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Faculty Award Recipients

This spring, four CEHD faculty/researchers were recognized for their work in a wide array of subjects.

Lauren Bailes (school policy):  Outstanding Dissertation Award for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Across the Disciplines by the American Educational Research Association SIG.

George Bear (school psychology): 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the  National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Roberta Golinkoff (child development):  2017 Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

James Hiebert (math education): 2017 Margaret B. Lindsay Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s (AACTE)


In addition, UD presented two teaching awards this spring to CEHD:

Bahira Trask, HDFS chair,  – Excellence in Teaching Award

Cara Cuccuini-Harmon – Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award


Student Award Recipients

At UD’s doctoral hooding, Amanda Brooke Jennings, PHD in Economics Education was presented UD’s 2017 Interdisciplinary Research Prize for her dissertation — “Exploring the Autonomous Economic World of Children” — focused on the naïve economic theories that children use to figure out resource allocation. Jennings’ research shows how better curriculum design will help children develop theories more like expert theories.

During the April 28 CEHD Steele Symposium, eight undergraduate and graduate students were presented with the Marion Steele Award for their research.


1st place undergraduate paper: Lauren Pasko and Bridget Pettit Cognitive Science majors with minors in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Studies, Pasko and Pettit presented their paper: “Aging with a Disability: Investigation of Best Practices.

2nd place undergraduate paper: Destiny Brown
A senior Human Services major with minors in Disability Studies and Psychology, Brown’s paper was titled “Is child care a luxury or a necessity for low income families?”

1st place graduate paper: Marisa Kofke
Kofke, a School of Education graduate student, presented via teleconference on her paper, “Society likes to put people into socially constructed boxes: Exploration of the liminal space through undergraduate students’ critical reflections of disability.”

2nd place graduate paper award had co-recipients

Justin Coger, a doctoral student in Economic Education, presented “Cyclical and Intergenerational Impediments to Opportunity for Black American Children.”

Andrea Drewes, a doctoral student in the School of Education and her presentation was titled, “Teachers’ Beliefs and Perceptions of Climate Change Education:  Benefits and Challenges Exposed by a Review of Current Literature.”

1st place graduate poster:  John Strong
A doctoral student in the School of Education, Strong’s poster was titled “Middle School English Teachers’ Use of Literacy Instructional Practices in Classroom Walkthroughs.”

2nd place graduate poster: Marcia Shirilla
A doctoral student in the School of Education, Shirilla’s poster was titled “LEGOS for Learning: A Pilot Project on Playful Learning Experiences in Higher Education.”