Higher Ed Happenings 2013

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The official alumni newsletter of the Curry School of Education's Center for the Study of Higher Education



    Building Careers By Degrees The mission of the Higher Education program encompasses an array of pursuits, includ-ing teaching, developing new knowledge and providing service to society. All of that activity emerges from a more fundamental commitment, to help our students meet their academic and professional goals.

    Over the years we have been pleased by the myriad and important ways in which our stu-dents apply the knowledge and training gained through participation in our program and at the University. From pre-admissions outreach through alumni development, Curry Higher Education graduates are providing expertise and leadership in nearly every aspect of many types of 2-year and 4-year universities. They can also be found in private sector educational enterprises and in a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations, here in the United States and abroad.

    Of course, our students are not only shaping higher education after they earn degrees. The energy and dedication that they bring with them to the Curry School and the contributions they make as interns and in student governance shape the vision and effectiveness of our pro-gram, the Curry School, and the University.

    In this issue of Higher Ed Happenings we are very proud to profile a few of our graduates who are building careers and making a difference in higher education. Its truly an honor to present their stories and we look forward to more in the years to come. Nicole Eramo (M.Ed. 03 Soc Fdns; Ph.D. 10 Higher Ed)Associate Dean of Students University of Virginia

    Nicole loves the diverse portfolio encompassed by her job descriptionchairing the Universitys Sexual Misconduct Board, supervising the Student Activities office, coordi-nating leadership programs, and serving as liaison to the Honor Committee. The most rewarding aspect, she says, is helping students work through some of the most difficult situations they have experienced in their young lives and


    I appreciate how the program covers all aspects of higher education.

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    /// Nicole Eramo, Anne Womack, and Carolyn Livingston

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    Editor: Brian PusserWriter: Lynn Bell


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    seeing them grow and learn through those struggles.

    I appreciate how the [Curry] program covers all aspects of higher educationfrom finance to governance and management, to history, curriculum, etc., she says. Having this broad understanding helps me be a better student affairs professional, as I have a strong sense of how things work and where to go or who to talk with to get things done.

    Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: The diverse ideas that I was exposed to from both the faculty and students in the program.Anne Womack (M.Ed. Higher Ed 11)Executive Director Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation Mountain Brook, Ala.

    After a year working at Hampden-Sydney College, Anne moved to Alabama to become the chief fundraiser for a nonprofit support-ing her hometown school system. Mountain Brook is the best public school system in the state of Alabama, and I love that I get to wit-ness amazing teachers, administrators, students, and parents come together to form a successful educational system, she says.

    As a graduate of this school system, I am humbled daily to now try and give back to the system by raising funds to continue making this such a special place.

    Anne says she has no doubt that her Curry degree is the main reason she got her first job.

    My time at Curry provided practical lessons for my daily work and helped open the door for my career.

    And I am still reaping the benefits. Going through the program and knowing the types of people who both taught me and studied with me has given me the confidence to take the reins of my current position and lead in a way I never imagined possible.

    Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: Higher Ed is a unique field to study,

    because youre constantly in the lab. You are studying the composition, organization, and structure of the university as a whole while at one particular university. To me, there is no better place to do that than the University of Virginia.

    Carolyn Livingston (M.Ed. 02 Couns Ed; Ph.D. 07 Higher Ed)Special Assistant to the Senior Vice PresidentEmory University

    Carolyn has been at Emory since 2006. In addition to supporting the senior vice presi-dent, she supervises the Office of Student Conduct and administers the student medical amnesty process. She is also liaison to the Dean of Campus Life at Oxford College.

    I find it most rewarding to have the oppor-tunity to work with colleagues who have a mutual interest in enhancing the student expe-rience, she says.

    She says her Curry higher ed degree pro-vided the confidence and skill set she needed to pursue interesting job opportunities. I felt significantly prepared for life at Curry because of the challenging curriculum, excellent profes-sors, and classmates who mutually shared their professional experiences.

