Neag School alumnus Perry A. Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D., ’76 JD, university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, this year established the Dr. Perry A. Zirkel Distinguished Teaching Award at the Neag School. The award will be given annually to a full-time Neag School faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching.
After reviewing several strong nominations, the award selection committee has named Dr. D. Betsy McCoach the 2018 award recipient. She will be formally recognized during the annual Neag School Alumni Awards Celebration on March 17, 2018.
Zirkel, who formerly served at Lehigh as dean of the College of Education and more recently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, has a master’s in education, Ph.D. in educational administration, and JD from the University of Connecticut, as well as a master of laws degree from Yale University.
Read more about the Zirkel Award here.
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Kate Williamson, school psychologist in Darien, CT won the 2018 Ron Edwards Dissertation Award of the Behavioral School Psychology Interest Group (BSPIG) of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The award will be presented at the BSPIG meeting at the NASP Annual Convention in Chicago on February 15, 2018.
Michael Coyne, who has spent 16 years at UConn, has published 60 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator in grant-funded projects exceeding $25 million. His research efforts are widely recognized and have been incorporated into school psychology; general and special education; and educational psychology. His practice and systems efforts are influencing local and national policy on adoption of and use of evidence-based instructional practices. In addition, he serves as co-director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER). Check out a photo from the meeting of Coyne accepting the award.
In addition to publishing in such top journals as Journal of Educational Psychology, Exceptional Children, and Reading Research Quarterly, Devin Kearns has grants and contracts totaling $7.5 million. He also has collaborated with Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland, and Haskins Laboratory, and has pending projects with Florida State University and the University of South Carolina.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Howe for winning the Teacher Education Division’s Kaleidoscope Award in Quantitative Research at the November 2017 conference in Savannah Georgia. Ms. Howe is a doctoral fellow in the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UConn.
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