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  • Free Professional Development Workshops for Illinois K-12 Educators

    As part of their The Bilingual Advantage Starts at Home grant bilingualism experts Dr. Melissa Bowles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Dr. Kim Potowski (University of Illinois at Chicago) are offering two free professional development workshops for Illinois teachers and administrators. Each 2-hour interactive workshop will be offered online via Zoom and will provide attendees with 2 ISBE-approved clock hours of professional development (PDH).

  • Congratulations to our 2015 AERA award recipients!

    The College of Education at Illinois is honored to have three of our faculty members recognized at this year’s AERA Annual Meeting.

  • Dr. Lisa Monda-Amaya

    Lisa Monda-Amaya Named Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

    I am pleased to announce that Lisa Monda-Amaya has accepted my offer to become the Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. She began transitioning into this role on March 15 and will serve as Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Designate pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

  • Job Posting: Graduate Research Assistant - Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)

    Graduate Research Assistant – 50%

    January, 1 2014 – May 15, 2014, with possible renewal 

    The focus of this Research Assistantship is to assist the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) in their current and future research and grants portfolio. This includes searching and compiling RFPs, literature reviews on current issues in higher education, conducting survey research, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and producing easily consumable reports. This RA will report to the Coordinator, Research & Grants. Click headline to read more...


  • SwaTaleem Foundation: Hiring Student Interns for Summer 2020

    SwaTaleem (Swa from Sanskrit meaning 'Self' and Taleem from Persian meaning 'Owning your Education') is an international nonprofit that works with adolescent girls, teachers, and local government officials in some of the most remote parts of the world to ensure quality education and critical life skills.

    The organization is hiring interns for summer 2020 in a variety of roles.

    For more information, please read the attached flyer and if interested, please fill out the attached Google Form:

  • Dr. Gianina Baker

    NILOA Associate Director Gianina Baker Selected 'Forty Under 40' Woman of the Year

    Congratulations to Dr. Gianina Baker, associate director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, how has been named the 2020 'Forty Under 40' Woman of the Year by Central Illinois Business Magazine.

  • IDEALL Grand Opening - Wednesday, September 30

    Illinois Digital Ecologies and Learning Laboratory (IDEALL) Grand Opening

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    3:00 – 5:00 PM

    166-170-176 Education Building

    IDEALL is a research laboratory developed for use by educational, learning sciences, and educational technology researchers both in the College of Education and from the wider campus research community. A highly configurable space, IDEALL is intended to facilitate investigations of cutting-edge, technology-enhanced learning environments in both formal and informal learning settings, and across the life-span. The Lab offers state-of-the-art 360-degree video and audio capture, a highly configurable lighting system, projectable surfaces and associated projection infrastructure in every dimension, a pull-out interview room, an observation center with one-way mirror, and more. The Lab is ideal for setting up, and capturing, learner interactions with state-of-the-art digital learning environments, including virtual and augmented realities, multi-touch surfaces for collaborative learning, and educational games, among other platforms.

    Please join us to explore the capabilities and affordances of the Lab. Demonstrations of capacity and use will be offered, with opportunities to connect with researchers who are putting the Lab to use.



  • OCCRL Graduate Student Named an AAHHE Fellow

    Angel Velez, a research associate in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership in the College of Education, was selected as a fellow in the Graduate Student Fellows Program of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

  • Retirement Reception for Professor Violet Harris

    Please join us in recognizing Professor Violet Harris for her 29 years of service and accomplishment at the University of Illinois.

  • POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant/Associate Professor in Evaluation

    The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, announces a position for an outstanding emerging or established scholar in evaluation. The successful candidate will have a strong record of intellectual contributions to evaluation, substantial field experience as an evaluator, and expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods.

    For more information, please go to

    To ensure full consideration, we ask that applications be submitted by October 10, 2019.

    The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled.

  • EPOL doctoral alumnus honored for dissertation

    Joel Malin, Ph.D. ’15 EPOL, was honored with the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award by the National Education Finance Conference for his dissertation, “Social Makeup and Public School Funding Effort and Distribution.”