    Her most valuable experience at the Curry School: My internship in the Presidents office. I had the opportunity to learn the business of higher education and experience the university on a macro level. I worked with a group of colleagues who helped me to understand the politics of higher education. I also had the opportunity to work under the leadership of John Casteen.

    Read more: These alumni share the best career advice Curry professsors gave them in the online version of this article. You can also read about John Donnellys (Ph.D. 06) experiences. Go to curry.virginia.edu/higher-ed-happenings

    2013 Curry Foundation Award Recipients in Higher EducationCongratulations to the following students who received awards and fellowships established by donors specifically to support students in Currys higher education program.

    Annette Gibbs Research Award

    Rose Marie Cole

    Jay L. Chronister Student Award in Higher Education

    Karen Connors

    Clarence Bo Guy Odom IV

    Alton L. Taylor Award

    R. Jason Cottrell

    Johnnie E. Merritt Graduate Fellowship

    Jason Jones Jill Jones

    Bonnie McKee Mason Clevenger and Daniel W. and RosaLee McKee Mason Fellowship in Education

    W. Leondias Williams

    Doctoral Graduates: Fall 12/Spring 13

    Thomas Bowman (Ph.D.)Dissertation: Perceptions of Athletic Training Education Program Directors on their Students Persistence and Departure Decisions

    Claire Mitchell (Ph.D.) Dissertation: Making the Adjustment: A Qualitative Investigation of the Potential of Community College Developmental Summer Bridge Programs in Facilitating Student Adjustment to Four-Year Institutions

    Julie Innes Caruccio (Ph,D.) Dissertation: Do No Harm: Understanding Reciprocity in University-Community Partnerships

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    Thank You!

    The Curry School Foundation recognizes the generosity of the following alumni from the Higher Education program who have made donations so far in fiscal year 2013:

    Jill K. Boatright

    Patricia E. Brown

    Karen O. Clifford

    Sarah L. Collie

    Lorri E. Cooper

    Dudley Jay Doane

    Christopher R. Foley

    Daniel B. Friedman

    Vincent J. Gorman

    Tatia Daniels Granger

    Lawrence A. Groves

    Donald A. Hasseltine

    Cynthia Howdyshell

    Richard E. Jenkins

    Thomas Jennings, Jr.

    Patricia M. Lampkin

    Marilyn S. Lockhart

    Ione L. McKenzie

    Gerald Lee Murray

    Mona Beth Olds

    Dennis Robert Parks

    Clementine S. Pollok

    John C. Presley

    Kathryn M. Pumphrey

    Timothy R. Rose

    Brenda F. Roth

    Barbara A. Schmertz

    Peter Stark, Jr.

    Christian Steinmetz

    Thomas C. Truesdell

    Edgar H. Turner II

    Matthew J. Ulmer

    Anne H. Womack

    These gifts directly benefit Curry students and the quality of their educational experiences. Your support is very much appreciated!

  • Jennings Wagoner

    In my 30 years at the Curry School, I cant think of anyone who had as much individual impact on the culture of the school, says Professor Emeritus Jay Chronister, a former colleague and friend of the late Jennings L. Wagoner, Jr.

    Wagoner, considered by many to be one of Currys most beloved professors, died Jan. 27 at his home in Ivy.

    He was humble, trustworthy, a scholar, and a great mentor to students, Chronister says. He demanded quality but supported students when they struggled.

    Wagoner joined the Curry School fac-ulty in 1968 as a professor in the Social Foundations Department. When Chronister arrived a year later to set up the Center for Higher Education, the two men quickly connected. They worked closely on launch-ing the new center and doctoral program from the basement of Peabody Hall. When Chronister stepped down as director of the Center in 1975, Wagoner became its leader for the next decade, later renaming it the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

    Wagoner worked to connect the school and its students with other units around Grounds, remembers Christopher Loss (M.Ed. 00, Ph.D. 07), Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education at Vanderbilt University.

    Jennings established strong relation-ships with the history department and reli-gious studies, among other Arts & Sciences departments, that really enriched his stu-dents intellectual lives.

