The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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NEWS: 03-24-2014


Dean Karen Wixson and TED 250 students accompanied Archer Elementary students last week to select new books to add to their own personal library through the Hooked on Books program, sponsored by Tommy and Nancy Teague.


Security Reminder

A friendly reminder to everyone in SOEB to please make sure to keep your offices locked while you are away. There has been recent suspicious activity taking place in SOEB, so please make sure to secure your belongings and office.


Attention SOE Faculty – Interested in Being a Name Reader at Commencement?

For all of our SOE faculty members – if you’re interested in reading graduate names at the May 9 SOE Commencement ceremony as students walk across the stage, please email Rachel Williams ( no later than Noon on Friday, March 28. We will select the name readers at random using a lottery, and readers will be notified on the 28th.


SOE Retiring Faculty Reception – Monday, March 24

The 2014 SOE Retiring Faculty Reception will take place on Monday, March 24 from 4-6pm in Room #401 SOEB. Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of faculty members William Bursuck (SES) and Kathleen Casey (ELC).

Please RSVP your attendance no later than Monday, March 17 by contacting Rachel Williams at


Academic Writing for International Students Workshop – Thursday, March 27

Graduate-level international students and instructors working with international students are welcome to join the discussion on Academic Writing for International Students from 3-4pm on Thursday, March 27 at 301 School of Education Building. We will:

  • discuss challenges in academic writing for international students
  • share efforts to address these challenges, and
  • provide campus and online resources

This workshop is sponsored by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC),  the SOE International Committee & Faculty Access and Equity Committee, and the UNCG International Programs Center (IPC) & INTERLINK

For more information, please view the event flyer.

Qualitative Analyses By Design Presentation – Thursday, March 27

Dr. Mirka Koro-Ljungberg from the University of Florida will give a presentation on Qualitative analyses by design on Thursday, March 27st, from 9:00am -10:45am in room #102 SOEB.


SOE Research Awards Ceremony – Friday, March 28

The inaugural SOE Research Awards Ceremony, celebrating and honoring SOE research activity over this year will be held on Friday, March 28th, from 9:00am to 12:00 pm in room #118 SOEB.  At this ceremony the 2014 Faculty awards for Distinguished Research Scholar and Distinguished Senior Research Scholar will be presented, as well as Graduate Student Research awards.  There will be presentations from last year SOE Research faculty award recipients, Dr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville and Dr. Edna Tan, as well as ‘3 Minute Thesis’ talks from the top graduate researcher in each department.    Graduate students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend.


Rebecca Carver Institute on Experiential Education – Friday, March 28

The Rebecca Carver Institute on Experiential Education, sponsored by the Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations department in SOE, will hold a day-long intensive workshop on Friday, March 28, from 9am-4pm in the Faculty Center (FTLC) on the UNCG Campus. Nettie Pardue, Global Leadership Coach, Experiential Educator and Curriculum Designer, from the Outward Bound Center for Peace-building, invites all faculty members to a daylong workshop to explore a unique and interactive framework that can be applied to better equip students to deeply engage with global communities and to become more compassionate local and global citizens. Global engagement is the focus for this year’s workshop, and the event is designed for both seasoned and new educators. The Rebecca Carver Institute is in honor of former UNCG professor, Dr. Rebecca Carver. Please email Jessica McCall (Communication Studies, FTLC Fellow) at for questions on the Institute, and you can register your attendance here.


2014 Lawther Lecture – Monday, March 31

The 2014 Lawther Lecture, sponsored by the School of Health & Human Sciences, will be delivered by Dr. Abigail Stewart from The University of Michigan on Monday, March 31 at 4:00 pm in the Virginia Dare Room. The lecture is entitled “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Steps Toward Institutional Change.”

Event is free and open to the public – for more information, please view the event flyer here.


UNCG Think Tank Class Environmentally SANE Presents Chautauqua – April 2-4

(Message from Cathy Matthews)

I am teaching a UNCG Think Tank class called Environmentally SANE (Stoked About Natural Environments) with colleague Ann Somers in the Biology Department.  We are hosting a Chautauqua April 2nd – 4th, related to the environment in education.  Here is a link:

We have an amazing line up of speakers, including Stuart Pimm, world expert on extinction, talking about the State of the Planet and David Orr, world renowned thinker on environmental education, Jean Beasley of sea turtle hospital fame, and John Grim of Yale.  We are also hosting a scientific poster/art exhibit session, truly making this an interdisciplinary event, mingling the sciences and humanities.  Please help us spread the word.

Journey of the Universe / Journey of the University or What’s an Education For? 

The 2013-2014 UNCG Think Tank Class Ecologically SANE Presents: 

Spring 2014 Chautauqua at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Luminaries include:

  • Stuart Pimm, Duke University
  • John Grim, Yale University
  • Jean Beasley, Hero of the Planet and Ocean
  • David Orr, Oberlin College
  • UNCG Students of the Think Tank Class Ecologically SANE

Please view the event flyer and invitation to exhibit artist displays.

