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School of Education and Human Services



Denise Obinna joins the Mount faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  Dr. Obinna earned her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University.  Her teaching and research interests include:  Immigation, Demography, Social Stratification, Race, Gender, and Class Inequalities.  She is teaching Foundations of Sociology and Methods of Social Research. 




Dr. Tim Wolfe, Director, Human Services Program, was recently accepted into the Frederick County Leadership Class of 2016, run by the the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.  He recently attended a two-day retreat and is very excited to learn more about Frederick County.   "I'm finding this to be a really useful experience.  It is teaching me a lot about leadership," says Dr. Wolfe.

Social Justice Panel 2015  Drs. Tim Wolfe and Kim Hansen were members of the planning       
  committee that organized the Justice in America Today? Challenges
  and Opportunities for Action
panel discussion held in a packed Knott
  Auditorium on September 2nd.
  Distinguished panel members included:  Marc Mauer, one of the
  country's leading experts on sentencing policy and the criminal justice
  system; Anthony Batts, former Baltimore City Police Commissioner,
  and Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden, Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  This event was sponsored by the Office of the President.

Michelle Ohanian

Michelle Ohanian joins the Mount faculty as an Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Ohanian earned her doctoral degree from George Mason University with a specialization in literacy and multilingual/multicultural education. Dr. Ohanian has distinguished herself as a teacher of Spanish and ESOL specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). She earned National Board Certification: English as new Language in 2006, and was named FCPS Teacher of the Year in 2008 and in the same year earned the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for Educational Excellence. She is teaching Foundations of Education, Reading in the Secondary Content Areas, and Globalization of Education.

PalmerAustria2015Barbara Martin Palmer, Dean of the School of Education and Human Services, joined literacy researchers and educators from 45 nations and 6 continents for the 19th European Conference on Literacy in Klagenfurt, Austria held July 13-16.  Under its theme and title “Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication:  Research, Education and the Everyday”, the conference offered 200 papers, symposia, workshops, demonstrations of good practice in classrooms and in the training and education of teachers, as well as examples of up-to-date research in all areas of literacy.   Dean Palmer presented “Skilled Reading of Complex Text:  Increasing Metacognitive Awareness of Preservice Teachers” in which she described instructional practices she employs in MEDUC 523  Processes and Acquisition of Reading to help skilled readers think deeply about the varied processors involved in reading (e.g., phonology, orthography, semantics, and syntax).  Other presenters in the session were from Sweden, Taiwan, and Mexico.  “The conference was a professional highlight of my career.  The exchange of ideas was rich given the varied contexts represented in the audience,” said Palmer. 

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