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NEWS: 03-31-2014


SOE honored retiring faculty members William Bursuck and Kathleen Casey at a reception last week. Congratulations to Bill and Kathleen on your retirement!



SOE launches SOE Global, a new page on the SOE website dedicated to providing information about international admissions, services for international student and scholars, study abroad requirements, and additional resources for UNCG Faculty and Staff. Also, there’s a new Study Abroad Blog, where students and faculty can share their international experiences. Any SOE faculty, staff, or students that would like to post a blog entry on SOE Global about your international experience, please email for more details.


Changes to GRE Requirements for Selected SOE Programs

Please note that as of 2014, the GRE has been removed as a requirement for the following SOE programs:

  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Educational Assessment
  • Add-on Licensure in Elementary Mathematics Education
  • Add-on Licensure in Reading Education
  • Master of Education Programs
    • Master of Education Elementary Education
    • Master of Education Elementary Mathematics Education
    • Master of Education Science Education
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary English Language Arts
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary Mathematics
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary Science
    • Master of Education Middle/Secondary Social Studies
    • Master of Education Reading Education
    • Master of Education TESOL

For programs in the Department of Library and Information Studies:

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required for admission to the MLIS program unless the applicant has a 3.5 or above undergraduate Grade Point Average or holds a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  There is no entrance examination required for admission to the licensure-only or the post-baccalaureate programs offered by the LIS Department.


For more information, please contact


Provost Search – Upcoming Forums

Please visit the following site for information regarding upcoming public forums with candidates for the Provost search:


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.


Outreach To Teach – Saturday, April 5

SOE Teacher Education Student Association (TESA) is partnering with Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) and the Guilford County Association of Educators for:

Outreach To Teach

This program is a chance for students to give back to the community!

Our students will join education majors from other institutions at Welborn Middle School in High Point on Saturday, April 5, 2014 to paint walls, clean classrooms, refresh the media center, and any other assignments to support education professionals on that day. There are two shifts available to sign up for: 9AM-12:00PM and 12:30PM-3:30PM.

ALL education majors are invited to volunteer and join us at this event. We want as many volunteers as possible!

If you know of interested students, please have them follow the link and fill out the following form with their information to be a part of this event.

The last day to register for this event is Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

We didn’t leave the faculty and staff out!  Faculty and staff can do their part through contributions using the GoFundMe page at:  Our goal is to raise $1,000 in contributions for supplies.

For additional questions, please email Jacqueline Dozier in the Office of Student Services,

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


SOE Staff Assembly – Wednesday, April 9

The next SOE Staff Assembly will take place on Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00am in SOEB #118. All SOE staff are invited to attend.


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 (


The HERP Project Earth Day Community Celebration – Saturday, April 12

The HERP Project will be hosting a free Earth Day Community Celebration on Saturday, April 12 from 11am-3pm at Burlington City Park. Storytelling, hiking adventures, live animals, arts & crafts and other family fun activities will take place. For additional information, please view the event flyer.


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.


Understanding your students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (A workshop on Deaf Education) – Tuesday, April 15

A workshop on classroom topics related to students with hearing loss, presented by Deaf Education majors, will be held on Tuesday, April 15 from 4:30pm-6pm in SOEB #120. The workshop is free, but please RSVP to . For more details on topics covered during the workshop, please 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.



Project ENRICH Makerspace Faculty Fellowships – Request for Proposals Now Open!

In preparation for the new Makerspace facility, the SOE is requesting proposals for new Makerspace Faculty Fellowships to financially support UNCG faculty in developing projects that require teacher candidates to engage in assignments that integrate technology, creativity, entrepreneurial learning and innovation with program curriculum. Any full time (tenure track or clinical) faculty member at UNCG is eligible to apply – proposals must be submitted electronically to Sam Miller ( by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 30. For more information, please view the Request for Proposal.


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.



Spring SOE Service Project for Faculty & Staff – Murphey Traditional Academy – Turn in Items by March 31 – ASSEMBLY DATE IS SET (NEW!)

(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.

NEW – AN ASSEMBLY DATE IS SET! Back Packs will be assembled on Thursday, April 10 from 1:00pm-2:00pm in SOEB #301. Everyone is welcome to help!

Thanks for all of your help!!!



On Saturday, March 22, over 150 people participated in the CSI Church World Service Resource Fair, held at Glen Haven Apartments in Greensboro. The fair was coordinated by the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society chapters at UNCG and NC A&T, in partnership with the Center for New North Carolinians. 17 local agencies were present at the Resource Fair, including representatives from various health disciplines (mental health, sexual, physical) and literacy programs (reading and financial literacy) to provide assistance and needed support for area refugees. Interpreters were on hand to facilitate communication between agencies and fair participants. The arts and crafts table with CED student Heather Teater was a huge hit with the kids! The Greensboro Housing Coalition was giving away boxes of CFL lightbulbs and Reading Connections donated children’s books.

M Smith

Megan Smith, a Dual Major student in Special Education and Elementary Education in the SES department, is a recipient of a 2013-2014 Student Excellence Award, UNCG’s highest academic honor for undergraduates. Meg will receive the award at the 52nd Student Honors Convocation, presented by the Honors Council of Lloyd International Honors College.

In addition, Meg also received the 3rd place award at the 2014 Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo for her presentation How Children Think About Math. Nicole Dobbins (SES) served as faculty mentor on the project.


The School of Education held the Student and Faculty Research Awards Ceremony on March 28, recognizing faculty and student research conducted over the past year. At the Ceremony, the following awards were presented:

The 2014 Distinguished Research Scholar Award was presented to P. Holt Wilson

The 2014 Distinguished Senior Research Scholar Award was presented to L. DiAnne Borders

The following SOE graduate students were recipients of Graduate Student Research Awards: Allison Pow (CED), Jody Bartley and Kate Wachtel (CED), Mark Eades (CED), Juan A. Rios Vega (ELC), Tiffany Perkins (ELC), Reginald Wilkerson (ELC), Allison Ames (ERM), Thomas McCoy (ERM), Phil White, Paige Ellis, and Caven Wu (LIS), Megan Kemmery (SES), Tammy Barron (SES), Sheresa Blanchard (SES), Tess Hegedus (TEHE), Symphony Oxedine (TEHE), and Lacey Huffling (TEHE).



The School of Education was honored with the following accolades at the 2014 DSBA Awards, celebrating achievements in supporting UNCG’s integrated marketing and communications strategy:

Honorable Mention for Work in Photography

Honorable Mention for Website Design and Organization

Silver Award in the Category of Writing

Gold Award in the Category of Print Materials for the 2012-2013 SOE Annual Report



LIS Department Assistant Professor Rebecca Morris and LIS Masters student Gabriel Graña co-published the article, “Scanning for Critical Thinking,” in the April 2014 issue of School Library Monthly. The article examines thoughtful use of quick-response (QR) codes, augmented reality, and badging applications for critical thinking in the school library and classroom.


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