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


Klaas Sijtsma Research Talks – Friday, April 11

Dr. Klaas Sijtsma from Tilburg University will be giving the following research talks on Friday, April 11th:

  • Appropriate measures of reliability: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Room #106 SOEB
  • Questionable research practices and what to do about them: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room #106 SOEB

For additional questions regarding these events, please contact Sharlene O’Neil (


American Sign Language Idol – Sunday, April 13

American Sign Language Idol will take place on Sunday, April 13, at 3:00pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium on the UNCG Campus. This year’s theme is ‘The Motown Era!’ featuring students performing popular songs in ASL from Motown greats such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. Admission is $5 ($3 for children ages 6-12; free admission for children ages 5 and under. Money from ticket sales and donations will go to help our Deaf-Blind friends attend Camp Dogwood.

For more information, view the event flyer.


HED Doctoral Colloquium – Wednesday, April 16

The first annual Higher Education Doctoral Colloquium featuring Dr. Ralph Soney, V.P. of Corporate and Continuing Learning at GTCC, will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the School of Education Building, Room #401. For more information and to register for the Colloquium, please view the event flyer.


6th Annual Technology Institute for Educators – April 25-26

The 6th Annual Technology Institute for Educators is scheduled for April 25-26, 2014 at North Carolina Central University. This year, the Institute’s theme is “FUTURE TEACH: Teaching with Digital Materials and Learning Technologies.” Faculty, students, administrators, and staff are invited to participate by submitting proposals and attending the Institute. For more information, visit and review the enclosed Call for Participation information and Institute poster.

The Keynote speakers for the Institute include Chancellor Debra Saunders-White of North Carolina Central University, Superintendent James Merrill of the Wake County Public School System, Superintendent Timothy Farley of the Granville County Schools and Superintendent Ray Spain of the Warren County Schools. In addition, presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussion topics by educators from a variety of settings across North Carolina and beyond will be held to address the Institute’s theme for university faculty and instructors, which will include the following: Teaching with Blackboard and Learning Management Systems; Teaching with Blackboard Collaborate; Google Apps for Educators; Teaching with Web 2.0s; Flipping the Classroom; Learning Analytics; Teaching Using the Blended Learning Approach; Teaching with Digital Materials; Teaching with Tablets and iPads; Using Technology to Support Struggling Students; Creating Audio Podcasts to Support Instruction; Creating Video Podcasts to Support Instruction; and Teaching Strategies for Online Courses.

For more information about the Institute contact Prince Hycy Bull at 919-530-7287 or by email at

Link to the 2014 Technology Institute Flyer

Link to the Proposal Submission Form

Link to the Conference Registration Form


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. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, or former students to present inquiry projects to other educators and attend informative sessions.

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



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. Registration is now open for Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates to participate in the Ceremony – all graduates participating in the ceremony must register online by Friday, April 4. Information on the Ceremony can now be found on the SOE website: 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony


Summer Leadership Conference – June 22-25

Click here to view Summer Leadership Conference Flyer


Strengthening Our Profession: Year One Academy for UNCG OSTEs and Clinical Teachers – June 24-26

We are pleased to announce the dates and registration for Strengthening Our Profession: Year One Academy for UNCG OSTEs and Clinical Teachers, to be held in the UNCG School of Education Building June 24-26, 2014.  For more information about the Academy and the link to registration, please view the event flyer.


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp – July 14-25, 2014

The UNCG Young Writers’ Camp, a two-week camp in its third year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 14-July 25, 2014, in the UNCG School of Education Building. Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports a variety of writing styles. Visit for registration and additional information.



Post Award Administrator Transition Schedule

(message from Terry Ackerman)


The Office of Research appreciates your patience with the transition of responsibilities since Sheila Gambardella left her Post-Award Administrator position.  We were in the process of hiring a replacement, but those efforts have been put on hold due to budget considerations.  We anticipate the vacancy lasting no less than three months before we post the position again.  During this time, the Dean’s Office staff is working together to make sure you have the support you need for contract and grant pre- and post- award activities.

Deana will continue to do all of her pre-award administrator duties.  However, we have decided to divide up the post award responsibilities among Deana, Sue and Terri. Please note that Sue will only be available to help out with post-award responsibilities on MWF from 8:30-12:30.  Thus, if you have to see her please make it during those times.

Below is how we divided up the post-award responsibilities:

Deana Hasty

  • Award set-up, no-cost extension requests and close-out
  • Budget transfer and inquiry/summary
  • Processing of honoraria, and BANFIN / reimbursement requests, and contracted services forms
  • Processing of Travel forms that DO NOT include the use of PCard
  •  Student tuition forms
  • Hiring paperwork for students and staff to be put on grants (Deana will work with Terri  Lawson for hiring process)
  • Communication regarding course release and add-pay personnel actions (Deana will work with Terry Lawson to schedule grant-related EPAF creation)
  • Primary contact for Contracts & Grants


Terri Lawson

  •   EPAF creation and documentation
  • Hiring paperwork


Sue Miller

(Note: office hours for grant-related activity:  MWF 8:30am – 12:30pm)

  • PCard purchases and Purchase Orders
  • Conference registration and flight purchases for travel
  • Processing of Travel forms that include the use of PCard

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.


