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News: 01-14-2013


Welcome Back, and Happy Spring Semester 2013!

Building Safety Inspections in SOEB Tuesday, January 15

Please be aware that on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 9am the UNCG Office of Safety will conduct a safety inspection of the School of Education Building.

The following listed items will need to be removed from ALL SOEB offices/rooms before Jan. 15th:  coffee makers & single cup coffee makers, water warmers, fans, portable heaters, candles/candle warmers, extension cords, extension cords feeding power strips, six splits feeding power strips, “piggy-backing” power strips, toasters and/or toaster ovens, tables and/or chairs in the hallway outside of faculty offices, and any items that sit on high selves and/or bookcases that are within 2 feet of the ceiling tiles – plus any items hanging from ceiling tiles

*Departmental Administrative Associates – Please be responsible for checking each of your departmental faculty offices, workrooms, GA spaces, etc.  to help ensure that any/all above listed items are removed.

If the School of Education fails our first official safety inspection we are subject to re-inspection without notice. Please be aware upon re-inspection, if previous citations are not corrected the School of Education can be subject to paying monetary fines.     

Please do not hesitate to contact Angel Biegert, Facilities Manager, at 336-340-0827 if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance regarding the safety of the School of Education Building.


SOE New Year Reception – Saturday, January 19, 2013 6:30-9:30pm

Location: UNCG Alumni House (404 College Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27412)

Hosted by Karen Wixson & Wiley Massingill

Please join fellow UNCG School of Education faculty and staff for an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drink, music, and fellowship as we welcome the arrival of a New Year and a new semester!

Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome to attend – however we do request that the evening is for ‘Adults Only’. Dress for the evening is casual.

Music for the evening will be provided by Antonio Truyols and Unit Three. The internationally-award winning piano trio Unit Three, led by pianist Antonio Truyols, has been enrapturing audiences along the east coast and abroad since 2008. All alumni of UNCG and the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program, Antonio, drummer Daniel Faust, and bassist Joseph Dickey were invited in 2010 to compete in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition in Romania. Competing against 15 other groups from around the world, many 10 years their senior, Unit Three, secured the title of Best Band in the Competition.

RSVP by 5:00pm on Thursday, January 17, 2013, to Rachel Williams (

We hope you will join us for this special evening!


CDLC Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities is proud to share with you the CDLC Fellowship application. The CDLC Fellowship helps support research activities, grant writing and implementation, or other initiatives in which you are involved that fulfill the CDLC mission ( Funding for the CDLC Fellowship has been made available through the generous support of the SOE Dean’s Office.

Click here to download the complete CDLC Fellowship guidelines. The application deadline is January 22, 2013. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to support your work.


Feedback Requested from Faculty for UNC Strategic Plan

The DRAFT version of the UNC Strategic Plan (Our Time, Our Future:  The UNC Compact with North Carolina) has been released!  Please find that plan, along with the report of the Faculty Advisory Committee (Our University:  Our Future), on the Faculty Assembly website ( under ‘2012 UNC Strategic Planning Process’ section. Please review and submit your feedback of the UNC Strategic Plan to Jim Carmichael> by Thursday, January 17.


School of Education Online Learning Help Desk

If you have questions about your School of Education online courses or programs or basic technology questions, contact the School of Education Online Learning Help Desk.  SoE Live Chat will put you in touch with a live staff member who will answer your questions.  You can also send an email ( at any time and the staff will respond within 24 hours Monday through Friday and 48 hours on the weekend.  You can also fill out this form for help via email.

Online Chat Schedule for Spring 2013

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Live Chat:


UNCG Information Technology Services

If you have a problem with your UNCG computer account, passwords, or Blackboard, contact: or call (336) 256-8324.

  • Information Technology Services:
  • New Student Computing Questions & Answers:


Now Accepting Nominations for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award.  This prestigious award honors faculty, staff, and students who provide outstanding leadership and service to the University. Nomination materials for the award can be found at: (
The deadline for submitting nominations is January 18, 2013.


For questions on the nomination process, please contact Angela Montgomery, HR Benefits Manager, at 334-4514 or


Nominations Open for University Staff Excellence Awards

The University Staff Excellence Award of $750 will be presented to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA non-teaching faculty employees who are in good standing, and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline (February 15th). Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award.  Please review the following memorandum from Chancellor Brady and the online and paper nomination forms.

For more University Staff Excellence Award information, access the Staff Senate website at

Please submit the completed online or paper nomination form no later than February 15, 2013. Paper nomination forms can be sent to:

Staff Excellence Awards Committee
c/o Betty Betts
Human Resource Services


Spring Semester Coffee Talks with the Dean

Dean Wixson has scheduled her series of Coffee Talks for the 2013 Spring Semester. Below are the dates and times for spring:

Monday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m.

All Coffee Talks will take place in room 301 SOEB and everyone is invited to attend. Your questions, comments and ideas are welcome.


