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Melissa Thomas

In Memoriam: Melissa Thomas

It is with a broken heart and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved friend and colleague Ms. Melissa Thomas. Melissa passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and professionalism that will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of…

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Four graduates standing together in their graduation regalia.

What’s Next for the Class of 2024?

We’re not sad at all about our students graduating—because we know they’re going to do some amazing work in the field of education. The Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) commenced its Class of 2024 Convocation on May 15 at Jersey Mike’s Arena, celebrating the achievements of and awarding degrees…

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Alyssa McKendry, Alyssa Mei, Lauren Rha, and Mackenzie Heckman

Four GSE Students Receive Fulbright Awards

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) is proud to announce that four of its graduating students—Alyssa McKendry, Alyssa Mei, Lauren Rha, and Mackenzie Heckman—earned Fulbright Awards that will send them abroad to share their passion for education. (from left to right): Alyssa McKendry, Alyssa Mei, Lauren Rha, and Mackenzie Heckman…

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Alex Kenney

Research Spotlight: Dr. Alex Kenney

Dr. Alex Kenney is a Race and Social Justice in Education Research Post-Doctoral Fellow in the GSE’s Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Kenney is a scholar of race with an exacting focus on the experiences of Black collegians at Historically and Predominantly White Institutions (HPWI). He investigates blatant and surreptitious…

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Research Spotlight: Dr. Travis Dumas

Dr. Travis Dumas is a Race and Social Justice in Education Research Post-Doctoral Fellow in the GSE’s Department of Learning and Teaching. Dr. Dumas’s research interests include anti-Black racism and schooling inequity; school climate and culture; student academic outcomes and opportunities; and culturally relevant pedagogy and practices. Can you tell…

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Sayuni Dias standing at Rutgers GSE Convocation

Teaching English & Hope: What’s Next for Our Distinguished GSE Alum?

Education is the opportunity to better oneself. That’s Sayuni Dias’ take. Sayuni was three years old when she immigrated from Sri Lanka with her family to the United States. She never knew her maternal grandmother, an English teacher. “Maybe it was just in my blood,” Sayuni said. Now Sayuni teaches…

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Christopher Span

Rutgers–New Brunswick Appoints New Dean to Lead Graduate School of Education

University of Illinois Professor Christopher Span assumes role from Wanda Blanchett NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (March 28, 2024) – Christopher M. Span, a scholar, historian, educator and higher education administrator whose expertise spans the fields of history and education policy, has been appointed dean for the Graduate School of Education at…

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Rasha Abadir

GSE Doctoral Student Explores the Equation to Calculus

Rasha Abadir loves problems. Particularly, math problems. As a young girl, she was fascinated by the variety of ways to solve them. Years later, Abadir’s love of problem-solving led her to pursue a degree in mathematics, and, ultimately, a career in education. “All students can learn math,” Abadir said. “That’s…

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