The many people involved with the College of Education and Human Ecology – professors, staff, students, alumni – are building on our strengths with their strategic accomplishments. They have won coveted awards, achieved critical milestones and focused attention on some of society’s greatest needs. We invite you to catch up on the most frequently read stories shared so far this year.
Fourteen new faculty bolster college’s strength this autumn
The college hired 14 new faculty this autumn, 12 of whom are faculty of color. Four are clinical faculty members of color, bringing diversity in that category within the college to 41.6%. See which programs welcomed new colleagues.
Diverse postdoctoral program yields five new tenure-track faculty for college
The Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program hired five people of color into tenure-track positions. This plus other strategic hires boosts diversity in this category from 30.3% last year to 33.5%. According to 2018 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, nationwide only 18 percent of Black and Hispanic faculty were in tenure-track positions, and only 7 percent had been granted tenure.
Two selected as Fellows of American Educational Research Association
Professors Jerome V. D’Agostino and James L. Moore III were inducted as 2021 Fellows by the American Educational Research Association. The premier organization has over 25,000 members nationwide. Read about their major contributions to improving educational environments.
College receives record number of Fulbright Scholar awards
Four Education and Human Ecology faculty members were named 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State — the most awards to an Ohio State college in this grant cycle. To find out where these scholars will travel to teach and conduct research, check out the article.
Belury elected American Society for Nutrition vice president
Martha Belury, the Kennedy Endowed Professor of Human Nutrition, is on the fast track to becoming president of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Nutrition. With over 7,000 members, the organization is the largest in the world for nutrition research scientists and clinicians. Her goals for the society include advocacy for nutrition research, education and policy.
Folden selected for Distinguished Teaching Award
“I laughed as I learned,” wrote a student evaluating Eugene Folden’s teaching, which helped him receive this award from the Alumni Association. Hundreds of faculty members are recommended; only 10 are chosen each year. Learn more about why students honored Folden, who teaches human development and family science.
Higher Education and Student Affairs program graduates record number of Black doctorates in one year
Eight Black doctoral students graduated recently from this program, which is ranked No. 8 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. This achievement paves the way for other programs to recruit and graduate Black students. These graduates’ research, which supports programming for Black and diverse college students, comes at a pivotal point for society.
Fashion and Retail Studies senior lecturer selected for distinguished teaching award
Alex Suer’s students said she engages with them outside of the classroom and connects them with job opportunities. This praise helped her be selected as one of six recipients of the 2021 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer. Learn more about students’ praise of Suer.
Power of the Pen: 11 children’s books about reading and writing
Professor Emerita Patricia Scharer highlights 11 children’s books that encourage the “power of pen.” Each focuses on the importance of the written word in a fun, engaging way. Scharer includes books about childhood friendships, family separation, historic figures and more.