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News: 01-21-2014


SOE W-2 Pickup Information

W-2s for SOE faculty and staff are available for pickup until Monday, January 27, 2014.  W-2s that are not picked up by this date must be returned to the payroll office for U.S. postal mail delivery.

SOE Faculty pickup: Please check in with your Departmental Admins to pick up your W-2 (ELC faculty, please see Sue Miller in room #328 SOEB).

SOE Staff pickup: If you would like to pick up your W-2 please stop by Sue Miller’s office (room #328 SOEB).


2014 Chinese New Year Festival – Saturday, January 25

The 2014 Chinese New Year Festival will be held at the Greensboro Cultural Center (200 N. Davie St.) from 11am-4pm on Saturday, January 25. For more information, please check the Greensboro Chinese Association website: or click here to view the flyer.


UNCG Staff Senate ‘Share the Warmth’ Drive

UNCG’s Staff Senate will be collecting new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, etc. to be distributed to students and staff in need as part of their Share the Warmth Drive. Please see the flyer below for more details and drop off any donation items to Meggan Reagan’s office (Room #140 SOEB) by Monday, January 27th. Thanks for helping share the warmth!

Click here to view the flyer


Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain – January 30-February 2

Dear UNCG Faculty, Staff, and Students:

In less than a month—January 30-February 2—we’ll be meeting here in the Elliott University Center and at Greensboro’s O.Henry and Proximity Hotels for our groundbreaking feast of ideas and food, Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain. As you’ll see from the conference weblink below, the program has come together in exciting ways!

This is a rare chance to hear and meet world-class food scholars and chefs, and to eat some of their wonderful meals, all here on campus and in town. Sponsored by specialty grocer The Fresh Market in partnership with The Proximity and O.Henry Hotels, Atlantic World Foodways presents meals from the likes of renowned Charleston Chef Sean Brock, Italian maestro Gabriele Grigolon, and the Piedmont’s own master chefs Jay PierceLeigh Hesling, and Tim Bocholis.

Featuring keynote addresses by famed food scholars Jessica Harris (Africa),David Shields (Lowcountry), John Dickie (Italy), and Maricel Presilla (Latin America/Spain), the conference also will feature over 40 papers and panel discussions and food-related films amid the venues of the UNC Greensboro campus and the marvelous Proximity and O.Henry Hotels nearby.

Perhaps best of all, registration is free for all UNCG faculty, students and staff (lunches and dinners extra) via the second link found at

and seats for the multi-course tasting meals can be purchased with your credit card via the fourth link found there.

For all conference details—including not only registration, but also menus, and the event schedule, see

See you there, and bring your appetite!

Christopher Hodgkins, Director

The Atlantic World Research Network


Coffee Talk with Dean Wixson – Tuesday, February 4

The next Coffee Talk with Dean Wixson is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 4 from 10-11am in Room #301 SOEB. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this open discussion session.


2014 SOE Research Symposium – Friday, February 14

Making a Difference: Using Research to Inform Educational Policy and Practice

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:30am-1:30pm

UNCG School of Education Building, Room #114

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Join the UNCG School of Education (SOE) for a research symposium regarding faculty engagement with local school systems through research and the effect on educational policy and practice.

A panel discussion featuring state government and educational policy makers will discuss how research is utilized and ways that faculty can provide valuable resources for policy decisions.

Keynote speaker for the Symposium will by Dr. Paul LeMahieu, Vice-President of the Carnegie Foundation. School of Education faculty members Heidi Carlone, Craig Peck, and Rick Reitzug will be presenting examples of their most recent research projects.

Symposium is free and open to the public (registration required) – boxed lunch will be provided.

Please register your attendance to the symposium no later than Monday, February 10, 2014 by completing the Symposium Registration Form: 2014 Research Symposium Registration Form

For questions regarding the Research Symposium, please contact Terry Ackerman at or 336-334-3439, or visit the 2014 Research Symposium Event Page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check back to this page for notices regarding rescheduling or cancellations.


Triad Teacher Researcher Conference – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

(message from Amy Vetter)

This is a friendly reminder to talk to your students (undergraduate, graduate, and former) about the Triad Teacher Researcher Conference on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. We welcome presentations from all fields related to education. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, or former students to present inquiry projects to other educators and attend informative sessions.

