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News: 03-18-2013


SOE Increases Overall Ranking in US News & World Report list of 2014 Best Graduate Schools

The US News rankings of the Best Schools in the US came out last week – UNCG’s School of Education is in a 7 way tie for 51st as the Best Education Graduate School in the US–up from 58th last year! The Counseling and Educational Development Department in SOE ranked 3rd in the Country in the Best Student Counseling Programs Category. UNCG’s Department of Library and Information Studies has moved up in the ranks to number #22, up from #29 (2009 ranking), of the U.S. master’s degree programs in library and information studies, accredited by the American Library Association. Click here to read the press release on these accomplishments.Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, and students in SOE!


HERPS Project Story Featured on UNCG Homepage

University Relations is currently featuring a story on the HERP Project’s “Animals that Slither, Slide, Run and Hide” public event last month on the UNCG homepage rotation entitled Warming up to cold blood.


Sam Wineburg Presentation on UNCG Campus March 18th

Dr. Sam Wineburg, the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University, will be delivering a talk at UNCG on Monday, March 18th from 5:00-6:00pm. The talk is free and will be held in the School of Education Building, Room 120.  Dr. Wineburg is the preeminent authority on history education in the United States and the author of Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, one of the most influential books written on K-12 history instruction.

His talk will be catered to educators and will focus on assessing historical knowledge. To see more about his work, you can visit his Beyond the Bubble project at

Although the content will focus on history education, the assessment piece should be interesting/applicable to other content areas.  For questions on the presentation, please contact Wayne Journell at


Innovative Strategies to Attract Private Funding for Community-Based Work

Tuesday, March 19

9:00-10:00am :: 219 Stone

Sam Wineburg (Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and (by courtesy) of History at Stanford University) and Mark Constantine (Vice President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund) will share their experiences and tackle the issue of funding for community projects from the perspectives of both the academic grant writer and the funder. No registration necessary!!


Coffee Talk With the Dean

Dean Wixson will host her next Coffee Talk on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. in room 307 SOEB. Everyone is invited to attend. Your questions, comments and ideas are welcome.


Upcoming LIS events:



ERM Colloquium on Monday, March 25

The ERM department is hosting a Colloquium presented by Dr. Dorinda Gallant on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in room 104 SOEB. The title of the Colloquium is: “Applied Measurement within the Context of Program, Product, and Personnel Evaluation”. Dr. Gallant is a candidate for the ERM Associate/Full Professor position. Click here to download the flyer.


Research Office News

The SOE Office of Research would like to spread the word about the following event on behalf of the Office of Sponsored Programs.  SOE faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all chats!

The Office of Sponsored Programs and University Libraries are hosting a series of “Round-Table Chats” on the following topics:

  1. Grant-Seeking Process at UNCG (March 27th)
  2. New Guidelines and Trends at NEH, NSF and NIH (April 3rd)
  3. Collaborations and Partnerships – Not Just A Response to the RFP (April 10th)

Times for each round-table is ‘drop-in’ anytime between 11:30 AM -1:30 PM.

Location: Elliott University Center – Conference Room A

Please drop-in anytime between 11:30-1:30, bring lunch and eat while taking the opportunity to ask questions and/or talk about each topic on those specific dates.

Chats will be hosted by Michelle Cole, Proposal Development Specialist in OSP, along with other invited guests depending on the topic. If successful, OSP will begin to offer more round-table ‘chat’ opportunities with various topics relating to grant-seeking in the fall…and eventually offer more in collaboration with other organizations and institutions.



Special Reading, High Tea, and Book Signing – Children’s Event

Mike Perko (Associate Professor in Department of Public Health Education) has written a great children’s book around the subject of bullying. This book is a delightful way to introduce the importance of including everyone and appreciating differences. Mike will be hosting a special reading, high tea, discussion and book signing on Monday, April 1 from 4:00-6:00pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public – children are welcome. Click here for more information.


UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education, in partnership with the Division of Continual Learning, Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons, and University Libraries is pleased to host the UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium.

Date:     Friday, April 5, 2013

Time:    11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:  UNCG Campus, Elliott University Center

Information: UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium.

