Faculty News


Larry Hedges Larry Hedges, Institute of Education Sciences, “The Continued Development of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness,” $656,978.
Eva Lam
Eva Lam, National Academy of Education, “Reading for the Community,” $25,000.
Dan Lewis Dan Lewis, Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, “Center for Civic Engagement,” $225,000.
James Rosenbaum James Rosenbaum, Council of Great City Schools, “Does Postsecondary Advising Improve Student Motivation and Progress in High School?” $157,000.
James Spillane James Spillane, National Science Foundation and University of Nebraska, “Nebraska Math,” $790,850.
David Uttal David Uttal, subcontract from University of Nebraska, “Omaha Science Media Project,” $178,611.


Honors and Awards

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is a member of the selection committee for the Spencer Foundation Exemplary Dissertation Award. She also serves on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Section for Social Sciences and Population Studies, an eminent review panel for proposals to NIH; her term is 2008–12.
Kemi Jona Kemi Jona received an Innovator Award from North American Council for Online Learning for service as head of its science committee.
Eva Lam Eva Lam was invited to join the editorial advisory board of two journals, TESOL Quarterly and Journal of Applied Language Studies.
Carol Lee Carol Lee was selected as a Visiting Scholar for the National Education Association.
James Rosenbaum James Rosenbaum was awarded the Senior Urban Education Fellowship from the Council of the Great City Schools and the School of Education and Social Policy Outstanding Professor Award for 2008.


Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Natalia Palacios, K. Gutmannova and P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (2008), “Immigrant Differences in Early Reading Achievement,” Developmental Psychology.
Eva Lam Eva Lam and Enid Rosario-Ramos (2009), “Multilingual Literacies in Transnational Digitally Mediated Contexts,” Language and Education; Lam (2009), “Second Language Literacy and the Design of the Self” In P. Hubbard (Ed.), Computer Assisted Language Learning.
Jelani Mandara Jelani Mandara (2009), “Developing Parental Involvement Workshops for African American Parents of Adolescents” in N. E. Hill and R. K. Chao (Eds.), Family-School Relations during Adolescence; Mandara (2008), “Parent-Child Relations” in W. A. Darity (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
Dan McAdams Dan McAdams, M. Albaugh, E. Farber, J. Daniels, Regina Logan and Bradley Olson (2008), “Family Metaphors and Moral Intuitions,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; McAdams and Albaugh (2008), “What If There Were No God?” Journal of Research in Personality.
Doug Medin Scott Atran and Douglas Medin (2008), The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature.
Deborah Puntenney Deborah Puntenney and Jody Kretzmann, “Neighborhood Approaches to Asset Mobilization,” in A. Goetting and G. P. Green (Eds.), Mobilizing Communities.
David Rapp
David Rapp and P. Kendeou (2009), “Noticing and Revising Discrepancies as Texts Unfold,” Discourse Processes; T. Brunyé, Rapp and H. A. Taylor (2008), “Representational Flexibility and Specificity Following Spatial Descriptions of Real World Environments,” Cognition; R. B. Lea, Rapp, A. Elfenbein, A. D. Mitchel and R. Swinburne-Romine (2008), “Sweet Silent Thought,” Psychological Science.
Michelle Reininger
D. Boyd, P. Grossman, K. Hammerness, Michelle Reininger, H. Lankford, S. Loeb, M. McDonald, M. Ronfeldt and J. Wyckoff (2008), “Surveying the Landscape of Teacher Education in New York City,” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; Reininger and K. Hammerness (2008), “Who Goes into Early-Entry Programs?” in P. Grossman and S. Loeb (Eds.), Alternative Routes to Teaching.
James Rosenbaum James Rosenbaum and L. Goble (2008), “Questioning Our Assumptions about College Requirements” in M. McPherson and M. Schapiro (Eds.), College Success; L. Goble, Rosenbaum and J. Stephan (2008), “Do Institutional Attributes Predict Individuals’ Degree Success at Two-Year Colleges?” New Directions for Community Colleges.
Miriam Sherin
Bruce Sherin
Miriam Sherin, R. Russ, Bruce Sherin and A. Colestock (2008), “Professional Vision in Action,” Issues in Teacher Education; M. Sherin and E. A. van Es (2009), “Effects of Video Club Participation on Teachers’ Professional Vision,” Journal of Teacher Education.
Uri Wilensky
R. Goldstone and Uri Wilensky (2008), “Promoting Transfer through Complex Systems Principles,” Journal of the Learning Sciences; S. T. Levy and Wilensky, “Inventing a ‘Mid-Level’ to Make Ends Meet,” Cognition & Instruction; J. Wang, G. Dam, S. Yildrim, W. Rand, Wilensky and J. C. Houk (2008), “Reciprocity between the Cerebellum and the Cerebral Cortex,” Complexity.<



Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Lindsay Chase-Lansdale co-presented “Harnessing Parental Investments in Young Children’s Learning” at the international Parents Matter conference in London in March.
Barton Hirsch John Kretzmann delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Asset-Based Community Development Asia Pacific Conference in Newcastle, Australia, in December.
Carol Lee Carol Lee delivered the Charles H. Thompson Lecture-Colloquium at Howard University in November.
Dan McAdams
Dan McAdams presented the keynote address for the Japanese Society for Personality Psychology convention in Tokyo in November.

Chase-Lansdale Partners on Research to Support Young Parents’ Education
Getting a college education isn’t easy if you’re a young parent with limited resources. Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn of Columbia University, partnering with the Ounce of Prevention Fund, are starting a project to investigate ways to boost postsecondary education among young, low-income parents.

The researchers will analyze the supports and barriers to postsecondary education among young, low-income parents in Chicago, Denver and Miami. In addition, the project will design a pilot program that uses high-quality early childhood education centers as a context for promoting and supporting parents’ continuing education. According to Chase-Lansdale, “Study after study has shown that educational attainment is one of the most effective pathways to bettering life outcomes for poor families and their children.” The project is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is collaborating on a new project to identify ways to encourage postsecondary education among young, low-income parents
Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is collaborating on a new project to identify ways to encourage postsecondary education among young, low-income parents.
Photo by Jerry Lai


Dan McAdams Studies Political Conservatives, Liberals
Dan McAdams
Political conservatives operate out of a fear of chaos while political liberals operate out of a fear of emptiness, a new study co-authored by professor Dan McAdams finds. To better understand the differences between politically conservative Americans and their liberal counterparts, McAdams and doctoral student Michelle Albaugh asked 128 socially active churchgoers this question: What if there were no God?

“Political conservatives envision a world without God in which baser human impulses go unchecked, social institutions (marriage, government, family) fall apart and chaos ensues,” says McAdams. Liberals, on the other hand, envision a world without God as barren, lifeless, devoid of color and reasons to live, says McAdams.

The study, funded by the Foley Family Foundation, is part of a larger project that looks at the relationships of faith, politics and life stories in American adults. The research follows up McAdams’s awarding-winning book The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By, which describes how the motif of redemption distinguishes the life stories of especially caring and productive Americans.

The Redemptive Self
In an innovative move, the entire text of Dan McAdams’s The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By is now accessible online.


Governor Names SESP Instructor Chief of Staff
Jerry Stermer
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently selected Jerry Stermer, a longtime adjunct instructor in the School of Education and Social Policy, to be his chief of staff. Stermer, who was president of the child welfare organization Voices for Illinois Children for 22 years, says one of the key factors in his decision was a commitment to future generations.


By Marilyn Sherman