  • Dr. John Trach

    Alumnus and Former Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. John Trach Passes Away

    Dr. Trach, Ph.D. '89 SPED, and associate professor emeritus in Special Education, passed on December 9, 2023. 

  • EPOL Ph.D. candidate chosen as Spencer Dissertation Fellow

    Alisha Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, was chosen as a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. Johnson was one of 35 fellows selected among nearly 400 student applications from more than 100 graduate institutions.

  • Education Justice Project Recruitment

    Language Partners (LP), a program in the Education Justice Project ( is an award-winning, peer-taught, English as second language program at Danville Correctional Center serving a primarily Latinx population. We are accepting applications for instructor-trainers at Danville Correctional Center. 

    To apply, go to and select the Language Partners application.

    Deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.

  • Fall 2019 EPS 420: Social Foundations Course for Masters and LES Students

    EPS 420 Sociology of Education, Tuesday, 3:00 to 4:50pm, Room 323 Educ Bldg

    CRN # 337154: 4-Hrs  for Graduate Students 

    CRN # 64995:  3-Hrs for Undergraduate Students 

    Professor: Bernice McNair Barnett (

    Description: EPS 420 Sociology of Education is a sociological examination of education and schooling in society. It can be used to fulfill the EPOL social foundations requirement for Master’s students and advanced hours for Learning and Education Studies (LES) majors. Students will: (1.) learn about how major sociological theories/theorists view and explain education and its relationship to society; (2.) become familiar with sociological concepts, assumptions, questions, research, methods, issues, and debates related to education/schooling in various school and societal contexts; (3.) analyze race/gender/class+ diversity in education and society, including experiences, representations, opportunities, and challenges of students, teachers, and administrators in various school settings and eras; and (4.) assess the educational impact and legacies of teacher and student-led movements in education and society, such as the student free speech,  African American, Mexican American, Asian American, Native American, women/feminist, anti-war,  special education, disability, LGBTQ+, anti-poverty, language minority, immigrant, and migrant farm worker rights movements.

  • Congratulations to alumna Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

    The AERA Special Interest Group Research in Mathematics Education named Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, Ed.M. '07 C&I, Ph.D. '12 C&I, a recipient of the 2015 Early Career Publication Award.

  • Over 200 entries received for MLK Creative Expressions Competition

    The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities received more than 200 entries for this year’s Creative Expressions Competition. The winners and honorable mention recipients were announced at the Jan. 23 MLK Jr. Community Celebration at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Essays, poems, songs, short stories, drawings, paintings, mixed media, multimedia, and sculptures were all accepted art forms for the contest.

  • U.S. News & World Report Ranks College's Graduate Programs Among Nation's Best

    U.S. News & World Report released their 2023-24 Best Graduate Schools rankings today, and the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s on-campus graduate programs all continue to rank in the top 25 nationwide.

  • UPDATED: Education Leads Several Funded Projects in 2021-22 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program

    Chancellor Jones has announced the first U of I projects to be awarded funding under this $2 million annual commitment by the university to respond to the critical need for higher ed institutions across the nation to prioritize research focused on systemic racial inequities and injustices, as well as the expansion of community-based knowledge that advances the understanding of systemic racism and generationally embedded racial disparity.

  • Family Behavior Support App Now Available

    The Family Behavior Support App (FBSApp) is a tool to support caregivers of children who engage in challenging behaviors and is now available for FREE in the Apple store.

  • EPSY/INFO 590 Demo Day: Engaging Ed Tech

    Please join us for an open house demo session (with refreshments!) to see class projets from the fall semester of EPSY/INFO 590, Engaging and Interactive Educational Technologies (taught by Dr. H. Chad Lane).  Come and try the prototypes, talk to the inventors, and learn more about this interdisciplinary course (offered each fall).  Send questions to  We hope to see you!

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015
    1:30 - 3:00 pm
    Education 176 (IDEALL Lab)

    Please view the PDF document to see details on all the wonderful projects that will be displayed!

  • Graduate Student Academic Review

    The College of Education online academic review process has begun.  All graduate students are required to complete a self-review by January 15, 2014, irrespective of whether you plan to graduate in December 2013 or May 2014.  If you are a master degree student, you will note  the form includes many doctoral milestones which you can disregard.  At a minimum, you do need to upload a resume and fill in the courses you plan to complete.  The review is a check for you and your advisor that you are making progress to your degree.

