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Mativo receives university's highest early career teaching honor

Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: kudos

John Mativo, an associate professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies, was named a recipient of the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the university's highest early career teaching honor.

Along with two other faculty members, Mativo will receive a $7,500 cash award and be honored at the Faculty Recognition Banquet during Honors Week.

"This year's Russell Award recipients combine innovation in the classroom with a heartfelt commitment to student success," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, whose office administers the awards. "They inspire students and exemplify the University of Georgia's unrivaled learning environment." 

Mativo, who joined the UGA faculty in 2007, prepares future teachers for the increased emphasis in schools on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He has helped develop STEM curriculum using robotics for middle school education. Mativo also teaches several courses in the College of Engineering that help future engineers learn complex dynamics systems and apply the knowledge to inspired industry problems. 

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Today is final day to sign up for ITT Academy

Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: faculty announcements

Just a few seats remain for ITT Essentials for 2017.

About ITT Essentials

Are you ready to update your teaching toolkit? Whether you teach online, face-to-face, or on-site at a local school, this academy will explore new tools and teaching strategies for multiple learning environments. If you're new to teaching with technology or if you're the go-to person in your department for technology integration, there is something for you in this academy. We'll have a particular emphasis on tools that support experiential learning. Please note that the final session will be in an Ed-Camp format so we can learn from each other.

Resources discussed include but are not limited to:

  • Tools for Community Building
  • Tools for Reflection
  • Tools for Communication and Collaboration

ITT Academy sessions will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 24, March 17, March 31, and April 14

ITT academy tracks are limited to 10 participants with priority to faculty and programmatic diversity. Selected participants need to commit to attending all academy sessions in their selected track. Those who complete the academy will be awarded with an ITT Faculty Academy certificate suitable for including on a curriculum vita in the area of teaching effectiveness. Faculty budgeted for at least 50 percent for instruction will also receive a stipend of $500 (to be used for travel, materials, etc.). Participants who successfully complete the ITT Academy will be expected to attend and present at the 2017 COE Innovation in Teaching conference sponsored by the College of Education.

To apply, send an email to Nic Holt with the following information:

  • Name and rank/position
  • Department/program
  • Confirmation that you are budgeted for at least 50 percent for instruction in order to receive the $500 stipend (faculty only)
  • Confirmation of your intent to attend all of the scheduled ITT Academy Sessions
  • Confirmation of your intent to present at the 2017 COE Innovations in Teaching conference

The call for applications closes today, Feb. 22, with the selection of participants announced Thursday.

Policy seminar next week features Dana Rickman

Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: coe events
  • Monday, Feb. 27
  • 5:10-6:30 p.m.
  • River's Crossing Room 135

Join us on Monday for a seminar with Dana Rickman, director of policy and research for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Rickman will speak about the work of the Georgia Partnership as well as its educational policy fellowship program, which she directs.

Download a flier for the event.

Smagorinsky to serve on new research advisory panel

Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: kudos

Peter Smagorinsky, the Distinguished Research Professor of English Education in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, was recently invited to serve on the James S. McDonnell Foundation Advisory Panel for a new education research program.

As part of the panel, Smagorinsky will advise on requests for admission and letters of inquiry, and serve on the proposal review panel. Funded research teams will present their work and interact with representatives of other funded research projects, as well as advisory panel members.

Read the full story on our website.

Means selected as ACPA Emerging Scholar Designee

Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: kudos

Darris Means, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, was recently selected as an Emerging Scholar Designee by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), a comprehensive student affairs organization that engages students in learning and discovery.

"Being named an ACPA Emerging Scholar Designee is also about recognizing the educational experiences of black and African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and same-gender loving students," said Means. "These student populations are central to my work and are often overlooked and ignored when it comes to enhancing educational policy and practice."

In addition to receiving a $3,000 research grant from ACPA to fund an empirical investigation, Means will undertake two leadership commitments, including serving on the editorial board for the Journal of College Student Development, a premier research journal focused on college students, and participating in an ACPA-sponsored video presentation.

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Annual Run Your Mouth 5k benefits Speech and Hearing Clinic

Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: coe events

The seventh annual Run Your Mouth 5K takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Stegeman Coliseum. This race takes runners through campus to raise money for scholarships for patients at the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic.

