SESP Welcomes New Students, Faculty

SESP Welcomes New Students, Faculty

SESP Welcomes New Students, Faculty

The School of Education and Social Policy is welcoming 49 new undergraduates and 152 new graduate students, as well as several new faculty members, this fall. In addition to orientation activities, the entire SESP community is invited to an ice cream social at 3 p.m. on September 24.


A talented group of 49 undergraduates is new to SESP this fall. Of the 48 freshmen, 14 are majoring in social policy, six in human development and psychological services, 11 in learning and organizational change, and 10 in secondary teaching, and eight are undecided. One upperclass student is transferring from another university. 

A highlight of the welcome week for undergraduates is a dinner at the home of SESP Dean Penelope Peterson on September 17. SESP Wildcat Welcome activities from September 12 to 20 include a dean’s convocation on September 16, along with individual advising, registration, tours and group meetings. Freshmen also meet with their SESP peer advisers, 11 student volunteers selected for their leadership abilities: Scott Gerson, Kayla Goldenberg, Allan Heo, David Hong, Emily Kahn, Fannie Koltun, Shaleila Louis, Eric Morales, Julia Poppy, Shoshi Shapiro and Sarah Thompson.

Human Development and Social Policy
The Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) doctoral program welcomes three new doctoral students this fall, beginning with an orientation on September 17 to introduce students to the program and to student perspectives. The incoming HDSP students take part in a lunch, technology overview, campus tour and happy hour at Tommy Nevin's Pub.

New HDSP students Claudia Castillo, Olivia Healy and Emily Hittner will pursue their special research interests in the education of immigrant families, early child development and developing effective educational policies.

Learning Sciences
The Learning Sciences program is welcoming four new master’s students and eight new PhD students, a diverse and talented group with backgrounds in science, education, policy, business and educational technology. The Learning Sciences orientation on September 17 introduces the program and includes a course preview, lunch, technology overview and mentor meetings.

New students then tour campus before a happy hour for both doctoral programs. Later the entire Learning Sciences community gathers for a BBQ on September 19 at the home of professor Reed Stevens.

Master of Science in Education
The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program has 52 new students this year — with 32 students focusing on secondary teaching and nine on elementary teaching. Three students are pursuing the teacher leadership curriculum, and eight have enrolled in the new certificate program for advanced study in instructional coaching.

At the MSEd orientation on September 16, new students meet faculty, staff and each other. They also begin to consider questions to explore in their master's project research. The MSEd fall party is on October 2.

Higher Education
The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy (MSHE) program is welcoming 32 new students — 20 full-time and 12 part-time — who are interested in various areas of higher education administration, from study abroad and admissions to campus diversity, change management, development, athletic administration and career services.

Incoming students represent 12 states and three countries; some students come directly from undergraduate programs while others have had work experiences in fields such as business and law. MSHE held a new student orientation and an internship orientation on September 14. A welcome party will take place at the home of director Lois Trautvetter this fall.

Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change

The annual retreat for the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program (MSLOC) on September 12 and 13 featured community building and education as the program kicked off its introductory Foundations course.

Of the 53 new students in the MSLOC program, 39 are part-timers. The new students come from diverse professional backgrounds, both corporate and not-for-profit, and from locations coast to coast. Many students who live outside the Chicago area are earning their degrees through an alternative schedule option, which combines distance learning with on-campus class meetings. Among the new students are residents of Wyoming, California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Oregon, Texas and New York. Full-time students hail from locations including Singapore, Chile, Korea and numerous U.S. states.

New faculty
SESP is welcoming one new full-time assistant professor, Quinn Mulroy, who is joining the Human Development and Social Policy faculty. A graduate of Columbia University who has been on the faculty at Syracuse University, Mulroy is teaching Social Policymaking and Implementation during winter quarter. Elizabeth Ananat, an economist, is a visiting professor from Duke University. New adjunct faculty members at the undergraduate level are Aida Giachello, Martha Mulligan, Jessica Pryor and Rebekah Wrobbel Stathakis (BS02).

At the graduate level, new faculty members in the MSLOC program are Renetta McCann (MS12), who is chief talent officer at Leo Burnett U.S., and Bruce McBratney, a strategy consultant and leadership coach, who are co-leading a new course on the intersection of business strategy, organizational design and human capital management. New adjunct faculty members in the MSEd program are Laurel Burman, Marcus Campbell, John Duffy, Kristin Lems, Dilara Sayeed (MS00) and Denise Thrasher.

All-SESP event

The entire SESP community is invited to an ice cream social at 3 p.m. on September 24 on the lawn east of Annenberg. This welcome event, featuring socializing and ice cream sundaes, is co-sponsored by Promote 360, a SESP organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of minority and underrepresented students.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/21/15