Faculty and Staff in the News
Academic excellence at the College of Education begins with our internationally renowned faculty. As award-winning scholars, professionals, and innovators in research, outreach, education, and more, they are just as likely to publish in The New York Times as the The Oregonian. In the classroom, they are passionate teachers who inform and inspire. Out in the field, they are dedicated mentors who help students build real-world skills and strong professional networks.
We are the highest-ranked academic unit at the University of Oregon, due largely to a decades-long record of national and international research and development in special education, counseling psychology, educational leadership, and school psychology. Our research culture is unique and highly influential because our faculty have a long tradition of translating research into effective models, methods, and measures that improve lives. Our innovations have an enduring impact in Oregon and across the nation.
Books from our faculty reflect the extent of expertise and interest within their departments and programs. As a college in a research university, our faculty’s variety of interests connect research to teaching and teaching to learning.
Faculty and Staff Support Students to Graduation and Beyond
Our students are smart, creative, and increasingly diverse. Our faculty and staff support and celebrate their successes. With over 26,321 College of Education alumni to date, we work hard to provide inspiring educational opportunities in the classroom and beyond.
Rhonda Nese is an academic expert in alternatives to exclusionary discipline and other strategies for disrupting the school to prison pipeline. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and a principal investigator within Educational and Community Supports, a research unit housed in the College of Education. Nese’s research involves equitable intervention delivery within a multi-tiered behavior support framework focused on preventative strategies for improving student outcomes. She brings a great deal of expertise as it relates to training teachers and administrators on equitable and feasible instructional practices, systems change, and policy implementation to support their community of learners. Nese currently serves as the director of an IES grant to refine and test an intervention to reduce exclusionary discipline practices, improve student-teacher relationships, and increase instructional time for students in secondary settings, and co-principal investigator on additional federally-funded projects to identify factors that predict implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices, to develop technology to improve online learning for educators, and to develop and validate an automated scoring system for oral reading fluency. Nese also provides technical assistance to state, district, and school level teams across the nation on preventative practices, including addressing implicit bias in school discipline, effective classroom behavior management strategies, bullying prevention, and alternatives to exclusionary discipline through the OSEP-funded National TA-Center on PBIS. Nese is the recipient of the 2022 Presidential Equity Award from the NorthWest PBIS Network and the 2022 Outstanding Early Career Award from the University of Oregon, the UO’s highest award for early career faculty to recognize and celebrate an emerging and significant record of scholarship and research.
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Products with a Purpose
The College of Education HEDCO Building is the anchor innovation hub among the six buildings that house the majority of our classrooms, research and outreach units, clinics, and faculty labs. Driving change by developing highly scalable products and services has always been part of the distinctive culture of our college. In fact, the research and development work of our faculty has created an “EduTech” industry in Eugene and Lane County. Our research and development has always been inspired by our desire to effect evidence-based change that redresses disparities in education and health – “products with purpose.” This work is now focused on addressing racism and bias.
Career Trek engages students in highly interactive, developmentally-appropriate, and gamified career exploration
Designed specifically for elementary school, CareerTrek scaffolds vocabulary and activities to introduce and reinforce key, evidence-based career development concepts.
CareerTrek is developed by IntoCareers, an outreach unit at the College of Education.
KinderTEK® iPad math, KinderTEK Pro Connected, KinderTEKOffline
KinderTEK™ was developed by the Center on Teaching and Learning in collaboration with Concentric Sky, Inc with funding from the Department of Education. Used by approximately 5,000 elementary students and over 200 teachers in almost 100 schools in 50 districts. In 2020, KinderTEK Pro Connected and iPads were made freely available to 180 Head Start families to foster math learning and communication.
MOCCA: Multiple-choice Online Cloze Comprehension Assessment
The Multiple-choice Online Cloze Comprehension Assessment (MOCCA) is a paper-and-pencil assessment to diagnose specific types of poor comprehension in third through fifth grade students. MOCCA development is being led by four universities — the UO, University of Minnesota, Georgia State University and Chico State University — all will be working with Emberex to improve access to and use of the assessment tool.
ORSN Micro-PD's: Oregon Research Schools Network partners with educators and school districts to improve school climate and preK-12 academic outcomes in Oregon
ORSN has grown exponentially over the last three years. Its reach continues to grow yearly in rural and urban districts across the state. Currently, they are working with three Educational Service Districts (ESDs) serving 9 counties and 46 school districts, that educate 74,559 Oregon students.