The School of Education welcomes 3 new professors

The School of Education (SOE) welcomes three new faculty hires who will strengthen its educational offering and research and publishing portfolio in core programs. Joining Syracuse from the University of Alabama, Professors Eric Baltrinic and Heather Fye are with SOE’s Department of Counseling and Social Services (CHS), while Xiaoxia “Silvie” Huang, most recently at Western Kentucky University , will teach and research in the Department of Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation (IDDE).

“CHS and IDDE are two of our fastest growing departments, so we’re thrilled to have these accomplished new colleagues join us in making immediate contributions,” said Acting Dean Kelly Chandler-Olcott. “We are particularly excited about the potential connections between their research interests and our new Center on Experiential Pedagogy and Practice.”

Eric Baltrinic

Joining as an associate professor, Baltrinic is a relational and social justice-focused counselor educator with over 20 years of experience in counselling, research, supervision, teaching, professional development, and counselling. He holds a doctorate. from Kent State University (2014) and is a Certified Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision (Ohio).

Applied and Qualitative Researcher and Q Methodologist, Baltrinic Fellowship is published in Critical Incidents in School Counseling (American Counseling Association Press, 2019) and in Counselor training and supervision, Consulting and Development Journal, Operative subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology, The professional adviserand Counseling Teaching and Supervision.

Among Baltrinic’s grant-funded projects, he is currently Co-Principal Investigator and Qualitative Evaluator for Veterans Recovery Resources, funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His awards include the Outstanding Paper Award from Chi Sigma Iota Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy (2020).

A founding member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Teaching Interest Network, Baltrinic was a lead author and reviewer of the report on teaching best practices in the education working group advisors trained. He continues to be a committee member of the CAGS Teaching Task Force and has been instrumental in the development of CAGS Pedagogical practice sheetsan upcoming peer-reviewed online publication.

Heather Faye

Heather Faye

Joining as a visiting assistant professor, Fye has held faculty positions at Indiana University in Pennsylvania, Winona State University, and the University of Alabama. With a doctorate. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University (2016), Fye is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (Ohio).

Fye’s academic work focuses primarily on the professional issues of mental health counselors in school and clinical settings, including well-being, stress, coping, burnout, implementation of the ASCA national model, and trauma-informed practices.

Fye is co-editor of Critical Incidents in School Counseling (American Counseling Association, 2019), for which she provided two chapters. His scholarship is also published or forthcoming in Counselor training and supervision, Consulting and Development Journal, Career Guidance Journal, School Guidance Journal, The professional adviserand professional school board.

In addition, Fye serves on editorial boards and as a peer reviewer for the journal of consulting and development, Measurement and Evaluation in Consulting and Developmentand professional school board.

“My department is delighted to welcome these two new professors. Dr. Eric Baltrinic brings a wealth of research knowledge, with specific expertise in Q methodology and a mindset for interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Heather Fye has expertise in school counseling and youth, two important areas, especially when K-12 students face the mental health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Professor Derek Xavier Seward, Director of the CHS Department. “Both professors are outstanding, nationally recognized scholars whose expertise in research methodology and academic guidance, respectively, creates opportunities for new teaching and research collaborations.”


Xiaoxia “Silvie” Huang

Huang, who was most recently an associate professor of instructional design at Western Kentucky University’s School of Teacher Education, focuses his research on the design and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments and learning strategies. based on research that support cognitive, affective and motivational learning processes.

Huang’s work is published or forthcoming in the British Journal of Educational Technology, Computers in human behavior, Psychology of contemporary education, Interactive learning environments, Educational Computing Research Journal, Online Educator Journal, Open learning, and elsewhere. His book chapters appear in Distance learning in real life: case studies in practicee (Information Age Publishing, 2014) and Master IT skills through experiential learning (Kendall Hunt, 2012)

Among his awards, in 2015 Huang received both the First Place Journal Article Award (Quantitative-Based Research) from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s Division of Distance Learning and the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Educational technology research and development, a journal of which she is a consulting editor. She was also a reviewer for Computers in human behavior, IT and Educationand Internet and higher education. Huang is currently the Senior Program Evaluator for the US Army’s Master Educator Course, evaluating the effectiveness of this web-enhanced training program.

Huang received his undergraduate degree in English Language and Culture from Nanchang University, China (1996). After teaching English as a Second Language at her alma mater, she completed a Masters in English Studies (Applied Linguistics) at the National University of Singapore (2001). She then moved to the United States to pursue a doctorate. in Florida State University Teaching Systems (2007).

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Silvie Huang to the IDDE faculty. Dr. Huang brings a wealth of experience in the field of instructional design and strong expertise in VR research,” said Professor Jing Lei, Director of IDDE Department. “She will help us expand our educational opportunities, enrich learning experiences and further strengthen our research portfolio, contributing directly to the University’s collaborative and cutting-edge research on virtual and immersive interactions.

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