NEWS RELEASE: Pace School of Education Professor’s Research Named Best Published in 2012


Pace School of Education Professor’s Research Named Best Published in 2012

Innovative Research Leads To Development of Free Online Course on Parent-Teacher Interactions

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 – A newly tenured professor at Pace University’s School of Education has won a prestigious award for best research article of the year.

Joan Walker, PhD, is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) Article Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the premier professional organization for American teacher education.

The award recognizes exemplary scholarship published in the JTE in the areas of teacher education or of teaching and learning with implications for teacher education, and will be presented March 2 at the AACTE’s 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Walker will be honored with her co-author, Dr. Benjamin Dotger from Syracuse University, for their article “Because Wisdom Can’t Be Told: Using Comparison of Simulated Parent-Teacher Conferences to Assess Teacher Candidates’ Readiness for Family-School Partnership” from the January/February 2012 issue of JTE.

The article, which can be accessed here, , describes the study of teacher candidates’ communication strategies in parent-teacher conference scenarios via online video case studies.

“This award comes at an ideal time,” said Dr. Walker. “Since the original publication, I have expanded this work into a free online course that I am eager to share with teacher educators, teachers and K-12 administrators across the country. The three part interactive course uses real-life, classroom-based challenges, video examples and other tools to help beginning teachers successfully conduct parent-teacher conferences. The future of teacher professional development is online and it is exciting to be recognized as a leader in this new direction.”

The award review committee noted how Drs. Walker and Dotger’s focus on teacher-parent interactions addresses a critical component that is overlooked in many teacher preparation programs. The committee further lauded the excellence in scholarship and innovative approach that is an effective model for preparing educators throughout the nation.

“Pace University is embarking on a much more research focused trajectory, and Professor Joan Walker’s research award highlights the strong academic programs in our School of Education,” said University Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD. “She has created a model approach to online learning. We are very proud of her accomplishments.”

In addition to experience as a classroom educator, Dr. Walker earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed post-doctoral research in the Vanderbilt-Northwestern-University of Texas-Harvard/MIT Engineering Research Center (VaNTH ERC) at Vanderbilt University. She is director of research for the American Dream Academy, a program active in Phoenix, Arizona, that has educated more than 14,000 parents–mostly Hispanic–about partnering with their children’s school.

To receive more information about the open course ware contact Dr. Walker at

AACTE: Serving Learners

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE’s reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education and publishes Journal of Teacher Education (JTE).

The Outstanding JTE Article Award is sponsored by SAGE, AACTE’s publishing partner for the journal. For more information about JTE, visit For more information about the AACTE and the 2013 award winners, please visit

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Since 1965, the School of Education at Pace University has been committed to preparing educators who are reflective professionals who promote justice, create caring classrooms and school communities, and enable all students to be successful learners, through our core values of lifelong teaching and learning. For more information, please visit

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597,


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