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Human development and education faculty, students receive recognition

Several College of Human Development and Education faculty members and students recently gave presentations, had research published or received grants to support their work.

Bradley Bowen, assistant professor of education, had a manuscript, “There’s an APP for that,” published in The Science Teacher.

Stacy Duffield, associate professor of education, along with colleagues from the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative presented “Common Metrics: The Use of Data for Program Improvement” at the annual conference for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Indianapolis, Feb. 28-March 3. The objective of this session was to illustrate how data are being used to improve university-based teacher preparation programs across 14 higher education institutions in three states. Presenters introduced the audience to the common metrics framework along with program-specific measures.

Other members of the initiative include Linda Distad, St. Catherine University; Emerson Elliott, CAEP; Daria Paul-Dona, Minnesota State University Mankato; Linda Reetz, University of South Dakota; and Robin White, FHI360.

Abby Gold, Extension Specialist and assistant professor of health, nutrition, and exercise sciences, attended the Pew Charitable Trusts National Gathering Supporting School Nutrition March 31-April 1 in Washington, D.C. The gathering was by invitation only and focused on the national school health movement’s efforts toward serving and selling healthier meals, snacks and drinks to students. All expenses were covered by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Kwangsoo Park, assistant professor of apparel, design, and hospitality management, and Brent Hill, assistant professor of education, cowrote an abstract titled “The impact of smoke-free policies on casino gambling revenues.” It has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators Conference, April 25-26 in Las Vegas. Park also had an abstract, titled “Thematic coding of event management research: Intercoder reliability indices perspectives,” accepted for the conference. This abstract was cowritten with a colleague from Kansas State University.

Jenny M. Linker, assistant professor of health, nutrition, and exercise sciences, and Kristen M. Hetland, assistant professor and chair of physical education and health pedagogy at Concordia College, Moorhead, were awarded $38,960 in Year Two Breakthrough Idea Challenge funding by Dakota Medical Foundation to support their SchoolsAlive! initiative. SchoolsAlive! supports local school districts and youth organizations in their implementation of all components of the national “Let’s Move! Active Schools program set forth by the Society of Health and Physical Educators America. SchoolsAlive! aims to increase the quantity and quality of youth physical activity opportunities through a variety of strategies such as active recess, brain breaks, interdisciplinary lessons and active before/after school programming at the elementary level. The grant also will fund tri-college undergraduate physical education service-learning projects in local schools. During the 2013-2104 school year, SchoolsAlive! was implemented by all West Fargo public elementary schools. The program will take place in all Fargo Public elementary schools during the 2014-2015 school year.

Ten members of the NDSU Collegiate FFA Chapter and chapter adviser, Brent Young, associate professor of education, attended the March 12-15 National Postsecondary Agriculture Students Convention in St. Cloud, Minn. The following undergraduate students majoring in agricultural and Extension education were recognized at the event:

  • Kayla Crooker - elected National Vice President
  • Quincy Carter, Kayla Crooker, Stephen Kessler - First Place Team Overall Livestock Specialist
  • Quincy Carter – High Individual Overall Livestock Specialist
  • Kayla Crooker – 2nd Place Individual Overall Livestock Specialist
  • Stephen Kessler – 3rd Place Ag Ed Interview
  • Kristine Keller - 3rd Place Ag Ed Specialist

Abby Gold, Extension specialist and assistant professor of health, nutrition, and exercise sciences, along with Sue Sing Lim and Marla Reicks from the University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition will attend the Society for Nutrition Education’s annual conference in Milwaukee to show their poster, “Validation of Two Measures of Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Third-Grade Students.”

On March 10, Anita Welch, assistant professor of education, presented at the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain. The presentation, “Assessment of Professional Teaching Dispositions in the Virtual Classroom: The Virtual Teaching Dispositions Scale (VTDS)” was co-written by Brent Hill, Larry Napoleon, and doctoral student Brian Rook. The purpose of this study was to discuss the use of Q methodology to validate a multidimensional instrument to assess the professional teaching dispositions of educators in the virtual classroom- the Virtual Teaching Dispositions Scale.

Welch also has been invited to give a keynote speech at the 5th International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology, scheduled for Oct. 22-25, in Kyrenia, Cyprus. In her keynote address, titled “Teaching Dispositions of Online Instructors: Why They Matter," she will explore the assumptions that good Internet connectivity, high quality equipment and solid content knowledge are all that is needed for instructors to be effective in the online classroom, yet research has shown that instructors must also possess strong professional teaching dispositions to truly be effective educators. 

Kelly Sassi's new book, “Writing on Demand for the Common Core State Assessments,” was published by Heinemann on March 13. Sassi, assistant professor of English and education, is the first author, and her co-author is Anne Gere, director of the Sweetland Writing Center at the University of Michigan. The book provides teachers with the principles of effective writing and then shows how to apply those principles to the Common Core assessments. Several local teachers of the Red River Valley Writing Project and NDSU's English education program contributed to the book. For more information, visit

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