College of Education announces new research awards program

COE Research Symposium

Professor Kim Song (from left), Professor Rebecca Rogers, Assistant Teaching Professor Andresa De Souza, Professor Cody Ding, Assistant Professor Emily Brown, Associate Dean Michael Bahr, Assistant Professor Amber Candela and Assistant Teaching Professor Jennifer Fisher presented their work at the College of Education Research Symposium on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Butler)

Junior and mid-career faculty members at the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Education have a new avenue of support for their research.

The COE Research Awards, announced Wednesday, will provide for up to $5,000 in research funding each for two tenure-track assistant professors and one tenured associate professor each year. The application period for the inaugural 2019 awards opened Friday and will end April 5.

The recipients will be announced April 17.

“The COE Research Awards aim to strengthen faculty research and creative activities through internal funding support,” said Associate Professor April Regester, the College of Education’s director of faculty support and engagement. “The COE research funds may help to improve competitive external grant applications and help junior and mid-career faculty to develop and maintain an active research agenda.”

The announcement of the awards came at the culmination of the COE Research Symposium in the ED Collabitat on Wednesday. During the event, eight UMSL education faculty members presented synopses of their research to a four-person panel – composed of Dean Ann Taylor, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education Jerome Morris, Professor Susan Kashubeck-West and Professor R. Rocco Cottone – for feedback and discussion.

The presenters were:

  • Associate Dean Michael Bahr – “Use of Intervention Technology by Problem-Solving Teams in School Prevention Models”
  • Assistant Teaching Professor Andresa De Souza – “Pyramidal Training in Brazil for the Intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • Professor Cody Ding – “Exploring Nomological Network of Science Classroom Activities”
  • Professor Kim Song – “Interactive Virtual Community in Online TESOL Methods Course Using Multimedia Learning Platform”
  • Assistant Professor Amber Candela – “Supporting Mathematics Teachers’ Implementation of Tasks Through Professional Development”
  • Assistant Professor Emily Brown – “Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Case Study of School Counselors’ Experiences”
  • Assistant Teaching Professor Jennifer Fisher – “High Ability Visual Artists”
  • Professor Rebecca Rogers – “Literacy Research and Equitable Flows of Knowledge”

“It’s critical that any research community engages regularly around ideas, methods and findings: It’s what builds the kind of communicative culture that solves real-world problems,” Taylor said. “The Research Symposium was designed to build that culture by inspiring and nurturing a scholarly exchange. Our faculty are so committed to important educational work – challenging inequities, scaling-up promising practices and raising questions that extend the boundaries of educational knowledge – and we all need to share what we are doing more often.”


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