School of Education Newsletter
Fall 2022 Recap

The Education newsletter publishes twice per year, in January and June.

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Lise Youngblade, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences

From the Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends, I hope this message finds you happy and healthy in the new year. After more than four years in the leadership role, Dr. Susan Faircloth has stepped down as director of the School of Education and we thank her for her service these past years. I’m pleased to introduce Dr. Albert Bimper, who is serving as interim director of the School. Dr. Bimper brings great experience to this role. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in curriculum and instruction, Cultural Studies in Education Program, College of Education. He held an appointment as assistant professor at Kansas State in Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs before joining CSU in 2013. He currently holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and joins us from the College of Liberal Arts where he is an associate dean, and the President’s Office, where he is the interim chief of staff. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bimper to the School of Education.

Lise Youngblade

Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

Interim Director Albert Bimper
Interim Director Albert Bimper

From the Interim Director

The School of Education at Colorado State University represents a remarkable place where we come together to engage a nexus of perspectives on the current state and future of education while preparing and empowering students to transform lives through education. I am humbled and honored to step into the role as interim director to lead in a shared pursuit of vision to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s land-grant mission with a commitment to access, equity, justice, and excellence. While the landscape of education offers much to be interrogated, I am inspired by our students, faculty, alumni, and many friends of the school who give a relentless effort to make real the transformative power of education. Go Rams!

Albert Bimper

Interim Director, School of Education


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Kaiya Jenkins found her courage to teach in family and consumer sciences

Self-realization, growth, and service aptly describe Kaiya Jenkins’ journey at Colorado State University.

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Welsey Brookshear uses his degree to grow as a paramedic educator

Wesley Brookshear wanted to grow in his profession as a paramedic and primary paramedic instructor.

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Morgan Willis’s dream to apply her family and consumer sciences degree

“I was in love with CSU before I could walk. My dad played football and ran track at CSU in the late ’80s, so I have been supporting the Rams since I was little,” said Wills.

Research and Scholarship

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Runeela Taskeen researches peace education to de-escalate violence

Runeela Taskeen, a Ph.D. student in the Education, Equity, and Transformation program, researches how peace education in developing nations can reduce violence and improve quality of life.

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Graduate students sweep awards at adult education and training conference with research on how learning sticks

Two Ph.D. students in the Education, Equity, and Transformation program in Colorado State University’s School of Education left the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference with awards for their novel research and significant findings.


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Veterans Writing Workshop builds community among veterans, helps them process their experiences

Since leaving the military and joining Colorado State University, veteran and Ph.D. student Ross Atkinson (‘18) is continuing the same mission: serving others.

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Center for Educator Preparation addresses teacher shortage, diversifying teaching workforce

There is a dire shortage of K-12 teachers across the country, and Colorado is no exception.

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Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change hosts classes at CSU Spur for working professionals

When some hear the name CSU Spur, they may picture K-12 field trips, agriculture and veterinary care, but it is also home to an increasing number of graduate programs for working professionals.

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CSU’s partnerships with local school districts stem from classrooms, athletics and beyond

Colorado State University had 439 teacher candidates in Northern Colorado schools from both undergraduate and graduate programs during the 2021-22 academic year, showing the connections between CSU and local school districts.

The Caminos program hosted an end-of-year event where students shared testimony on the social capital of the Latinx/e community, and their aspirations for the future

Photos from the event

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Two new endowments in the School of Education help foster the next generation of teachers

Two new endowed funds created by Colorado State University alumni honor women educators who made outstanding contributions to CSU and the community.

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Dandelions Rising supports BIPOC youth through curriculum based on liberation and healing

Colorado State University and the BIPOC Alliance of Larimer County are partnering on a project to develop young leaders in the BIPOC community of Northern Colorado and contribute to positive mental health among children and youth.

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Remembering Michael Corke, an extraordinary Ram

Michael Corke (B.A., ’88; M.S., ’03) passed away in June of 2020 after a valiant decades-long struggle with sickle cell anemia. His fraternity brothers have ensured that this wonderful man will be remembered by creating the Michael Corke Phi Beta Sigma Memorial Award.

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Education alumnus Ben Rainbolt Jr. named College of Ag honor alum

Every year the Colorado State University Alumni Association celebrates our distinguished alumni. Ben Rainbolt Jr., (B.S., vocational agriculture, ’81; M.Ed., vocational education, ’89), was recognized as the 2022 College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award recipient.

Sharing Expertise

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Jessica Gonzalez-Voller discussed her research on college podcast

Dr. Jessica Gonzalez-Voller, associate professor in the Counseling and Career Development master’s degree program within CSU’s School of Education, sits down with Matt and Avery to discuss her research in multicultural competence training for counselors, serving historically marginalized communities, and her family life.

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Dr. OiYan Poon weighs in on the misunderstandings and uncertain future of affirmative action

When OiYan Poon, a race and education scholar at Colorado State University, traveled across the nation to ask Asian Americans what they knew about affirmative action, they found that even people who were part of organizations that publicly supported or opposed it didn’t quite understand how affirmative action works.

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Alex Lange talks identity-based student activism on the Student Affairs Now podcast

In this episode, co-authors of the book, Identity-Based Student Activism: Power and Oppression on College Campuses, discuss ways that campus administrators can reflect upon our work with student activists and consider new ways to improve relationships, resulting in more hospitable campus climates for all students across identities.

New Faculty

Matt Moulton – Working with future middle school teachers to improve environments and outcomes for students

Matt Moulton, assistant professor and undergraduate program professional development school model coordinator in the School of Education at Colorado State University, works with his students as well as local middle schools to create a beneficial learning environment.

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Research Day 2023

Judges needed for research poster presentation at College of Health and Human Sciences Research Day – March 6, 2023

CHHS Research Day is an annual event created to showcase the variety and quality of research and creative scholarship by students, faculty, and staff in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. The fourth annual CHHS Research Day will take place Monday, March 6, 2023, at the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

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Your Connections

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