Conference proposals are due on February 17. Visit our website for details:

Please note that if you require your class to go to the conference, we will not charge your students the conference fee. All presenters attend the conference free as well.

Please share this flyer  with students and faculty. If you have any questions, please email Amy Vetter at .



 Blackboard (Spring and Fall 2011) Courses Archive

Spring and Fall 2011 courses will be removed from the Blackboard system on January 31, 2014. Please make sure that you archive these courses before that date. Contact Nanette DeBerry should you need any assistance.


Next SOE Book Club Read

The next book club read will be The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Discussion date TBD.  Information on the book can be found at here.

Commencement Student Speakers


2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony – Event Information Available Online

The 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates will receive an email with additional details and instructions on registering for the Ceremony. Information on the Ceremony can now be found on the SOE website: 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony


Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

We are currently seeking nominations for student speakers for the 2014 SOE Commencement ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Rachel Williams at Students should submit proposed remarks no later than Wednesday, April 2 to Rachel Williams at Remarks for student speakers should be no longer than 600 words in length (max).

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


SOE ITS Training Options

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. In response to the faculty retreat evaluations, SOE ITS is offering a variety of options for instructional technology support. A full listing of training options can be found  here.


Teacher Education Faculty Professional Learning Community

Through Project ENRICH, we are establishing a faculty professional learning community around facilitating teacher candidate use of technology in teaching. The group is open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students who teach in the initial licensure programs. Participants will set their own individual goals to develop an activity or assignment for their courses that enhances candidate use of technology in teaching (either online teaching or face-to-face using technology). Participating faculty will contribute to the School of Education online repository of resources for teaching with technology.  Those who participate regularly will be eligible to receive a stipend, money to purchase technology needed for the activities that they develop, and travel funds to present on their work at conferences such as ISTE or Lilly.  If interested, please contact Christina O’Connor at


Teaching With Technology

Teaching with Technology—Several efforts to continue professional development for teaching with technology were put in place during Fall term following on the August retreat on this topic.  These include:


Any SOE faculty member with questions or projects that involve teaching and learning with technology can contact us for one-on-one consultations and departmental presentations. Complete the request form and a member of the instructional technology staff will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Self-Directed Training

Self directed trainings are open to faculty to start at any time. Training modules will be accessed via Blackboard.

Hands-on Training

On the fourth Tuesday of each month a one-hour hands-on workshop will be offered to help faculty and staff utilize technology for teaching and learning. New instructional technology topics will be featured each month. Google Docs is the topic for January 28th. This training will be an overview of the Google Docs web-based productivity tools. You will learn creative ways to communicate and collaborate with students or colleagues. There will be demonstrations and hands-on practice with online documents, spreadsheets, forms, and presentations. Signup


Please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( with questions about technology training.


SOE Technology Orientation Available Online

For an overview of technology services and resources available to faculty and staff in the SOE and campus, click on the School of Education Technology Orientation.


Training and Educational Resources

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Click here for more information.



Brad Johnson (TEHE) was recently recognized by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Knowledge Community of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrations in Higher Education) with their 2014 Service to Student Affairs award.  Recipients for this recognition must have published, presented, consulted, used creative approaches, or organized policy around GLBT issues in Student Affairs; must have made contributions above and beyond the expected duties of their position; and be viewed as an excellent Student Affairs administrator by peers by demonstrating their skills, attitudes, knowledge, qualities, and values of Student Affairs.  Johnson served as a Student Affairs professional in Housing & Residence Life at UNCG for over 16 years before becoming Assistant Clinical Professor of Higher Education this past August.

Allison Palmadessa’s article titled “Academic Capitalism and the Social Charter Between the University and the Public” has been published in the journal Higher Education in Review. Allison is a doctoral candidate in educational studies and holds a research assistantship in ELC.

Kelly Wester (CED) provided a training workshop in Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious (NSSI) behaviors among youth to all of the Guilford County School Counselors K-12 (about 200 school counselors) on January 8. Dr. Wester explained what NSSI is, how to assess, how to develop protocols in the schools, and specific individual interventions.


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