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Summer 2017 Program Graduates

Summer 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to the Summer 2017 Graduates of the Doctoral Program in Developmental Education:

Dr. Shelly Furness, Ph.D. (Literacy)
Dr. Kristie Lussier, Ph.D. (Literacy)
Dr. Erin Scanlon, Ph.D. (Math)

We are extremely proud of all of you!

NISOD's 2017 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence


Several of our Program students attended the 2017 NISOD Conference in Austin, TX this past weekend. Congratulations to Mary Helen Martinez for receiving an Excellence Award!! 

Mary Helen was presented with her award by fellow Program student Keylan Morgan, and they were joined at the awards dinner by Sheryl Powell, a recent M.A. Program graduate.

Program Faculty and Students at NADE 2017


Dr. Russ Hodges has recently been named:

Recipient, Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas State University Alumni Association, 2015

The award recognizes, encourages, and rewards  superior Texas State classroom teachers. 

Recipient,  Distinguished Teaching Award, College Reading and Learning Association, 2015

This award recognizes an educator that exemplifies teaching and learning as a lifelong journey using a clear model of enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate teaching.

Recipient, Gladys R. Shaw Outstanding Service to Developmental Education Students Award, National Association for Developmental Education, 2016 (to be awarded March 18, 2016, at NADE’s national conference in Anaheim, CA. 

This award recognizes a member of the Association’s long-term service to developmental education students. 

As an associate professor for the College of Education, Dr. Hodges focuses his research on bettering student success strategies, changes in higher education demographics and interventions for students with learning disabilities. His outstanding teachings and research has led to many achievement awards from national groups like the College Academic Support Programs, College Reading and Learning Association and the National Association for Developmental Education. Dr. Hodges was also named National Fellow in 2009 for the Council of Learning Assistance and Development Education Associations, a group he was once a chairman.

Hodges Hodges    


Student Orientation for our 2015 cohort was a great way to begin the semester!

New and familiar faces were everywhere at the orientation session for the 2015 cohort. Program directors Drs. Emily Miller Payne (Doctoral) and Emily Summers (M.A. & Certificate) gave lots of helpful information to help our incoming students get off to a fantastic start in their studies!

Orientation 2015

Orientation 2015
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Ph. D. student Keylan G. Morgan, Sr. (Upward Bound Program) has been named as a recipient of the Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award for 2015
These awards are given annually to one faculty member and one staff member who provide exceptional support of and show exceptional commitment to assisting less experienced individuals in becoming more proficient in their professional activities.  The award is named for the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Dr. Mariel M. Muir, because of her passion for ensuring the success of students, faculty, and staff through mentoring.
A selection committee composed of faculty and staff reviewed the nominees for the awards


Art Institute

Dr. Steven Aragaon, Dr. Taylor Acee and Doctoral Program students Keylan Morgan (Learning Support), William J. Barry (Literacy), Theresa Hoang (Math), Cristella Diaz (Learning Support), and Darolyn Flaggs (Math) were among the presenters at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

The theme for this year's meeting:
Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis

For More details click HERE

Ph.D. Student William J. Barry (Literacy) was named the winner of Texas State University's inagural 3 Minute Thesis Competition.

For more information about the competition click HERE

3mt Winners

Ph.D. student Sydney Granger (Literacy) was recently featured in Texas State University's "Be a Bocat" series!

To see the video and read her interview click HERE.

Sydney Granger

Former Master's Program student Marla Kincaid (Literacy) was recently featured in Texas State University's "Be a Bocat" series!

To see the video and hear her interview click HERE.

MArla Kincaid