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  • Announcement of Faculty Promotions

    College of Education Dean announces the promotion of nine faculty members.

  • NSF Awards Funding to Prof. Adrienne Dixson to Study STEM NOLA

    Professor of EPOL is the principal investigator on the project that is studying STEM NOLA, a community-based Saturday STEM program for students in grades 2–12.

  • Arcasia James-Gallaway Receives Ford Foundation Fellowship

    Congratulations to Arcasia James-Gallaway, doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, for being selected as a 2019 Ford Foundation Fellow.  

  • Chinese Culture and Language Camp

    The Chinese Culture and Language Camp aims to promote early second language development through Chinese immersion in a fun, safe, and stimulating environment by providing bilingual teaching experts of the College of Education and innovative curriculum. The participants will be working in Scholar, an exciting and secure Web writing environment that empowers them to connect, create, and publish.

  • Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Achievement Awards

    Announcing our 2021 Distinguished Alumni & Young Alumni Achievement Awardees

    On behalf of the College of Education, the Office of Advancement is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Achievement Awards.

  • Phi Kappa Phi Inductees for 2018-19

    Phi Kappa Phi was born in 1897, when 10 senior students, two faculty members and the University of Maine President created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chapter began in 1933.

    Today, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. We recognize and congratulate these 2018-2019 inductees from the College of Education.

  • Rachel Lauren Storm, PhD. Candidate, EPOL

    Rachel Lauren Storm (PhD ‘20, EPOL) Named Fred S. Bailey Fellow

    University of Illinois College of Education doctoral candidate Rachel Storm (EPOL) has been named one of two 2019-2020 Fred S. Bailey Fellowship recipients from YMCA of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Meet the Education students on the Fall 2015 Dean’s List

    The Dean’s List honorees for the fall semester of 2015 at the University of Illinois have been announced, and the College of Education is pleased to note that 170 Education students have made the list.

  • College Mourns the Loss of Stafford L. Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor Emeritus

  • Registration NOW Open for 2021 Graduate Student Conference

    Register by March 4 to attend the online 2021 Graduate Student Conference, themed, Learning Reconsidered: The Changing Face of Education

  • Recognizing Spring 2016 Education at Illinois Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet Honorees

    Congratulations to the 140 Education at Illinois students who made the Spring 2016 Dean’s List. Congratulations also to the five Education at Illinois students who were recognized as Bronze Tablet honorees.

  • EPOL Assistant Professor Nathan Castillo Recognized For Recent Publication

    Assistant Professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Nathan Castillo's recent publication was named SpringerLink Editor's Monthly Choice.

    Castillo's paper—Early-grade reading support in rural South Africa: A language-centered technology approach—describes a short-term study conducted in low-performing rural primary schools in South Africa.

    For the month of August you can download Castillo's paper on SpringerLink for free. 

  • 2019-2020 Outstanding Student Medal Recipients

    Each year the Education Alumni Association (EAA) selects a bachelor's, master's/advanced certificate, and doctoral student to receive the Outstanding Student Medal, which is presented annually at the College of Education Convocation. EAA and the Office of Advancement in the College of Education are pleased to announce the three 2019-2020 deserving recipients of this prestigious award.

  • EPOL's John Wesley Jones Awarded 2019 AERA-Division B Dissertation of the Year

    The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently announced its list of 2019 Division B Award recipients, to be recognized at the annual meeting in April. The Outstanding Dissertation Award has been given to EPOL student John Wesley Jones for his disseration, The Antidote to Willfulness: Manufacturing Dissent, Kony 2012, and Propaganda as a Technology of Governance (2018).

  • 2018-2019 Outstanding Student Medal Recipients Announced

    Each year the Education Alumni Association (EAA) selects a bachelor's, master's/advanced certificate, and doctoral student to receive the Outstanding Student Medal, which is presented annually at the College of Education Convocation. EAA and the Office of Advancement in the College of Education are pleased to announce the three 2018-2019 deserving recipients of this prestigious award.

  • Announcement of Faculty Promotions

    James D. Anderson, Dean, is extremely pleased to announce the promotion in rank of four College of Education faculty members. Congratulations to the following faculty on achieving these exceptional milestones.

  • Sarah M. Zehr

    Faculty Alumna Sarah Zehr's Expertise, Research Highlighted

    Sarah Zehr, Ph.D. '16 EPOL, was recently interviewed by the Arab-American Business and Professional Association about the value of internships as part of the student experience.

  • EPOL PhD Candidate Dinah Armstead Part of iVenture Accelerator Cohort 6

    iVenture Accelerator, powered by Gies College of Business, has provided a new round of funding and support for 39 students and their startups. Dinah Armstead, PhD candidate in Global Education Studies and Education Policy is one of these students. Her startup is called AgriWater Tech Consulting.

