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Faculty Awarded 2012 Seed Grants

Drs. Breyan Haizlip and Lucy GreenTeen Intervention and Technology Preparedness Subject of Grants

Two innovative research projects were awarded 2012 COE Seed Grants by the COE Research Committee. The announcement was made March 1 by Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development and Dr. Michelle Reidel, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, co-chairs of the committee.

The first grant was awarded to Dr. Breyan Haizlip, Assistant Professor, Leadership, Technology and Human Development, for her project, “Sisters of Nia (Purpose).” The grant focuses on strengthening three cultural variables among African American adolescent girls (enhancing ethnic identity, promoting an androgynous gender role and strengthening mutually positive relationships and decreasing negative relationships girls have with peers) through group counseling and mentorships.

The second grant was awarded to a group of five faculty, two from Leadership, Technology and Human Development (Drs. Lucy Green and Kathryn Kennedy) and three from Teaching and Learning (Drs. Karen Chassereau, Marti Schriver and Michelle Reidel) for a project designed to familiarize pre-service teachers with technology currently in place in K-12 schools. According to the grant authors, emphasis will be placed on pedagogical practice and planning for effective and meaningful technology use.

The Seed Grants are funded by COE with matching funds provided by Dr. Charles Patterson, Dean, College of Graduate Studies. The COE Research Committee became a standing committee in 2007 and awarded its first grant in November 2008.  The purpose of the grants is to provide initial, or seed, funding for research proposals or grant applications that support the institutional research agenda of COE, including the advancement of the college’s mission and conceptual framework commitments, and have a significant impact on the college’s outreach to P-12 and community constituents and enhance the college’s capacity to conduct significant education research. Upon completion of their projects, recipients are expected to seek external funding for extensions of their work.

Pictured, left to right, Dr. Breyan Haizlip and Dr. Lucy Green

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