Honors and awards for Summer 2017 Learning Connections

honors and awards

Diamond receives Spencer Midcareer Grant

John Diamond
UW–Madison’s John Diamond this spring was awarded a Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant, a prestigious award that will allow him to further examine how educational leadership, policies and practices shape students’ opportunities and outcomes.

Diamond is UW–Madison’s Hoefs-Bascom Associate Professor of Education and is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The Midcareer Grant is a targeted program that provides support for scholars who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education. The award will allow Diamond to pursue a new project called, “District Leadership for Equity in Racially Diverse School Systems.”

Diamond will embed himself with senior leaders in two school districts that are engaged in substantive equity work. Through this experience, he will expand his knowledge of district-level leadership, gain a more practical understanding of how district leaders work for equity in demographically diverse settings, and deepen his knowledge of how race and class matter for leadership in contested spaces.

Quintana recognized with inaugural Inclusive Excellence Award

Steve Quintana, a professor with the departments of Counseling Psychology and Educational Psychology, received UW–Madison’s inaugural Inclusive Excellence Award during a ceremony March 16.

Steve QuintanaThis honor is one of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, which have been conferred to UW–Madison’s finest educators since 1953.

Quintana is developer and coordinator of the Diversity Dialogues program. These are 90-minute, facilitated conversations in small groups focused on diversity issues. The Dialogues have now been offered within nearly every major college and school across UW–Madison, reaching more than 10,000 students, faculty and staff.

This past year, Quintana has also consistently been involved in the Our Wisconsin program, the chancellor’s initiative that provides workshops to incoming UW–Madison students to help build a campus community that is welcoming to all students.

More recognition …

Haley Vlach, an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Psychology, received an Early Career Research Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development.

Martina Rau, a faculty member with the Department of Educational Psychology, received a prestigious early career development grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how adaptive educational technologies can improve students’ learning in STEM fields.

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Kinesiology, received the 2016 Investigator of the Year award from the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The award honored her work, “Connecting the Dots: Meeting the Diagnostic and Treatment Needs of Underserved Urban African American Elders with Memory Loss.”

Shari Clark of the Department of Kinesiology received the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association’s (WATA) Outstanding Educator Award in April.

Catherine Compton-Lilly and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) were both recognized by the Wisconsin State Reading Association at the 2017 WSRA Convention. Compton-Lilly, a professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the Outstanding Service Award. The CCBC, housed within the School of Education, earned WSRA’s President’s Award.

• The Art Department’s Faisal Abdu’Allah was one of 11 people honored with a Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years.

• The Art Department’s T.L. Solien in March was appointed to a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) named professorship. Solien was named the Jack Damer Professor of Art.

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