The event is sponsored by UGA's NSSLHA organization. Fundraising efforts such as the race, regular bake sales, and donations make it possible for the clinic to provide scholarships for services to many of its clients.

Register online. You may also download a flier for the event.

Seminar: How far are we from teaching creatively?

Feb 16, 2017 Filed under: research office

A special seminar by Professor Miguel Nussbaum, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

  • Monday, Feb. 27
  • 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Aderhold Hall Room 119

What do you see when you step into the average classroom? Most likely you observe a teacher standing at the front of the room dictating to passive students? This leads to boredom and lack of focus for all involved, and often results in a disconnect between the teacher's intentions and the students' learning. Professor Miguel Nussbaum will present his argument that we need to change how we teach. He will explain how the Vygotskian perspective addresses creativity and how we can use this perspective to create a new model of teaching.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How does the current teaching model stifle creativity?
  • What does the Vygotskian perspective say about creativity and learning?
  • How can we use Vygotskian principles to create more active learners?

Miguel Nussbaum is a professor of computer science in the School of Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2011, he was honored with the Chilean award for innovation in the education category, and he has been a member of Chile's Agency for Quality in Education since 2012. His work in instructional design, which integrates the use of technology, is focused on how to change teaching practices in the classroom to make children the protagonists of their learning experience. With UNESCO support, his ideas have been implemented in schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

Snacks will be served.

This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development; the Center for Latino Achievement & Success in Education (CLASE); and the Department of Career & Information Studies, College of Education.

UGA summer intensive communication programs for children and adults

Feb 16, 2017 Filed under: speech and hearing clinic

The University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic is happy to announce that our summer intensive communication programs are continuing in 2017! Sign up now to take part in evidence-based intervention and enrichment in early literacy, speech and language production, and social communication for children in a creative, interactive atmosphere.

  • Smooth Dawgs: Intensive practice in fluent speech for adolescents and adults who stutter
  • Puppy Talk: Intensive programs for children ages 3-6
  • Big Dawgs: Intensive program for children entering grades 2-5

Both Puppy Talk and Big Dawgs are evidence-based intervention and enrichment in early literacy, speech and language production, and social communication.

Children without specific speech or language needs are welcome and will receive developmentally appropriate language and literacy enrichment.

For more information or an application, please contact Amber Laws at 706-542-4598 or visit our website.

Get prepared for an emergency at next Staff Representative Group lunch & learn

Feb 16, 2017 Filed under: staff representative group

Join us noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Aderhold Hall Room 119 for the next SRG lunch and learn presentation.

Pete Golden, emergency operations coordinator from UGA's Office of Emergency Preparedness, will join us to discuss various safety issues and equipment found around campus that can be used in the event of an emergency. Please bring your lunch and questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Email Lori de la Reza if you have any questions.

New books and news from the UGA Libraries

Feb 16, 2017 Filed under: curriculum materials library

This week's news of the UGA Libraries includes:

  • Lists of new books
  • Information on the upcoming Confederate Constitution display
  • Celebrating 70 years of the Georgia Review

Friday's Research Colloquium features Michael G. Wade

Feb 14, 2017 Filed under: research office

Does Theorizing About Developmental Coordination Disorder Inform Diagnosis and Intervention?

  • Friday, Feb. 17
  • Aderhold Hall Room G5
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.

In this talk, Michael Wade, professor of motor learning and motor development at the University of Minnesota, will comment on the empirical data and conclusions as to the possible cause of developmental coordination disorder. He argues that the data for an information theory explanation is not compelling, and a reconsideration of developmental coordination disorder from a dynamical systems perspective is perhaps more promising.

Registration is now open for the College of Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference

Feb 14, 2017 Filed under: office of diversity equity and inclusion

Courageous Conversations: Engaging in Dialogues that Bring People Together

  • Friday, March 24
  • UGA Hotel and Conference Center
  • 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Registration is now open!

About the conference:

This half-day conference is designed for students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in dialogue and collaborative learning about the current multicultural and social justice issues of our times. The purpose of this dialogue and learning is to build a more just and equitable environment within our college and the community.

