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2022 News Stories

Pat Githens
Pat Githens M.Ed. ’23 receives the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors’ Gayle Webb New Professional Award

Pat Githens M.Ed. ’23 was the recipient of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors' Gayle Webb New Professional Award in recognition of his contribution and impact on the field. Githens is a master’s student in the Educational Leadership Higher Education Administration program, who also works at Sigma Phi Epsilon headquarters.

Next Move @ W&M
Next Move @ W&M makes an impactful return to campus after COVID

Next Move @ W&M received the School of Education Dean’s Innovation Grant and was able to continue its research program this past summer. A 10-week employment training program for 18–35-year-olds with disabilities, Next Move @ W&M offers participants job readiness and skills training at the School of Education and then on-the-job training at job sites around campus.

Faison Center Partnership
William & Mary and the Faison Center: A blossoming university-wide partnership

Over the past year, a new partnership between William & Mary and the Faison Center emerged, by a happenstance interaction with School of Education professor, Jamel K. Donnor. Due to the empowerment of Dr. Donnor, the Faison Center is now engaged in a university-wide partnership with William & Mary, spanning academic units and departments, elevating W&M’s reach in the Commonwealth, students’ experiential learning opportunities, and faculty’s research agendas.

Connecting Learning to Practice news listing
Connecting Learning to Practice: A visit to Virginia Peninsula Community College

Connecting what students learn about theory and research in graduate classes to the field helps provide opportunities for authentic learning to occur. School of Education adjunct professor Catherine Hartman ’13, M.Ed. ’15 is teaching The Community College class this semester and arranged for a class visit to Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC).

Four doctoral students named Holmes Scholars

Four doctoral students in the W&M School of Education join the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program this year.

W&M Holmes Scholars attend AACTE Washington Week
Holmes Scholars Participate in AACTE's Washington Week

W&M Holmes Scholars Philippa Chin, Lavare Henry, Paola Mendizabal, Aishwarya Nambiar, and Shené Owens participated in Washington Week 2022 this past June. It was an opportunity for faculty, Holmes Scholars, and state leaders to learn, collaborate, and network around the advocacy for education in our country.

Stephanie Dorais
Stephanie Dorais joins W&M Counseling faculty

Stephanie Dorais joins the faculty after completing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision and will serve as a clinical assistant professor in the Counseling department.

Leandra Parris
Back to school: Expert shares ways to support K-12 students’ mental health

Leandra Parris' research focuses on relationships among middle and high school students within an equity-centered, trauma-informed framework. As a new academic year begins for a community that includes students going to school and being homeschooled, W&M News asked Parris to discuss ways to support K-12 students at home and at school.

Jaimie Stickl Haugen
Jaimie Stickl Haugen joins W&M Counseling faculty

Jaimie Stickl Haugen joins W&M as a clinical assistant professor in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. After completing training to become an elementary school teacher and pursuing a career in counseling, she completed her doctoral degree in counselor education and discovered a passion for research.

Amber Pope
Amber Pope joins W&M Counseling faculty

Amber Pope joins W&M as a clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling program. Her research centers on culturally responsive counselor training, with a focus on improving counselor trainees’ competency in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. She is also interested in the use of virtual reality (VR) in counselor education.

Bianca Augustine
Bianca Augustine joins W&M Counseling faculty

Bianca Augustine joins W&M as a clinical assistant professor in Counselor Education. Her research interests include minority stress as a form of complex trauma; destigmatization of sex/sexuality, especially in the field of counseling; and examining the intersections of sex/sexuality/sexual expression, gender identity/expression, and racial/ethnic identity, especially as it relates to self-image, resilience, self-compassion, and self-care.

Camp EAGER 2022
Reimagining summer school: Camp EAGER expands to inspire more young people to pursue STEM

An experimental summer camp developed by researchers at the William & Mary School of Education, now in its second year, is exploring innovative ways to encourage more students from underrepresented groups, primarily girls and youth of color, to pursue STEM careers. Camp EAGER, directed by Meredith Kier, associate professor of science education; Lindy Johnson, associate professor of English education; and Janise Parker, assistant professor of school psychology, aims to Elevate engineering, Advance innovation, Guide Learning, Effect change, and Remove barriers for all.

