Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

March 2020

  • A coauthored chapter by Professor of Education Michael Kamen and education majors Abigail Luna ’20 and Sarah Buchanan ’20, “Block Play and a Pedagogical Model for Playful STEM Learning,” has been accepted for publication in Bloom, M. B. & Quebec Fuentes, S. (Eds.), Advancing Science and Mathematics Education for a Sustainable Future. In addition, this chapter has also been posted as this month’s featured research article for discussion in the Reading Group on Playfutures. PlayFutures, initiated by the Lego Foundation, is an online global community of researchers, practitioners, parents and influencers/policymakers who strive towards expanding the opportunities for learning through play.

January 2020

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and Project WILD Coordinator (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) Kiki Corry presented a preprogram workshop session titled “Project WILD Facilitator Training” at the Association for Science Teacher Education 2020 international conference in San Antonio, TX.

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen and senior education majors Abigail Luna’20 and Sarah Buchanan’20 presented their research, “Pedagogical Model and Strategies for Playful Learning in Science,” at the Association for Science Teacher Education 2020 international conference in San Antonio, TX. 

November 2019

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen  published a review of Creative Block Play: A Comprehensive Guide to Learning through Building  by Rosanne Regan Hansel in the fall 2019 issue of Play News , the newsletter of The Association for the Study of Play.

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen presented a workshop for elementary- and middle-school teachers at Granger Independent School District titled “Developing Children’s Mathematical Thinking.”

  • Professor of Education Michael Kamen  published the chapter “Pedagogical Models of Play for Innovative Teaching” in The Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation  (eds. Michael A. Peters and Richard Heraud; Springer Nature Singapore, 2019).

April 2019

  • A paper coauthored by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Education Sherry Adrian, and Emma Kathryn Groves ’17, titled “A Model of the Transmission of Cholera in a Population with Contaminated Water,” which was accepted for publication in November 2018, has been published in the CODEE Journal, vol. 12.  The article was downloaded across 15 countries in its first 25 days of online availability.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne García-Mateus presented a paper titled “Developing Critical Awareness: A Teacher’s Role in Engaging Students to Dialogue about Social Inequities” at the Establishing Sociopolitical Consciousness as the Fourth Goal of Dual-Language Education symposium at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 5–9, 2019.