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From the Dean's Office: Funeral service for Dr. Bettye Smith is 2 p.m. Sunday

Dec 8, 2016 Filed under: dean's office

The funeral service for Dr. Bettye Smith will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home (East), 4355 Lexington Road, Athens.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service.

As a scholar, Bettye made many contributions to workforce education, focusing on approaches to curriculum development, contextual teaching and learning pedagogical models and practices, national content standards in family and consumer sciences education, and issues of black faculty in higher education. Her research also extended to curriculum and instruction in international education and study abroad programming.

As a colleague, Bettye was a long-term member and co-chair of the Dean's Council on Diversity. She was a key figure in the DCOD, working to enhance and improve diversity efforts in the College and beyond.

Bettye will be missed in the College, at UGA, and in the other communities in which she interacted; and her contributions will live on in all the students she mentored and the faculty with whom she worked.

New Bulldog 100 list features a record 9 businesses linked to College

Dec 8, 2016 Filed under:

A record nine businesses owned by alumni of the College of Education are included on the annual Bulldog 100 list for 2017.

The annual list, sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. The winners were picked from more than 500 nominations.

Visit our website to see the full list of winners. All will be honored Feb. 4 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, when the final rankings will be released. Registration for the event is available online and is open to the public.

Holiday potluck and gift exchange Dec. 21

Dec 8, 2016 Filed under: office of college advancement

We are excited to announce a holiday potluck and gift exchange for all College of Education faculty and staff.

11:30-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21

Ground floor of Aderhold Hall

  • Bring your favorite dish!
  • Connect with community across units!

Please let us know what you plan on bringing to the party by Friday, Dec. 16.

If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a gift not to exceed $10.

New books & Libraries' news

Dec 8, 2016 Filed under: curriculum materials library

The lists of new titles recently received in the Libraries are available at the New Books & CML news page.

You may also download a list of titles that may be of interest to you. Titles are divided by subject area.

From the Dean's Office: College mourns passing of Dr. Bettye Smith

Dec 7, 2016 Filed under: dean's office

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Bettye Smith, professor of workforce education in the Department of Career and Information Studies.

Information about funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Join the post-election Q&A call: Strategies for dealing with emerging classroom dynamics

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: office of diversity equity and inclusion

College of Education faculty and graduate students can join this call from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.

We have received numerous requests for a discussion of post-election stress and ways that under-represented faculty can cope with emerging classroom dynamics. So we've invited your favorite guest expert on race in the classroom to provide an open Q&A session. Bring your questions and concerns for professor Chavella Pittman 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8.

About the facilitator:

Chavella T. Pittman, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology at Dominican University. She is a faculty development coach who nurtures effective faculty with strategies for efficient course planning, contextualized teaching evaluations, and inclusive college classrooms.

Her research interests include interpersonal oppression (e.g., race, social class, religion, gender, sexual orientation) and higher education. Her publications include "Multicultural Education and Social Justice Actions" (Intercultural Education, 2009), "Race and Gender Oppression in the Classroom: The Experiences of Women Faculty of Color with White Male Students" (Teaching Sociology, 2010), and "Exploring How African-American Faculty Cope with Classroom Racial Stressors" (The Journal of Negro Education, 2010).

The University of Georgia has new institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. This is an independent center dedicated to helping faculty make successful transitions throughout their academic journey. National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity programs and services help faculty increase writing productivity, maintain work-family balance, and create broad networks of collegial support on their campus. However, this is not just a resource for new faculty. The center can be a useful resource for professional development, and many tenured faculty find the Monday Motivator and webinars to be particularly beneficial.

Because of our institutional membership, faculty and graduate students can join for free. Please share this broadly in your departments. The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is not just a resource for diversity, equity, and inclusion, it truly is a faculty development tool!

Next steps: Individuals can sign up using this link.

Under "Institutional Sub-Account Membership," select "Register Now."

Please email Anneliese Singh if you have any questions about our membership.

Nominations sought for 2017 International Education Awards

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: announcements

TO: Vice Presidents, Associate Provosts, Deans, Department Heads, and Directors
FROM: Noel Fallows, Associate Provost for International Education
RE: Nominations sought for 2017 International Education Awards

The Office of International Education invites nominations of outstanding faculty and staff engaged in promoting international education for the following International Education Awards.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, Jan. 23
Recipients of awards will be honored at the annual OIE awards reception scheduled for late spring.

Richard Reiff Internationalization Award
This award is given in honor of Dr. Richard Reiff, former executive director of the Office of International Education at UGA, past president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, founding executive director of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, creator of UGA's study abroad fair, and former chair of the international committee of the University System of Georgia. The Reiff Award honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has made major contributions to the overall internationalization of the University of Georgia. These contributions could include, for example, advancing education abroad opportunities for students, enriching the experiences of international students and scholars at UGA, engaging in significant research of international scope, advancing UGA's international partnerships and engagement, and promoting campus internationalization.

OIE Study Abroad Award
The University of Georgia is among the top institutions in the United States for the number of students studying abroad each year. This distinction is possible only through the efforts and dedication of UGA faculty and staff who direct the programs, teach in the programs, administer programs, and advise students about their study abroad and exchange options. The OIE Study Abroad Award honors a faculty or staff member who has made major contributions to the study abroad effort at the University of Georgia by working directly with a study abroad or exchange program and/or contributing to the infrastructure that advances UGA's overall study abroad effort. Faculty at all ranks, as well as professional staff members (e.g. academic advisors, program coordinators) are eligible.