  • 7th Annual COE Graduate Student Conference

    Seventh Annual

    College of Education Graduate Student Conference:

    Transformative Scholarship, Schooling & Society

    March 11, 2016
    8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    From mundane daily interactions to national and international reform initiatives, in various ways people, communities, and institutions are constantly regulated. The effects of such regulations manifest in various social domains, one of the more pronounced being within P-20 schooling experiences. This has, among other things, led to limited educational attainment, curtailed curricula, and the potential loss of personal and/or professional identity. Yet it has also resulted in opportunities for dialogue, new learning approaches, and collective action.


    In an effort to contextualize the complexities and politics embedded in such practices, the 2016 College of Education Graduate Student Conference is calling for scholarship that investigates this phenomenon, as it’s experienced in the United States and around the world. We welcome scholarship that is both intimately and marginally connected to the theme, as we feel all conversations will enrich educational dialogues.


    All graduate students with education-related projects are welcome to submit in the following categories:


    Paper: An individual paper with 1 or 2 authors

    Submit a one-page abstract of a paper

    Panel: 2 – 3 coordinated papers organized around a single theme or topic

    Submit a one-page abstract for each paper on the panel, a description of the panel, and a panel title

    Roundtable: A paper in early formation such as, outlines and early drafts

    Submit a 50-100 word abstract.

    Alternative Presentations: A project that is more aesthetic/performative/poetic/evocative. We welcome submissions for performances, art installations, musical pieces, video showings, and similarly provocative interventions.

    Submit a one page abstract and any accompanying digital files representing your work.


    Send submissions & inquiries to: Deadline: December 31, 2015


    This year’s conference will feature the 2nd annual Hong Kong University Graduate Student Conference Exchange Program

  • We CU Community Engaged Scholars Summer Program | Apply ASAP

    College of Education students are encouraged to learn more about and apply to the new We CU Community Engaged Scholars program. This cohort of volunteers will be addressing Champaign-Urbana community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • College of Education Fall 2015 Welcome Celebration

    Celebrate the beginning of the new academic year at the 2015 College of Education Welcome Celebration on Friday, Aug. 21!

  • Dr. Hua-Hua Chang

    "The Future of Psychometric Research: Standardized Testing in Education" presented by Hua-Hua Chang

    On Tuesday, March 23, guest speaker Dr. Hua-Hua Chang (The Chariles R Hicks Chaired Professor, Purdue University) joins us to talk about the future of psychometric research. All are encouraged to attend, as it should be of broad interest.

    Abstract: Currently, there is a growing movement against standardized testing in education, which has presented tremendous challenges for graduate schools how to prepare future psychometric researchers. The presentation starts with a brief historic review on the anti-standardized testing movement in China during the Cultural Revolution and its unimaginable damage to the country. The focus of the presentation is to discuss emerging challenges in education today and how psychometric research can greatly help. 

    Topic: EPSY QUERIES Brownbag Seminar
    Time: March 23, 2021, 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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  • EdPsych's Ananya Tiwari Recipient of 2019 Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award

    Ananya Tiwari, a second-year PhD student in Educational Psychology, will receive this campus-level award at a banquet on November 20. 

  • 2016 AERA Annual Meeting

    This year’s AERA Meeting will take place April 8-12 in Washington, D.C., and several Education at Illinois faculty members are being recognized.

  • SPED's Stacy Dymond Awarded ISBE Funding for Illinois Center for Transition and Work

    Professors Stacy Dymond (Special Education) and David Strauser (College of AHS: Community Health Program) will create a state-wide training and technical assistance center that specifically focuses on transition from school to work for students with significant disabilities (e.g., intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, autism).

  • Sarah Zehr Honored with CAPE Award

    Congratulations to Education Policy, Organization & Leadership alumna and adjunct assistant professor Sarah Zehr, who has been named a 2019 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) awardee. The CAPE award was established to recognize academic professionals for their work, personal and professional contributions. Individuals are nominated, reviewed by a committee, and approved by Chancellor Robert Jones.

  • Welcoming a New Academic Adviser: Michelle Ellis

    The College of Education is excited to introduce Michelle Ellis, a new academic adviser in the Student Academic Affairs Office. 

  • Professor Adrienne Dixson

    EPOL's Adrienne Dixson and Two Colleagues Awarded Spencer Foundation COVID-19 Grant

    Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Adrienne Dixson is part of a research team awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation for COVID-19 related research.

  • NEW: College of Education-branded PPT Templates, Zoom Backgrounds, and More

    The Office of Marketing and Communications has updated resources for the College of Education community to use in presentations, event promotion, and more.

