Current faculty work

June 8, 2010

As co-editors of the ICA Journal, Dr. Jobie Skaggs and Dr. Beto Davison Avilés made history with the Volume 156, No. 1 summer 2009 edition by publishing the publication online for the first time ever. They were very excited!

Dr. D. Michael Risen co-wrote “ISBE v. Idea: Why the Inconsistencies?” The article was published in the National Forum of Educational Administration & Supervision 26 (2008): 57-66. It is a distinguished journal in which only 12 percent of submitted articles are approved for publication. In the article, Dr. Risen sought to compare the rules put forth by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with those mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) in order to identify any areas of dispute between the two. He noted the following areas of concern in the article: “teacher workload, eligibility requirements for specific learning disability, and a 60-day limitation for implementation of services after initial referral.”

Dr. Risen and Dr. Jenny Tripses co-wrote “Designing Principal Preparation Internships to Improve School Leadership,” which was published in the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice 5, no. 3 (2008): 4-10. Drs. Risen and Tripses examine modifications made to the design of the principal preparation internships. Revisions were made to the current design after a prior study, co-authored by Dr. Tripses as well, identified inconsistencies between it and state standards. Some revisions noted in the article included: “clarification of expectations for students through the design of the internship, creation of effective assessments connected to these expectations, and finally, employing sound instructional pedagogies to create the kind of leaders American society deserves.”

Dr. Tripses has focused on issues of spirituality, leadership, and social justice in her current work and research. An article she co-authored with Dr. Lori Scroggs, “Spirituality and Respect: Study of a Model School/Church/Community Collaboration,” was published in The School Community Journal 19, no. 1 (spring 2009): 79-98. Dr. Tripses’ article, “Women as School Executives: Celebrating Diversity,” was published by the Texas Council of Women School Executives, and her article about full-service community schools was published in the Sage Encyclopedia of Education Reform and Consent.

In addition to all of the articles she has written, Dr. Tripses will be presenting two papers, one at the National Association of Secondary School Principals conference in March on district/university partnerships and another in Paris on the process of school leadership preparation reform in Illinois.

Dr. Nancy Sherman and Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin presented “Evidence-Based Supervision: Future Directions” at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in San Diego in fall 2009. Dr. Sherman collaborated with a Romanian colleague, Dr. Andreea Szilagyi, and former student Rebecca Earhart Michel to present “Teaching Career Counseling in Romania: Transforming Society with Cross Cultural Collaboration” at the same conference. Sherman collaborated with Michel for their presentation, “Creatively Aging: Exploring Meaning in Life in Older Adults” at the Gerontological Society of American Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

In November 2009, Dr. Sherman returned to Romania to present “Mentoring Graduate Students’ Career Development” at the R & D Perspectives: Promoting Innovation in Education, Culture and Communication International Conference in Bucharest, Romania.

Dr. Sherman also has published the following articles. “Mentoring Graduate Students’ Career Development,” in P. Dobrescu, R. Pricopie, and M.A. Ionescu (Eds.), Proceedings of R & D Perspectives: Promoting Innovation through Education, Culture and Communication International Conference, 247 – 252. Bucharest, RO:; “Personality Testing,” in B. Erford (Ed.), American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling, 2009. Alexandria, VA: ACA; and “Informal Assessment in Career Counseling.” Revista de Psihologie Scolara / School Psychology Review, Vol. II, no. 3 (2009): 7-12.