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New Grant: Bradshaw's $1.4M study helps enhance teachers' toolboxes

January 18, 2018

A new $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education allows associate professor Laine Bradshaw to use a psychometric method she developed to assess students' comprehension of key concepts—combining research with practice.

The project, "Diagnostic Inventories of Cognition in Education," investigates a new way to create an assessment to figure out which misconceptions students have based on which incorrect answers they pick—information that is typically disregarded in assessments.

Read the full story on our website.

Find out more about the grant.

Department member shares tips on using social media to share scholarship

January 18, 2018

Join Kayla Pritchard Flanagan in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education as she shares ideas and tips on how to use social media effectively to share research results. This workshop is open to faculty and graduate students and is particularly intended to provide support for doctoral students applying for the Graduate School’s Communication of Research and Scholarship Grant; proposals for the grant are due Feb. 5.

The workshop will take place 10:10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 in Aderhold Hall Room 401.

Those interested in additional information about using social media to promote scholarship may wish to review the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s three-part webinar titled “Developing a Strategic Plan to Use Social Media to Enhance Scholarship.”

To access this webinar series, log in, choose the Library menu, and then use the Writing and Research Productivity filter. If you have not yet claimed your NCFDD membership, start on the homepage and select “Institutional Members” under the Services menu. Next, click on the University of Georgia and then click “Activate My Membership.”

Join the DEI Office for the Exploring White Privilege group

January 18, 2018

In conversations about race and racism, well-intended white folks often feel stumped. They want to contribute, yet feel like it's not "their place" to talk about race since they don't experience racism. However, they also know that silence is a privilege.

Finding the balance between not centering or taking up too much space and not remaining silent in racial discussions challenges a lot of white people who want to contribute to addressing racism. This group is for people who identify as white who want to examine white privilege to better understand white folks' roles in addressing race and racism without taking over.

  • When: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31
  • Where: Aderhold Hall Room G9

The group will meet regularly and collectively decide content for discussion. Facilitators will vary, depending on the topic for the week. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to attend.

Please join us for our first meeting. If you are interested, but cannot make the first meeting, please email Briana Bivens to get on the mailing list for future meetings.

Save the date: 2018 College of Education Research Conference is March 23

January 16, 2018

Mark your calendar for the 2018 College of Education Research Conference, which will take place the morning of Friday, March 23. Details are forthcoming.

Please note that in addition to our new name—Office of Research and Graduate Education—we also have a new office e-mail address.

College of Education Early Career Faculty Research Grant due Feb. 9

January 16, 2018

Due Friday, Feb. 9, the College of Education Early Career Faculty Research Grant Program is strongly focused on developing research initiatives of new, tenure-track assistant professors in their first five years of employment.

A maximum of $5,000 is available for project use. Full funding call details and instructions are available via the program link above. The Early Career Grant Program rubric outlines review criteria. Contact Grace Thornton with questions to receive a sample application or for review services.

*Only one proposal may be submitted by an individual per funding cycle. Faculty may only receive funding once through this program.

Registration for the edTPA P12 and EPP Summit is now open!

January 16, 2018

Registration is open for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s edTPA P12 & EPP Summit. The event is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Macon.

The event offers a full day of general and concurrent sessions focused on the following sample topics across the teacher professional continuum:

  • Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) and P-12 partners working together in strong partnerships to inform high quality teaching, including how edTPA can be used to bridge pre-service preparation and in-service practice
  • Connecting edTPA to Georgia’s Teacher Assessment Performance Systems (TAPS), Professional Learning Plans (PLPs), InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, the Danielson Group’s Framework for Teaching, and State and National Standards
  • Strengthening Individualized Professional Learning Plans (PLPs)/Induction Support
  • Certification updates
  • Using edTPA to inform preparation programs
  • Avenues for meaningful dialogue about practice and problems of practice in preparation, induction, and retention
  • An intentional focus on the equity indicators within the rubric level progressions to help ensure the needs of each P-12 learner are met
  • And more

There is no registration fee for this event. Participants must provide their own transportation and a working lunch will be provided. Please share this invitation with school partners who might be interested.

Registration for the 2018 Innovation in Teaching and Technology Academy is now open!

January 16, 2018

We are excited to announce the call for participants for the spring 2018 Innovation in Teaching and Technology Academy.

  • Our first track is designed to support faculty’s use of Google Tools with an emphasis on Google Classroom. Paths to Google certification will be presented.
  • Our second track explores instructional activities for online, face-to-face, and hybrid environments featuring two short faculty presentations. Each presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

Each four-session ITT Academy track features two presentations per session and is open to faculty and graduate assistants. The purpose of the ITT Initiative is to provide support and enhance teaching through innovative instructional strategies and technologies.

Spring 2018 Academy track dates and times:

  • Active Learning Faculty Roundtable: This ITT Academy track will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 23, March 9, March 30, and April 6 in Aderhold Hall Room 223.

