The public speaker event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and community members.

Fall 2015 Speaker

Frances O'Connell Rust, University of Pennsylvania

The Problem IS the Practice: Defining Teacher Education in a Social Media Revolution

Frances O'Connell Rust is a Senior Fellow and Director of Teacher Education programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and Professor Emeritus, New York University Steinhardt School of Education.

She has served as a professor of education, directed undergraduate programs in early childhood and elementary education and published widely on topics related to teacher preparation and teacher quality. She has also written on teacher-driven action research and school improvement, and serves on the editorial boards of several education journals. Recently, she edited a special issue of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (Feb. 2013) and co-authored an article with NancyLee Bergey titled, "Developing Action-Oriented Knowledge Among Preservice Teachers: Exploring Learning to Teach," accepted by Teacher Education Quarterly for future publication.

Her awards include the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award (1985), the Association of Teacher Educators' award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education (2001) and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators' Outstanding Teacher Educator Award (2008).

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Previous Speakers

CushnerDr. Kenneth Cushner, Kent State University

The Challenge of Addressing the Intercultural Dimension in International Education
February 16, 2015

Kenneth Cushner, Professor of Multicultural and International Education at Kent State University, is author/editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education, including: Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach (8th ed., 2015); Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence (2007); Beyond Tourism: A Practical Guide to Meaningful Educational Travel (Rowman Littlefield, 2004); and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide (2nd ed. 1996). Prior to his university appointment, he taught in schools in Switzerland, Australia and the United States, and has traveled with young people and teachers on all seven continents.

A former East-West Center scholar, Dr. Cushner is a Founding Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; was a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden; coordinated Semester at Sea's Teachers at Sea program (2010 and 2011); and twice served as director of COST - the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.

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Micheal Strayhorn

Terrell L. Strayhorn

Access and Excellence: A Balancing Act in Public Education
October 20, 2014

Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D., is Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (and formerly served as Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity and Academic Success). His research agenda focuses on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development.

Dr. Strayhorn is the sole author or lead editor of eight books/volumes, most recently Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research (2013), Living at the Intersections (2013), College Students' Sense of Belonging (2012), and The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (2008). He is Editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men and a member of more than a half-dozen editorial boards, and is actively involved in professional service and national leadership, e.g., as past-Director of Research and Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association, past-Chair of the Council on Ethnic Participation in the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and Faculty Liaison to the Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community in NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Among his many honors, Dr. Strayhorn has been named "one of the most highly visible scholars in his field" by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education and one of the nation's "Top Emerging Scholars" by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

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Michael W. Apple

Is This Really Democratic? Understanding and Challenging Misguided Reforms in Education
March 17, 2014

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Michael AppleMichael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also holds Distinguished Professorships at the University of Manchester and a number of universities in China. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice.

Professor Apple has written extensively on the politics of educational reform and on the relationship between culture and power. Among his recent books are The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education (2009); Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education (2010); Knowledge, Power, and Education: The Selected works of Michael W. Apple (2013); and Can Education Change Society? (2013). His books and articles have won numerous awards and have been translated into many languages.

Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars in the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century. He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association, the UCLA Medal for "Outstanding Academic Achievement," and a number of honorary doctorates by universities throughout the world. Professor Apple has worked on educational reform, lectured, and taught in a considerable number of countries throughout the world, where his material has been very influential in the development of more critically democratic educational policies and practices.

Lisa DelpitDr. Lisa Delpit

Unsilencing The Dialogue: Embracing the Needs of Diverse Students
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Currently the Felton G. Clark Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Dr. Lisa D. Delpit is the former Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University in Miami and former holder of the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

She is an internationally-known speaker and writer whose work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogy of teachers of color. Her work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication, particularly her awarding-winning first book, Other People's Children, was cited as a contributor to her receiving a MacArthur "Genius" Award in 1990. Her most recent book, published in 2012, is "Multiplication is For White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children.

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Sonia Nieto Presentation

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The First Annual Watson College of Education Public Speaker Series kicked off on Wednesday, March 13, with a reception in honor of the invited speaker, Dr. Sonia Nieto. Dr. Sonia Nieto is currently Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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