October 2019

Around the College

Thompson, alumni author new papers on Professional Learning Communities

Professor Jessica Thompson is lead author on two recent papers about her work on developing Professional Learning Communities to improve science teaching. 

The first, “Toward a practice‐based theory for how professional learning communities engage in the improvement of tools and practices for scientific modeling,” was published in Science Education. Co-authors include Sara Hagenah (PhD ‘15) and Christie Barchenger (MEd ‘14). 

The second, “Launching Networked PLCs: Footholds Into Creating and Improving Knowledge of Ambitious and Equitable Teaching Practices in an RPP,” was published in AERA Open. Co-authors include Soo-Yean Shim (PhD ‘19), Karin Lohwasser (PhD ‘13), Kerry Soo Von Esch (PhD ‘13), Christine Chew (PhD ‘17) and Bethany Sjoberg (MIT ‘07).

Thompson also was the featured guest on a recent NGSNavigators podcast discussing the value of collaboration with science teaching colleagues specifically by forming Professional Learning Communities.

Williamson-Lott’s “Jim Crow Campus” receives AAC&U book award

Professor Joy Williamson-Lott’s book “Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Order” has been named winner of the 2020 Frederic W. Ness Book Award, presented by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

The award recognizes a book that contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education at the college level and Williamson-Lott will be honored during the opening plenary of the AAC&U’s annual meeting in January. 

Wang publishes in Journal of Educational Measurement

Professor Chun Wang’s paper “Item Calibration Methods With Multiple Subscale Multistage Testing,” tackling a challenge of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, was recently published in the Journal of Educational Measurement, the flagship journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education. In collaboration with the psychometric team at ETS, Wang’s study develops viable methods for multiple-subscale, multi-stage testing designs.

Elliott-Groves honored by Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

Professor Emma Elliott-Groves has been named the 2019 recipient of the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity’s Junior Faculty Award. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship in the areas of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in social work education. 

Elliott-Groves was recognized for her article “A culturally grounded biopsychosocial assessment utilizing Indigenous ways of knowing with the Cowichan Tribes,” recently published in the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. Her paper provides culturally-grounded programming related to First Nations’ and other Indigenous populations, who have been historically underrepresented in social work education. In addition, the paper provides research about Indigenous populations that can inform practice for other underrepresented groups and for our clients broadly.

Brotherhood Initiative honored as innovative student affairs program

The UW Brotherhood Initiative, led by principal investigator Professor Joe Lott, has been selected to receive the 2019 NASPA Region V Innovative Program Award. The award is conferred upon an institution or individual who has developed and implemented an outstanding program. The Brotherhood Initiative will be recognized at the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference in November.