE), "Dark Girls: Re-writing and re-imagining representations of black girlhood", has been selected for funding.

Faculty Work Published in State Journal

RLA faculty members Kathleen Hinchman and Kelly Chandler-Olcott had publications in the newest issue of The Language and Literacy Spectrum, the journal of the New York State Reading Association. Hinchman's article, co-authored with University of Albany professor Virginia Goatley, was entitled, "Using Research to Make Sensible Literacy Decisions within Current Educational Initiatives." Chandler-Olcott's article, "Narrative Plus: Designing and Implementing the Common Core State Standards with the Gift Essay," was co-authored with John Zeleznik based on their co-teaching at Nottingham High School in the Syracuse City School District. Both articles are available full-text on the New York State Reading Association website.

LeVeque Hired to Teach in New York City

Stephanie N. LeVeque, currently completing concurrent M.S. degrees in English Education (Grades 7-12) and Teaching English Language Learners (Pre-K-Grade 12), has accepted a job offer at the Discovery High School in the Bronx. Ms. LeVeque will be starting in Fall 2013 as an ESL teacher for a sheltered English class (high school English class with only English Language Learners).

Congratulations to RLAC doctoral students

Theresa Dussling, Reading Education doctoral student, and Janine Nieroda, English Education doctoral student, have been selected as Teaching Mentors in the Graduate School Competition. They'll be working with new TAs this summer during the TA orientation and then participating in the program throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. It's a well-deserved honor for both of them.

English Education undergrad featured in Daily Orange article

Alex Trinh was one of three students featured in a Daily Orange article about the Posse program at Syracuse University. This program provides full academic scholarships to students who qualify which will allow them to attend college as well as to increase campus diversity.

Wilkinson to present at IRA Annual Conference

Dr. Louise Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology and Communication Sciences, is scheduled to present her new research project, "Comparing Languages and Language Use in Classrooms with English Language Learners"; as the featured invited research presentation at the symposium entitled Meeting the Challenges of the Changing Demographics: Assessment and Instruction That Makes a Positive Difference in ELs' School Success" at the Annual Conference of the International Reading Association being held in San Antonio, TX on April 20, 2013.

RLAC Doctoral Candidate Published

An essay authored by Elizabeth Years Stevens, doctoral candidate in Reading Education, has been published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. The essay is entitled: "Web 2/0 Reflective Inquiry: A Transformative Literacy Teacher Education Tool".