    Loss notes that Wagoner oversaw the higher education internship program for many years. A whole generation of gradu-

    ate studentsmany of whom still work at U.Va.honed their skills as administrators in the Curry Higher Education internship program, Loss says.

    During his 37-year tenure with the Curry School, Wagoner touched many lives as he directed more than 50 dissertations.

    Jennings was a true mentor for many stu-dents in the higher education program, says Bill Haarlow (Ph.D. 00), Director of College Admission-Relations at Northwestern University.

    Students in his education courses, which were always taught in Pavilion VIII, came to understand the historical and philosophical underpinnings of their chosen field. They were also treated to dinner at his home at the conclusion of the course.

    The history of education field also bears a lasting imprint left by Wagoner, according to Loss.

    Jennings wrote widely on different aspects of the history of higher education, but within the field he became best known for his work on the rise of education in the South and, particularly, for his work on the educational vision of Thomas Jefferson.

    Wagoner served as president of the History of Education Society, the leading arena for historians of education, and as vice presi-dent of AERAs History and Historiography Division. His textbook, American Education: A History, co-authored with Wayne Urban, is a standard in the field, notes Haarlow.

    Faculty UpdatesDavid Breneman, Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education, served this year as senior associate dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He will serve as Dean of the Fall 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea.

    Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas received a grant from the International Baccalaureate Organization to study the effects of high school research experiences on college readiness and achievement. Her work with the IBO led to several presenta-tions and reports, including at the Australian Association for Research in Education in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Inkelas also keynoted an institute on developing residential colleges at the University of Macau, serves as the internal evaluator for U.Va.s NSF ADVANCE grant, and was named to the editorial board of College Teaching.

    Brian Pusser presented in a presi-dential session titled, Lawyers, Guns and Money at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Las, Vegas, NV. He is also co-editor, with Ana Martinez-Aleman and Estela Bensimon of the forthcoming book, Critical Research in Higher Education, from Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Josipa Roksa co-authored two articles published in Social Science Research, examining how inequality in parenting practices shapes chil-drens academic achievement. More educated mothers disproportionately engage in practices associated with higher academic achievement, and since these differences persist year after year, the effects on childrens outcomes accumulate over time.

    Christian Steinmetz is president of Charlottesville/UVa branch of AAUW. She recently served as an Invited panelist for How Public Is Your Public University? sponsored by United for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity.

    Justin Thompson presented at the national AERA Conference in San Francisco. The title of his presenta-tion was Leader Succession in Public Doctorate-Granting Universities: Academic Leaders Self-Assessments of Preparedness and Appeal for Presidential Duties.

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    /// Dr. Wagoner, his wife Shirley, and student Ingrid Isin at the 2012 Curry Student Awards Reception. Wagoner, who died last January, rarely missed the opportunity to meet recipients of the annual scholarship named in his honor.

    Read more about Jennings Wagoner online. Theres so much more to say! curry.virginia.edu/higher-ed-happenings



    Patricia Brown (Ed.S. 85) is proposal man-ager for Northrop Grumman in McLean, Va.Dominique Baker (M.Ed. 12) began her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy at Vanderbilt University in fall 2012. For her doctoral work, she received the Provosts Graduate Fellowship and is an Experimental Education Research Training (ExPERT) FellowAnne Hughes Bishop (Ed.D. 80) published a book, Yes and Thanks: Seeking the Spiritual World, written with John R. Scudder Jr. Abigail Abby Coulter (M.Ed. 10) received the 2011 Staff Recognition Award from the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs. She is a communi-ty specialist with the WorkSource Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.Dennis Gregory (M.Ed. 76, Ed.D. 87) is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where he has worked since 2000. His most recently pub-lished article is Comparative Cultural Analysis of Student Disability Services: A Case Study of Universities in the United States and Hong Kong in the Journal of the World Universities Forum with David J. Thomas.Dreama Montrief Johnson (M.Ed. 12) has taken a position with U.Va.s University Career


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