Dr. Barb Hansen honored for international work in
invitational learning; Education Department receives grant for
Dr. Barb Hansen, Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and
Learning and Distinguished Professor of Education at Muskingum University, was
recently recognized for her leadership in the International Alliance for
Invitational Education (IAIE) , receiving the William Stafford Leadership Award.
It is the highest award presented by the organization. Established in 2003 to
recognize exceptional leadership within the Alliance, the William Stafford
Leadership Award is named for the late Dr. William Stafford, former Professor of
Counselor Education at Lehigh University. Significant contribution to the
development of invitation theory and practice, and outstanding performance in
key leadership roles and responsibilities are among the criteria. She received
the award at the 2012 IAIE World Conference in Hong Kong. IAIE is an
international group committed to helping educators develop and promote the
understanding that every person adds to, or subtracts from, the process of being
a beneficial presence in the lives of students.
"I credit this award to the Muskingum Education Department’s commitment to
invitational learning,” said Dr. Hansen about the award. “Muskingum’s work in
invitational learning is known across Ohio and the nation,” she added. That
commitment was recognized in 2008 when the Muskingum University Education
Department earned the International Inviting School Award and was the only
higher education institution to receive an award that year. Since that time,
Muskingum has worked with various school districts and projects in invitational
education, including the creation of the Ohio Chapter for Invitational
Education, which hosted the International 2010 Conference in Columbus where
participants from seven nations attended.
Additionally, Muskingum’s work with invitational education was recognized at
IAIE’s 2012 conference in Hong Kong, China, when the Education Department was
named the recipient of a competitive research study award. This study will be
conducted with Park Street Intermediate School in the South Western School
District in Columbus, Ohio.Education Department faculty leading the study
include Dr. Rae White, Director of the Educator Preparation Program and
Professor of Education, Dr. Linda Rogness, Professor of Education, and Dr.
Hansen. The study will analyze the growth of invitational education in the Park
Street Intermediate School.
Since that time, Muskingum has worked with various schools and projects in
invitational education, including the creation of the Ohio Chapter for
Invitational Education, which hosted the International 2010 Conference in
Columbus. Participants from seven nations attended.