TC Announces New Policy/Research Fellows
Teachers College's Office of Policy and Research has announced the school's first group of policy/research fellowships. Nine outstanding applicants -- including six current and three incoming students -- have each been selected by faculty panels to receive the honor and an accompanying $6,000 award. The fellows, who represent six of the College's nine academic departments, were chosen for work that will contribute to policy debates at the local, regional, state, federal, and/or international levels, and help advance educational and social policy.
"We were thrilled with the high quality of the submissions, and it was clear that each proposal had something unique to offer," said Sharon Lynn Kagan, Director of the Office of Policy and Research and Associate Dean for Policy at Teachers College.
Darlyne Bailey, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, took note of the growing role for policy studies at the College. "These fellowships, together with the recent founding of our new Office of Policy and Research, set a new and exciting course for policy work at TC."
The following are the new policy/research fellows and their project proposals:
Mark Boutros (Health and Behavioral Sciences); Is There Space for Place?: Forced Migration and the Psychology of Place
Boutros seeks to advance the study of the mental and emotional effects of forced migration, defined as the involuntary movement of refugees and displaced peoples due to conflicts, environmental disasters, chemical/nuclear disasters or development projects. He will examine whether policy makers and humanitarian organizations adequately account for the impacts of forced migration when formulating or implementing humanitarian or relief work.
Manu Kapur (Mathematics, Science, and Technology); The Effect of Problem Type on Collaborative Problem Solving in a Synchronous Computer-Mediated Environment
To improve how problem-solving is taught, Kapur will dissect the dynamics of problem-solving within real-time (synchronous) computer-mediated environments. His research is based on two premises - first, that the type of problem (well- vs. ill-structured) affects a group's interactions and collaborative efforts to solve it; and second, that the data collected from examining how tasked groups solve problems in an on-line environment can inform curriculum designers and education policymakers on better ways of teaching in general, and teaching problem solving, specifically.
Melinda Mechur Karp (Human Development); Facing the Future: Identity Development among "College Now" Students
Karp will examine why the practice of dual enrollment - the placement of junior- and senior-level high school students in college classes - benefits students as they move from high school to college. Preliminary findings from research conducted on the "College Now" program, in use in
Saeyun D. Lee (Organization and Leadership);Untitled
As districts are increasingly asked to respond to state- and federal-level education policy initiatives, more research is needed on the actual capacity of districts to implement such policies effectively. Lee proposes to develop a system by which the organizational capacities of school districts can be measured. Through the use of such measurements, policymakers and administrators could assess the capacity of districts to implement educational policy and reform efforts, and how those capacities can be improved or expanded.
Michelle J. Neuman (Organization and Leadership); Governance of Early Childhood Education and Care: A Comparative Analysis of
Jed Tucker (International and Transcultural Studies); The Impact of Participation in a
As a teacher in a maximum-security prison in
Jennifer Swift-Morgan (International and Transcultural Studies)
A former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, Ms. Swift-Morgan received a Masters Degree in International Affairs from
Kate Tarrant (Curriculum and Teaching)
Tarrant worked previously as the Public Policy Specialist for Good Beginnings Alliance -
Michelle Van Noy (Human Development)
For the past five years, Ms. Van Noy has been engaged in research on educational and social welfare policy, first as a consultant for New Jersey Policy Perspectives, and later as a research assistant/programmer and research analyst for Mathematica Policy Research in
It is anticipated that these Policy/Research Scholarships will be awarded annually. For further information, contact:
Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.
Office of Policy and Research
371 Grace Dodge Hall,