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Class of 2016 ECU 40 under 40 – College of Education

Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Levy Brown and Shawn Moore, were recently named as members of the Class of 2016 ECU 40 Under 40.

Dotson-Blake is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Counselor Education Program Coordinator.  She received her BS in Health and Human Performance from East Carolina University in 2000 and her Masters of Arts in Education in 2002.

Brown is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Lenoir Community College.  He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in 2002.  He will receive his EDD in Educational Leadership on May 6, 2016.

Moore earned his BS in General Biology from ECU in 2001 and his Masters in Cell Biology in 2004.  He is currently pursuing his EDD in Educational Leadership while serving as the Interim Director of the College of education’s STEM Center.

In April of 2015, the Division of Student Affairs of East Carolina University premiered the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards. This award was created in an effort to recognize emerging leaders that received their start at East Carolina University, as well as those who have used their ECU experience to make an impact in their respective professions, local communities and on the world.

The Class of 2016 40 Under 40 was honored at the 2nd Annual Division of Student Affairs Corporate & Leadership Awards Banquet on April 16, 2016.

http://www.ecu.edu/sadevelopment/40under40/2016Class.cfm.

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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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ECU hosts design thinking sessions for education professionals

The College of Education hosted two design thinking workshops. Local K–12 educators, high school students and ECU faculty attended a workshop to confront important challenges in higher education and design innovative solutions on Monday, March 21.

Design ThinkingThe next day, local K–12 educators were taken through the full cycle of design thinking in a short timeframe. The activity focused on the fundamental values of human-centered design: a bias toward action, a culture of iteration and the importance of rapid prototyping. The latter portion of the session will uncover the results of the activity and tie them back to the day-to-day challenges.

As a new way to problem solve, companies like IDEO and Google are embracing design thinking, according to Militello.

“This workshop may affect our professional students in profound ways because it provides them with a tool set for managing change in schools which is not generally provided in preparation programs,” said Militello. “In making the case for design thinking, we’re asking school leaders to admit that the answers to modern challenges they face don’t yet exist; that off-the-shelf solutions or strategies that neighboring schools employ are not going to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.”

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Dr. Nash presenting during the COE’s design thinking workshops.

Dr. John Nash, associate professor of educational leadership studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab, will facilitate the sessions on both dates. He’s also a director at the Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, or CASTLE, at the University of Kentucky.

Nash is a specialist in the design and prototyping of innovations in education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype of innovations in education.

The events are sponsored by the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, Dr. Matt Militello.

Design thinking is a creative strategy for dealing with old and emerging problems. This approach differs from the traditional scientific method by considering known and unknown parameters to seek alternative solutions in an iterative manner.

“The intent of the Wells Fargo Endowment in Educational Leadership is to build capacity for local school educators,” said Militello. “Design thinking is a way to build capacity for these educators and for those who train them. ECU’s College of Education is well positioned to be at the forefront of technologies and innovations that can best assist our school educators. This series is another example of this type of forward thinking work.”

 

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.

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People Need to Know: Confronting History in the Heartland — New book by Dr. Robert M. Lucas

The book,  People Need to Know: Confronting History in the Heartland by Dr. Robert M. Lucas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary & Middle Grades Education, has just been published by Lang Publishing Company. This book chronicles Dr. Lucas’ engaged research with students and their teacher “as they study the defining event in their community’s history.”  Dr. Lucas presents an approach to teaching and learning in social studies that fully engages students to not only learn about the history of their community, but to contribute something of value to their communities and beyond.

Through his start-up research grant, a Library of Congress grant, and his teaching in the Elementary Education program, Dr. Lucas continues to provide teachers and teacher candidates with a meaningful and dynamic evidence-based approach to teaching history and social studies that enables students to “better understand the complex ethical ramifications of historical work and appreciate why learning matters.” (Note: quotations in both paragraphs are from Vendor’s website, below). To learn more about or secure a copy of the book, go to: http://www.amazon.com/People-Need-Know-Confronting-Counterpoints/dp/1433129787.

Go to the College of Education Research Website to engage in a Blog discussion about Engaged Scholarship and Research

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LEED alumna, LaTonya Afolayan, named Associate Vice President for Advancement at Lamar University

ECU alumna LaTanya Afolayan has joined the advancement division at Lamar University as associate vice president for university advancement after a national search.

