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News: 02-04-2013


New SOE Directional Signs

SOE sign

Looking for someone? New and improved directional signs have been added on every floor of the School of Education Building, including a directory on each floor of faculty and staff offices for easy reference. Special thanks to Breon Williams and Angel Biegert for coordinating this project. Great job, guys!


LIS Faculty Candidate Presentations

Please join LIS faculty this week to meet two school library assistant professor faculty candidates and hear their respective presentations. In partnership with the TRC and Lori Warner, all attendees will be loaned an iPAD 3 so that evaluations of each candidate can be completed in real time. Candidate CVs will be available for review at the presentations.

  1. Kathleen Alley – Wed. 2/6 from 2-3 p.m. in SOE 401
  2. Rebecca Morris – Fri. 2/8 from 3-4 p.m. in SOE 401


Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) & Access and Equity Committee (AEC) Brown Bag Series

When: Thursday, February 7th at 3:00 p.m.

Where: SOE Building, Room 301


Learning from Community Voices

“Imagined Community of Education:

Voices from Refugees and Immigrants”

Ye He, Assistant Professor

Teacher Education and Higher Education

Silvia Bettez, Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Barbara Levin, Professor

Teacher Education and Higher Education

“Community Voices and the Problem of English”

Colleen Fairbanks, Department Chair

Amy Vetter, Assistant Professor

Claire Lambert, Graduate Student

Teacher Education and Higher Education

See flyer for additional information


MAS Awards Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the SOE Mentoring/Advising/Supervising (MAS) Award. The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, February 25 at 5:00pm. Please view for more information on the MAS Award and the Nomination Form.

Nominations Now Open for UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the UNCG School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please nominate a School of Education alumnus/a by Friday, March 1 in one of the following Award categories: Early Career Award, Distinguished Career Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, and Distinguished Service Award. Recipients and nominators will be notified via email if chosen for award. Awards will be presented in May 2013 (details forthcoming). Contact Rachel Williams for more information at

To submit a nomination, please click here

Note: If you submitted an Alumni Awards Nomination Form before January 1, 2013, the Dean’s Office may have not received your form. Please resubmit your nomination via the online form or email a copy of your submitted application to Rachel Williams at


2013-2014 School of Education Student Scholarship Application Now Online

The School of Education 2013-2014 scholarship application will be available from February 1, 2013 to April 1, 2013. All scholarship recipients will be notified by email in June; with a formal letter to follow in August. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and other specific criteria for certain scholarships. Priority is given to students who have already been admitted or will have applications pending admission into the School of Education by the end of the Spring 2013 semester. Please direct questions to Meggan Reagan in the Office of Student Services, or (336) 334-3410.

Click here to view the SOE Scholarship Application Form


Save the Date – Value Added Information Workshop

Friday, February 22, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
UNCG School of Education Building

Please join the SOE Office of Research for a half-day workshop on Value Added Information – what it is, how it is being used to evaluate classroom teachers, and potential areas for research.

RSVP your attendance interest by Friday, February 8 to Rachel Williams at

Speakers to include:

Dr. Roderick A. Rose, Senior Research Associate, School of Social Work, UNC Chapel-Hill

Dr. Rachel McBroom, Professional Development Consultant, Sandhills/South Central Region

Dr. Don Martin, Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Dr. Marty Ward, Director of Research, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

There will be an open brainstorming session with guest speakers following lunch from 1:30pm-2:30pm for those of you able to attend.

Who Should Attend: All SOE faculty and graduate students, as well as Council of Program Coordinators (CPC) members.

Why Should You Attend? All faculty need to better understand exactly how Value Added is determined and how organizations like NCATE (CAPE) plan to use this information to assess and compare the quality of licensure programs.

Additional information will be sent out prior to the workshop date.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Terry Ackerman at


UNCG Closed-Captioning Services for Instructional Videos

The University has some resources available to add closed-captioning to videos used for instructional purposes, in order to help faculty to become current with accessibility regulations. If you have videos that are posted on the web for use in your classes, and would like them closed-captioned, please contact Brian Sutton (  Eligible video file formats for this service are Flash videos (.flv and .f4v), and MP4 (.mp4).

Alternatively, you can opt to caption your own videos; instructions on captioning your videos that are posted on YouTube are found here:

More information on UNCG’s Web Accessibility Policy can be found here:


SOE Book Club

This month, the SOE Book Club will be reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The SOE Book Club will meet at the end of February to have a lunch time discussion about the book – date TBA. If you are interested in joining the SOE Book Club or have additional questions, please contact Meggan Reggan at


ActiveU at UNCG

Active U is an employee wellness program designed to encourage UNCG Faculty/Staff to become more active by participating in a weekly fitness class hosted by the Student Recreation Center, in partnership with HealthyUNCG.