Tillman Scholars 2022
Kord Basnight '85, M.Ed. '23 and Haley Padgett M.Ed. '23 selected as 2022 Tillman Scholars

Two students in William & Mary’s Online M.Ed. in Counseling program have been selected by the Tillman Foundation as 2022 Tillman Scholars. The prestigious scholarship, founded by the family of Pat Tillman, annually recognizes military service members, veterans and spouses who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to service, scholarship, humble leadership and impact.

Megan Tschannen-Moran
Tschannen-Moran has most cited article in Journal of Educational Administration's 60th anniversary edition

The Journal of Educational Administration, the first international journal in educational leadership, is celebrating its 60th anniversary by reprinting the ten most-cited articles from the journal's six decades of publication. Megan Tschannen-Moran, professor of education, is highlighted as the author of both the top and fourth-most cited article.

Commencement 2022
School of Education celebrates 2022 commencement

The School of Education celebrated its 2022 graduates during a joy-filled Commencement weekend May 20-21. In all, 255 students graduated from undergraduate and graduate programs in education.

Mind and LIfe Institute Grant
Mind & Life Institute grant explores the impact of meditation on well-being and effectiveness of counselors

Daniel Gutierrez, the Vera W. Barkley Associate Professor of Counselor Education, along with collaborator Stephanie Dorais Ph.D. ’21, assistant professor in counselor education at Kean University, are exploring the role of contemplative practices in promoting prosociality and resilience among mental health counselors. The two-year project is being funded by a $100K PEACE Grant from the Mind & Life Institute, an organization co-founded by the Dalai Lama to bridge science and contemplative wisdom in order to foster human flourishing.

SURN 4:00 Focus
SURN addresses need for school leader collaboration and professional development with new 4:00 Focus program

William & Mary's School-University Resource Network (SURN) responded to a field-based concern of principals missing opportunities to collaborate and learn with one another, so they took action, establishing the 4:00 Focus program. 4:00 Focus targets a timely and actionable topic to bring school leaders together with their community of peers for an interactive webinar.

Janise Parker receives the Early Career Faculty Award
Janise Parker named Early Career Scholar for the 2022 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference

The premier organization for research in school psychology has recognized Parker for her contributions to the field and has named her an Early Career Scholar for the 2022 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC). During this same week, Parker received the Early Career Faculty Scholarship/Award during the Trainers of School Psychology Conference.

Headshot of Lydia Suitt
Counseling student Lydia Suitt M.Ed. ’23 wins leadership essay contest

Lydia Suitt, a master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, has won first place in the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) & Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Leadership Essay Contest.

Holmes Scholars at AACTE 2022
William & Mary Holmes Scholars attend the 74th AACTE conference

William & Mary Holmes Scholars attended the Holmes Scholars Preconference Program in New Orleans in early March as part of the 74th American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting

Courage, dignity and honor: School of Education unveils Trailblazers Wall

Over Charter Day weekend, the School of Education community gathered to unveil a new installation in the school building honoring trailblazers who broke barriers at William & Mary and within the field of education and opened doors for generations of future educators. The three inaugural honorees on the Trailblazers Wall are Hulon L. Willis, Sr. M.Ed. ’56; Janet Brown Strafer ’71, M.A.Ed. ‘77, D.Sc. '18; and Jo Lynne DeMary ’68, Ed.D. ’82.

Jennifer Riedl Cross
W&M faculty launch new open-access journal devoted to the psychology of giftedness

For years, research in gifted education has centered on achievement and educational practice but lacked in the psychology of giftedness. W&M faculty members Tracy Cross and Jennifer Riedl Cross are founding a new journal to make research on the psychology and well-being of individuals with gifts and talents accessible to academics, parents, professional educators and counselors.

Pamela Harris
The stories that need to be told: W&M alumna returns as professor and published novelist

As a school counselor, Pamela Harris Ph.D. ’16 saw firsthand the power of stories to validate and inspire young people, especially the Black students she worked with who struggled to see themselves in the books and stories they encountered. As a writer, she loves bringing authentic stories to life from her own imagination and lived experience. She’s now a published YA (young adult) novelist and a counselor educator at William & Mary, fulfilling both sides of her dream to support youth through counseling and writing.

Wreaths Across America
Counseling program participates in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Ceremony

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, students and faculty in the clinical mental health and military and veterans counseling programs participated in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. Organized by Elizabeth Burgin, coordinator of the military and veterans counseling program, the cohort gathered at 6:00 am and laid wreaths at service members’ headstones.