Three CEHD Faculty to be Awarded AFS Distinguished Achievement Awards

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: June 20, 2010

Three College of Education and Human Development faculty will be honored with 2010 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards.The recognition ceremony for the distinguished achievement awards will take place Thursday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Rudder Theater. Honorees include Patricia Goodson, professor of health education in the Department of Health and Kinesiology; Jan Hughes, professor of school psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology; and Robert "Jay" Woodward, lecturer of learning sciences in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Goodson will receive her award in the category of teaching, Hughes in the category of research and Woodward in the category of extension, outreach, continuing education and professional development. Goodson, who also serves as director of the college's writing initiative, knows that her work is a dance between teaching and learning-a conversation that reaches out of the classroom. "I like teaching because the one thing I love in life more than anything else is to learn," Goodson says. "They say if you want to learn something, teach it. And some of the best teaching happens in the hallway. Teaching is broad and transcends the classroom." Curiosity is what drives Hughes' research in child development and learning. Her curiosity has led to a robust research agenda over her 30-plus-year career that has marked her as one of the top scholars in her field.

Her research focuses on the development, assessment and treatment of children's social, emotional and behavioral disorders and on the prevention of misconduct. "Her work with aggressive students is especially critical today," says Terry Gutkin, professor at San Francisco State University, "because school- and community-based violence among children and youth threaten the very social and educational fabric of our nation." And while not everyone can keep up with more than 200 energetic middle and high school students for three weeks every summer, it's a challenge Woodward loves. As director of the Youth Adventure Program, a summer camp for gifted and talented children that emphasizes career exploration, Woodward provides a fun, engaging and educational experience for students where they feel free to explore and be themselves. "It's like a Fish Camp for gifted kids," Jay says. "We offer program activities that really challenge their minds and social activities that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in back at school."