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Daniel Dickerson

Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech Republic regarding STEM study abroad possibilities. He will join faculty from MIT, Purdue, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and other STEM intensive institutions.

The STEM Expert Panel is part of a capacity building workshop, “Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities,” sponsored by the Department of State, Office of Global Educational Program, the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech universities that offer education in STEM. The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-20, 2016 and will be followed by campus visits on April 21-22.

While there, Dickerson will speak to participants during meeting sessions regarding STEM education program development and explore ways to build collaborative efforts with the Czech Republic. Additionally, the US delegation will tour eight Czech universities, attend a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador, and explore innovative ways to enhance global partnerships.

Dr. Dickerson has more than 70 publications, 130 conference presentations, and has been involved in grants as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Evaluator totaling over $10 million.


Professors Abbie Brown and Steven Schmidt present at SITE Conference

Professors Abbie Brown and Steven Schmidt in ECU’s College of Education each presented research papers at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Savannah, Georgia in March. Dr. Schmidt presented, The Development of a Distance Education Faculty Learning Community: Best Practices and Lessons Learned. Dr. Brown presented, Faculty Productivity in the 21st Century: Using Social Media and Network Analysis to Generate and Illustrate Impact. Dr. Brown also presented a poster session, High School Graduates Describe Four Types of Online Identities, which received an award for Outstanding Poster.


Dr. Guili Zhang honored as a 2016 Scholar-Teacher

Dr. Guili Zhang, Associate Professor of Special Education, Foundations and Research, is a 2015-16 Scholar-Teacher Award recipient. The annual Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair’s Scholar-Teacher Awards recognize faculty members who effectively integrate scholarship in classroom teaching. Dr. Zhang was one of ten Scholar-Teachers honored by Provost Ron Mitchelson during the Scholar-Teacher Awards Symposium on March 31.

Pictured above: Dr. B. Grant Hayes, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Vivian Mott, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Phyllis Horns, Vice Chancellor for Health Science, Dr. Guili Zhang; Dr. Steve Ballard, ECU Chancellor.


The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference

The 2016 Latham Clinical Teachers’ and Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts joint conference was held on March 15, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, NC.

The theme of the event was “Myth Busting: Why it’s A Great Time to Be in Education.” Dr. Brian Housand, Associate Professor in the Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education Department in the College of Education was the featured Keynote Speaker for the 2016 conference.
Sixteen engaging sessions on a variety of topics gave more than 200 conference participants a chance to learn about new concepts and strategies to use during classroom instruction. The conference is designed and provided to support Latham Clinical Teachers’ professional development and is one of the ways the College of Education gives back to teachers and schools in the Latham Clinical Schools Network which is comprised of 564 schools within 41 counties throughout Eastern NC.

BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

ECU Hosts North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Eastern Region Conference

Mathematics teachers from K-12 and university settings gathered Saturday, 19 March 2016, on the campus of East Carolina University for the Eastern Region Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). As the host institution, ECU was very well represented by university faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni.

The conference keynote address was delivered by Fran Arbaugh of Penn State University. The concluding keynote, given by Kitty Rutherford, was an update from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In between, there were 34 breakout sessions, given over breakout periods. Program chair for the conference was Katie Schwartz. Other ECU mathematics education faculty presided, presented, provided breakfast or lunch, or supervised Gamma Chapter members (mathematics education student organization).

ECU student involvement included undergraduates who co-presented and 19 presentations by graduate students from the leadership classes – these sessions involved 35 presenters, most of whom are in the graduate HS Cohort. Two more sessions were done by graduate students who are part of the Lenoir Mathematics-Science Partnership (MSP) grant.

The conference, which included breakfast, lunch, and some very nice give-aways (particularly mathematics education books), was provided to the 135 participants at no charge by NCCTM, the Lenoir MSP, and faculty donations. Each participant received 0.5 continuing education unit.

Pictured above: BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

Dr. Grant Hayes

MEASURING IMPACT: The College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

By Jessica Nottingham
University Communication

East Carolina University’s College of Education is under new leadership and on a crusade for excellence.

