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From the Dean: Appointment of the director of P-12 educator programs

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: from the dean

The College is pleased to announce the appointment of Paige Tompkins as the director of P-12 educator preparation. Dr. Tompkins will join the faculty and staff in the Office of Academic Programs as a clinical professor beginning in January. Tompkins has a distinguished history as an administrator, having served as assistant, associate, and interim dean of the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. With extensive experience collaborating with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Tompkins will serve as the internal and external coordinator of UGA's P-12 educator preparation programs, interfacing with more than 40 educator preparation programs within our college and other campus units. Tompkins also has years of experience with state agencies and school districts and will assist with state certification, reporting, and communication between UGA, our P-12 partners, and state agencies. Tompkins began her teaching career as a teacher of secondary mathematics. At Mercer, she coordinated the educational leadership doctoral program and secured external funding for teaching fellowship programs.

I appreciate the work of the search committee, which included the following individuals:

  • Laura Bierema, Office of Academic Programs
  • Sarah Kajder, Department of Language and Literacy Education
  • Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, Department of Educational Psychology
  • Denise Spangler, Office of Faculty and Staff Services
  • Krista Vanderpool, Office of Academic Programs

Tompkins will report to Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett when both begin in the Office of Academic Programs in January. Please join us in welcoming Tompkins to the College of Education.

Best regards,

Craig H. Kennedy, PhD
Dean and Professor

From the Dean's Office: College mourns passing of Dr. Ira Aaron

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: dean's office

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Ira Aaron, professor emeritus of reading education in the College of Education. Dr. Aaron's impact on the College spanned many decades, touching many lives and leaving a legacy of scholarship and professionalism that will long endure.

If you would like to honor Aaron's legacy, his family requests donations to one of his funds at the College in lieu of flowers.

The best options for donating in his memory are either the Ira Aaron Award for Teaching Excellence and Collegiality or the Ira Aaron International Study Scholarship.

Checks should be made payable to: UGA Foundation - College of Education, with the name of the chosen fund in the memo line to ensure they are directed to the correct fund.

For information about giving, contact:
Meredith Metcalf
Aderhold Hall
Room G2F
706-542-2267

From the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Sign up for the College of Education LGBTQ+ Safe Space training on Oct. 7

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: office of diversity equity and inclusion

In collaboration with the new College of Education Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Safe Space program at UGA is coming to the College of Education on Friday, Oct. 7!

The Safe Space program is a three-and-a-half-hour training session for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in learning about gender and sexual identity, homophobia, heterosexism, and how they can provide support and work toward being an ally for the LGBT community. Upon completion of the training, participants may be issued a Safe Space sticker for their office space as a visible indicator to visitors that they are queer and trans affirming. For more information, visit the LGBT Center website.

You can choose one of the two sessions. There are 18 spaces available in each session. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to sign up:

  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 1-4:30 p.m.

Sessions are facilitated by the director of the LGBT Resource Center Meg Evans; senior coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center J. Rashad Small; sexual health coordinator Katy Janousek; and College of Education associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion Anneliese Singh. The Safe Space program will take place in Aderhold Hall Room G23.

Email Anneliese Singh to reserve your space.

Research Office welcomes Morgan Bennett!

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: research office

The Research Office is pleased to announce that Morgan Bennett will join our team as a post-award business manager beginning Monday, Oct. 3. She will be working with the contract and grant accounts for the College's Centers, Office of School Engagement, and Teacher Quality.

Morgan has been in Sponsored Projects Administration Post-Award for more than 10 years, most recently as a senior grants accounting specialist. Please help welcome Morgan to her new position.

Be a part of UGA's International Education Week

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: announcements

This year's International Education Week is Nov. 14-18 and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. As part of the event, several units across campus are developing programs for all UGA students, staff, and faculty. This includes events large and small, such as the annual Parade of Flags, a speaker, and a college's showcase of study abroad programs.

You, as well as your office or department, are invited to take part.

