Research and Impact

Nov 30, 2020

John Nietfeld on His International Collaborations: ‘It’s Hard to Explain All the Things You Gain from Interactions with All These Different People from These Different Countries’

When John Nietfeld, Ph.D., a professor of educational psychology at the NC State College of Education, was given the opportunity to become a Fulbright Scholar in 2016, he thought it was a natural fit for his career. He shares how international work has been “career-making” and how his ongoing Missions with Monty research project is evolving.

Nov 23, 2020

Ask the Expert: What Can I Do if I’m Struggling this Holiday Season? ‘Seeking Help is a Really Good Thing. I Want Everyone to Know That,’ Says Community Counseling, Education and Research Center Co-director Helen Lupton-Smith

The holiday season is a time of joy for many, but for others the holidays can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety, which may be exacerbated this year by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and divides related to the recent presidential election. CCERC co-director Helen Lupton-Smith offers advice and resources for those who may be struggling.

Nov 20, 2020

With Help of Literacy and Community Initiative, Directed by Assistant Professor Crystal Chen Lee, High School Students with Juntos N.C. Publish Peer-reviewed Article

Like many academics, Crystal Chen Lee, Ed.D., an assistant professor of English Language Arts education in the NC State College of Education, said she didn’t publish her first peer-reviewed academic article until she was in her late 20s and earning her doctorate degree. Through her work as the director of the Literacy and Community Initiative (LCI) though, she has now helped a group of students author a peer-reviewed article while they were still teenagers.

Nov 18, 2020

Doctoral Student Justin Egresitz Shares Importance of Teaching Digital Understanding and Citizenship in Technology Education Through Recently Published Article

Justin Egresitz, a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education’s Learning and Teaching in STEM Ph.D. program, believes that engineering and technology education can have the biggest impact when high technology and low technology concepts come together. With the use of high-concept technology though, comes a need for students to develop digital understanding and comprehend what it means to be a good digital citizen -- an issue he explores in a recently published article.

Nov 18, 2020

Christy Byrd on Studying School Racial Climate: ‘When You’re Learning About Yourself at School, That Makes School Seem Relevant to Your Life’

When Assistant Professor Christy Byrd, Ph.D., was a graduate student, she was part of a research lab focused on the study of Black identity. While most researchers at the time were exploring the relationship between having a strong Black identity and feelings about school, Byrd felt there was a crucial element missing. She shares how this experience inspired her ongoing research into school climate and its relationship to racial identity.

Nov 13, 2020

John M. Belk Endowment Impact Fellows Gain Valuable Research, Career Experience Through Work at Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

Kenzie Bell has always been interested in the intersection of education and policy, particularly as public schools relate to nonprofits and government entities, so when she learned about an opportunity at the NC State College of Education’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, she was eager to apply. Now, she is one of three John M. Belk Endowment Impact Fellows from across the state who will work with faculty and staff at the Belk Center.

Nov 13, 2020

The Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program (SBBP) Adapts to COVID-19

The Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program is a collaboration between NC State's College of Natural Resources led by Dr. Richard Venditti and the College of Education led by Dr. Margaret Blanchard. Currently, the program is focused on educational outreach in high schools, particularly those in rural communities. The SBBP team works with science teachers in these communities to provide distance courses, lesson plans, hands on workshops, and resources to promote sustainable practices using plant-based and renewable resources. 

Nov 11, 2020

Jessica DeCuir-Gunby on her Highly Impactful, Often Cited Research: ‘I Thought it Was Really Great that We Were Able to Provide a Tool for So Many People’

When Jessica DeCuir-Gunby, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and head of the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at the NC State College of Education, was a graduate student, many suggested to her that studying Black students’ experiences with race and racism in schools would be difficult.

Nov 11, 2020

‘Like a Flash of Lightning in the Night, the Pandemic Revealed all the Cracks and Fissures’: 2020 Dallas Herring Lecture Explores the Insights Learned from COVID-19 Impact at Community Colleges

In communities of color and communities struggling with poverty nationwide, community colleges are often a student’s best hope for success. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March has highlighted the failure of social and economic systems in these marginalized communities, according to Pam Eddinger, Ph.D., president of Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts.

Nov 9, 2020

2020-2021 Catalyst Grant Winners Announced

Three Catalyst Grants were awarded this week by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in partnership with the NC State College of Education. The purpose of the Catalyst Grant program is to increase research collaborations among faculty and staff at both entities.