SU School of Education announces 3 new faculty appointments

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According to SU News, Syracuse University’s School of Education announced three new faculty appointments as part of its efforts to strengthen its educational offerings release on April 6th.

Former University of Alabama professors Eric Baltrinic and Heather Fye join the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Human Services as Associate Professors and Visiting Assistant Professors, respectively.

Xiaoxia Huang, who was an associate professor of instructional design at Western Kentucky University, will join SU to teach in its department of instructional design, development and assessment.

Baltrinic received his PhD from Kent State University in 2014 and has over 20 years of consulting, research and teaching experience. The professor is currently a qualitative reviewer for Veterans Recovery Resources funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. According to the press release, he is also one of the founding members of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Teaching Interest Network.



Faye, who has a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from Kent State University in 2016, previously held teaching positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Winona State University, and the University of Alabama. Her work focuses on scholastic and clinical mental health issues, according to the press release.

Fye is currently Associate Editor of Critical Incidents in School Counseling, a text examining specific case studies. She also serves as a peer reviewer on the editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling and Development, Measure and Evaluation Counseling and Development, and Professional School Counseling.

Before coming to the United States to do her PhD, Huang completed her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from Nanchang University in China in 1996. She received her master’s degree in English from the National University of Singapore in 2001 and a PhD in instructional systems from Florida State University in 2007.

Huang’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments and inquiry-based learning strategies that support cognitive, affective, and motivational learning processes. She won the 2015 Association for Educational Communications and Technology First Place Journal Article Award for quantitatively-based research.

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