This interactive event will include:

  • Dynamic presentations from two nationally recognized online learning experts:
    • Dr. Daniel Stanford, Assistant Director, Faculty Instructional Technology Services, DePaul University
    • Presentation:  Gamification:  Four-letter Word or “Epic Win” for Educators?
  • Juried Poster Session (500 word abstract due by March 29, 2013)
  • Panel Discussion with UNCG Online Learning Fellows

Submissions for the juried, peer reviewed poster session are currently being accepted until March 29, 2013.  For more information and to submit a proposal, please complete and submit the Poster Presentation Submission

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.  To register, please complete and submit the Online Symposium Registration Page

For more information about the UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium, please visit the Online Learning Symposium Web Page

Click here to download a PDF of the Online Learning Symposium

For more information, please contact:

  • Anthony Chow, PhD, Director of Online Learning, UNCG School of Education,
  • Becky Croxton, MLIS, Coordinator of Online Learning, UNCG School of Education,


UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony April 5

Chancellor Brady cordially invites you to the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony to be held Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the EUC. The ceremony will reflect the dynamism, resilience, and uniqueness of UNCG’s incredible faculty and staff.

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements and outstanding service of our colleagues.  Each recipient will be recognized by the Chancellor and highlighted in short films created by our own talented UNCG students.

University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35, and 40 years of service will be recognized and the following awards will be presented:

  • Alumni Teaching Excellence Award
  • Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (Graduate School)
  • Student Learning Enhancement Award
  • UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award
  • University Staff Excellence Award

Please join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of our colleagues. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.


2013 UNCG School of Education Alumni Awards Celebration

Featuring a special panel discussion on NC Education Reform in Early Literacy

Friday, April 12, 2013 • 3:00pm

School of Education Building, Room #120

Please join the UNCG School of Education as we celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished School of Education alumni for their dedicated service to UNCG and their communities during our annual Alumni Awards ceremony.

2013 Alumni Award Recipients

Early Career Award

Lynda Kellam

Laura Welfare


Distinguished Career Award

Kimberly Bowie

Larry Coble


Outstanding Achievement Award

Gail Marion

Donna Sundre


Distinguished Service Award

Melony Allen

Nancy & Tommy Teague

The Alumni Awards Celebration will begin at 3:00pm with a panel discussion on North Carolina Education Reform in Early Literacy, followed by the Awards Ceremony.

Topics to be discussed at the panel discussion include the Read to Achieve Initiative, description of reading 3-D assessments required in K-3 grades for the State of North Carolina, the impact on school systems, principals and administrators on these initiatives, as well as discussion on how the Read to Achieve Initiative, including the new Foundations of Reading teacher licensure exam, affects higher education faculty in their teacher preparation planning.


Guest panelists to include:

* Beth Folger, Chief Academic Officer, Guilford County Schools

* Carolyn Guthrie, Head of Division of Early Literacy, NC Department of Public Instruction

* Constance Hash, Principal, Forest Park Elementary School (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

*Pamela Williamson, Associate Professor, Specialized Education Services, UNCG School of Education

Dean Karen Wixson of the UNCG School of Education will serve as moderator for this discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Reception to immediately follow awards ceremony.

For additional questions regarding the event, please contact Rachel Williams at or 336-256-1317.



2013 School of Education Commencement Information


The 2013 School of Education Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00pm in the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing).

Information regarding the 2013 SOE Commencement Ceremony for graduating students can be found on the SOE home page ( by clicking on the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic; or you can click here.

Please direct students to this web link if they have any questions regarding SOE Commencement.

For Faculty

  • All Faculty who plan to participate in the School of Education Commencement should fill out the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form. Please RSVP your participation interest no later than Thursday, April 25.
  • If you require regalia rental from the UNCG Bookstore, please indicate by completing the required fields in the link to the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form above by Thursday, April 25 so that we may place your regalia order. The Dean’s Office will place the order and will pay for your regalia; however, ALL FACULTY are responsible for picking up and returning their rental regalia to the UNCG Bookstore for the SOE Commencement Ceremony in a timely manner. (This is a new procedure this year; information on pickup and drop off deadline dates from the Bookstore will be included in the SOE News announcements closer to the event.)
  • All faculty are asked to arrive no later than 5:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) on the 10th for line up for the Commencement Ceremony. The Faculty Holding Area will be in Meeting Room #2 of the Special Events Center. Please note that the UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics will be hosting their Commencement Ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center (East Wing) directly prior to School of Education’s ceremony, so please allow additional time for arrival and parking.

Students Graduating in May

  • Students graduating in May interested in participating in the Ceremony will need to complete the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 5 for inclusion in the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 19 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement program.

Students Graduating in August 2013

  • If you know of students who will be graduating in August but would like to participate in the May ceremony, please have them fill out the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 5 for inclusion in the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 19 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement program.


Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

  • We are seeking nominations for student speakers for the ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Rachel Williams at Students should submit proposed remarks no later than Wednesday, April 17 to Rachel Williams at
  • Remarks for student speakers should be no longer than 600 words in length (max).