  • Research Position for Postdoctoral Fellow or Advanced Doctoral Student

    Researchers from the Illinois Graduate College and the College of Education, with funding from the National Science Foundation, are studying the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) in STEM education, particularly where “flipped classroom” pedagogical approaches are being employed.  The research team is seeking applicants for a new, two-year research position. Duties will include administering and analyzing surveys and interviews, conducting classroom observations, writing reports, meeting/conference planning, and general project administration. The ideal candidate will have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Experience with project management, grant administration/reporting, and IRB paperwork would also be beneficial. Illinois professors Dr. Bill Buttlar, Dr. Sarah Lubienski and Dr. Wen-Hao Huang will oversee this position. Interested applicants should send a resume to Professor Sarah Lubienski at 

  • Special Education's Todd Lash Awarded Equity Fellowship from Computer Science Teacher's Association

    Special Education doctoral student Todd Lash has been named one of ten fellows in the CSTA's inaugural Equity Fellowship program, made possible in partnership with Microsoft and Pluralsight One.

  • O'Leary Learning Center: Progress from Floor to Ceiling

    Construction is nearly completed on the O’Leary Learning Center, a sophisticated 4,400 square foot laboratory space in the College of Education. It is designed to advance research and teaching through enhanced collaboration of interdisciplinary research projects, provide improved online learning spaces, and enrich STEM instruction.

  • Flu Shots Available Beginning Monday, September 14

    With COVID-19 in our community, your health and wellness this flu season is more important than ever. Protect yourself and get your flu shot this fall. Flu shots will be available for faculty, staff, and students beginning Monday, September 14. Because of capacity limits in the McKinley Health Center, various outreach locations on campus will have flu shots available, in addition to a location directly outside of McKinley Health Center.

  • Three Education Faculty Members Awarded Provost's Distinguished Promotion

    Congratulations to these three College of Education faculty members on their 2021 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, out of a total of 12 awarded this year from the Office of the Provost.

  • College of Education hosts, with Illinois Theatre: "Gandhi, King, and Our World Today"

    Mark your calendar for October 2, 7:30pm at Spurlock Auditorium, a two-part evening to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. Illinois Theatre presents a staged reading of Unexpected Contact written by Rajmohan Gandhi, followed by "Is the Dream alive?" a panel discussion with: James Anderson (Dean, College of Education), Ronald Bailey (Chair, African-American Studies), Cynthia Oliver (Professor of Dance & Associate Vice Chancellor), and moderated by Rajmohan Gandhi (Research Professor, College of Education).

  • Drs. Dan Morrow and Liz Stine-Morrow

    Retirement of Drs. Dan Morrow and Liz Stine-Morrow

    A note from professors Dan Morrow and Liz Stine-Morrow on their retirement and new role as emeritus faculty and research professors.

  • 2021 College Award Recipients

    Congratulations to these faculty, staff, and students who were awarded 2021 College Awards at the Spring Faculty Meeting.

  • College of Education Welcomes Dr. Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan as Director of Online Programs

    The College of Education is pleased to welcome Dr. Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan as its new director of Online Programs.

  • Dr. Diego Hernández Losada

    LDL Doctoral Candidate Appointed Chancellor of Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

    Diego Hernández Losada, a doctoral candidate in EPOL's Learning Design and Leadership program, returns to Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (UAO) where he began his career as a professor.

  • Dr. Kiel Christianson and Dr. Yoon Pak to Lead EPSY and EPOL Departments

    Dr. Kiel Christianson has been appointed as Chair of the Educational Psychology department, and Dr. Yoon Pak has accepted the College's offer of Head of the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) department.

  • COVID-19 Research Seed Funding from the College of Education

    The Bureau of Educational Research and the College Research Committee are excited to invite College of Education researchers to apply for COVID-19 Seed Grants.

  • Three Education Faculty Launch New NSF-funded Project

    Assistant professor Stina Krist is the principal investigator of the $1.3M award from NSF for Advancing Computational Grounded Theory for Audiovisual Data from STEM Classrooms.

  • New Elementary School Opening for Neurodiverse Students

    Current Ph.D. student in Special Education and SLP-BCBA Landria Seals Green is opening a new K-third grade school in Champaign to address the needs of neurodiverse learners, called Excel Prep.

  • Angel Luis Velez

    OCCRL Research Associate Recognized by Alma Mater

    Angel Luis Velez, a research associate in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), was recognized by the institution this year with the Outstanding GOLD Alumni Award for his dedication in serving marginalized communities through principled research and leadership.

  • 2021 Diversity & Social Justice Awards

    Several Individuals Honored with 2021 Diversity & Social Justice Education Awards

    In their 9th Annual awards ceremony, held virtually, the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations named various Education at Illinois students, faculty, staff, and alumni as leaders in diversity education and social justice.

  • Students in Special Education selected as Senior 100 Honorary recipients

    The College of Education is proud of the 2016 Senior 100 Honorary recipients!

  • Win a trip to present your research in Hong Kong

    The Graduate Student Conference is partnering with the University of Hong Kong to present the second annual Graduate Student Conference Exchange Program.

  • 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.