Dr. James McKernan, Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research has received a $1,000.00 stipend from the J.Y. Joyner Library to develop an alternative text for use in his Foundations Area courses. The primary goal of this program is to reduce costs for students. Congratulations Dr. McKernan!
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the IHAT Center and an introduction to assistive technology and universal design for learning.
The presentation was given to general education and special education pre-service teachers who are in an early field experience course taught by Dr. Vicki Graf at Loyola Marymount University.
The IHAT crew members did a phenomenal job sharing information and fielding questions about our special education program here at ECU, assistive technology, universal design for learning, and processes for determining AT selection for individuals with disabilities.
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.
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)
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)
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)
At the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference held in Washington D. C, April 8-12, Dr. Guili Zhang presented as an expert panelist at the invited speaker session on teacher evaluation. The session was co-sponsored by Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology and Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education.
Pictured above, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Past President of AERA, and Professor of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Guili Zhang
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.
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center (College of Education, Rivers 128) is excited and grateful for a corporate donation to the IHAT Center by VARIDESK. The VARIDESK company makes height-adjustable standing desks. Standing desks are universally designed to allow for all individuals, with or without disabilities, to benefit from them. They allow for people to sit and stand as needed in their work and/or recreation space in both home and office environments. These desks also qualify as assistive technology, whose federal definition is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. “ (Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act).
Standing desks can be used to “increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities” for individuals with physical disabilities which may require them to weight bear for strength for certain periods of time, for individuals with attention or behavioral concerns by allowing them to have more flexibility of movement, and even for ease of computer and technology use for individuals who may need to be in a prone stander during various times of the day, either at home or school. VARIDESK donated two standing desks for the IHAT Center to include in our professional development sessions we offer to students and faculty on assistive technology, specifically in the sessions on Introduction to AT and UDL, AT for Behavior, and Alternate Access. Please feel free to stop by the IHAT Center located in Rivers 128 to see and try this wonderful addition to our lab.
Pictured above: Alecia Castellano, a junior Special Education Major, works on the new Varisdesk in the IHAT Center.
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.
Dr. Jennifer B. Williams (Associate Professor, Special Education) and Dr. Chan Evans (Associate Professor, Special Education) participated in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Savannah, GA on March 25, 2016. Their presentations highlighted teaching and assessment elements that are integral to East Carolina University’s special education undergraduate online program: edTPA Assessment in Distance Education – Implementation, Results, and Lessons Learned in a Special Education Program; and Distance Education Program Use of Multiple Means of Assessment – Embedding Technology Components throughout a Special Education Program. The edTPA presentation was part of a Best Practices round table discussion with teacher trainers and practitioners from Canada and Southeastern USA. Proceedings will be published later this year in LearnTechLib, the Learning & Technology Library.
By Jessica Nottingham
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.