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Crystal Chambers

Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Awardee

College of Education’s Dr. Crystal Chambers in the Department of Educational Leadership was selected as this year’s winners of the 4th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. These two awardees were recognized during Research and Creative Activities Week.

Students and faculty colleagues nominated many outstanding individuals. A selection committee of faculty and students reviewed nomination materials and awardees were selected based on evidence of success as mentors, which was demonstrated in the nomination letters, and the nominees’ mentoring statements.

Dr. Chambers recognized for her success in mentoring graduate students in their intellectual growth; helping them develop independent research interests; and fostering development of their communication skills, interpersonal skills, research skills, and professional skills.

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Dionna Manning and Sherry Tripp Honored at CREED Ceremony

East Carolina University has a yearly CREED recognition ceremony to honor one faculty member, one staff member, and three students in each of its four pillars of excellence: Integrity, Diversity, Responsibility, and Citizenship. We are proud to announce that two College of Education members were award recipients.

In the area of Integrity, Mrs. Sherry Tripp won the staff member award. In the area of Diversity, Dr. Dionna Manning won the faculty award. Both of these Office of Educator Preparation personnel exemplify the traits honored by the Creed Awards.

The East Carolina Creed

In the pursuit of educational excellence, responsible stewardship, and intellectual freedom, the community of scholars at East Carolina University is committed to learning at the highest level. Founded in the tradition of service and leadership, members of our academic society exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct at all times.

As an East Carolinian…

  • I will carry out personal and academic integrity.
  • I will respect and appreciate the diversity of our people, ideas, and opinions.
  • I will be thoughtful and responsible in my words and actions.
  • I will engage in purposeful citizenship by serving as a positive role model.

Adherence to these moral principles is the obligation of every East Carolinian on and off campus. In doing so, our individual freedom to learn and a pledge to serve will be preserved.

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DAY OF DISTINCTION: COE Awards Day recipients

East Carolina University’s faculty and staff were presented with awards recognizing their service, leadership, ambition and spirit during the seventh annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 27 in Hendrix Theatre.

Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed the audience to the event and commended the award nominees and recipients for their service to the university.

“We offer promises of student success, public service and regional transformation,” Mitchelson said. “The recipients of awards today are helping to ensure that we are making very good on those promises.” FULL ECU STORY: Founders Day Awards

Congratulations are in order for the following College of Education award recipients and nominees for the University Awards.

Award Recipients
Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in DE –
Steve W. Schmidt (IDP)
Diversity and Inclusion Award – Dr. Lori Flint ( SEFR)
Scholar-Teacher Award – Guili Zhang (SEFR)

Servire Society Members
Dan Dickerson (MSITE)
Al Jones (IDP)
Rhea Miles (MSITE)
Lou Anna Hardee (Dean’s Office)
Vivian W. Mott (Dean’s Office)

Nominees
Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity
Nominee
– Katie Schwartz (MSITE)

UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching
Nominees
– Patricia Slagter Van Tryon (MSITE) and Christina Tschida (ELMID)

UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Nominees
– Lori Flint (SEFR) and Katie Schwartz (MSITE)

ECU Alumni Assc Award for Outstanding Teaching Award
Nominees
– Steve W. Schmidt (IDP), Katie Schwartz (MSITE), and Christina Tschida (ELMID)

Scholarship of Engagement Award
Nominee
– Christina Tschida (ELMID)

Winners with Dr. Hayes

Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in DE
Nominee
– Lori Flint (SEFR)

The James R. Talton Jr. Leadership Award
Nominee
– Abbie Brown (MSITE)

Centennial Award for Excellence – Ambition Category
Nominee –
Matt Militello (LEED)

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dean Grant B. 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

READ graduate students Faison Powers, Alexa Shanklin, and Amanda Tomlin participated in the Graduate Student Research poster sessions where each student presented her action research.

READ Grad Students Present at Conference

Three graduate students in Reading Education and several Reading Education faculty from the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education represented ECU at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference from Sunday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Students Faison Powers, Alexa Shanklin, and Amanda Tomlin participated in the Graduate Student Research poster sessions where each student presented her action research. Miss Powers project title was “I Read It, You Should Read It Too!” Increasing Students’ Motivation to Read Through Book Talks, Book Choice, and Book Recommendations.” Miss Shanklin’s project title was “The Impact of Letter Writing on Students’ Attitudes Toward Writing and Writing Abilities.” Miss Tomlin’s project title was “A Study of Fourth Grade Students’ Focus and Engagement during Independent Reading After Participating in Physically Active Brain Breaks.” All three students will be graduating in May and are working to finish their portfolios.

READ faculty members were there in support and enjoyed witnessing their students be representatives of the university and the MAEd in Reading Education program. Dr. Johna Faulconer, Associate Chair of Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education and Reading Area Coordinator shared, “We are so proud of Reading Education students and appreciative of our faculty and alumni who encourage our students to achieve to their highest potential. At the conference our current students and our former students were standouts!”

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Need a Course Elective Offering Value-Added Potential to Your Plan of Graduate Study?

The College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office offers a comprehensive list of Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 courses available as electives to other colleges and majors. This listing is available at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/graduate/upload/COE_Graduate_Electives_2016.pdf

Multiple degree programs outside the College of Education have linked their graduate students with these courses. As offerings become more well-advertised across campus and through virtual venues, enrollment numbers in these courses continue to grow. For example, after the Fall 2015 course listings were shared via email with all ECU Graduate Directors, Dr. Hamid Fonooni, graduate faculty member in the Department of Technology Systems (College of Engineering and Technology), reached out to inquire further about the benefit of Adult Education courses for their students. Dr. Fonooni shared that the COE elective option information was quite helpful. He further offered, “I think this is great opportunity for our students and our programs to collaborate.”

University-wide sharing of COE course electives available to other majors and colleges takes place twice yearly. Dr. Terry Atkinson, COE Graduate Studies Liaison, coordinates with all six departments in the College of Education to compile and distribute this information on a regular basis. For questions regarding these graduate electives or other COE Graduate Studies questions, please contact Dr. Atkinson at atkinsont@ecu.edu.

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 Michelle.Piper@Kinston.com 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

A link to the online version of this story can be found below:
http://www.kinston.com/news/20160304/college-of-education-leader-discusses-teacher-retention-and-recruiting-on-thursday