Interim Dean Katharine Shepherd
Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of Engagement. We are pleased to share news from the University of Vermont's College of Education and Social Services (CESS) community about our work to promote a more humane and just society that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities. – Interim Dean Katharine Shepherd, Ed.D.

Jason Garvey Receives Fulbright Award to United Kingdom

As Fulbright Scholar to the British Library's Eccles Center for American Studies, Green and Gold Endowed Professor of Education Jason Garvey will conduct research on the sociopolitical historical experiences of queer people in U.S. higher education and society broadly.
From this research, Dr. Garvey plans to write a book combining his own scholarly narrative and key milestones in queer life in the U.S. to illustrate how sociopolitical historical context are connected to current educational, social, and political solidarity and unrest for queer people. The project will build on his sustained contributions to queer research while promoting positive social change.
Garvey's recent accomplishments include the Outstanding Book Award from NASPA: Student Affairs in Higher Education for Case Studies for Student Development Theory (2021). He also received a research grant from AERA and NSF for 'Queering Student Success' (2021).

Brittany Williams Awarded NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Brittany Williams was recently selected as a 2022 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a project titled: Beyond "Know Your Status": Investigating HIV/AIDS in Conversation with Black College Women. She will join the University of Vermont in the fall as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.
Dr. Wllliams' research explores race, class, and gender in education. She is particularly interested in the nexus of education and health inclusive of HIV/AIDS and stress; how supervision and workplace dynamics influence employee success; and the impact of social identity-based inequalities on higher education access, attainment, and achievement within which she centers classism, identity development, and citational injustice. Her personal and professional advocacy has recently appeared in AIDS United, National Public Radio, Teach for America, the National Black Women’s Health Imperative, and the National Minority Aids Council. She is also a proud co-founder of two digitally rooted co-mentoring communities for Black women: #SisterPhD and #CiteASista.

Williams’ scholarship can be found in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Diversity in Higher EducationReview of Higher Education, and Higher Education Research and Development. She is a recipient of extramural funding from the American Association of University Women. Recentlly, she co-edited the monograph Supervision in student affairs: Approaches and tensions in today’s workplaces (2021, with New Directions for Student Services). 

Tammy Kolbe Accepts Appointments with American Journal of Education and National Education Policy Center  

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Tammy Kolbe recently accepted appointments to serve as senior associate editor of the American Journal of Education and as a fellow at the National Education Policy Center. Dr. Kolbe also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Education Finance and as co-director for the National Consortium for Research on Special Education Funding and Costs. She previously served as chair of AERA's Finance, Economics and Policy Group and is a previous recipient of AERA’s award for Outstanding Policy Report for her work on special education costs and funding reform.
To promote equitable and just opportunities for all students, Kolbe's research focuses on the resources and costs associated with effectively implementing policies and programs in PK-16 educational organizations. She frequently collaborates with state/local education agencies and higher education partners nationwide on issues related to education funding and costs, particularly with respect to special education programs and higher education funding models. 

Internationally Renowned Scholar Jan Fook Honored

University Scholar and Professor of Social Work Jan Fook is a sought-after presenter and consultant whose work has been shared around the world. After an accomplished international career spanning Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Norway, Dr. Fook joined the University of Vermont and began serving as chair of the Department of Social Work in 2019.
Fook's impressive record of publications includes 18 books, 64 book chapters, 36 journal articles, five guest editorships of special topic journal issues, and dozens of other articles and reports.
Jane Okech

Jane Okech Appointed as Editor of The Journal for Specialists in Group Work

Professor of Counselor Education Jane Okech has been appointed as the editor of The Journal for Specialists in Group Work. Dr. Okech is an Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Fellow currently serving in her second term as an associate editor for the journal. She will begin serving as editor elect for the 2022-2023 academic year until taking over the journal's top executive position for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2023 .
Dr. Okech's scholarship focuses on the advancement of proficiencies in the practice of group psychotherapy and clinical supervision with diverse populations. She is the co-author of a text book: Geroski, A., Okech, J. E. A., & Krauss, K. (2020). Group Work in Schools: Preparing, Leading, Responding. San Diego, CA: Cognella. Her professional accolades include the 2015 and 2017 Article of the Year Award by ASGW. She also received the Counselor Education and Supervision Publication of the Year Award from the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors recognizing her book: Okech, J. E. A & Rubel, D. J. (2019). Counselor Education in the 21st Century: Issues and Experiences. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Doctoral Program Graduates Lead Change in Education

Through their research and professional practice, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program graduates Hans Cabra, PhD and Lori Dolezal, EdD strive for transformational improvements to educational quality, equity and justice for all students.
"Equity and social justice drive my personal purpose and the purpose of our agency's work with constituent school systems,” says Dolezal about her role at the Vermont Agency of Education. 
“I am excited to work with children and youth in the formulation of community-development initiatives," says Cabra, who begins his new role as the director of the "Getting to Y" program at UP for Learning. 

Cynthia Reyes Appointed as Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

“Dr. Reyes's commitment to ensuring high quality academic programming, mentoring faculty, and engaging deeply with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion will inform her role as Associate Dean and enhance the work of our College of Education and Social Services leadership team,” said Interim Dean Katie Shepherd.
Reyes is a award-winning and nationally recognized expert on English learner (EL) education, immigrant families and literacy, qualitative research methods, and teacher education. She begins her new leadership role in June. 

National Science Foundation Scholarship Program Addresses Shortage of STEM Educators

Led by Associate Professor of Education Regina Toolin, the NSF-funded Noyce Scholarship Program provides professional learning and mentoring experiences to STEM professionals enrolled in UVM's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Education Program. 
The Noyce program strives to address the shortage of highly qualified science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science educators in high need schools throughout the United States.

Tarrant Institute Prepares Vermont Schools to Pivot When Challenges Arise

Now in its twelfth year, UVM's Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education is changing the way students are educated in Vermont and across the nation.
UVM's middle level education faculty and their Tarrant Institute associates are top scholars in the field of personalized education. Together, they provide long-term professional development to more than 70 partner schools across Vermont while serving as a model for school transformation efforts across the country.

Research Study Examines Early Childhood Education Pathways 

With grant funding and support from Let's Grow Kids, Assistant Professor Kaitlin Northey leads a UVM research study designed to address gaps in policymakers’ understanding of Vermont's early childhood education preparation pipeline.
Northey's study also seeks to identify challenges that are unique to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) students in early childhood education programs.

Celebrating Vermont's Outstanding Educators

The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) and the Vermont Agency of Education honored 70 of the state's outstanding teachers from 30 school districts and supervisory unions at the 41st Annual Outstanding Teachers’ Day.
"We honor your commitment, your successes as well as your trials, and the powerful impact you have had on the children of Vermont and our future," said CESS Dean Katie Shepherd in her address to the audience of teachers, families, and educational leaders. 

Early Mobility Partnership Yields Prototype Vehicle

Collaboration between the UVM's Disability and Community Inclusion's Early Mobility Project and the Center for Biomedical Innovation is addressing the critical need for power mobility among young children experiencing movement-related disabilities.
Combining a hoverboard structure with in-depth knowledge of movement-related disabilities and DIY kits, students designed a new way to build custom power mobility units for children.

Graduate Tuition Scholarships 

We are pleased to offere a variety of graduate tuition scholarships for students in our graduate degree programs in Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Level and Secondary Education, Special Education, and Social Work.
Students applying for Certificates of Graduate Study are also eligible to apply.
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