All classes will take place in the Student Recreation Center Fitness Studio from 12:00PM – 1:00PM. Please see below for the schedule. A Rec Center Membership is NOT required to participate! Simply bring your UNCG Staff ID, a towel, water bottle and wear comfortable exercise apparel.

Click here for more information and to view the Spring Semester Schedule of Classes

Summer Course – Approaches to Discourse Analysis in Education (TED 723)

Dr. Amy Vetter (TEHE) will be teaching a summer course at UNCG entitled ‘Approaches to Discourse Analysis in Education’ (TED 723), May 12 – July 22, 2013. This graduate course will explore various approaches to discourse analysis within a range of educational contexts. Students will examine exemplar studies and engage in discourse analysis of current research studies that have investigated specific aspects of structure, function, and communicative production to answer questions related to education. For more information on this course, download the flyer.


Valentine Thank You Cards to Scholarship Donors

School of Education student scholarship recipients designed Valentine Thank You notes to their scholarship donors last Friday as a way to let donors know they appreciate their continued support.


Student/Faculty/Alumni Accomplishments


The Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations represented UNCG with over a dozen students and faculty at the 16th Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES) Conference held at UNC-Chapel Hill on January 12, 2013. The theme of the conference, Moving education forward: Connecting theory, research, policy and practice, was intended to create dialogue focused on the future of education across all stakeholders in the field. Kathryn Brown, an attendee and ELC student observed: “the SEAES Conference in Chapel Hill was everything it was supposed to be. We came with our presentations, shared our research and rubbed elbows with students all over the UNC system.” Brown also met with Sherrick Hughes, the keynote speaker who shared his 20-year insight on the Civil Rights Movement and issues of equity, which Hughes pointed out are no less important today – especially in the classroom. Presentations from ELC students included:

  • Kathleen Edwards, Cherese Childers-McKee, and Libra Boyd, Masks and Shadows: The Insidiousness of Deficit Ideology in Educational Practices
  • Juldeh Tejan-Sie, The ‘woman question’: Muslim women reflect on their status within the religion of Islam & “Us Muslim girls”: Life stories as told by young adults
  • Joy Kennedy, From theory to practice: Using autoethnography to connect a fragmented self
Emily Moran, Reflexive autoethnography as research methodology: The researcher as epistemological and ontological nexus
  • Erick Pryor, Engaging sociological awareness in the high school science classroom: The philosophy of science and race in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Kathleen Edwards and Dana Stachowiak, Queer hypervisibility: Reading impositions of visibility and invisibility in pre-service teacher education classrooms
  • Pamela Fitzpatrick, Edmund Husserl: The phenomenological connections to Edith Stein
  • Sheryl Lieb, Awakening the existential attitude for 21st century education or “existentializing” education
  • Matthew Reid, What happens in the ‘lost moment?’ Tension, observation, and interpretation
  • Kathryn Brown, Policy, reform, and approaches (1979-2012): The sociocultural lens focused on classroom accomplishment

David Ayers (TEHE) recently published a letter in the Raleigh News & Record regarding the UNC strategic plan.

Dr. Robert Henson (ERM) was the winner of The Award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) with his collaborators Andre Rupp and Jonathan Templin. Congratulations Dr. Henson!

Catherine Matthews (TEHE) along with Ann Berry Somers, who recently submitted an Academic Think Tank proposal entitled Ecologically SANE, recently learned their proposal has been selected by the faculty committee of Lloyd International Honors College as their 2013-2014 initiative.

Aerin Benavides, a Ph.D. student in TEHE, was recently featured in a University Relations press release on the Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition program.


Stacy Brady, a M.Ed. student in TEHE who teaches at Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, NC, was recently featured in an article from the National Education Association announcing Oak Hill as the recipient of North Carolina’s Title I School of the Year award by NC’s Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition program.

Dave Boyer, Kernersville Middle School Teacher of the Year who received his teaching licensure by lateral entry through NC Teach, was featured recently in the Kernersville News. Click here to read the article


UNCG HR Information

NCFlex Open Enrollment Elections

January is the time your NCFlex Open Enrollment elections will affect your paycheck.  Please review your January paystub carefully, and compare your deductions to what you elected, to make sure everything is correct.

Please feel free to contact your Benefits Specialist in Human Resources should you need any further assistance at 334-5009.


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