Dr. Grant Hayes, who has been dean and distinguished professor in the College of Education since August, opened his first faculty and staff meeting asking tough questions: “What does the ECU College of Education want to be known for?” and “what can students get here that they cannot get elsewhere?”

To help the college answer these questions, department chairs are charged with working with faculty to increase the impact, performance and visibility of their work.

“Grant is resourceful and prepared,” said Dr. Art Rouse, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. “From the time he interviewed and then came to ECU as dean, he could see that the college has major impact on the region, but it was not being told or seen by our various stakeholders.”

Before his appointment at ECU, Hayes served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he held numerous leadership positions. His experience as a professor of counselor education, music teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years. He earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Limestone College.

To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Measuring Impact: College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan


College of Education to host first Edcamp.

ECU’s College of Education will be hosting the first EdcampECU on Saturday, April 23, on the ECU main campus. EdcampECU is an “unconference” designed to provide FREE participant-driven professional development for P-12 educators with a focus on educational technology. Teachers, specialists, administrators and district personnel that are ready to share, collaborate and learn about educational technology are encouraged to attend. Participants can have an active role at edcamp by proposing a session topic, voting on proposed topics, choosing what sessions to attend and how they want to participate in each session (sharing ideas in a session or facilitating a session). Each session will have a collaborative Google Doc for educators to share their discussion, link resources and learn from others. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site to allow attendees to continuously participate in throughout the event. Register for Edcamp ECU today at For more information contact COE Instructional Technology Consultants, Holly Fales ( or Jason Whited ( in the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management.

Grant Hayes, dean the College of Education at East Carolina University, speaks to Kinston Noon Rotary about the impact of retaining teachers on March 3, at King's.
Photo by Janet S. Carter/ The Free Press

College of Education leader discusses teacher retention and recruiting with Rotarians

KINSTON FREE PRESS – Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University, spoke to the Kinston Rotary Club about East Carolina University’s College of Education on Thursday [March 3]. Hayes has been working in education for more than 27 years. Before coming to ECU in July, he was interim dean at the University of Central Florida.

“We have a story to tell within our college about the impact that we are making on this state and in this region,” Hayes said.

ECU has partnerships with 43 school districts and 20 community colleges in Eastern North Carolina. Out of the state’s 100 counties, 98 employ teachers who are graduates of ECU. Graduates also have gone out of the state to work.

“We are losing a lot of our graduates to neighboring states because of low salaries, no time for professional development, and testing requirements,” Hayes said. “Some of the support hasn’t been given to our veteran teachers to stay in the school system.”

Some of the ways ECU’s College of Education is keeping students in the major of education has been through donors that help students by providing scholarships.
Terah Archie, university program associate for the College of Education at East Carolina University, said about $400,000 worth of scholarships is divided up between 89 to 100 undergraduate [and graduate] students.

“We do have a very big issue as far as teacher recruitment and retention,” Hayes said.

Michelle Piper maybe reached at or 252-559-1073. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MPiperKFP.

Kinston Free Press
By Michelle Piper / Staff writer
Posted Mar. 4, 2016 at 12:01 AM

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College of Education launches partnership with Panasonic

East Carolina University’s College of Education is celebrating a new partnership with the Panasonic Foundation and four eastern North Carolina school districts.
The Panasonic Foundation works nationwide with schools to break the link between race, poverty and educational outcomes by improving the academic and social success of students.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with ECU and Duplin, Jones, Pender and Sampson county school districts during a ceremony on March 7. It’s the first time Panasonic will work in a rural setting with a university.

To read more about this new partnership please click on the link below:

College of Education launches partnership with Panasonic Foundation, four rural school districts

Dr. Liz Fogarty accepting the NCAGT Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Wesley Guthrei, NCAGT Executive Director.

Dr. Liz Fogarty is the 2016 recipient of the NCAGT Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Liz Fogarty, is the 2016 recipient of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) Distinguished Service Award. The NCAGT Distinguished Service Award is considered a lifetime achievement award. It is presented annually to a person from the field of education that has made outstanding contributions to the education of gifted children in North Carolina.

The award was presented at the NCAGT’s 42nd Annual Conference which was held on March 3-4, in Winston Salem. Dr. Fogarty is the Associate Chair for Elementary and Middle Grades Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University.