The Stephen Lapan Presentation Forum was held January 29, 2019, at the College of Education in Flagstaff. The annual forum provided Doctoral students in the Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology programs an opportunity to present research and discuss findings with the academic community. The Lapan Forum was created to be a collegial, safe space for Doctoral students to hone their presentation skills before moving to national academic conferences in their fields of study.
This was the fifth year the forum was held at the College of Education. Previously it was known as the Doctoral Presentation Forum but was renamed in honor of Dr. Lapan for his excellence as an Emeritus faculty member and former coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral program. Dr. Lapan was a mentor to many of the current faculty members at COE including Drs. Shadow Armfield, Michael Blocher, and Pamela Powell, who provided introductions at the forum and a tribute to Dr. Lapan’s contributions to the scholarly community at the College of Education.
The 2019 forum had eight presenters from the two different programs and welcomed Dr. Sara Abercrombie from the Department of Educational Psychology as the Keynote speaker. Dr. Abercrombie is a very talented and well-published member of the scholarly community at the College of Education. She was nominated as a Teacher of the Year candidate from COE in 2018. Dr. Abercrombie shared a presentation on mixed methods research to the Lapan audience.
Other presentations included:
Amy L Boniface
Narrative Understandings of Curriculum Conditionals: Interactive Notebooks in Computer Science Classrooms
Iraq and U.S. Higher Education: A Comparative Study
PL Competency-Based Learning: The NAU Legacy for Innovation and Change
Jennifer L. Spring
A Case Study in the Contextual Complexities of Early Childhood Spanish-English Emergent Literacy
Scholartistry and Intentionally Extracurricular Professional Development: Research Puzzles Accessed Through Memoir
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People Who Are Managing Well; Resilience, Social Support, and Other Factors That Contribute to Good Mental Health
Christina (No Last Name)
Mixed Method Study of an Experimental Course to Redesign Placement
The Lapan Forum was organized this year by a committee of Doctoral students under the faculty advisement of Dr. Marti Canipe and Dr. Rebecca Frantz. The Forum committee would like to extend a special thank you to Dean Mellott, Dr. Shadow Armfield-Educational Specialties Department Chair, Dr. Pamela Powell-Teaching and Learning Department Chair, and the staff in each of those offices for their generous support of the Lapan Forum.