Spring 2021 - Faculty & Staff Accolades

May 10, 2021

Highlighting the spring 2021 achievements of faculty and staff in the College of Education and Human Service Professions.


Marzell Gray, assistant professor of public health, and Amy Versnik Nowak, associate professor and coordinator of the public health program, collaborated on an interdisciplinary manuscript about collaborative online international learning (COIL) with UMN College of Design Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship, and Engagement Abimbola Asojo and Daniel Nolan, assistant professor of German Studies teaching at UMD. The manuscript entitled "COIL: A Global Experience for Everyone" was published in the Journal of Higher Education Teaching and Practice.

Jessica Hanson, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, published a paper in Contemporary Clinical Trials called "A culturally tailored intervention to reduce risk of alcohol exposed pregnancies in American Indian communities: rationale, design and methods." This paper outlines the collaborative randomized controlled trial that aims to reduce risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies in American Indian communities and that includes partners from a tribal nation, Washington State University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Hanson also worked with collaborators from the University of Iowa, Oregon Health and Science University, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and the University of South Dakota to publish  "Influences on HPV vaccination across levels of the Social  Ecological Model: Perspectives from state level stakeholders" in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. This paper is focused on reporting multi-state data collected with stakeholders to better understand barriers and facilitators to HPV vaccination. 

Daehyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and colleagues published “Effects of Pokémon Go on Physical Activity and Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review” in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.

Lee also publishedKnowledge Gaps in Mobile Health Research for Promoting Physical Activity in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in Frontiers in Psychology.

Jennifer McCleary, associate professor and head of the Department of Social Work, and colleagues published, “When it’s safer to walk away: Urban, low opportunity emerging adults’ willingness to use bystander behaviors in response to community and dating violence” in Children and Youth Services Review.

Suki Jones Mozenter, assistant professor in the Department of Education, was a co-author of "Learning to lead: An approach to mathematics teacher leader development" published in the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.  

Assistant Professor Catherine Reich and Associate Professor Lara LaCaille from the Department of Psychology published an article with several former students, “Empathic Communication Skills Across Applied Undergraduate Psychology Courses: A Replication Study” in Teaching of Psychology.

Reich also published an interdisciplinary paper with Wendy Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Social Work, and Richard Maclin, professor of computer science, “Why I Didn’t Report: Reasons for Not Reporting Sexual Violence as Stated on Twitter” in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Estelle Simard, visiting faculty in the Department of Social Work, and Jennifer McCleary, associate professor of social work, have a forthcoming publication, Who Are Our Ancestors? Confronting a White Supremacist Narrative of the History of Social Work” to be published in Advances in Social Work.


Suki Jones Mozenter, assistant professor in the Department of Education,  was the recipient of a Council for Exceptional Children Early Career Researcher Fellowship. This fellowship supports early career researchers through professional development and CEC conference participation.

Mozenter was also awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the University of Minnesota Office of Vice Provost for Research. This award will support her work studying the impacts and enactments of antiracist practice. The project is a collaboration between the Education Department and the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Insoon Han, Ariri Onchwari, and Kayleen Jones are co-PIs.

Awards & Achievements

The following people were nominated and selected for the CEHSP Staff Award, recognizing exceptional service in leadership on the job, customer service, and quality of service. 

  • Jackie Heytens, Department of Social Work 
  • Lynn McGraw, Department of Applied Human Sciences 
  • Meredith Schneider, Academic Technology
  • Stacy Seminara, Advising and Academic Services

Lynette Carlson, instructor and director of clinical education in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, received the Honors of the Association Award for the Minnesota Speech Hearing Language Association. This is the highest honor awarded to a voting member by the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. It recognizes outstanding service and leadership in the Association and the professions over a period of many years.

Charles Fountaine, professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, was an associate editor for the 11th edition of the American College of Sports Medicine's “Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.” The handbook delivers scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription to the certification candidate, the professional, and the student. It is a definitive resource in the industry that is used in the classroom, for certification preparation, and in practice.

Chris "CW" Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Education, completed a two-year appointment as a member of the MACTE Executive Council, where he was caucus representative from the University of Minnesota system, and where he worked closely with PELSB and MACTE leadership on topics related to teacher education, literacy, and pandemic policy-making for teacher education.

Johnson also wrote the entry for "Jim Harrison," published in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of American Fiction, 1980-2020, a global resource for literary scholars.  

Rick LaCaille, professor in the Department of Psychology, received UMD's Outstanding Graduate Teacher/Advisor Award this year for his exemplary dedication to students in the Master of Arts in Psychological Science Program.

Lisa Paulson, instructor in the Physical Education Teacher Education program, received the Carl Knutson School Health Educator award from the Minnesota Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Michael Young, assistant professor in the Department of Education, was selected for the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) Executive Committee.


Daehyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and a colleague presented a virtual poster, “Make it Yourself: Adaptive Physical Education Equipment Development for Children with Severe Disabilities” at the 2021 National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities.

Suki Jones Mozenter, assistant professor in the Department of Education,  presented at the KOTESOL conference and the conference for Journal of Language & Literacy Education (JOLLE). Her presentations were titled "Reframing language class: Student perceptions, engagement, and outcomes,"  "Decolonization, linguistic bias, language hierarchies, and TESOL, " and "Too loud: Positioning of a Black girl in a first-grade readers workshop."

Michael Young, assistant professor in the Department of Education, presented a paper, "Scripts, Schedules, and the Gaze of 'They': Narrated Teaching Experience in the Standardized School" at the 2021 Annual Meeting for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April. 

2020 Annual Excellence in Program Assessment Awards

Award Category: Measurement 

The Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE) program received the Measurement award for the third year! The IESE program has demonstrated a complete three-year assessment cycle of using multiple highly valid and reliable measures to assess its program learning outcomes.

The Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) graduate program has also been selected as a recipient this year. The MAPS program uses multiple direct and highly valid measures for assessment of the learning outcomes. Measures include a full-length method section for a proposed research project, midterm and final exams, and critiques of published research articles.

The Unified Early Childhood Education program has also been honored this year. Each UECH program learning outcome reported this year was assessed using multiple measures that are clearly connected to the outcomes. Measures included a nationally normed assessment, course embedded measures with established rubrics, input from teachers, and self-reflection.

Award Category: Stakeholder Involvement

Both the undergraduate and graduate Communication Sciences & Disorders programs were selected as recipients demonstrating excellence in this domain for the second year. CSD has continued their practice of engaging in regular and meaningful dialogue with all faculty, their students, and professionals in the community in order to advance their assessment processes of student learning.

The social work graduate program was also selected this year. The graduate program within the social work department has been selected for a second time in this category based on discussions of assessment within multiple settings and including all instructors during the assessment year. Faculty identified potential areas of concern, evaluated course assignments, and made corresponding curricular adjustments. Students were involved through a student survey and follow-up Zoom meetings that allowed them to share their insights and concerns about courses and assignments. The program also utilized their community advisory board in their assessment processes.

Please note: this webpage of highlights was created from faculty and staff submissions. Are we missing an accolade? Send a note with a brief description (1-2 sentences) to Lissa Maki.