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02-01-06

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Benjamin J. Allen, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, (515) 294-0070

Laura Rendón, educational leadership and policy studies, (515) 294-4143

Cathy Curtis, College of Human Sciences Communications, (515) 294-8175

Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986

Iowa State education professor earns new teaching, research development award

AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University expert on Latino and higher education studies is the first recipient of a faculty development award that recognizes creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service.

Laura Rendón, professor and chair of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Human Sciences, has received the inaugural Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award.

Rendón is nationally known for research on educational access and academic achievement among low-income, first-generation college students. Her recent research focuses on teaching, learning and how college students develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

As part of the award, Rendón will deliver a presentation related to her scholarship to the Iowa State community. She also will receive $5,000 to support her research.

Rendón is co-editor of several books, including "Transforming the First Year of College for Students of Color, Educating a New Majority," and "Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education." She is writing another book, "Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy."

She also serves on the editorial boards of the "Review of Higher Education," "Educational Researcher," "Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering," "Journal of Latino Education," "Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies," "National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Journal" and "The National Women's Studies Association Journal."

Rendón also serves on the boards of the National Council for Community and Partnerships, Naropa University, Boulder, Colo., and the National Initiative of Women in Higher Education. She also is the past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

She has directed research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and has served as a fellow of the Fetzer Institute, a spirituality think tank based in Kalamazoo, Mich.

"Laura Rendón has a distinguished record," said Larry Ebbers, University Professor of educational leadership and policy studies. "Her research on student retention in the classroom has worldwide acceptance. Since joining the Iowa State faculty in 2005, she has worked on research to assist community colleges and K-12 schools to retain students of color and is working toward seamless education for underrepresented populations."

The Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award is designed to further the scholarship, teaching and service of faculty in Iowa State University's colleges of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Administered by Provost Benjamin J. Allen, the annual award alternates between tenured faculties of the two colleges. The award was made possible by an endowed gift from Jack and Marilyn Rossmann and Charles and Kathleen Manatt.

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Laura Rendón

Laura Rendón

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Laura Rendón, professor and chair of educational leadership and policy studies, has received the inaugural Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award. She is a nationally known expert on Latino and higher education studies. The award recognizes creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service.

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"Rendón has worked on research to assist community colleges and K-12 schools to retain students of color."

Larry Ebbers