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Dean Kohn-Wood

Dear SEHD Faculty, Staff, Students, Family, Friends, and Alumni,

Very soon we will bid adieu/adios/orevwa/GOODBYE to 2021. While many of the challenges of 2020 persisted into this year, life returned to our campus in full force – a testament to the resilience and dedication of our faculty, students, and staff.

Over the course of the fall 2021 semester, there were many points of pride, renewals of resolve, and opportunities for optimism echoed in some of our highlights shared below. As we prepare the next generation of leaders, researchers, and agents of change, I am confident our collective work will continue to transform the lives of our students and our community. Once we resume the academic year after the holidays, I invite you to learn more by reading the next edition of our Perspective Magazine!

Whether you celebrated Hanukkah, or plan to celebrate Christmas and/or Kwanzaa – or all three as we do in my home, I wish everyone a wonderful winter break and a joyous new year!

All my best,

Dean E-Signature

Laura Kohn-Wood
Professor and Dean
School of Education and Human Development



Ambassadors worked to debunk vaccine myths

Ashmeet Oberoi, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, is the principal investigator on a grant where 17 students served as vaccine agents and, engaged with marginalized groups in the community to address vaccine hesitancy. Learn more

Climate and racial justice talks inspire students, new course

Scotney Evans, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development, who focuses on community-engaged action research, and Margo Fernandez-Burgos, a Ph.D. student in counseling psychology, take part in the fourth dialogue exploring the ramifications of climate change on disadvantaged communities. Learn more

Professors build understanding of city, county budgets

Four University of Miami faculty members are training local residents how to engage in budget processes for the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County and how to develop proposals for community improvement projects. Learn more

Student affairs leader inspires, supports students

Doctoral student Christopher Clarke is living his dream by supporting University of Miami students on their path to graduation in his role as director of Multicultural Student Affairs. Learn more

HealthSnap offers continuous care for patients with chronic illnesses

School of Education and Human Development Assistant Professor Wes Smith developed software that resulted in the creation of an integrated virtual care platform, which delivers remote, proactive treatment to people with persistent diseases. Learn more

Global Sport Industry Conference


The University of Miami Sport Administration Program at the School of Education and Human Development, will be hosting its "7th" Annual Global Sport Industry Conference (SIC) on April 14, 2022. Learn More

Inspire U program celebrates 10 years

The mentorship program, which is housed under the School of Education and Human Development, brings together University of Miami students with Booker T. Washington Senior High School students to learn about college life and share life experiences. Learn more

Research awarded $3.8 million grant for literacy study

School of Education and Human Development Associate Professor Mary Beth Calhoon will use the Institute of Education Sciences grant to study the effects of a middle school reading program for students with or at-risk for reading disabilities. Learn more

Faculty members use PETAL platform to bolster teaching talents

The University of Miami is elevating the art of teaching by launching the Platform for Excellence in Teaching and Learning website, which makes new resources available to all faculty members looking to refresh their skills. Learn more



A special thanks to Dr. Joosung Kim, recent graduate of our Exercise Physiology Ph.D. program, for stepping in to teach the complex and difficult KIN anatomy courses. Dr. Kim has taught with excellence and rigor, and the SEHD is appreciative of his outstanding efforts!

Dr. Bryan Mann, assistant professor at the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Science, has been invited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) a request by NCSA Japan, to deliver a virtual address at its 2022 Annual Conference. As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings. It serves more than 30,000 associated professionals in 72 countries.

Dr. Batya Elbaum was awarded another (new) grant from the Florida Department of Education, based on her longstanding program of funded research from the state to conduct the Exceptional Student Education Parent Survey, which is used as part of data collection for the State Performance Plan for Special Education.

Inspire U marked its 10-year anniversary! The mentorship program, founded by Dr. Wendy Morrison Cavendish, brings together University of Miami students with Booker T. Washington Senior High School students to learn about college life and share life experiences. The program has served more than 500 high school students, with 90 percent of its graduates attending college.

Thanks to Angie Gonzalez-Kurver and Kathy Hadfeg for spearheading Giving Day and help SEHD increase its donor number and raised $164,904.

KUDOS to SEHD new Research Grant Team, Ms. Danielle Acosta and Ms. Luz Bolivar – for their excellence in facilitating faculty grant submissions and processing. We are thankful that you have joined us and greatly appreciate your diligence and outstanding work.

Congratulations to Dr. Kysha Harriell, for being elected to serve as a Commissioner for CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). Dr. Harriell, clinical professor, Kinesiology & Sport Sciences, SEHD, associate dean of Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, SEHD and senior associate dean of Undergraduate Education, Office of Academic Enhancement (OAE) is making history as the first Black person to be a commissioner for CAATE.