Parks serves as co-chair of symposium

Fayth Parks, Ph.D.


Fayth Parks, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, was co-chair of the symposium titled: Past, Present, and Future of HIV/AIDS Science and Practice in Psychology at the American Psychological Association Convention. The symposium was designated a 125th APA Anniversary Talk.  

The 125th APA Annual Convention offered a special track of continuing education sessions dedicated to APA’s 125th anniversary. The convention took place August 3-6.


COE faculty receive funding for pilot study on fostering social justice education

Sabrina Ross, Ph.D.

Ming Fang He, Ph.D.

College of Education’s (COE) Sabrina Ross, Ph.D. and Ming Fang He, Ph.D. will begin a pilot study this fall to explore the processes and outcomes associated with the development of a university sponsored professional learning community to foster social justice education in P-12 settings.

“A professional learning community (PLC) is a group of educators who meet regularly, share knowledge and work together to improve teacher expertise and student achievement,” said Ross. “A university sponsored PLC receives support–in terms of time commitments from university faculty and staff and/or educational resources or support–from a partnering university.”

Recently funded by an internal seed grant totaling $6,538 from Georgia Southern University’s Faculty Research Committee (FRC), the pilot study will include current COE graduate students working within traditional school settings and will provide learning support using online platforms including the University’s Folio system, as well as additional tools such as blogs and social media outlets.

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Parks delivers opening keynote at PSI Conference

Fayth Parks, Ph.D.

Fayth Parks, Ph.D
., associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development was the opening keynote speaker at the Postpartum Support International Conference in Philadelphia on July 14-15. During her address, titled “Making a Way Out of No Way: Cultural Strengths, Health Disparities, and Postpartum Families,” Parks spoke on cultural strengths, health disparities and postpartum families.

Parks is a licensed counseling psychologist whose scholarship and research focuses on ways diverse cultures interpret mental health, healing, and illness recovery to prevent misdiagnosing as psychopathology culturally significant beliefs and practices that can facilitate personal strengths, positive emotions, and behavior change.

Calhoun and Cross present at conference in Sheffield, UK

Dan Calhoun, Ph.D.

Lydia Cross

Dan Calhoun, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, and Lydia Cross, director of the Graduate Academic Services Center and Ed.D. Educational Leadership candidate, presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) International Conference in Sheffield, UK July 10-13. Their presentation titled, “Partnerships in Advising: Faculty and Professional Staff Advisors Connecting with Online Students,” addressed the increase of online learning opportunities and the need for new models of online academic advisement.

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Arrington presents at international conference in Spain

Nancy Arrington, Ph.D.

Nancy Arrington, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, attended the Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’17) hosted by the Universitat Politecnica De Valencia in Valencia, Spain on June 21-23. Arrington chaired a session on teacher education, and presented her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) paper: Examining Preservice Teachers’ Self-efficacy for Enhancing Literacy of Diverse Learners through Music.

The conference, a leading forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and research results received over 342 submissions from 51 countries. Arrington’s paper was one of only 108 accepted as full papers for oral presentation at this conference. 

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