“The Institution of Education” Session Launching at Interactive Resource Center for Spring Semester

ELC Graduate Assistant and PhD Candidate Kathleen Edwards launches another session of “The Institution of Education” (ELC-301) this Spring with an innovative Greensboro organization: the Interactive Resource Center, a daytime center for people experiencing homelessness. The class is designated as a service-learning course, meeting on-site at the IRC once a week, allowing students to talk with organizers and visitors while discussing issues of social justice, education and schooling.


Kathleen has created a glog that describes the course here:


ELC Welcomes Dr. Joon Jong Son to UNCG

The ELC department will welcome Dr. Joon Jong Son, professor at the National Education University of S. Korea who is spending the year as a visiting scholar in the ELC Department. His faculty sponsor is Professor Svi Shapiro. While at UNCG Dr. Son will be researching the relationship between education as a vehicle for promoting social justice and democratic values and peace. During his time here he will participate in classes, meet with faculty and graduate students, and engage in other activities that will further his research. Dr. Son is coming to ELC because of its reputation as a national center for programs, teaching, and scholarship concerned with the moral and social dimensions of education.


SES Deaf Education Candidate Presentation on January 23

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro will be interviewing for the SES department’s Deaf Education Position on January 23. Her presentation is scheduled for 10:30 in room 401 SOEB. The title of her presentation is
“Smart from the Start: Developing Foundational Math Concepts in Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Children Naturally”.


ELC Program Informational Meeting

An informational meeting was held by the ELC Department in an effort to launch its new Specialist in Education (EdS) Online Degree in Educational Leadership. Approximately 50 prospective students met with educational leadership faculty to learn about this academically rigorous program that is relationally designed, opportunity rich, service minded, globally engaged and democratic and social justice driven.


Matt Fisher joins the SOE January 14 as Online Professional Development Coordinator. He will be working closely with Sam Miller, Cheryl Greenberg and Sandra Bates Hart on developing online professional training modules for teachers and administrators in the field. Matt comes to us from the Division of Continual Learning at UNCG where he served as a Project Manager, Online Curriculum Developer and Academic Coach. Welcome Matt!



Student/Faculty Accomplishments

 Karen DeNaples (SES) received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success, a student-run academic organization at UNCG, at an awards ceremony on December 1 in the EUC Auditorium. The National Society of Leadership and Success concentrates on building leaders by helping members discover goals in order to find the necessary steps to accomplish them.  Karen, one of only three teachers to receive this award, was selected by the organization’s students for this award based on her teaching methods and the time she has devoted to her students.
Dr. C.P. Gause (TEHE) has been appointed by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners to serve as a member of the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee for Guilford County for 2013.

Christine Murray (CED) and Anthony Chow (LIS) were awarded a regular faculty grant in the amount $7,500 to conduct an interdisciplinary study entitled Preliminary Usability Testing of the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (

The study will examine the overall usability of the national website, which averages close to 500,000 hits a month. The study’s four research questions are: 1) How does VAWnet compare to heuristic design standards?; 2) How efficiently can users complete high-priority tasks?; 3) How effectively can users complete high-priority tasks?; and 4) How satisfied are users with the overall site in completing high-priority tasks?


Both are nationally recognized experts in their areas of study – Dr. Murray on issues around domestic violence against women and Dr. Chow on web design and usability.


Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

Heidi Carlone (TEHE) served as co-editor of a recent Special Issue on Culture for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Volume 50, Issue 1.


Anthony Chow (LIS) and TEHE/LIS doctoral student Becky Croxton’s manuscript entitled, “A Usability Evaluation of Academic Virtual Reference Services” was just accepted for publication by College & Research Libraries (CRL) widely considered the top practitioner and number two academic journal in the LIS field.


Their work followed 31 graduate and undergraduate students who tested five virtual reference services at UNCG and Chapel Hill libraries. The use of online chat was found to be significantly more preferred and higher in efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction across all users and all demographic factors than all other virtual reference service mediums (email, video conferencing, telephone, and text messaging).


Belinda Hardin (SES) co-authored three book chapters published in a volume focused on the understanding international early care and education services and how to improve them. They included:

  • Hardin, B. J., Hung, H-F, & Mereoiu, M. (2013). International perspectives on services for young children with special needs. In S. Wortham, (Ed.), Global perspectives in early childhood education: Common characteristics and unique qualities in preschool programs. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Bergen, D., & Hardin, B. J. (2013). Cross-cultural collaboration research to improve early childhood education. In S. Wortham, (Ed.), Global perspectives in early childhood education: Common characteristics and unique qualities in preschool programs. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • De Castañeda, A., & Hardin, B. J. (2013). Administrators, teachers and niñeras: Professional partnerships for quality in Guatemala. In S. Wortham, (Ed.), Global perspectives in early childhood education: Common characteristics and unique qualities in preschool programs. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Bree Jimenez (SES) co-authored the following publications:

  • Jimenez, B., Mims, P. J., & Browder, D. M. (2012). Data-based decisions guidelines for teachers of students with severe intellectual and developmental disability. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disability, 47, 407-413.
  • Jimenez, B., Browder, D. M., & Saunders, A. (2013). Early Numeracy Curriculum. Verona, WI: Attainment Company.


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