  • Google in Education: This ITT Academy track will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 7 , March 7, March 28, and April 11 in Aderhold Hall Room 409.

Each academy is limited to 10 participants with priority to faculty and programmatic diversity. Faculty budgeted for at least 50 percent for instruction will also receive a $500 stipend upon completion. Participants who successfully complete the ITT Academy will be expected to participate and attend the next annual Innovation and Teaching Conference hosted by the College of Education.

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

  • Name and position
  • Department/program
  • Confirmation of intent for attendance in all four academy sessions
  • Confirmation of your intent to attend and present at the 2018 Innovation in Teaching Conference
  • If requesting the stipend, confirmation that you are budgeted for 50 percent instruction

New grant: Means researches ways black, rural students access college through Spencer fellowship

January 11, 2018

Darris Means, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, was one of 30 chosen as a 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. He is spending this academic year studying seniors who attend rural high schools in Georgia as they navigate the college choice process.

The fellowships are administered by the National Academy of Education, an honorary educational society, and funded by the Spencer Foundation. More than 200 postdoctoral researchers applied for the $70,000 award, which has been in place for more than 30 years. Means' research joins other cutting-edge topics such as equity in mathematics education, dual-language programs, and the connections between educational policy and suburban land development.

Read the full story on our website. Find more information about the award.

From the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 11, 2018

On Jan. 15, we celebrate the life, legacy, and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During his fight for civil rights and racial and economic justice, Dr. King demonstrated the importance of community engagement, service to others, and addressing social issues that impact the rights and equality of the wider community. While traditionally this day is used as a day off from work and school, there are many local and state opportunities to learn and participate in service projects and events. Some of the events being hosted in Athens and Atlanta include:

For a full list of service projects and events happening in Athens, please visit Athens MLK Day of Service.

Faculty and staff invited to pursue the Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion

January 11, 2018

Faculty and staff are invited to pursue the Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion to explore strategic areas around equity and diversity and to put those ideas into action. The certificate comprises one core course and five elective courses, all of which are offered at no cost.

Diversity @ UGA: Beyond the Numbers is the CORE COURSE for the certificate. Participants will examine the critical roles that faculty and staff can play in enhancing the culture of diversity and inclusion at UGA.

  • When: 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 2
  • Where: Aderhold Hall Room 116
  • Facilitator: Shonte Wallace Matthews, Office of Institutional Diversity

Register online.

Questions? Email the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Nominations for faculty awards due Jan. 31

January 11, 2018

The College of Education offers 10 awards for faculty members in the areas of instruction, research, service, mentoring, diversity, and community engagement. Please review the award criteria and consider nominating a deserving colleague.

Nomination dossiers are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Please contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Services with questions at 706-542-2696.

Research semester proposals due Feb. 1

January 11, 2018

To support faculty in their lifelong development as scholars, the College of Education provides an opportunity to engage in pursuits that enhance scholarship, revitalize creative energy, and inform them of new and innovative knowledge and practices with the ultimate goal of developing and maintaining scholarship. To support this development, a faculty member may request one semester for intensive research in which s/he is released from instruction (up to two courses) and most service obligations.

Proposals for a fall 2018 research semester must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 1. All proposals from a department must be rank ordered and submitted by the department head to Christy Glazer as a single PDF. Information on eligibility, conditions, the application process, and criteria for selection can be found on our website.

Please direct any questions to Denise Spangler.

Report of progress and recommendations: Task Force on Student Learning and Success

January 11, 2018

The University of Georgia’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success has delivered its final report to President Jere W. Morehead. The report includes 12 recommendations designed to advance the institution’s longstanding commitment to excellence in undergraduate education.

Download the report.

“I want to thank the members of the Task Force for their hard work and dedication to student learning and success,” said President Morehead. “I look forward to discussing with the campus community opportunities for making their recommendations a reality at the University of Georgia.”

The task force, co-chaired by Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav and Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson, was charged last February with taking a fresh look at the university’s undergraduate learning environment to identify new opportunities to further enhance the educational experience for UGA students—inside and outside the classroom. The task force submitted its final report on Dec. 1, 2017.

Training available for UGA Elements

January 11, 2018

The Office of Faculty and Staff Services will offer UGA Elements training on Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. in Aderhold Hall Room G23. We will provide an overview of the system and its help features and will respond to questions.

Feel free to bring your laptop so you can log in and follow along.

DAWG Talks: Conversations that Matter on Gender and Masculinity

January 11, 2018
  • When: 4:45-5:45 p.m. Jan. 16
  • Where: Aderhold Hall Room 112
  • Facilitator: Kevin Burke

Students, faculty, and staff invited!

We get our fixed—or malleable–notions of sexuality and gender from a variety of sources: family expectations, a hypersexualizing media gaze, and through the dictates of faith and obedience within a/the church.

However, gender is also being formed in the well-worn halls and the ordered environment of classrooms: schools are the great throughways where gender gets articulated–bartered for and with–during adolescence.