The Office of International Student Life is looking for events and programs that are taking place during this week to be included on the master list of events. You may have an existing program or a new event, but either way you are welcome to submit it as part of International Education Week.

Submit your program or initiative today, and help the College of Education be a part of this campus-wide celebration!

Have a question? Contact International Student Life.

Celebrate visionary teaching: Register now for the Innovation in Teaching Conference

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under:

The College of Education hosts its third annual Innovation in Teaching Conference on Friday, Oct. 21. This symposium is dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the creative teaching practices of college-level educators from around the Southeast.

The deadline to register is Oct. 14. Registration is FREE for all College of Education faculty.

Keynote speaker Dr. Lynn Bryan from Purdue University will address the need for encouraging new and experienced educators to be visionaries in their fields. She will stress the crucial need to transfer these visionary qualities to all learners.

College of Education faculty can register for free, UGA faculty and students can receive a reduced rate of $75, and participants from outside UGA are $150.

We hope you will join us at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center for a day of ideas, inspiration, and ingenuity.

Research Office offers proposal development workshop

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: research office

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to join Karl Newell, associate dean for research, for an interactive discussion about strategies to plan for, write, and submit impactful external research proposals. Topics will include elements of successful proposals, proposal development, agency considerations, and your questions.

Contact Grace Thornton to reserve a seat.

Monday, Oct. 24
Aderhold Hall
Room 401
3-5 p.m.

HRSA announces 2 autism funding opportunities

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: research office

This announcement solicits applications for two separate competitions, HRSA-17-013 Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies and HRSA-17-014 Autism Longitudinal Data Project.

The purpose of the Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies and the Autism Longitudinal Data Project competitions are to support the conduct of empirical research that advances the evidence base on interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, with a special focus on addressing the needs of underserved populations. These competitions will address the critical need that exists for research on the barriers to screening, diagnosis, and receipt of evidence-based interventions.

CFDA No. 93.877

Due date: Nov. 17

Contact Grace Thornton or Kim Wright if interested.

NSF Science of Learning funding program

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: research office

The Science of Learning program supports potentially transformative basic research to advance the science of learning. The goals of the Science of Learning program are to develop basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about learning principles, processes, and constraints. The possibility of developing connections between proposed research and specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges will be considered as valuable broader impacts, but are not necessarily central to the intellectual merit of proposed research.

The program will support research addressing learning in a wide range of domains at one or more levels of analysis including: molecular/cellular mechanisms, brain systems, cognitive affective and behavioral processes, and social/cultural influences. The program supports a variety of methods including experiments, field studies, surveys, secondary-data analyses, and modeling.

Upcoming due date is this January.

Contact Grace Thornton or Kim Wright if you are interested in pursuing this call.

Smart and Connected Health interagency funding opportunity

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: research office

The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of health care from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered, and focused on well-being rather than disease.

The purpose of this program is to develop next-generation health care solutions and encourage existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health such as sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, decision support systems, modeling of behavioral and cognitive processes, as well as system and process modeling.

Proposal deadline: Thursday, Dec. 8.

Please contact Grace Thornton or Kim Wright if you are interested in this opportunity.

Kappa Delta Pi elects new president; leadership council

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: office of college advancement

Chartered in 1929, Kappa Delta Pi's Beta Kappa chapter at the University of Georgia, recently elected a new president and leadership council to help foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among graduate students dedicated to teaching.

Graduate students in this international honor society gain access to a wide variety of programs, services and resources both on campus and within the larger education community. In addition to hosting a biannual conference for professional educators, students, and faculty members, KDP offers yearly scholarship and grant opportunities, as well as face-to-face and virtual professional training and education seminars for graduate students.

