S01E01. Gerald G. Duffy, Ed.D.

Gerald G. Duffy, EdD, is the former William Moran Distinguished Professor of Literacy and Reading at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. He was an elementary- and middle-school teacher for nine years and so his scholarship and research has always been rooted in the classroom. He’s a past president of the National Reading Conference (now the Literacy Research Association) and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Dr. Duffy has worked with teachers and children across the United States and overseas. He has written and edited several books on reading instruction and has published over 150 articles and research studies on effective instruction and comprehensive. Plus, he’s one of Dr. Margaret Vaughn’s mentors and favorite teachers of all-time.

077 Sport Management Capstones

Each year, soon-to-graduate seniors in the Sport Management program complete their capstones. These are group fundraiser projects where a student’s knowledge of marketing, finance, legal, event planning, etc., is all put to the test.

We sat down with faculty member Chris Lebens who has helped oversee the program for years, to discuss this year’s capstones and some of his best memories from days of yore.

Ep. 03 Melissa O’Brochta

In the third episode of the COUGS in Sport Management podcast, guest Melissa (Harris) O’Brochta talks about her previous sport experiences that have led to her current position with the Seattle Kraken. Tune in to hear how this WSU Sport Management alumna has found success through her program experience and networking!

Ep. 02 Desiree Stinger

In this episode of Cougs in Sport Management, Ryan talks to Desiree Stinger. Right now she’s earning her master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco (Go Dons!). But before that, she was not only doing great in her WSU Sport Management classes, she was running for the Coug cross-country team. In this episode, she talks about her experiences as a WSU undergrad and gives advice to anyone trying to break into the industry.

075 Between Worlds: A powerful documentary by alumnus Eddie Aguilar

Between Worlds is a documentary that was written, shot, and produced by Eddie Aguilar, an alumnus of Washington State University’s Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program. It is an autoethnography, meaning, it was about him, and his journey toward something called critical consciousness. We caught up Eddie at the 2020 Globalization Conference, and talked about this documentary, and how it’s meant to instill critical consciousness in communities.

074 2019 Dissertation of the Year – Elevating Support for School Principals

In the world of school principals, there’s plenty of technical research out there about tactics principals can use to improve their craft and help students. But there’s often still a disconnect in their professional development, and much of it has to do with the relationship between the principal and their principal supervisor.

So when James Crawford formed his dissertation, it dealt with far more than the technical, and dealt specifically with those relationships, how trust is built, what that looks like when it occurs, what are the actions that take place, how does the professional relationship help learning? The research was good. In fact, it was award-winning.

073 Catching up with WSU Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre

Paul Pitre came to WSU as a junior faculty member in the College of Education. Now, he’s the chancellor of WSU Everett. The ascent is impressive. And… so is the WSU Everett campus.

Dr. Pitre has always been interested in higher education, and education policy. It’s taken him from his home in Western Washington, to the Northeast, to the South. Oh, and there was a little stop in there at the U of I where he played football under famed coach Dennis Erickson.

We had the chance to sit down with Dr. Pitre, just to get an update. To find out what’s going on at WSU Everett, and find out what brought him to higher ed in the first place.

072 Increasing Geoliteracy through Puzzle Maps

Geo-literacy was a term coined by National Geographic to describe the understanding of how our world works that is required of ALL members of a modern, globally interconnected society. It’s way more than being able to find countries on a map.

We sat down with Sarah Newcomer, an associate professor of literacy education at Washington State University Tri-Cities, and she shared a cool project that she’s working on to help increase geo-literacy.

070 WSU Tri-Cities partnership with AVID

 AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an organization that supports students who you may say are on the margins or on the periphery; not college ready, perhaps, but on the cusp.

The program uses high-engagement strategies to make it easier for teachers to help these students progress, as well as help teach some life skills.

With help from a grant, WSU Tri-Cities has partnered with AVID for a little more than five years now, and Sara Petersen, a clinical assistant professor of special education said it has been very beneficial. We sat down with Sara and talked to her about the program, as well as something called Socratic mentoring.