Faculty/Staff News Now: Christa Porter Receives AERA Award; Essays Honoring Steven Brown Available; Register for Wellable Resilience Challenge; Mindful Mondays May 2; Labor Condition Application Notice

Higher Education Professor Receives AERA Award

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently announced the winners of its 2022 awards for excellence in education research.

Christa Porter, assistant professor of Higher Education Administration in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, received the Review of Educational Research Award from the American Educational Research Association for review of “Understanding Influences of Development on Black Women’s Success in U.S. Colleges: A Synthesis of Literature." 

Shared with Janice Byrd of The Pennsylvania State University, the award is given in recognition of an outstanding review of research article appearing in the Review of Research in Education, or the Review of Educational Research.

"We are excited to honor these exemplary individuals for their outstanding achievements in advancing education research," said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. "Their cutting-edge scholarship and tireless support of the education research field makes a difference in the lives of students, educators, and others."

Porter serves as one of the inaugural Faculty Affiliates within the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University. She critically examines policies and practices that influence the development and trajectory of Black women in higher education at diverse institutional types, college student development, and research and praxis in higher education and student affairs.

Porter’s interdisciplinary work has appeared in various refereed journals, including the Journal of Higher Education; Gender, Work & Organization;  the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

AERA will honor the recipients at an awards ceremony at the 2022 Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT in the San Diego Convention Center.


Book Honoring Retired Professor Available This Month

Cultivating Q Methodology: Essays Honoring Steven R. Brown is now available. Q methodology is a conceptual framework and set of procedures to systematically and scientifically study the subjective. Professor Brown has dedicated his academic life, more than 50 years and counting, to advancing the methodology and William Stephenson's profound ideas. 

Each of the contributors in this volume are experts in the methodology as well, and the book is divided into three sections:

  1. Chapters honoring Brown's legacy
  2. Chapters devoted to methodological aspects of Q; and
  3. Applications of Q methodology to various topics.

Professor Steven Brown has directly impacted the work of each of the contributors of this volume, and hundreds more who have sought to use Q methodology to study topics spanning the human sciences.

The book includes 13 chapters, and chapter authors include Mohammad Ali, Larry Baas, Rachel Baker, Robert Braswell, J. David Gillespie, Jim Good, Dennis Kinsey, Robert A. Logan, Bruce McKeown, James P. Old, Sue Ramlo, James C. Rhoads, Paul Stenner, Mike Stricklin, Daniel Sundblad, Dan B. Thomas, Job van Exel, and Amanda Wolf.   

The book may be pre-ordered in softcover version ($35), or eBook ($9.99), with all royalties going to the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity. If you wish a softcover version, professor Brown encourage you to purchase from this site, as it will maximize the royalty amount accruing to the society. eBooks can be preordered at Amazon (for Kindle), or Barnes & Nobles (for Nook).  


Register for the Wellable Resilience Challenge, May 9 - June 5

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and everyday challenges. The power of resilience can help you navigate positive and negative experiences alike. The Wellable Resilience challenge is designed to help you discover the many ways resilience benefits physical and emotional health, while encouraging you to move daily and practice five unique resilience exercises to build resilience and well-being.

Please note this challenge incorporates physical activity tracking in addition to resilience activities. Active participants will be eligible for random prize drawings throughout the challenge, which is open to all full- and part-time staff and faculty. Those participating in the wellness rewards program can earn 20 tier 2 points.

Register for this challenge by May 2

For questions related to wellness offerings for Kent State faculty and staff, please contact the Employee Wellness office at 330-672-0392 or wellness@kent.edu.


Mindful Mondays with Daron, May 2

The practice of mindfulness is about developing attention-related skills over time. It’s not a way to escape the challenges of life, but a set of tools for engaging more fully with the inevitable messiness of life.

Mindful awareness is so deeply human that you really don’t need anyone to teach you how to do it. However, it can feel counter-intuitive, so you might need to be convinced that it’s worth trying. As with any skill development, it takes time and practice to get better at interpreting your experiences of engaging with mindfulness. So, let's practice! Join Daron on May 2 for the next session of Mindful Mondays.

Visit this page to learn more about Mindful Mondays. For questions related to wellness offerings for Kent State faculty and staff, please contact the Employee Wellness office at 330-672-0392 or wellness@kent.edu.


Labor Condition Application Notice

In accordance with 20 CFR § 655.734, Kent State University is required to provide notice that a Labor Condition Application (LCA) for H-1B Nonimmigrant Alien Worker has been led by Kent State University with the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, United States Employment Service Certifying Officer. All LCA postings are provided for at the university's Legal Notices website.

POSTED: Monday, April 18, 2022 - 1:10pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2022 - 10:02am