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Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education gave the following Professional Development Awards at its fall faculty meeting:

Largest Grant or Contract Award
Robert Case of Virginia Beach
Case has received eight separate grants from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and four sponsorship agreements from the United States Department of Agriculture, all within the past four-year period. These grants exceeding well over $500,000 have been used to conduct sport skill and educational enrichment programs during the summer months for economically disadvantaged youths. In addition they have provided internships as well as equipment and materials for use by ODU faculty, students, and programs.

Most Collaborative Grant or Contract
Jonathan Appel of Norfolk
Appel was awarded and is actively working on two collaborative grants involving ODU university faculty across several colleges in the university as well as the staff and researchers in the Virginia Department of Social Services, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, and Area Training Centers. These grant involve a total of $219,500.

New Investigator Grant or Contract Award
John Nunnery of Norfolk
Nunnery was selected for this award based upon the receipt of his contract, "Multisite Evaluation of School Renaissance," from the Center for Research in Educational Policy. The study will investigate the effects of the School Renaissance program on reading achievement in grades K-6. The School Renaissance program is currently implemented in over 60,000 schools in the U.S. despite a lack of high quality evidence regarding its effectiveness.

COE Teaching Innovation and Excellence Award
Dwight Allen of Norfolk
Allen has a strong and clearly outstanding record for innovative teaching practices. Two examples of his fine work are his leading role in the NewPAGE program, a university wide new freshman course, and his growing and ever-evolving ECI 301 asynchronous class.

CIE Service Award
Dennis Gregory of Norfolk
Gregory has been a strong leader in a wide variety of national, state, and university service activities over the past several years. He has served as Chair of the Research Committee for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education as well as Chair of the ASJA Professional Journal Development Committee. He is the Coordinator of the Higher Education Graduate Program and serves on several state and regional committees for organizations within the profession.

Tonelson Award
Bonnie Van Lunen of Southern Shores, N.C.
Van Lunen has a strong record in scholarship, teaching and service. Since receiving her PhD from the University of Virginia in 1998, she has published nine refereed scientific research articles, has been awarded grants totaling more than $840,000, and has consistently received excellent teaching evaluations.

This article was posted on: August 26, 2005

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