Lurie College Faculty Recognized for Service

Congratulations to Lurie College Department of Counselor Education faculty member Murry Schekman, who was recently recognized by San Jose State University for teaching for 15 years at SJSU – watch this video to learn more about Murry!

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Welcome New Lurie College Faculty Member Kyoung-Mi Choi!

Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s newest Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education, Kyoung-Mi Choi, to the community!

Kyoung-Mi Choi

Dr. Kyoung-Mi Choi, photo from

Dear EDCO Community:

On behalf of the EDCO Faculty Search Committee, I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Kyoung-Mi Choi has been selected as our newest faculty colleague.  She will be joining us as a tenured, Associate Professor this August at the beginning of the 2019-20 Academic Year.

Dr. Choi completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Syracuse University in New York.  She is currently a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education & Rehabilitation at Cal State-Fresno.  She previously held an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology at Youngstown State University in Ohio.  Dr. Choi’s additional credentials include national and state-level Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC), and an elementary school teaching certificate in Korea.  Her research interests include experiential approaches in global education, multicultural learning and teaching, third culture kids’ psychosocial development, social adjustment and academic success of international students, culturally sensitive approaches to counseling with LGBTQ international students, and integration of technology in Counselor Education.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Choi to our Department and community.


Professor Jason Laker, Ph.D.
Chair, EDCO Faculty Search Committee

Welcome, Newly-Admitted Spartans!

On behalf of the SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dean Heather Lattimer and Melody Mann, a current student in the Child and Adolescent Development department, would like to welcome all 800 newly-admitted Lurie College undergraduate students to SJSU!

Newly-admitted Lurie College students are also encouraged to do the following:

Message Lurie College at @sjsulurie on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or via email at

“Aspire” by Scott Holmes provided royalty free by Video and audio recorded and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Lurie College Faculty Awarded Teacher Residency Grant

Hearing Test

SJSU Lurie College student receives guidance on administering a hearing test.

Reports in recent years, such as one from the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan research center, have highlighted how recruitment and retention challenges are resulting in national teaching shortages and how teacher residency programs can address these challenges.  In light of that, Lurie College of Education faculty David Whitenack and Lisa Simpson recently applied for and were awarded a Teacher Residency Grant through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to create opportunities for Lurie College students to complete special education, STEM, and/or bilingual education residency programs.  Dr. Whitenack and Dr. Simpson were one of 33 grant recipients and have established a partnership with Franklin McKinley School District to host the residency program.  This grant will create opportunities for 10 Lurie College students to participate in and benefit from the year-long residency program on their journey to becoming impactful educators!

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Ed.D. Student Successfully Defends Dissertation

Radha Aravamudhan Dissertation Defense

Ed.D Student, Radha Aravamudhan, Successfully Defends her Dissertation

Cohort 3 student Radha Aravamudhan (center) is all smiles after defending her dissertation, “Bridging the English Language Divide and Building Self-Confidence in Dalit Communities: An Exploratory Study in Tamil Nadu, India.”  She is pictured here with Ed.D. Director Arnold Danzig and her dissertation committee members, Dr. Amy Leisenring, Dr. Robert Gliner, and Dr. Srinivas Naga Chadaram.