  • Alumnus Scott Woods recognized for outstanding research in middle-level education

    College of Education alumnus Scott C. Woods is the recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Award from the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group, an affiliate of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

  • Leading Forward: Strategies for Innovative Leadership

    Designed for senior-level leaders in the Champaign-Urbana school districts, this inaugural three-day program from the Executive Leadership Academy will provide participants with an opportunity to collaborate with peers while engaging in a rich experiential learning environment designed to fuel innovation in leadership. Leaders will return to their districts for the new school year equipped and energized to advance as a groundbreakers, decision-maker, and change agent.

  • Associate Professor Meghan Burke Named a Fellow of the AAIDD

    Special Education's Burke is among the select individuals promoted to Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and will be honored at the AAIDD's 144th Annual Meeting this summer.

  • Two Education Faculty Members Honored with 2019 Campus Awards

    Two members of the College of Education are among the 23 faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising through the 2019 Campus Awards. 

  • EPOL candidate named director at Purdue University

    Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership doctoral candidate Xavier Hernandez has been selected as the next director of the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University. Hernandez is currently a graduate assistant at the Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois.

  • Prof. Rodney Hopson Named Co-PI for New NSF INCLUDES Program

    Hopson part of NSF program with new funding to develop partnerships among stakeholders across the public, private and academic sectors, share promising practices for broadening participation and other useful data, contribute to the knowledge base on broadening participation in STEM through research, and establish a framework for supporting communications and networking among partners. 

  • Magen Rooney-Kron, SPED PhD Student, Wins 2020 Robert P. Larsen Grant for Research in Career Development

    Congratulations to Magen Rooney-Kron for being selected to receive the Robert P. Larsen Grant for Research in Career Development for her research, "Instruction and Engagement of Studertns with Intellectual Disability and Work-Based Learning."

  • Dr. Kern Alexander named Distinguished Educational Research Lecturer

    Excellence Professor Dr. Kern Alexander, a faculty member in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, will be the 2016 Distinguished Educational Research Lecturer at the College of Education at Kansas State University.

  • Open Faculty Positions in the College of Education

    The College of Education seeks to fill faculty positions in our college. Full position descriptions for all positions and application information can be found at  The University is an AA-EOE

  • Jessica Hardy and Catherine Corr

    SPED Faculty Awarded New $1.2M OSEP Grant

    Assistant professors Catherine Corr and Jessica Hardy are leading a project that has received significant funding from the Office of Special Education Programs.

  • Food For Thought App Wins Two 1st Prizes at 2019 Engineering Open House

    Congratulations to Emma Mercier, C&I professor and developer of the Food For Thought app, which won two first place awards at the 2019 Engineering Open House (EOH) held March 8-9. Lu Lawrence and Susan Kelly, both PhD students in Curriculum & Instruction and members of Mercier's lab group, brought home the top prize in both the Innovation in Energy and Sustainable Solutions categories. 

  • Ashley M. Davis

    College of Education's Ashley M. Davis Talks About Recruiting Future Teachers

    Coordinator for undergraduate recruitment and career services, Ashley M. Davis, recently spoke with local WCIA reporter Sarah Lehman about her experience working to recruit high school and community college students to pursue careers in education at the University of Illinois.

  • Idalia Nunez Receives Three Awards for Dissertation

    Curriculum & Instruction Assistant Professor Idalia Nunez has been recognized with three awards in 2019 for her outstanding dissertation.

  • Natalie Coleman

    EPOL Doctoral Candidate Passionate About STEM Education in Underserved Communities

    Natalie Coleman, B.S. '02, is a current doctoral candidate in EPOl and founder of After the Peanut, a company based on the core idea of providing STEM educational opportunities for students in underserved communities.

  • Ashley M. Davis Named Strive Awardee from Illinois Women's Resource Center

    Ashley Davis, Visiting Coordinator for Undergraduate Recruitment and Career Services, is the winner of the Advocate Award, part of the larger Strive Awards from the Illinois Women's Resource Center.

