Today's Faculty Spotlight
Congratulations to TLS Associate Professor Jessica Summers, who just won the election to be the new faculty chair for the university. Summers' scholarship focuses on understanding the role of motivation and social relationships in learning and achievement, specifically how social context affects students' motivation to learn, and how this contributes to students' overall success as learners.
Educational Policy Studies & Practice Professor Jenny J. Lee is the recipient of the Excellence in Global Education Award. She has long advocated for international students in all areas of her work. For the past decade, her scholarship widely informed international student access to higher education and their experiences in the U.S. and abroad. Her current research focuses on international student travel within the African continent, which stemmed from her Fulbright experience in South Africa four years ago. She is leading a project to evaluate the newly established micro-campus model of the UA. Additionally, Lee is a NAFSA Senior Fellow for Internationalization, associate editor for the Review of Higher Education and co-editor of the book series, "Studies in Global Higher Education." Read more.
Professor and new Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Department Head Walter Doyle, whose distinguished contributions in teaching and teacher education are regularly cited throughout the globe, was honored with the Legacy Award from the American Educational Research Association this year. Our reaction to that bit of news? We’re wondering what took so long! Doyle — powerful, while at the same time modest and quiet — is recognized for transforming the way we look at learning. During his 30-plus years at the UA, Doyle elevated the status of teacher-education inquiry across international borders and barriers in his role as invited scholar, teacher-education program design consultant, and international advisory board member, all the while impacting the quality of teacher preparation around the world. His record of international leadership in teacher education is applauded by tens of thousands of scholars who work to improve education every day.