The event begins with a keynote from Derald Wing Sue, followed by break-out sessions examining issues of poverty, race/ethnicity, disability, privilege, religion/spirituality, and other important issues of our society. Sue will then facilitate a closing panel exploring next steps in addressing inequity and injustice in our communities.

About the keynote speaker:

Born in Portland, Oregon, Derald Wing Sue is the son of parents who emigrated from China. Early childhood memories of being teased due to his ethnicity led to his fascination with human behavior. His deep interest and passion led him to becoming one of the most prominent voices in cross cultural studies. With over 150 publications under his belt, he is the most-cited multicultural scholar today.

He received a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. The civil rights movement was the foundation for his interest in multicultural studies. Sue, along with his brother and fellow psychologist, Stanley Sue, wanted to emphasize the importance of understanding the culture of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, making sure that they too received attention and accurate mental health services. In 1972, Sue co-founded the Asian American Psychological Association with his brother. Both felt there was a need for others to understand the experience of Asian-Americans and this was the beginning.

Now, Sue is a professor of psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Aside from his interests in multicultural counseling and diversity training, he is the recipient of many awards and honors, such as The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues with the Mentoring and Leadership Award. He held numerous positions in the APA, including president of Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. Sue has written several books, including "Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," "Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice," and "Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation."


Early registration for College of Education faculty, staff, and students is now available! Please register by Feb. 20 in order to guarantee your spot in the conference. On Feb. 21, registration will open up to a larger UGA audience.

Cost: Registration is $49, but free for the first 50 College of Education faculty, staff, and students.

Registration for members of the College of Public Health and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will open on Feb. 21. Registration for community members will open on Feb. 28, and for all other attendees, registration will open March 7. The final registration deadline is March 17. See more information on our website.

Register today!

Service-Learning Fellows applications due March 20

Feb 14, 2017 Filed under: faculty and staff services

The Office of Service-Learning is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Service-Learning Fellows Program.

Applications are due Monday, March 20. This year-long faculty development program allows participants to explore best practices in service-learning and community engagement while developing new service-learning courses or considering ways to integrate service-learning into existing courses or programs. Download the application materials, along with examples of previous fellows projects.

Up to eight faculty members will be selected and will receive a $2,500 faculty development award. All permanent, full-time UGA faculty members (academic tenure track, academic professionals, public service faculty, clinical faculty, and lecturers) with an interest in service-learning are eligible. Previous experience with service-learning is not required. Service-learning is an experiential learning method that provides opportunities for students to apply and more fully understand academic knowledge through projects that address genuine community needs.

Questions? Email Shannon O. Wilder, director of the Office of Service-Learning or call 706-542-0535.

Administration and department head feedback surveys due Feb. 24

Feb 14, 2017 Filed under: faculty announcements, faculty senate

If you received a survey in your email, please be sure to complete it by Friday, Feb. 24. Your constructive feedback, which goes to your department head, Dean Kennedy, and the dean's cabinet, helps faculty and staff in achieving the College of Education's mission.

Similar to last year, this survey process is being managed by the College of Education faculty senate with technical assistance provided by the College's associate director of IT. Please direct all comments, questions, or concerns regarding this survey to Ellen Evans, faculty senate president.

Thank you for your time, efforts, and valuable insights, which will help us improve our College of Education!

How can we prepare our science teachers for today's social contexts?

Feb 14, 2017 Filed under: research office

Join the Research Office for the next installment in its Research Colloquium Series. Barbara Crawford, head of the Department of Mathematics and Science Education, will discuss the importance of preparing our teachers to be effective educators in today's social context with:

How can we prepare our newest science teachers to be effective educators in today's social context where science may be misrepresented and misunderstood?

  • Friday, Feb. 24
  • Aderhold Hall Room G5
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.

It is a particularly challenging time for teachers in today's changing educational environment. Anti-science rhetoric, the discounting of scientific evidence, and potential undermining of concepts such as evolution and climate change are issues new teachers will need to address. There is a critical need to prepare new teachers in STEM disciplines to enhance achievement of young African-American, Latino, and other students from populations generally underrepresented in the sciences. This presentation will address research related to how we can prepare our newest teachers to teach critical thinking skills, the use of logic and evidence, and to inform students about the nature of science.