SOE 2013-2014 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – Nominations Now Open

(message from Sam Miller and Anthony Chow)


Time to nominate someone for the Faculty Teaching Award. It is a two step process — you first submit the form (link to the nomination form is below) and then we contact your nominee for further information. Please nominate someone – the more nominees, the more exciting the process!
Sam & Anthony

The link to the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award can be found here.


School of Education 2014-2015 Scholarship Application Now Available Online

Faculty and Staff, please let your students know they can apply for a School of Education scholarship from February 1, 2014 to April 1, 2014.

An email will also go out to all current education students inviting them to apply.

All scholarship recipients will be notified by email by August 1st.

Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and other specific criteria for each scholarship. Priority is given to students with a 3.0 GPA and who have already been admitted or will have applications pending admission to the School of Education.

Freshman through Graduate students are invited to apply:


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).



Updates from UNCG’s LMS Study

Instructor Testimonials for the LMSs in the UNCG LMS study are now available to view from UNCG’s LMS Study Website. Instructor Testimonial Site.  The testimonials are 10-15 minutes in length.  If you have not already, please take time to view the LMS Study Website for the the choices, timeline and past presentations of the the systems.  UNCG’s LMS Study Website

Please be reminded that a recommendation of which LMS to purchase and use going forward will be made by the ATCC to Provost Perrin & Vice Chancellor Clotfelter on April 30th, 2014.

If you have any questions about the LMS study, please contact Nanette DeBerry.

Latest Dangerous Phishing Attack to Hit UNCG

Information Technology Services (ITS) has become aware of another phishing attack targeting campus users – please take a moment to read the important information in the link below:

UPDATE: Latest Dangerous Phishing Attack to Hit UNCG


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.



Miles for Wellness Challenge 9: National Parks – Let’s Take A Hike!

The competition runs from March 31 through May 25.  You need to wear a pedometer for your number of steps each day – but you can also convert other activities into steps!
This is a team-based walking challenge that also rewards other types of exercise. For more information, please visit:

Deb Ackerman needs your commitment by March 26th – but sooner, is better! You will need to keep your individual step total for each day and then report each Monday morning, the totals from the previous week.

Contact Deb Ackerman, if you’d like to sign up to be on a team or have any questions. She is hoping to get two teams with 10 people on each team!!!


Spring SOE Service Project for Faculty & Staff – Murphey Traditional Academy – Turn in Items by March 31

(message from Deb Ackerman)

I first want to thank everyone that participated in the fall SOE service project – collecting supplies and clothing for the homeless serviced through The Interactive Resource Center (IRC) of Greensboro. It was amazing what we accomplished together by working as a team.

The spring SOE service project will be collecting items for the Back Pack project at Murphey Traditional Academy (K-5) school in Greensboro. We want to help fill-up their backpacks for their spring break week with some food & fun activities!

The Principal, Ms. Cheryl Beeson describes the project in the statement below:

We supply Back Packs of food every Friday to approximately 40 students.  The food comes from the Out of the Garden project.  Because 88% of our students receive Free or Reduced Lunches and all students receive free breakfast daily, food over the weekends can be a challenge to several of our families.

If you’d like to be involved in this SOE service project (both staff and faculty are welcome to join in), please sign up to donate items by clicking on the google spreadsheet below (created by none other than the amazing Matt Fisher).

You can drop off the items to Deb Ackerman, room #128 SOEB. Please make sure to turn your items in by March 31.

I will send out further information on the date/time for sorting & packaging the items once it is set.

Thanks and have a great day!!


CANCELLATION – Spring Habitat Build Service Project for Faculty & Staff

(message from Deb Ackerman)

Unfortunately, we have received word from Peacehaven Community Farm that the April 23rd Habitat Build has been cancelled, due to trade workers being behind schedule. We had eight people ready to go and I know the weather was going to be perfect that day!!

I will keep you posted if we decide to try to reschedule another day.

Thanks for all of your help!!!


Interested in Consumer Supported Agriculture Produce Delivery to SOEB?

(message from Meredith Carlone)

If anyone is interested in participating in a CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture), below is more information for the 2014 season. If we have 5 or more people interested, they will deliver to the School of Education. Last year they delivered to the Bryan School. It would be great to have fresh veggies delivered here. Please let me know if you’re interested and I will contact them to set up delivery. All you need to do is send in the form. I participated last year and it was a very good experience!

Link to the 2014 J&S Farm CSA Brochure: 2014 CSA Brochure

Link to the 2014 CSA Subscription: 2014 CSA Subscription



The March 2014 issue of Counselor Education and Supervision, the premier research journal published by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, includes the following article based on Dr. Kemer dissertation:

Kemer, G., Borders, L. D., & Willse, J. T. (2014).  Cognitions of expert supervisors in academe: A concept mapping approach. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53, 2-18.



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