October 2015, Assistant Professor De'Andre L. Shepard gave a presentation at UM-Flint for the Michigan Sociological Association entitled "Embracing a Critical Race Discourse Concerning the Challenges of the Urban Male Student Athlete."

November 11-13, 2015, Assistant Professor Annie Whitlock served as a panelist for "Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education in the 21st Century" and for "Notable Trade Books for Teaching Social Studies 2015" during the National Council for Social Studies in New Orleans, LA.

November 18, 2015, Assistant Professor Christine Kenney,  Associate Professor Aviva Dorfman, and Lecturers Jennifer Lee and Kathy Dunham presented a paper, "Learning to Contribute: Text Connections in Early Childhood Education" at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators in Orlando, Florida.

November 22, 2015, Associate Professor Suzanne Knezek presented "Content Area Literacies and the Common Core: A Multiplicity of Perspectives" at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Minneapolis, MN.



April 2016,  Assistant Professor of Education Toko Oshio received an award of $19,422 from the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee to support her project on underserved adolescents' social-emotional development, educational experiences, educational/career aspirations, and family processes. She also received a $2,000 Provost 60th Anniversary Research Grant in Fall 2016.

April 2016,  Assistant Professor of Education Tyrone Bynoe, received an international conference travel grant of $1,297 to support the presentation of his paper An Equity Study of Michigan School Spending from 1992 to 2014 at the ECER 2016 Leading Education conference in Dublin, Ireland.

April 2016,  Associate Professor of Social Work Otrude Moyo received an international conference travel grant of $1,500 to support the presentation of her paper Humanizing the racialized self and community through Ubuntu: Critical insights from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape South Africa at the World First Nations: Traditional Knowledge Conference in Brisbane, Australia. She also received a $2,000 Provost 60th Anniversary Research Grant in Fall 2016.

October 2016, Assistant Professor of Education Chad Waldron received a $2,000 Provost 60th Anniversary Research Grant for his research on improving preschool teachers' literacy expertise through a pilot professional development model in reading and writing.

October 2016, Assistant Professor of Education Elizabeth Cunningham received a $2,000 Provost 60th Anniversary Research Grant for her research in mathematics education.

Fall 2016 issue of The Department Chair, Vol. 27, No. 2. Associate Professors Otrude Moyo and Mary Jo Finney collaborated on an article: "Creating Healthier Academic Work Environments: Exploring Best Practices at the Department Level."

Assistant Professor of Social Work Julie Ma recently published: "Neighborhood and parenting both matter: The rolel of neighborhood collective efficacy and maternal spanking in early behavior problems." Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 250-260. (2016)

Social work Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Ryan Ashley has received Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training of trainers workshop is now eligbile to be an SBIRT trainer.

Social work lecturer Todd Womack facilitated a conversation at Dailey Elementary School, speaking to fathers, grandfathers, uncles, father figures and other significant role models during the school's Dads Take Your Child to School Day event on Sept. 20, 2016 at Beecher Community School District. Prof. Womack also facilitated the first "Community Read" of the book Between the World and ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates at Flint Public Library on Oct. 8, 2016.

Social work chair Otrude Moyo offered a social work CE workshop October 7, 2016: Decolonizing Intercultural Interactions in Social Work. 

Social work field coordinator Kasie White worked collaboratively on an Interprofessional Discharge Planning Simulation Nov. 8, 2016 involving UM-Flint health profession majors and social work students in field placements.

Assistant Professor of Education Chad Waldron has been asked to be the keynote speaker at United Way Erie County's Self-Sufficiency Summit next February concerning his research with the Imagination Library. He is also presenting at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference and to the Dollywood Foundation for his research with the Imagination Library. Dr. Waldron's research paper on Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has been accepted for a roundtable presentation at the American Educactional Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas in May 2017.