Faculty accolades, January 2020

By

Erik Ketcherside

Juliet Hart Barnett — CEC DADD Research Award 

Associate Professor Juliet Hart Barnett will receive the 2020 Research Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children. Hart Barnett was praised by the selection committee both for the quality of her research and her commitment to individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“I’m very honored to receive the DADD research award,” Hart Barnett said. “This CEC division has been a leader for decades in the advancement of evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism and other developmental disabilities, and I’m privileged to be recognized by the committee in this way.”

Hart Barnett will be presented with the award later this month at the CEC’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities International Conference in Sarasota, Florida.

David Berliner, Gene Glass, Alfredo Artiles — Edu-Scholar Public Influencers

On January 8, Education Week policy writer Rick Hess announced his 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Each year, Hess honors 200 education scholars who had the greatest influence on the nation's education discourse in the preceding year.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has three education professors ranked in the Top 200 in the nation:

  • David Berliner, Regents Professor Emeritus and research professor
  • Gene Glass, Regents Professor Emeritus
  • Alfredo Artiles, Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education and dean of the ASU Graduate College

“Given that there are well over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S.,” Hess says, “it’s a considerable accomplishment to be ranked in the Top 200.” He compares an edu-scholar to a “five-tool” baseball player, “... a player who can run, field, throw, hit and hit with power. ... Scholars whose work is relevant to the world of policy and practice require a similar range of skills to excel.”

Berliner, Glass and Artiles have all been named to the RHSU honor roll in past years. Other MLFTC faculty members who have been recognized as edu-scholars are professors Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and Sherman Dorn, and Associate Professor David Garcia.

Steve Graham, Karen Harris — Fleischner Career Leadership Award

The Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children named Steve Graham and Karen Harris co-winners of the 2019 Jeannette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award. Graham and Harris are the Mary Emily Warner Professors of Education at MLFTC, as well as being husband and wife.

The Fleischner award honors those who have advanced the field of learning disabilities through direct services, policy development, community service, research or organizational leadership throughout their careers. It’s named for a Columbia University education professor who devoted her career to the advancement of children with disabilities. Fleischner, who was a friend of Harris, died in 1997 at the age of 57.

Harris says, “It is such an honor to receive this award dedicated to Jean Fleischner, an outstanding leader in special education who left us far too soon. She served as a role model to so many of us, as she was dedicated to both high-quality research and making a difference in the lives of children with learning and other disabilities.”

Harris and Graham will receive the award next month at the Council for Exceptional Children annual conference in Portland, Oregon.

Jeongeun Kim — visiting scholar, Chile

Last November, Assistant Professor Jeongeun Kim spent 10 days in Santiago as a guest scholar of the University of Chile for research activities funded by CONICYT, Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research. During her stay, Kim gave talks at several public universities, addressing how public financial support, higher education policies and ranking systems shape important practices at public universities. Kim also provided seminars for the institutional research offices and offices of graduate education research at some of those same universities.

“The seminars and meetings were beneficial for me,” Kim says, “letting me learn the challenges and questions that Chilean higher education institutions are facing. Particularly given the current social movements and protests, the conversations I engaged in raised important questions around the role of public universities in the midst of global market competition and systems such as ranking that project particular images of higher education institutions.”

Teresa Foulger — No. 1 NIDL open-access article of the year

Associate Professor Teresa Foulger was co-author of a 2019 paper that Ireland’s National Institute of Digital Learning named the No. 1 “Best Read” of the year among open-access journal articles. “Goldilocks and Journal Publication: Finding a fit that’s ‘just right’” first appeared in the August edition of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.

The article was written to provide advice to early-career researchers and graduate and postgraduate students who are developing a research and publication profile and establishing themselves within a research community.

Foulger says, “As an article about journal selection, it would be good for doctoral students and new professors to know. But in reality, the metrics within might be enlightening for anyone desiring to submit for publication.”