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October 2021 Good News in the College of Education

Kicking Ass in a Corset book cover
Andrea Kayne, JD published the book Kicking Ass in a Corset: Jane Austen's 6 Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out published by University of Iowa Press September 2021 and embarked on a press tour including podcasts, interviews, articles, and more. You can find a complete list of Kayne’s current media at

Donna Kiel, EdD presented a roundtable session on her in-progress research focused on the impact of remote teaching on Catholic school students and educators on April 8, 2021 at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. In addition, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) selected Dr Kiel to present her work entitled, "Empathy, Equity, and Engagement.  Keys to transform Catholic School Culture and well being."  Dr. Kiel's presentation will provide information on the social and emotional factors which have a tremendous impact on academic performance.

In June, a book contract was signed between Mojdeh Bayat, PhD, and Routledge Publishing Company for the third edition of a textbook - Teaching Exceptional Children: Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Special Education.  The third edition will include a new chapter on contemporary issues in early childhood special education along with an enhanced e-version complete with videos and pedagogical features. 

Sonia Soltero, PhD contributed to the article “9 Damaging Myths about Dual Language Acquisition” by Tan Huynh. The article was published on June 28th, 2021.

In June, Counseling faculty member, Autumn Cabell, PhD along with masters students David Akers and Charlie Blim, presented "Racial microaggressions, career adaptability, and professional leadership engagement of racial and ethnic minority counselors" at the 2021 Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development conference. Also in June, Dr Cabell’s article “It’s Never Too Late: High school counselors’ support of underrepresented students’ interest in STEM" was published in The Professional Counselor and "Career search self-efficacy and STEM major persistence" was published in The Career Development Quarterly. In July, Dr Cabell presented at the National Career Development Association. On September 21, Dr Cabell's article "A longitudinal model of career search efficacy in engineering students" was published in the most recent issue of Journal of Counseling & Development.

Amira Proweller, PhD was appointed COE Doctoral Program Coordinator on July 1, 2021.

Roxanne Owens, PhD published the article "For the Love of Books: A Restorer Works His Magic" in The Caxtonian: Journal of the Caxton Club, the publication for Book archivists, librarians, and restorers. The article profiles master book restorer Scott Kellar who has worked on projects ranging from Civil War soldier letters to 16th century bibles.

Jennifer Cohen, PhD published an OpEd in the Hyde Park Herald on July 8th, 2021. A warning that it references suicide.

On August 5, 2021 Barbara Rieckhoff, PhD presented at the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership 2021 Virtual Conference. The presentation was entitled "Principal Shadowing: Lessons from the Field".  

On August 12 and August 17, Rebecca Michel, PhD, Melissa Ockerman, PhD & Barbara Rieckhoff, PhD presented to 140 Archdiocesan teachers and leaders at the SEL Summer Summit sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. The presentation, entitled "Educator Emotional Wellness in a Post-COVID Classroom" highlighted the work of the Catholic School Outreach and Resources (COR) Program and provided attendees with strategies and activities to implement in their classrooms. 

In August, Eric Brown, PhD published an article entitled "Interracial Trust Between Black Doctoral Student Proteges and White Mentors" in the International Journal of Multicultural Education. 

Rowman & Littlefield publishers recently issued Social Studies for Young Children: Preschool and Primary Curriculum Anchor, third edition, edited by College of Education emeritus faculty member Gayle Mindes, PhD & Mark Newman. This text for ECE programs nationwide contains chapter contributions by DePaul faculty and alumni--Gayle Mindes, Marie Donovan, PhD, Amy Clark, PhD and 2020 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Early Childhood Education, Megan Schumaker-Murphy, EdD.

The Ask Every Student program of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)'s Students Learn, Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition, awarded College of Education faculty member Marie Donovan, PhD, and Driehaus College of Business faculty member Summer Brown, JD, a $5,000 grant to expand their work with BUS emerita faculty, Nina Diamond, on the Vote DePaul initiative this year. Funding will be used to employ DePaul undergraduate students in continuing the peer voter registration drive currently underway across the University.

Tony DeCesare, PhD published a review of the book Jefferson’s Revolutionary Theory and the Reconstruction of Educational Purpose in the Journal of Educational Controversy.

Rebecca Michel
At the National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference in September, Rebecca Michel, PhD received the 2021 Diversity Initiative Award. This award promotes and recognizes the individual or team who through their initiatives and commitment, have demonstrated a high degree of cultural responsiveness within the domain of career related activities. The award is selected by NCDA’s Awards Committee in collaboration with a representative from NCDA's Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion Committee. Also this summer, Dr Michel co-chaired a virtual conference with over 300 Irish and US counselors sponsored by DePaul, University of Holy Cross, and the Irish Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Alyssa Hepker and her team, as well as Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey published The Catholic Educational Leadership in Action newsletter on October, 7th.

The Department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum published their quarterly newsletter.

On September 24, Sr. M. Paul McCaughey led a 90-minute professional development session for the teachers of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Titled "Too Pooped to Do the Heavy Lifting Around Racism?  Let's use the Levers," the session examined personal readiness and suggested strategies for creating loving and anti-racist classrooms. In keeping with the commitment of Vincentian support to Catholic education, Sr. M. Paul McCaughey supported the opening of the new school year by presenting a virtual presentation to over 300 educators in the dioceses of Lexington, KY on August 7, speaking on Catholic identity in the classroom.  On August 12, she presented an in-person full day retreat to the faculties of two Catholic schools in Aurora, followed the next day with a retreat for Infant Jesus of Prague School (Flossmoor) held in Darien, Il.  On August 28, Sister M. Paul joined the Board of Old St. Mary School in the South Loop to present on the role and responsibilities of lay boards in leading school planning to support academic excellence and student growth.

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, Inc. has partnered with DePaul University's Early Childhood Education degree program in establishing a toddler demonstration classroom at St. Vincent de Paul Center where students can observe a working early learning space in real time from behind a two-way mirror. The classroom opened this September.

New Faculty

The Department of Teacher Education is happy to welcome Marshall Milbrath, PhD as a new term faculty member.  Dr. Milbrath just completed a summer collecting data on athletes traversing the Appalachian Trail.

The Department of Counseling and Special Education welcomes three new term faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year. They are very happy to have Okenna Egwu, PhD, Lisbeth Leagjeld, PhD and Carlos Medina, PhD as part of the counseling team.

The Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum and the Daisaku Ikeda Institute welcomes a new term faculty member for the 2021-2022 academic year, Nozomi Inukai, PhD.

Student Achievements

Nicole Axe
Two College of Education Elementary Education majors have departed for their Fulbright Teaching Fellowships after a year of deferment due to COVID-19. Nicole Axe is currently living in Chalandri, Greece. Hannah Hartung is currently living in Taiwan.

Principal Preparation and Educational Leadership Doctoral student April Greer received the ICPEA/IPA scholarship opportunity to attend the Aspiring Leaders Network Conference in October.

Madeline Lewis, Educational Leadership alumni, is the winner/recipient of the Voya Grant for her Mindful Movement program.