Departmental News

  • Kasee Stratton, Assistant Professor of School Psychology making quite a difference in helping students with CHARGE Syndrome
  • Welcome Dr. Taylor, New Faculty Member in Educational Leadership!
    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Leonard Donovan Taylor, JR, new faculty member in Educational Leadership. Dr. Taylor is originally from Milwaukee, WI, he grew up with a passion for education. After graduating high school, he became the first in his family to attend college. After seven years and two degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison he found his purpose in helping others realize their own leadership potential. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development. Leonard is dedicated to creating change on individual, institutional, and societal levels. Leonard's research is focused on how administrators, faculty, and staff in higher education institutions use research, data, and best practices in the interest of enhancing student success efforts. This work seeks to encourage more astute consumption of knowledge and best practices by leaders within higher education institutions. Leonard also has experience with design-thinking in higher education, as the former role Research Associate in the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education at the University of Minnesota.
  • Welcome Ms. Gallo, New Instructor in Educational Psychology!
    Please join us in welcoming Ms. Kasia Gallo, new instructor in Educational Psychology. Ms. Gallo has been teaching at MSU in the Landscape Architecture and Educational Psychology departments since 2009. She currently teaches Learning Theories (a capstone course), Psychology of Individual Differences and Exceptional Ability, Personality Adjustment in Educational Settings, and Scientific Writing for Behavioral Sciences in the Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations department while pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her research interests include: fostering creativity and problem-solving; and writing as a cognitive process and an active learning tool. To increase her effectiveness in using writing-to-learn strategies in the classroom, she completed the 2016 MSU's Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence. She advises about 80 undergraduate Educational Psychology students, and is involved in undergraduate recruitment for the department. Ms. Gallo serves on the board of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (2016-2017; Graduate Student Representative), and is a member of the American Psychological Association, Divisions 10 (The Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) and 15 (Educational Psychology). She received a 2010-2011 Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition of her contributions to the Landscape Architecture department. Between semesters, Ms. Gallo travels with her family. She can often be found bumping into people and things while walking backwards, looking through her camera, and trying to frame that one perfect shot.
  • Welcome Dr. Cutts, New Faculty Member in Educational Foundations!
    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Qiana Cutts, new faculty member in Educational Foundations. Dr. Qiana Cutts has a plethora of experience in k-12 and higher education. She has held positions as an elementary and middle grades teacher, program evaluator, research associate, consultant, and higher education professor. Dr. Cutts' educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of West Alabama, a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University Atlanta, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia State University. Her research agenda focuses on educator wellness, pre-service educator cultural critical consciousness and perceptions of diversity and the lived experiences of Black girls and women. Dr. Cutts has held memberships in and presented her research at conferences for several professional organizations. Dr. Cutts' work has been published in several scholarly books and journals, including Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability, Volume 1 (forthcoming 2017), Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Back, Up, & Out (2015), Don't Believe the Hype: The Continuing Significance of Race within African American Television (2013), Queer Southern Voices: Exploring Intersections of Sexuality and Place, An Interdisciplinary Collection (2013), and the "Journal of Curriculum Theorizing" (2012). In addition, Dr. Cutts is a creative artist who enjoys writing, acting and performing at spoken word/comedic events.
  • New Graduate Student Orientation Scheduled for Friday, August 12.
    On Friday, August 12, the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations will welcome all new graduate students at the Fall Graduate Student Orientation. A department-wide meeting of new graduate students will take place in Swalm Chemical Engineering Building- Swalm Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. followed by meetings with individual program faculty and colleagues. Please join us in welcoming these students to our family and wishing them great success in their graduate pursuits.

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