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Sources: Susan Dillinger, 785-532-3895,;
and Jeong-Hee Kim, 785-532-6976,
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Two faculty members from Kansas State University's College of Education have earned recognition for their teaching and research.

K-State's Susan Dillinger, instructor of special education, counseling and student affairs, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. The award helped Dillinger attend the Council for Exceptional Children 2009 Convention and Expo in Seattle, Wash.

The award is named after Lucile Cornetet, a longtime educator in Ohio who died in 2001. A portion of the money from her estate was donated to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which established the Lucile Cornetet Professional Development fund. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an honorary organization for women educators with more than 111,000 members in 16 countries.

Jeong-Hee Kim, K-State assistant professor of secondary education, received an award from the American Educational Research Association for an outstanding narrative research theory article. Kim's article, "A Romance with Narrative Inquiry: Toward an Act of Narrative Theorizing," was published in 2008 in Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue. The article examines the challenges that narrative inquiry faces in the current political era in which positivistic ideologies prevail, and to interrogate how narrative inquiry can overcome the challenges to contribute to the field of education.

Kim also received the award in 2007 for her article, "For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Conflicting Voices Inside an Alternative High School." She will be presented with the award at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting, which is the largest educational conference in the U.S. The conference is April 13-17 in San Diego.