Open Arms Award
The Open Arms Award is given in honor of Mary Ann Kelly, who played a leadership role in the International Student and Scholars and Immigration Services unit of OIE. Over the years, Ms. Kelly worked tirelessly on behalf of international students, scholars, and faculty on the UGA campus and opened her home regularly to those who were far from their homes during the holidays and school breaks. Her dedication and hospitality serve to inspire all of us to welcome UGA's international students and scholars with "open arms." The Open Arms Award honors UGA faculty or staff who have gone above and beyond their formal duties in facilitating the presence of international students and/or scholars at the University of Georgia and making their experience at UGA productive and positive.

International Diversity Award
The International Diversity award is given each year to a faculty or staff member who has shown dedication to promoting diversity in its many forms within international populations and activities at the University of Georgia. Recipients may be honored for a variety of activities, including recruiting students from underrepresented populations for study abroad; educating international students about U.S. cultural, ethnic, religious, or other forms of diversity; increasing the inclusion of students with disabilities in a variety of international activities; bringing attention to international and comparative aspects of courses or co-curricular activities devoted to diversity.

Application process
To nominate an individual for one of these awards please complete this form and attach the requested materials.

Fire safety inspection result: Please clear all main corridors

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: dean's office

Please note that storage—even temporary—of items (boxes, chairs, books, etc.) in a main hallway is a violation of fire safety guidelines.

Please be sure to clear the hallways in your areas and to find other temporary storage options within your units.

Fall 2016 Office of School Engagement newsletter

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: office of school engagement

Please take a moment to download the latest College of Education Office of School Engagement newsletter.

Highlights from this issue include:

  • New Camp DIVE program launches to prevent "summer slide"
  • Genius Hour as teacher inquiry: Investigating problems of practice
  • Professor-in-residence profile: Dr. Lou Tolosa-Casadont at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School
  • Bridging school-university partnerships across the globe

Please distribute widely.

For additional information or to request printed copies, please contact editor Erica Gilbertson or visit our website.

David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: research office

The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence, and/or the assessment aspects of cognition. Those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply.

Up to $25,000 will be awarded to support early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence, and/or the assessment aspects of cognition.

Deadline: June 15

Sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation.

Please notify Grace Thornton if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity.

Holiday party for faculty and staff

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: coe events

Please join us for the annual College of Education holiday party, 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Hotel Indigo's Rialto Room, 500 College Ave., Athens. Appetizers will be served along with a cash bar.

RSVP to Carolyn McNearney by Dec. 8.


Where to park: Please enter off Strong Street and pull through the covered entranceway through the opened gate into the parking lot. Enter Hotel Indigo through the main lobby entrance where there will be directional signage to the Rialto Room.

Please note that the lot across from Hotel Indigo (ungated surface lot with numbered spots) is NOT the hotel's parking lot.

Toys for Tots collection ends soon

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: staff representative group

The College of Education's Staff Representative Group is still accepting donations for this year's Toys for Tots campaign. If you would like to contribute, please bring any new, unwrapped toy donations to one of our collection bins throughout the College. Contributions will be given as gifts to less-fortunate children in the Athens community.

You can find the bins in the following locations:

  • Aderhold Hall: First floor by the elevators
  • Ramsey Student Center: Second floor across from the elevator
  • River's Crossing: Main lobby

Donations will be accepted until Thursday, Dec. 15. All contributions, big or small, are appreciated!

UGA telephone system voicemail disruption

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: announcements

The Telephone Services Team will perform a systematic reboot of the UGA PBX Modular Messaging Servers from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Your UGA telephone system voicemail may experience a brief disruption of service during the maintenance window. Saved messages and greetings will not be affected. Please contact Telephone Services at 706-542-6962 if you have any questions.

A way to say thanks to our custodians

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: dean's office

Each year at this time, faculty and staff take a collection for a holiday cash gift for each custodian in the three College of Education academic buildings. Money is collected within each department by a designated staff member. The money for each building is kept separately and then divided among the custodians working in that building. The cash gift is given to the custodians by their building supervisors just before the College's holiday party.

This year, the collection period will run through Tuesday, Dec. 12. If you are unclear about who collects the money for this gift in your department, please check with your office manager. Either cash or checks will be accepted. If you wish to write a check, please make it out to Andrew Garber. He will convert all checks to cash and return the funds to the appropriate departmental representative.

Graduate student named a Javits-Frasier Scholar

Dec 6, 2016 Filed under: kudos

Jerilyn Williams, a master's student in the College of Education and a teacher at Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School in Atlanta, was recently named a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children.

The Javits-Frasier Scholars program identifies passionate, innovative educators in communities across the country where students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are historically underrepresented in gifted programs. As a scholar, Williams will network with and learn from other teachers and leaders in gifted education.

"Being named a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar means that I have been charged with the task of educating others about the importance of ensuring all students, no matter their diverse backgrounds, have the opportunity to participate in talent developmentĀ programs and receive services when necessary," said Williams.

Read the full story on our website.