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Georgia Southern College of Education professor receives national award

Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) Professor Ming Fang He, Ph.D., recently received the Mary Anne Raywid Award from the Society of Professors of Education (SPE) during the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference in New York City.

“Professor Ming Fang He’s publications, teaching and research have provided theoretical and practical acknowledgment of the contributions of women in education and a basis for building upon insights and experiences of teachers,” said Bernardo Gallegos, Ph.D., chair of the SPE awards committee and outgoing president. “Her work has opened doors for new generations of scholars who are increasingly aware of the intersections among gender, class, race and identity with teaching and curriculum.”

He is a professor of curriculum studies in the COE’s Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading. Since 1998, she has taught graduate courses in curriculum studies, multicultural education and qualitative research methods as well as undergraduate social foundations of education courses for the University. She serves as a mentor and advisor for doctoral candidates and directs dissertations in the curriculum studies program at Georgia Southern. During her educational career, He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the United States, Canada and China.

Her research includes articles and books addressing cross-cultural narrative inquiry of language, culture and identity in multicultural contexts, cross-cultural teacher education, curriculum studies, activist practitioner inquiry, social justice research, exile curriculum, narrative of curriculum in the southern U.S. and transnational and diasporic studies.

Three of her six authored or co-edited books, including The Sage Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction (2008), Personal~Passionate~Participatory Inquiry into Social Justice in Education (2008) and The Sage Guide to Curriculum in Education (2015), have won multiple book awards.

Currently, she co-edits two book series Research for Social Justice: Personal~Passionate~Participatory Inquiry and Landscapes of Education. She also serves as editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies and is an associate editor of the national education journal Multicultural Perspectives. In addition, she is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Curriculum Inquiry.

The Mary Anne Raywid Award, named in honor of the Hofstra University Professor Emerita, SPE past president and education pioneer, was established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the study of education.

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