Dr. Vivian Martin Covington and Dr. Crystal Chambers have been named 2017 Women of Distinction at East Carolina University.

The College of Education’s Dr. Vivian Martin Covington and Dr. Crystal Chambers have been named 2017 Women of Distinction at East Carolina University. Covington, executive director of undergraduate affairs and educator preparation, and Chambers, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, were two of 10 women honored in a ceremony April 4. The awards are given every other year by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women to recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty, staff, alumni and community members to East Carolina. Covington Continue reading →

Group names ECU graduate national teacher of the year in adapted physical education

Lara Brickhouse ’05,’13 has been named the 2017 national teacher of the year in adapted physical education by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Brickhouse teaches in the Durham Public Schools in nine schools: Little River School, E.K. Powe, Hope Valley, Bethesda and Eno Valley elementary schools; Lucas and Lowe’s Grove middle schools; and Northern and Riverside high schools. She earned her bachelor’s in physical education in 2005 and her master’s in physical education in 2013. Brickhouse was featured recently on an Continue reading →

College of Education Learning Colloquium – Monday March 27

Make plans to join your COE colleagues  for our COE Learning Colloquium on Monday afternoon, March 27th, 12:30 – 2:30pm! There will be presentations on a variety of topics – most offered in repeated concurrent workshops.  The COE Learning Colloquium offers something for everyone – staff, faculty, students – please make plans to be there! Schedule 12:30 – 1:15pm  Concurrent Forums I 1:15 – 1:45pm    Welcome by Dean Hayes, Dialogue, & Refreshments in Speight 203 1:45 – 2:30pm   Concurrent Forums II Concurrent Forums I Batten Rm – Continue reading →

Second Annual SEADAP Science Fair held at ECU

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program held its Second Annual Science Fair on January 26th, 2017 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. Greene Central High School student Taylor Hill and Pitt County High School students Bishop (BJ) Miles and Lucas Mebane, left, middle, and Pitt County High School student Shinjini Misra, right, receive feedback on their project from ECU student Continue reading →

Celebrating Diverse Books!

In teaching literacy courses in the College of Education, I am always thinking about the importance of examining literacy learning in our diverse world. In recent years an emphasis has been placed on the need for more diverse texts for students (Cooperative Children’s Book Council, 2015). As teacher educators, in our work to prepare future teachers for the diverse classrooms they will encounter, it is important to provide them with tools and resources for integrating diverse texts in classrooms. Rudine Sims’ seminal work (1990) on Continue reading →

Faulconer Honored by Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce

At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Johna Faulconer, an Associate Professor in the College of Education at East Carolina University was presented the Howard Best award for outstanding contributions to the work of the Chamber Board of Directors. Faulconer, a chamber member for over a decade, is serving a second term as the vice chair of the education committee. During her tenure, Faulconer has promoted partnerships between and among chamber committees, schools, area businesses, and elected officials. Continue reading →

New master’s program is designed for practicing teachers

East Carolina University’s College of Education is offering practicing teachers a way to earn their master’s degree in just over a year. The Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education is seeking 20 outstanding teachers to begin courses this summer focusing on teacher leadership. Applicants must hold an elementary teaching license to apply. Applications are due April 15. All courses are online for the six-semester schedule beginning Summer First Session and ending in Summer Second Session 2018. The intent is that students can complete the Continue reading →

ECU professors ‘rocket back to earth’ during NASA simulation

Three East Carolina University College of Education faculty members spent Jan. 18 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, learning about simulations for astronaut training and vehicle design. Daniel Dickerson, Patricia Slagter Van Tryon and Abbie Brown from the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education toured several NASA project areas: the rapid prototype lab developing and testing controls for the Orion spacecraft; the space vehicle mockup facility that includes full-scale simulations of the International Space Station and Orion; the Human Exploration Research Continue reading →

Pursue your passion for teaching!

The College of Education began more than 100 years ago, when East Carolina University was founded as the East Carolina Teachers Training School, and its proud history continues to this day. Whatever path you’re on, ECU has the resources and experience to help you become an outstanding educator. We encourage you to view and share the video below with all those who aspire to be Pirate Educators! Youtube link with CC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-0F-E7nCTA      

Chambers: A Faculty Member’s Banner Year

For many, 2016 will be a year to be remembered for a number of reasons, but for Dr. Crystal R. Chambers, an Associate Professor of Higher Educational Leadership at East Carolina University, the year was bookended with two signature accomplishments. First, in January, Dr. Chambers, along with colleague Dr. Sydney Freeman, Jr. (University of Idaho) launched the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JPSTE).  The Journal’s focus is teaching and learning within higher education as a field of study, the development of Continue reading →