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November 2018
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Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez publishes “A Cuban Refugee’s Journey"
Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez, Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published a book titled, “A Cuban Refugee’s Journey to the American Dream,” based on his own life and the power of education. Gonzalez published this book as part of the Well House Series, a collaboration between IU Press and the IU Office of the Bicentennial. The book raises important issues, experiences, and stories around Cuban history and culture, immigration, English-language learning, first-generation college students, education policy and related topics. You can learn more about Gonzalez’ story on the book’s website here.
Dr. Danielle DeSawal serves on the JCAPS Editorial Board
Dr. Danielle DeSawal, Master’s Program Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs, has been appointed to the inaugural role of Section Editor for the Focus on Emerging Scholars section in the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS). JCAPS is a new social science peer-reviewed journal through the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).
Dr. John A. Kuykendall III is named new Dean of the University of Indianapolis School of Education
Dr. John Kuykendall (Ph.D. ‘08) has recently been appointed as the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Indianapolis. Dr.  Kuykendall’s research areas address several of the most pressing concerns in higher education today: achieving college readiness for first-generation students, developing new models for college recruitment and retention, and how social class structures impact children’s abilities to attend and be prepared for higher education. Dr. Kuykendall plans to continue these lines of scholarly inquiry and to seek external funding to support these important projects at the University of Indianapolis.
Heather Kirk receives Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award
Heather Kirk (M.S.Ed ‘08) was recently named a recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). This award recognizes individuals who exhibit outstanding achievements in one or more areas: service to AFA, service beyond their campus/organization, development/research, service to the college and fraternity/sorority communities. Kirk currently serves as the Chief Communication Officer for the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
Adam Herman is named Executive Director of Kelley Direct Programs
Adam J. Herman (Ed.D. ‘17) has been named Executive Director of Kelley Direct Programs, the home of top-ranked online MBA and MS degrees at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. As Executive Director, Adam is accountable for achievement of enrollment, student experience, operations excellence, and talent management outcomes for Kelley Direct Programs. He also oversees domestic consulting and global experiential learning programs for online graduate students. Adam completed his doctorate from IU’s HESA program in 2017 and was the 2018 recipient of the Joseph P. Cangemi Leadership and Organizational Behavior Dissertation Award.
Dr. Eddie Cole receives 2018 ASHE Award
Dr. Eddie Cole (M.Ed. ‘09, Ph.D. ’13) recently received the Promising Scholar/Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). This award is given for a significant body of scholarship, a single extraordinary research achievement by a higher education scholar, or recognition of a potential for future research. The award is reserved for individuals who are no more than six years beyond the receipt of the doctoral degree.
HESA Alumnus attend conference in Hungary
HESA Alums Cindy Cogswell (PhD '16) and Fox Troilo (PhD '16) joined HESA faculty Victor Borden, Trudy Banta (retired) and IUPUI colleague Susan Kahn at the 2018 EAIR Forum in Budapest, Hungary.  Cindy, Fox and Vic co-presented a session entitle, Do classifications and rankings improve or damage institutions?  (Answer: Yes).  The session was very well attended.
McGowan, B. L. (2018). Unanticipated contexts for vulnerability: An exploration of how Black college men made meaning of a research interview process involving sensitive topics. Journal of Men’s Studies, 26(3), 266-283.
Peczalska, A. & Gast, A. (2018). The IU2U impact: An examination of a pre-arrival orientation in shaping international student retention, academic performance, and experience. In The Proceedings of the 14th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention.
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