2016-2017 KDP Leadership Council

  • President: Kellie Templeman, PhD '17, educational psychology (applied cognition and development)
  • Vice president: Megan Brock, PhD '17, educational psychology (applied cognition and development)
  • Secretary: Erin Horan, PhD '17, educational psychology (applied cognition and development)
  • Treasurer: Hyejin Park, PhD '17, mathematics education
  • Faculty advisor: Louis Castenell, professor, department of educational psychology

Graduate students interested in attending future meetings and activities hosted by the organization, can find more information on KDP's Facebook page.

Read the full story on our website.

New books and news from the UGA Libraries

Sep 29, 2016 Filed under: curriculum materials library

The UGA Libraries, along with other national and international libraries, are participating in LibQUAL, a survey designed to gather and act upon patrons' opinions on the quality of library services. The survey will be open from Sept. 19-30 and will take around 5-10 minutes to complete. We encourage you to add comments at the end of the survey in addition to answering the survey questions. Completion of the survey will automatically enter you in a drawing to win one of ten $25 gift certificates to Walmart.

If you would like to participate in this voluntary survey, you can access it online here. Your responses will be completely confidential. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. Please be assured that there is no foreseeable risk involved in taking this survey. The Libraries will store this data along with data from earlier and later editions of this survey for comparison purposes to determine if we are successfully continuing to improve the services you need.

If you have any questions about the survey or any difficulty in accessing it, please email Diana Hartle or call 706-542-6399. You can learn more about LibQUAL here.

The new UGA Libraries website is in beta and available for testing here; your feedback is very valuable, and we hope you'll share your views!

Lists of new titles recently received in the UGA Libraries are available on the New Books & CML News page.

We also have a list of just a few of many books that may be of interest to you. Titles are divided by subject area.

From the Dean: Transitions in the Office of Academic Programs

Sep 27, 2016 Filed under: from the dean

There will be a leadership transition in the Office of Academic Programs starting spring semester 2017. Laura Bierema, associate dean for academic programs, will return to the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy. Laura became associate dean in summer 2013 with the goal to restructure the office and create more effective relationships both within and outside of the College of Education. She has succeeded brilliantly in her efforts, with high points including the reorganization of the Office of Student Services and the College's #3 national ranking for its online programs. Please join me in thanking Laura for all of her hard work and effort over the past several years.

Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett will begin as the associate dean for academic programs in January. Stacey has served admirably as the head of the Department of Educational Psychology. During her tenure as its head, the department has grown in productivity and national reputation. Her experience in preK-12 teacher education and accreditation make her ideally suited to continue the office's upward trajectory. Please join me in congratulating Stacey on her new appointment and responsibilities.

Best regards,

Craig H. Kennedy, PhD
Dean and Professor

Looking Back to Move Forward: A dialogue on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Education

Sep 27, 2016 Filed under: office of diversity equity and inclusion

Join us for an interactive panel of faculty, staff, and student perspectives on the roots of multicultural and social justice work within the College of Education! We reflect on our roots in order to identify innovative and dynamic ways to engage as a College of Education community in diversity, equity, and inclusion work that is transformative and responsive to our current world.

Looking Back to Move Forward: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education

Featuring Carolyn Burroughs, Janette Hill, Chris Linder, Darris Means, and Cedric Sanders.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • Aderhold Hall Room G23

A live stream will be available during the discussion.

Athens/Gwinnett P-20 Collaborative meeting invitation

Sep 27, 2016 Filed under: office of academic programs

Effective July 1, 2017, educators will no longer use documented Professional Learning Units (PLUs) as evidence of professional learning to renew their certification. Instead, each educator will determine (in collaboration with his/her supervisor) job-embedded professional learning plans or goals that demonstrate an impact on student learning.

Candidates need to be made aware of the new requirements as they prepare to enter the workforce. There are also new requirements for faculty members who want to renew their own certificates. Bobbi Ford of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission will present on the new professional learning requirements at the Athens/Gwinnett P-20 Collaborative meeting 8:30 a.m.-noon on Oct. 14 at Georgia Gwinnett College. Faculty representation at this meeting will be appreciated so information can be brought back to UGA to share with all faculty.

Registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact Anne McDonald.