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UW Education Faculty Members Earn Garland Fellowships

April 12, 2013
Woman and man
Andrea Burrows and Bret Range

Two junior University of Wyoming College of Education faculty members will receive two years of financial support for their research agendas from the Mary Ellbogen Garland Early Career Fellowship.

Andrea Burrows, assistant professor of secondary science education, and Bret Range, assistant professor of professional studies/educational administration, will serve as Garland Fellows for the 2013-15 academic years. They join nine previous fellowship recipients, the first of which was awarded in 2001.

Burrows will use fellowship funding to expand her research on an initiative to build partnerships between secondary teachers and colleagues in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professions. Burrows also will establish two UW Partnership Building Symposia, forums for building community between school district personnel and university faculty. Burrows joined the UW faculty in 2011. She holds a doctorate of education degree in curriculum and instruction-science from the University of Cincinnati.

“I am honored and excited to receive the Mary Garland Fellowship,” Burrows says. “I look forward to promoting STEM partnership work at UW and throughout the state.”

Range will use Garland Fellowship funding to support qualitative research on teachers’ and principals’ perceptions of two models designed to improve instructional practice. Range will interview teachers and principals from four Wyoming school districts in two phases. He will gather participant feedback on how the supervision and evaluation tools adopted by their local districts have affected their individual practice. Range holds a doctorate of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Arkansas. He joined the UW College of Education faculty in 2010.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Mary Garland Early Fellowship award and excited to put this money to use as I study teacher supervision and evaluation reform efforts in Wyoming,” Range says. “I am grateful to Mrs. Garland and the selection committee for their support of early career faculty in the College of Education.”

The late Wyoming business leader John P. “Jack” Ellbogen established Garland Early Career Fellowship in 2000 in honor of his daughter’s commitment to community service and philanthropy. Fellowships help the College of Education recruit and retain the best possible candidates to faculty positions. Income from the fund may be used to support promising junior faculty members via supplementary salary or start-up funding for the recipients’ research and teaching programs.

Biographies of previous Garland Fellowship recipients are available online at

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