Two Education Faculty to Present at International Conference in Athens

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: February 01, 2010

Two faculty members from the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development were invited to present at the International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) conference in Athens, Greece, this coming June 8-11.
Mary Alfred, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Education and Human Development, and Fred Bonner, professor of higher education administration, were invited by the director of ICIE, Taisir Subhi Yamin, to speak at the conference this summer.
Their presentation, titled "Factors Related to the Success of Academically Gifted African American," will discuss the results of a study focusing on the success of academically gifted African-American students attending one of the 12 historically black colleges and universities.
The study is based on the factors contributing to the success of students enrolled in a four-year engineering program that has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
The researchers sought input from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty to capture their perspectives on the factors that impact success among academically gifted students in STEM disciplines.
Chance Lewis, associate professor of urban education from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, is also a member of the research team.
"We hope that this conference will provide us with an international audience to showcase the important work that we believe that we are doing related to academically gifted African-American students in STEM fields-particularly those who attend historically black colleges and universities," Bonner says.
Alfred and Bonner were invited to speak this year after presenting at a previous ICIE conference in 2008.