Virginia Tech School of Education Newsletter Summer 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Congratulations to the newest School of Education Master’s and Doctoral graduates!
How a Virginia Tech alumna forged a path that led to the No. 2 post at the USDA
This wasn’t the original path for Jewel Bronaugh. She didn’t intend to become the deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and the first Black woman to hold the position.
An educator by trade, Bronaugh instead wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a teacher. She wanted to work with people and help them achieve success in the classroom.Read more
The School of Education faculty and graduate students continue to define the future of education through innovative research and outreach initiatives. SOE faculty are currently engaged in externally funded projects representing $20,682,554 in funding from a variety of federal, state, and foundation sources. In 2020-21, 33 grants proposed for $67,390,407 in external funding and $117,075 in internal funding requested. During this year, 10 requests for funding were awarded, 1 declined, and 22 proposals remain pending. Awarded projects total $3,464,413 in new external grants and $26,975 in new internal grants. These initiatives represent exciting advancements in educational theory and practice, with a strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. A few of these efforts include:
These programs represent substantive efforts to explore and disseminate strategies for enhancing learning and making education more equitable and accessible to all. Through the provision of high-impact programming, resources, and professional development opportunities, SOE faculty exemplify VT’s land grant mission in serving others through building our collective educational research knowledge base and transforming outcomes into action.
July 1, 2021
Congratulations to the School of Education's Dr. Brenda Brand, Dr. Yasuo Miyazaki, and Dr. Thomas Williams on their promotion to Professor!
Congratulations also to the School of Education's Dr. Joseph Mukuni on his promotion to Collegiate Associate Professor!
March 15, 2021
Thanks to its incredibly supportive alumni community, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences broke records during Giving Day 2021 — and had fun doing so.
Paige Whitlock promotes disciplinary literacy with insights from the classroom and her research
“Disciplinary literacy is the ability to read, write, think, and discuss like an expert in the field,” wrote educator Paige Whitlock in her dissertation overview. Her dissertation, “Principal Leadership in Building a Culture of Disciplinary Literacy,” describes a world in which disciplinary literacy is embedded in classrooms, where students “read like a scientist, think like a historian, discuss literature like a critic, and write an original score like a musician.”
Whitlock was recently named winner of Virginia Tech’s 2021 Outstanding Dissertation in Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Humanities.Read more