Updated information and deadline reminders regarding the 2013 SOE Commencement Ceremony will be posted in SOE News each week under the ‘Commencement Information’ graphic, so please keep checking SOE News for Ceremony updates.

If you have any questions regarding the SOE Commencement Ceremony, please feel free to contact Rachel Williams at or (336) 256-1317.


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


From the Chancellor’s Office: Upcoming Leadership Programs

The Chancellor’s Office is dedicated to developing the leadership skills of its faculty and staff. To that end, funding is being provided for one faculty or staff member to participate in the Bridges Leadership Program and one to participate in the Leadership Greensboro program. Funds will cover registration fees and program materials. These programs offer invaluable opportunities for participants to put their skills to work in our community and state.

The UNCG Leadership Programs Committee will review applications and will select candidates for funding. We encourage you to help us select outstanding candidates. Attached is a summary of the Bridges Leadership Program and the Leadership Greensboro program. Also, here are links to each of the programs:

Interested candidates are asked to submit the following materials:

  • current curriculum vitae
  • description of current responsibilities
  • professional and personal reasons for applying
  • list of other leadership or management education programs attended
  • two confidential letters of recommendation placed in sealed envelopes (one must be from within the candidate’s department). When nominees are selected, copies of their recommendations will be sent to the leadership programs.

Anyone who is interested in applying or learning more about specific programs can contact Jay Laramore, Office of the Chancellor, 4-4226 or Materials, except for letters of recommendation, should be electronically submitted by April 1, 2013. Letters of recommendation should also be submitted by April 1, 2013; however, they should be submitted in hard copy and delivered to the Leadership Programs Committee, Office of the Chancellor, 303 Mossman Building.

Leadership Programs

1. Bridges Leadership Program, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bridges Leadership Program is an academic leadership program for women. Through this program, participants will develop an insight into various leadership roles while focusing on the special skills and attributes that women bring into these roles. In addition, they will acquire an understanding of the many facets of colleges and universities; refine and improve their communication skills; and create a program of personal and professional development that will benefit themselves and their institutions. (September 6 – November 23)

(Past Attendees from UNCG include Celia Hooper, Penelope Pynes, Julia Jackson-Newsom, Beth Baldwin, Kathy Crowe, Kathleen Williams, Janice Wassel, Laura Kelley, Sarah Carrigan, and Elizabeth Lindsey)

 2. Leadership Greensboro, Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce                                                

Le    Leadership Greensboro is designed to meet the needs of the City of Greensboro. This program informs, challenges, and motivates existing and emerging leaders by providing information, hands-on experience, and civic leadership skills that prepare them for addressing community issues and needs. Topics include the history of Greensboro, understanding differences, economic development, education, government, public safety, and health/human services. (September 10 – May 21)

 (Past Attendees from UNCG include Kevin Bullard, Brian Clarida, Toni Knight, Jamie Herring, Spoma Jovanovic, Donna Seckar, Angelia Scott, and Rachel Briley)


National Teaching Supervision Conference

C.P. Gause will be keynoting the 7th annual National Student Teaching & Supervision Conference at Slippery Rock University on April 28-30, 2013. Below are links for anyone interested in submitting a proposal for the conference, as well as a link to the keynote speaker. The conference includes graduate students, faculty, teachers, supervision staff, and students.   (Proposal Submission Link)  (Keynote Link)


Summer Professional Development Symposium

Planning is underway for the Summer Professional Development Symposium for area education professionals. Plans are to host a number of grant-funded PD sessions under a single umbrella during the week of June 17. Currently, sessions will be sponsored by Project ENRICH, the Yopp Endowment, TESOL for ALL, and Project CREATE. If you have a professional development offering that you would like to include in the Symposium, please contact Christina O’Connor at

Faculty/Staff Social Events

SOE Book Club – Next Meeting March 27

This month, the SOE Book Club will be reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The SOE Book Club will meet Wednesday, March 27 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Room #401 SOEB to have a lunch time discussion about the book. If you are interested in joining the SOE Book Club or have additional questions, please contact Meggan Reggan at


Recent Faculty Publications & Presentations

Carol Mullen, ELC Professor and Nora Carr, ELC doctoral student in ELC have co-authored a new article in the journal Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education:

  • Mullen, C. A., Samier, E. A., Brindley, S., English, F. W., & Carr. N. K.  An epistemic frame analysis of neoliberal culture and politics in the US, UK, and the UAE. Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, 43(3).

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