News and Events
Director of the MA in Educational Studies, Professor
Sabina Vaught on her recent book
Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a
Congratulations Sabina. Interim Chair and Director of the MA in Educational Studies,
Professor Sabina Vaught, recently published Compulsory:
Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School.
Compulsory is an ethnographic study of one state's juvenile
prison school system. In a conversation with department
social media specialist Stuart Montgomery about the ideas
for the book, Sabina said, "I started out as a high school
English teacher before I got into academia — where I saw how
the exchange of knowledge in schools is institutionally
organized around discipline, control, and ultimately
punishment. This matches the structure of prisons… and one
of the things that haunted me while I was teaching was,
despite the overcrowding, there were still empty seats in my
classes. Where were those students? Some of them were
literally in captivity."
||Cynthia Robinson, Director of
Museum Studies, received the 2017
Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the Education Committee of the
American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
The award recognizes individuals outside the field of museum
education who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the
educational responsibility and capacity of museums. Award
judges noted Cynthia's commitment to helping museum
educators write and publish in the peer-reviewed Journal of
Museum Education, and to inspiring students to be activists
who open museums to all audiences. Cynthia will receive the
award at the AAM Conference in May, and will participate in
a panel discussion about leadership. The John Cotton Dana
Award is conferred on an occasional basis, and was last
awarded in 2015. Over the lifetime of this award it has been
awarded to 10 people
||Susan Barahal, Faculty and Director of Art Education Program, has sculpture
selected for inclusion in the "The Nature Show" at the Hess Gallery at
Pine Manor College.
The show opens on August 28th and continues through November 4th.
View flyer >
||Assistant Professor Shameka Powell awarded the 2015-16
AERA Division G Dissertation Award
Assistant Professor Shameka
Powell has been awarded
the 2015-2016 AERA Division G (Social Context of
Education) Dissertation Award for her dissertation
titled Sifting for success: A grounded theory approach
of sponsorship of Black academic success. This
is a highly competitive award, and only one is given
annually. Dr. Powell will be acknowledged at an event
at this year's AERA annual meeting, which will be
held from April 8-12 in Washington, DC.
||Alum and Assistant Professor Kristen Wendell to be awarded with PECASE
award at the White House
Kristen Wendell, Assistant Professor in the Department
of Mechanical Engineering, alumna, and colleague of our
department, to be awarded with Presidential Early Career
Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at the White
Learn more >
||Bárbara Brizuela, Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences, has a new paper in the current issue of
The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
Cañadas, M. C., Brizuela, B. M., & Blanton, M. (2016).
Second graders articulating ideas about co-variation with linear functions.
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 41, 87-103.
||Bárbara Brizuela, Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts
& Sciences, and Mary Caddle, Math Education PhD alumna and post-doctoral associate at the Poincaré Institute for Mathematics Education at Tufts University, have a new paper out.
Caddle, M., & Brizuela, B. M. (2016).
Multiplication Principle Problems And Permutation Problems.
The Mathematics Teacher, 109(6), 463-467.
||Professor and Chair David Hammer and Lama Jaber,
STEM PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Florida State
University, have a new paper out
An article by PhD alumna Lama Jaber and Professor and Chair
David Hammer, "Engaging in science: A feeling for the
discipline," is in
Early View at the Journal of the Learning Sciences.
||Director of Museum Studies Cynthia Robinson writes column and speaks at online Hangout
Cynthia Robinson, Director of Museum Studies, was asked to
write a "Voices From the Field" column in the December issue
of the American Alliance of Museum's EdCom Newsletter. She
also spoke at an online Peer2Peer Hangout, organized by the
National Art Education Association's Museum Education
Division, about writing for the Journal of Museum Education.
||Professor and Chair David Hammer out with new book
Robertson, A., Scherr, R. E., & Hammer, D. (Eds.) (2016)
Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics. New
||"The Science of Character" conference
Part-time Lecturer Deborah Donahue-Keegan to preside over
"The Science of Character" conference
Learn more >
||Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies
Associate Professor Sabina Vaught continues as senior co-chair of the
Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies.
||Democratizing the Maker Movement
Assistant Professor Brian Gravel and his makerspace work with Malden High School are featured in the
||New faculty member Shameka Powell named a
Neubauer Faculty Fellow for 2015-2016
The Neubauer Faculty Fellows program, made possible by Joseph Neubauer, E63,
J90P, and Trustee Emeritus Jeanette Neubauer, assists Tufts in hiring exceptional
scholars whose work will elevate the University's academic stature and reputation.
Learn more about Dr. Powell and
||In May, Director of Museum Education Cynthia
Robinson gathered with museum educators from around the
country in Denver
Director of Museum Education Cynthia Robinson spent
three days at the end of May in Denver, Colorado, at a
convening of 100 museum educators from around the country.
The group never reached consensus on the goal, to articulate
the future of museum education, but it was heartening to see
that most people defined the current role of museum
education in similar ways. The two best things about the
gathering were meeting new and reuniting with old
colleagues, and spending time at the Denver Art Museum's
Friday night public event. Offered on the last Friday of the
month, DAM hosts a damn good party that attracted young and
old to experience art through music, storytelling,
art-making, workshops, food, and drink.
||A Maker Space at Malden High School
Triple Jumbo and Director of Elementary Education Brian Gravel explores
the role that "maker spaces" play in schools. The project has
taken him to Malden High School, one of our department's long-standing
partners, and its Nedlam's Workshop makerspace, a space that blends
"older craft technologies with newer digital technologies in service
of kids asking questions about the world and then solving them by making
Peter Balonen-Rosen, a reporter for WBUR's Learning Lab wrote
about the Malden High School makerspace and interviewed Gravel about his work
Read the article >
||Museum Education faculty member Jenna Fleming is
working on a website that will accompany a fall exhibition
at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Museum Education faculty member Jenna Fleming, who
teaches Museums & Digital Media, is working on a web
microsite for a fall exhibition at the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum. The exhibition, "Ornament and Illusion:
Carlo Crivelli of Venice," takes a closer look at the
Renaissance artist's remarkable decorative style and
provides opportunities to explore conservation insights
about one of this paintings, including his use of pastiglia
to build up the painted surface. The web site will be
responsive so that it can be used on smartphones within the
gallery or on desktops and iPads at home.
||MAT in Art Education faculty member Pamela Bower-Basso shows her work
MAT in Art Education faculty member Pamela Bower-Basso
has a couple of pieces of artwork in the BAA Summer Members'
Exhibition at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, Massachusetts.
||MAT in Art Education Kay Furst takes her students to Natick
For a third year MAT in Art Education faculty member Kay
Furst's summer class, ED 0191B Art Education and the
Exceptional Child, has been invited back to work with the
exceptional children in the Natick Summer Program this July.
Her students will be going into each of the classes engaging
the students in art making activities. The assistant
director of Student Services in Natick wrote to Kay about
how well received her students were last year, saying: "The
teachers said how much everyone enjoyed working with you
last year. We would love to have you back!"
||Education department faculty member Deborah Donahue-Keegan
will be co-authoring a book chapter with her students
Faculty member Deborah Donahue-Keegan and her students
will co-author an accepted, proposed chapter for an edited
volume to be published by The International Higher Education
Teaching and Learning Association (HETL).