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News from the Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education Department

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.

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Measuring Impact: College of Education embarks on three-year assessment plan

Jennifer Mabe

ECU alumna named WITN Teacher of the Week

Jennifer Mabe, a teacher at Pitt County Schools Early College, was recently named WITN Teacher of the Week. Mabe graduated from East Carolina University in 2004 with a B.A. in Communication/ Public Relations. She received her B.S. in Secondary Math Education from ECU in 2010.

Please follow the link to learn more about Jennifer.


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:

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

Abbie Brown

Professor Abbie Brown Is Keynote Speaker for the Academy of Leisure Studies Teaching Institute

Instructional Technology Professor Abbie Brown made the keynote address for the Academy for Leisure Studies’ biannual Teaching Institute on February 26, 2016. Dr. Brown’s speech “The Networked Instructor: Honoring the Past, Keeping Pace with the Present, Looking to the Future,” focused on the art and science of Instructional Design and the need for educators to both experiment with new ideas as well as make best use of established teaching strategies. For more about this event, visit

Rob Lucas

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:

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

COE Graduation for May 2016

College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – May 7, 2016

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016 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

ECU student judges Cody Allen and Amanda Lewis evaluate a student's science project during the First Annual SEADAP Science Fair.

SEADAP Grant Program Holds First Annual Science Fair

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program held its First Annual Science Fair on January 21st, 2016 on the campus of East Carolina University. The goals of the NIH/NIDA grant-funded project are to increase student knowledge about drug addiction and to increase student interest in biomedical research and careers.

Pitt County high school students Shinjini Misra and Kyra Miles receive feedback on their project from ECU student judges.

Pitt County high school students Shinjini Misra and Kyra Miles receive feedback on their project from ECU student judges.

SEADAP students began conducting scientific research under the direction of Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls in August 2015, and have designed their own science projects to examine the effects of addictive substances, alcohol, nicotine, sucrose, or caffeine on planarians. Presenting students from Pitt and Greene counties were able to receive feedback and suggestions on how to improve their science projects from Dr. Rawls and Dr. Miles.  The High school students participating in the SEADAP program are Nate Davis, Lucas Mebane, Shinjini Misra, Kyra Miles, and Justin Woolard.

Science educators in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are also successfully incorporating SEADAP related lessons into their science curricula.

ECU College of Education secondary science majors served as student judges for the SEADAP Science Fair.  These students included: Cody Allen; Hazelle Sandoval; Amanda Lewis; and Kayla Watterson.  Tonya Little, a Martin County Schools administrator, also served as a judge.

Applications are currently being accepted for teacher participation in the professional development sessions for teachers on June 28, 29 and June 30, 2016 at East Carolina University.

For more information about SEADAP, contact Dr. Rhea Miles by phone at 252-328-9366 or via email at

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ECU student judges Cody Allen and Amanda Lewis evaluate a student’s science project during the First Annual SEADAP Science Fair.



Abbie Brown Serves as Panelist at the 2016 Emerging Issues Conference in Raleigh

On February 9, 2016, policy leaders and industry experts, including the College of Education’s Abbie Brown, participated in a panel discussion during the 2016 Emerging Issues Forum “FUTUREWORK“ at the James B. Hunt Library.  Kendall Hageman, the Policy Manager-Economy for the Institute for Emerging Issues led the panel discussion during day two of the Forum.

The 31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum, “FUTUREWORK,” focused on how North Carolina can best ensure enough good future jobs as workplace automation expands and the state’s demography shifts. The Forum is hosted by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues, a “think and do tank” that brings North Carolinians together around complex issues in pursuit of a single goal: to enhance North Carolina’s future competitiveness. The 2016 FUTUREWORK Forum was held at Raleigh Convention Center (Day One) and NCSU’s Hunt Library (Day Two). For more about the event, see

Photograph by Steve Exum,


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Collaboration between College of Allied Health and College of Education

In an interdisciplinary collaboration for research and community service, Drs. Lucía I. Méndez and Ken Luterbach have developed an iPad app to assist with bilingual vocabulary assessment.

Dr. Méndez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (College of Allied Health Sciences) is researching culturally and linguistically responsive approaches to academic vocabulary and literacy development in preschool Dual Language Learners.  As a Faculty scholar in ECU’s Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, Dr. Méndez has partnered with local Head Start preschools to conduct her research with Latino children.

Dr. Ken Luterbach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (College of Education). Dr. Luterbach’s research and development efforts have two primary goals: (1) to enhance resource sharing, particularly of effective, efficient, and inspiring instruction; and (2) to advance software tutoring by implementing effective conversational agents.

The bilingual vocabulary assessment app presents 30 sets of four images, from which learners select one in response to an audible prompt in either Spanish or English embedded in the app. This app streamlines the administration process and scores the children’s responses.  The results are used for formative evaluation and research purposes.

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2016 Instructional Technology Scholarship awarded to Donna Currie

Congratulations to Donna Currie, MSITE graduate student and Instructional Technology Facilitator with Wilson County Schools, for receiving the 2016 Instructional Technology Scholarship, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Technology in Education Society.