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Phil VanFossen

Message from the Interim Dean

It’s a pleasure to share with you this latest edition of our e-magazine, Boilermaker Educator. This issue celebrates the scholarly excellence and productivity of folks in the College, as well as some fun facts about a few of our award-winning faculty and students. Let me highlight several and then you can “read all about it”:

  • Purdue University Faculty Awards Convocation: 17 College of Education faculty were recognized with 20 awards! College of Education faculty represent just 3% of Purdue’s total, but accounted for 15% of the total awards handed out!
  • The Dean’s Advocacy Council (DAC) met in May and the highlight of the day was our tour of the recently opened Center for Resources and Equipment for Assistive Technology in Education (CREATE). Co-directors Jasmine Begeske and Jennifer Smith gave a presentation and a hands-on demonstration of adaptive technologies. I wish I had taken a video of the DAC members playing with bubble machines and cutting with adaptive scissors…
  • Indiana GEAR UP (INGU) represents the single largest external grant ever awarded to the College of Education—$24.5M! Led by research professor Virginia Bolshakova, INGU has two main goals: (1) to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and (2) to conduct research to better understand student STEM learning, persistence, and entry into college and careers.
  • Our Spring 2023 Teacher Pinning ceremony: We welcomed our newest alumni in May alongside us as Boilermaker Educators. Pay particular attention to the last line of the Teacher’s Creed: “I am a teacher. I change the world one student at a time.”

As I have shared previously, I’ve been using a metaphor from economics to encourage folks to share their successes. We can’t be viewed as a commodity seemingly interchangeable – like a bushel of wheat – with other Colleges of Education. Each and every story that follows celebrates what makes Purdue’s College of Education quinoa rather than wheat!

Please follow us on social media for regular news updates! And I wish you a great start to the 2023-24 school year – Boiler Up!

Phillip VanFossen, Interim Dean, College of Education


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Begeske receives AEAI President’s Award
Art Education Association of Indiana (AEAI) President Addie Thompson presented Purdue University College of Education’s Jasmine Begeske with a President’s Award…

CREATE: “All teachers need to know about assistive technology”
To provide high quality instruction for each and every student, College of Education students and faculty need access to both pre-made assistive technology and customized…

Wright, Chan co-awarded Alatis Prize for research on multilingual education in Cambodia
The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) named two Purdue College of Education faculty members and their colleague as the co-recipients of…

Gentry posthumously awarded 2022 LuAnn Aday Award
Marcia Gentry has been selected as a 2022 LuAnn Aday Award recipient upon the recommendation of humanities and social sciences faculty representatives and is approved by…

Smith, Begeske receive 2023 Focus Award for promoting accessibility, inclusion

Dr. Jennifer E. Smith and Dr. Jasmine Begeske are both clinical assistant professors of special education. They are being recognized for their dedication to promoting accessibility and…

Morita-Mullaney receives a Purdue 2023 Trailblazer Award
Trish Morita-Mullaney will receive a Purdue University 2023 Trailblazer Award for outstanding mid-career research and scholarship.

17 College faculty honored at Purdue’s Faculty Awards Convocation 2023 
On May 9, 2023, Purdue’s Faculty Awards Convocation honored colleagues who earned a range of honors throughout the year, including 17 College of Education faculty recognized for 12 awards.


2023 Indiana STEM Education Conference

STEM educators converge on Purdue campus for annual conference
Educators from around the state participated in the 8th Annual Indiana STEM Education conference on Thursday, which featured 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year Sharita Ware…

Indiana GEAR UP: Creating doors and opportunities for students
“Education beyond high school transcends people’s lives,” says the director of an innovative seven-year program that supports and prepares Indiana students from lower income…

Seward, Pereira give lecture honoring Gentry for LuAnn Aday Award
Purdue University presented its three most prestigious research awards — the Herbert Newby McCoy Award, Arden L. Bement Jr. Award and Lu Ann Aday Award — on April 6…

GER2I, Pereira & Seward: Changing life trajectories and influencing education
The Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER2I) has appointed a new director who plans to continue the work started by his predecessors and continue expanding and improving…

Newest teachers honored in College’s Teacher Pinning ceremony
The College honored 78 of its 168 May graduates during the Teacher Education Pinning Ceremony on May 12, held in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus…

Retirement tribute to Dan Shepardson
Daniel Shepardson, professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will retire May 31, 2023…

Purdue’s College of Education hosts group of Jordanian higher educators, scholars
The Purdue University College of Education hosted a team of six higher educators and scholars from three Jordanian universities in May…


Dairy farmers Jill Houin and Andrew Kuehnert celebrate with driver Simon Pagenaud after Pagenaud’s win in the 2019 Indianapolis 500.

Boilermaker Educator serves twice as Indy 500 “Milk Person”
College of Education alumna and dairy farmer Jill Houin (BA Elementary Education ’03) represented Indiana dairy farmers by presenting the winning driver with milk at…

Brenda Sarmiento-Quezada featured on Netflix’s Taco Chronicles
Brenda Sarmiento-Quezada, an assistant professor of Literacy & Language not only focuses on bilingualism in teacher instruction, but has a passion for – tacos!…

Message from Tammy Maynard

New Senior Director of Development

Your visionary contributions have directly impacted the lives of our students, faculty and staff, providing them with extraordinary opportunities for growth, learning and discovery. Thank you!

Please consider giving to the College of Education – through your generosity, you will be supporting these initiatives:

  1. College of Education Dean’s Discretionary Fund (Area of Greatest Need) RF1134
  2. College of Education Scholarships Fund 003106
  3. College of Education Student Diversity Initiatives 006334
  4. College of Education Dean’s Advocacy Council Student Emergency Fund 027844
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Tammy Maynard
Senior Director of Development