  • EPOL alumnus named Champion of Change by White House

    Robert Scott, Ph.D. '11 EPOL, was named a Champion of Change by the White House for his work as executive director of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) at Cornell University. CPEP provides college-level liberal arts education to qualified incarcerated students in upstate New York prisons and is a response to the challenge of mass incarceration in the United States.

  • C&I's Rochelle Gutierrez Awarded Spencer Foundation Grant

    Professor Rochelle Gutierrez is a principal investigator on a $500,000 project funded by the Spencer Foundation, titled, "Political Conocimiento in Teaching Mathematics: Preparing Teachers to Advocate for Students."

  • Dr. Nancy Latham

    ICYMI: Nancy Latham Appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

    Dr. Nancy Latham has agreed to serve the College of Education as both the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Executive Director of the Council on Teacher Education (CoTE).

  • Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky Receives Provost's Campus Distinguished Promotion Award

    Eleven faculty members on campus, including Special Education's Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, have been honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2019.

  • Exploring Education Summer Camp

    High school students from around the state of Illinois joined us for the first session of Exploring Education Summer Camp in June. Campers spent a week living in dorms, visiting the University Primary School, touring the IDEALL lab, conquering an escape room, meeting fellow future Illini, and more.

    The second session of camp will begin this Sunday, July 14. We can't wait to meet the new campers!

  • EPOL Doctoral Student Cecilia Vaughn-Guy Named 2023 Women’s Congressional Policy Institute Fellow

    Congratulations to Cecilia Vaughn-Guy, working toward her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development and Diversity & Equity in Education, on being selected to the prestigious WCPI Fellowship Program.

  • Sara Verma

    C&I's Sara Verma Awarded 2021-2022 Fulbright Grant

    Sara Verma, '21 ElEd, is among nine University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates offered an opportunity to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences via Fulbright grants.

  • Special Education Professor Emeritus Bob Henderson Passes Away

    It is with much sadness that we report the recent passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Bob Henderson. He died peacefully in his sleep at age 94. As one of the true pioneers in the field of Special Education, he will be missed greatly. More information to come in the near future as plans are made to honor and remember Dr. Henderson.

  • Nidia Ruedas-Gracia

    Ruedas-Gracia Keynote Speaker for First-Gen Week at Texas State University

    Nidia Ruedas-Gracia, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology is invited to be the keynote speaker during First-Gen Week at Texas State University. Ruedas-Gracia's keynote address, titled "The FLI Ride: Developing a First-Generation/Low-Income Story of Success", will outline how first-generation/low-income (FLI, pronounced FLY) college students are trailblazers and can customize their college experience with the support of their institution for optimal success. Ruedas-Gracia's keynote will be held at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, November 9th, 2023.

  • EPOL's Wen-Hao David Huang Work Recognized by School of Social Work

    David Huang, professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, collaborated on the project, "Identifying Depression through Early Awareness (IDEA) Women's Health Coalition," with School of Social Work faculty and was awarded the Dean's Prize for Innovation and Collaboration by Dean Steven Anderson.

  • Graduate Assistant

    Diversity and Social Justice Education is looking for undergraduate students to facilitate I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshops starting in Spring 2014. The I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshop is a brand new initiative of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations and the Division of Student Affairs. During these workshops, new students will take a look beyond “diversity” and focus on some of the skills that we all use that promote inclusion and community.

    We will soon start holding interviews for I-Connect facilitators. Experience facilitating difficult conversations is a must! The position is paid, and interviews will be held in mid-October. Students of color, LGBTQ, and students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.  

    Apply at For more information, contact: or 217-244-1814. Please apply as soon as possible.

  • Special Education's Amy Santos Named to the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention

    Governor J.B. Pritzker has appointed professor Rosa Milagros (Amy) Santos to the statewide Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention. Congratulations to Dr. Santos on this honor.

  • Maria Serrano Abreu

    EPSY Doctoral Student Named an Inaugural Mellon Interseminars Graduate Fellow

    Congratulations to Educational Psychology doctoral student María B. Serrano Abreu, who is part of the first cohort of Interseminars graduate fellows: nine students from a range of disciplines and home colleges, including Education, Fine and Applied Arts, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. These fellows are funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.