“We are very pleased to have LaTanya at Lamar University,” said Juan Zabala, vice president for university advancement. “Her fund raising and donor relations experience complements our staff well. She will be a tremendous asset to our role of making LU an ever stronger university through philanthropy.”

The 15-year career development professional comes to LU from Appalachian State University in North Carolina where she served as major gifts officer and director of development since 2011.

Previously, Afolayan served as vice chancellor of institutional advancement at North Carolina Central University from 2009 to 2010. There she managed the day-to-day operations of the alumni relations, annual fund, major gifts, and foundation and stewardship staff.

Her career also includes service as the first director of major and planned gifts at Elizabeth City State University, 2002-2005, as associate vice chancellor, 2005-2008, then vice chancellor, 2008-2009.

She began her advancement career at Emory University in Atlanta where she served as program associate, assistant director of corporate relations, 1994-1998.

Afolayan served as news director and senior producer for WPRL-FM, Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss., 1988-1992.  She was a reporter, producer and instructor for KOMU-TB, Columbia, Mo., 1986-1987.

She holds a Ed.D., from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., a M.A., from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and a bachelor’s from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind.

She holds certification in fundraising management and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


(January 2016). Afolayan joins LU advancement staff
, Beaumont Business Journal. Retrieved from http://beaumontbusinessjournal.com/article/higher-education/afolayan-joins-lu-advancement-staff

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College of Education’s online graduate education programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

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Dr. B. Grant Hayes, dean of ECU’s College of Education

Four online graduate programs at East Carolina University have been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

ECU’s programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing are listed in U.S. News 2016 Best Online Programs announced Jan. 12.

The College of Education’s online graduate education programs tied for 14th out of 252 schools.

“Our high ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all College of Education faculty and staff,” said Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education. “It has been a priority over the past several years to develop online master’s programs that are rigorous, appealing and accessible for education professionals who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others.”

A total of 366 students were enrolled in the following online education programs during the 2014-15 year: adult education, business education, elementary education, instructional technology, science education, reading education, special education and middle grades education.

ECU’s College of Nursing programs were ranked 23rd out of 147 schools. This fall, 316 students were enrolled in the college’s six online graduate options: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, neonatal clinical nurse specialist, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery.

“The College of Nursing has been at the forefront of online education almost since its inception,” said Dean Sylvia Brown. “It’s an important educational avenue for us to provide because it gives working nurses the ability to pursue advanced degrees while continuing to serve their communities. Better educated nurses mean better patient outcomes, and that’s key because it ties back to ECU’s mission of service.”

ECU’s online Master of Business Administration program has been recognized by U.S. News since it began ranking graduate-level business distance education programs. ECU’s MBA program tied at 72nd out of 221 schools in the country.

“We’re proud to continue leading the way as a top innovator in distance education,” said Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the ECU College of Business. “Our strong showing in the latest U.S. News rankings reflects our commitment to academic excellence and reinforces our reputation as one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning.”

The online program in the College of Business has grown from a single course offering in 1998 to undergraduate and graduate degrees in various concentrations. Of the 709 total students enrolled in the ECU MBA program this fall, nearly 80 percent selected online classes. More students are enrolled in the ECU College of Business than in any other business school in the state.

ECU’s online graduate criminal justice program placed the highest in North Carolina and tied for 30th out of 51 schools ranked in the nation.

“Our ranking recognizes our commitment to educate the next generation of criminal justice leaders through excellence in graduate study,” said Dr. William Bloss, professor and chair of the ECU Department of Criminal Justice.

The recognition comes amid substantial growth in ECU’s criminal justice program, which also offers a graduate certificate in criminal justice education and two multidisciplinary graduate certificate options.

More than 50 students are pursuing an online graduate criminal justice degree, and Bloss expects an increase in enrollment this fall. “The recent growth marks over a 50 percent increase in admissions and enrollment since 2010 and provides further evidence of the demand for advanced criminal justice education among practitioners and post-baccalaureate students in the region and beyond,” Bloss said.

To develop the rankings, U.S. News & World Report evaluated areas such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.

The complete listing can be viewed at http://www.usnews.com/online.

Jan. 12, 2016
By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – December 19, 2015

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education students receiving degrees. Friends and families of the graduates are cordially invited to attend. It is not necessary for graduates or guests to RSVP for this event. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

For University Commencement Ceremony details and information about the ECU Commencement Weekend, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/commencement.