Fall 2017 Course Highlights!

As you finalize your Fall 2017 course schedule, we’ve provided a few courses you might be interested in. Be sure to check in with your Faculty Advisor to make sure that they align with your academic specialization! Courses specifically meeting a required or elective course for a specialization are indicated in parentheses.

EDUTL 6050: Multiple Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

This course is recommended for individuals who do not have a strong academic background in education. Dr. Edmiston has taught EDUTL 6050 for the past three years to domestic and international students where they develop understanding of the core concepts of learning and teaching in relation to stories of their own experiences as well as examples from U.S. classrooms. The class will meet on 6 Saturdays (August 26, September 2, September 30, October 21, November 4 and December 9) this Fall from 9 am to 4 pm at Graham Expeditionary Middle School (GEMS), located at 140 E. 16th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (about 5 minutes East of campus).

EDUTL 6892 – Special Topics in Education:

This class will focus on the legacy of Charlotte Huck, and the procedures and criteria for the Charlotte Huck Ward for Outstanding Fiction for Children established by The National Council of teachers of English in 2014 to honor Charlotte’ contributions to literature and literacy for children.

EDUTL 7194 – Group Studies:

Examines research literature and epistemologies in multicultural education and global education.

EDUTL 7316 – Language Arts in the Early and Middle Childhood Program: (RLEMC)

Process and support for language development in the early years. Problems, research, and current teaching method in the major areas of language arts: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and constructing images.

EDUTL 7324 – Literary Theory and Adolescent Literature: (APCL, LCYA)

Explores the application of diverse theories to young adult literature for in-depth literary study in secondary classrooms.

EDUTL 7418 – Synthesizing Research in Reading and Literacy: (RLEMC)

Students gain an in-depth understanding of how to review, analyze, and synthesize research in reading and literacy. The focus is on the process of reviewing and synthesizing research (rather than on the content).

EDUTL 7428 – Trends and Issues in Teaching Reading: (RLEMC)

In-depth examination of major trends and issues in teaching reading in the elementary school including research over the last three decades and major issues and concerns currently debated among members of the literacy education profession.

EDUTL 7431 – The Ethnography of Literacy and Language I: (LES)

Introduces the ethnography of literacy and language as fields of inquiry, providing theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks for research on written and oral language practices that are embedded in various social, cultural, and political contexts.

EDUTL 7718 – Student Learning Processes in Mathematics:

Student cognition and learning. The topics of arithmetic, algebra and geometry will be used to explore issues of student thinking. We will investigate how the nature of these topics affect students’ reasoning and problem solving and thinking.

EDUTL 8003 – Theorizing and Researching Teaching and Learning: (Typically taken by first year PhD Students)

Examines how learning and teaching have been theorized and researched and provides an opportunity for students to begin conceptualizing their own studies. Emphasis is placed on teaching and learning as contextualized processes.

EDUTL 8425 – Understanding the Reading Process: (RLEMC)

Focuses on the young child as a learner and on the reading process itself. Explores and extends personal models of the reading process and grounds theory building in close observations of young children reading.

EDUTL 8610 – Second Language Acquisition: (FSMLE)

Provides an overview of theories and research in the field of second language acquisition (SLA). We examine the development of SLA as a field, exploring cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and critical research perspectives.

EDUTL 8711 – Current Issues and Trends in STEM Education:(STEM)

An introductory seminar for new STEM education doctoral students and other advanced graduate students seeking increased familiarity with STEM education research communities.

EDUTL 8890 – Advanced Seminar:

This course is a practicum for doctoral-level students about the pedagogy of teaching literature for children and young adults on the postsecondary level.


Spring Commencement

A group of students has asked the university to provide Spanish and Portuguese interpretation at the Spring Commencement ceremony.  We feel it’s important that faculty voices come out loud and clear in support of our students and this very reasonable request.  The letter will be delivered early next week to the Office of Special Events and Commencement.

Please use the link below to sign the letter of support, and feel free to circulate further as well.


CGS March Meeting Notes

March CGS delegate meeting report

On March 31, CGS held the delegate meeting with the following agenda:

  1. Guest Speakers:

Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses Michael Papadakis, Deputy CFO, Treasurer and Vice President of Financial Services & Innovation

The speakers elaborated and took questions from the delegate body concerning the Comprehensive Energy Management Project (CEMP), that will be presented at the Friday (4/7) Board of Trustees meeting, where the university will consider a public-private partnership to become an international leader in sustainability and provide new resources to advance teaching, learning and research.

Delegate concerns:

  • Privatization option: The university has not exhausted other options besides privatization to manage the entire university’s energy resources.
  • Lack of transparency in considering input and concerns from the university communities regarding the CEMP proposal.

Learn more about the CEMP here.

  1. Before the presentation of CEMP at the Board of Trustee meeting on 4/7, President Drake called for special University Senate meeting held on 4/4. CGS’ position regarding the consideration of the CEMP proposal in utilizing CGS senators’ voting rights at University Senate special meeting:
  • Propose a third option “Not enough time/information to consider the CEMP proposal” in addition to the regular “YES” and “NO” votes.
  • In the case that this third option proposal is not accepted, CGS directs the 10 senators to vote “NO”.
  1. BUCK-I-SERV trip advisor opportunity – Summer 2017 (May 6-13)

Apply as a trip advisor for a week-long service experience with a group of predominantly undergrads working on an issue of social justice.



  1. Newly elected officials serving CGS 2017/2018:

President: Alex Wesaw(.1)

Vice President: Tracey Walterbusch(.1)

Secretary: Liz Koss(.31)

Treasurer: Amanda Montoya(.29)