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School of Education Newsletter
Spring 2022 Recap

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

From Director Susan C. Faircloth

“Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides.”

– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Dear Alumni and Friends,

As I write this note, my heart is filled with gratitude, joy, and hope!

To our alumni, thank you for choosing Colorado State University and the School of Education as your academic home. As a first-generation college graduate and Indigenous person/mother/daughter/partner/auntie/ community member, I know firsthand the challenges many of you navigated as you pursued your dreams of higher education.

I also know the doors and opportunities that have been and will be opened by earning your degree(s). More than 20 years after earning my master’s and doctoral degrees, I can’t imagine any career path that could bring me more joy and hope than the field of education. As an educator, I am grateful to engage in work that has the potential to positively impact the hearts, minds, and lives of children, youth, and adults. I hope you feel the same.

I’d also like to thank each of the faculty and administrative professionals who supported, advised, mentored, taught, and engaged with you during your time at CSU. These individuals could work anywhere in the world; fortunately, they choose to work at CSU and in the School of Education. They are committed to the success of our students and our alumni. I remain humbled and honored to work with and alongside such a talented and dedicated group of educators, scholars, and practitioners. I invite you to learn more about a few of the faculty, staff, student, and alumni successes that elevate our collective impact.

As the director of the School of Education, I have the opportunity to learn about the exciting and impactful work that our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are engaging in locally, nationally, and internationally. Each of the individuals highlighted in this newsletter embodies what it means to be of service to others. I welcome the opportunity to learn about the work and service that you’re engaged in and all the positive impacts you’re making across the various contexts, communities, schools, and organizations in which you work and live. If you’re ever in the Fort Collins area, feel free to stop by my office or email me at susan.faircloth@colostate.edu. I’d love to meet for a cup of tea!

As always, please remember to take time to celebrate your accomplishments, to share gratitude for those who travel this journey with you, to rest, and to renew.

Wishing you peace, joy, and fun during this summer season.

Susan C. Faircloth, Director


Bella Olson gives her dog a kiss while on a walk

Outstanding family and consumer sciences graduate: how one woman found purpose through tragedy.

Bella Olsson followed a winding path to graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in family and consumer sciences in the School of Education.

Manideep Tummalapudi

School of Education and construction management doctoral graduate spotlight: Manideep Tummalapudi.

Tummalapudi’s passion for both education and construction meant the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education, Equity, and Transformation was a perfect fit.

Charlie Mike book cover

Publication of Charlie Mike honors veterans in writing workshop led by Ph.D. student Ross Atkinson

Atkinson, a School of Education graduate student, led the CSU Veterans Writing Workshop that recently published a book filled with emotional truth and resonance.

Mary Ann Lucero and Fabiola Mora

Two doctoral students, Mary Ann Lucero and Fabiola Mora, named 2022 Policy Fellows with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Mora and Lucero have a lot in common: both are doctoral students in the Education and Human Resource Studies Ph.D. program, specializing in Higher Education Leadership; they work as staff members in CSU’s Academic Advancement Center; and they share a passion for equitable student success.

Research and Scholarship

Jessica Gonzalez-Voller teaching

Jessica Gonzalez-Voller’s top-cited study underscores importance of counselors’ multicultural competence.

The Journal of Counseling and Development recognized Gonzalez-Voller and her co-authors for their highly cited article (2020-21).

Microbiology students attend lecture at CSU

New method of studying, developed by Professor James Folkestad, is improving microbiology students’ grades.

Folkestad is sharing the U-Behavior system of learning and teaching to promote optimal student study behaviors and practices with other disciplines. 

DaeSeok Chai

DaeSeok Chai honored with Early Career Scholar Award for leadership research in international cultural contexts.

Educated in South Korea, Georgia, Minnesota, and Texas, DaeSeok Chai, Ph.D., has already blazed a ten-thousand-mile trail through the field of human resource development.

Legacies Project Honoree

Nancy Hartley

CSU College of Health hand Human Sciences Legacies Project celebrates former dean. 

Nancy Hartley has routinely brought honor to the College through her stalwart efforts to elevate the students and faculty she served to further academic heights. Her Legacies Project video and webpage capture her beginnings at CSU in the School of Education and her leadership of the College.

Sharing Expertise

Awards and Recognitions

Learn more about our Ph.D., master’s, undergraduate, certificate, and licensure programs – in-person, online/distance education, and hybrid options.
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