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NEWS: 05-27-14


Note: SOE News will be published every other week during the summer. The next SOE News publication will be on Monday, June 9.

 Remembering Marilyn L. Miller, 83, Library Leader, Educator and Advocate

Marilyn Miller

Greensboro, NC – Dr. Marilyn Lea Miller, 83, Professor Emeritus, Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, passed away quietly on May 22nd at Beacon Place Hospice.

Miller’s career advanced education, research and practice in library service to children broadly and school librarianship specifically.  Her career in school librarianship began in 1952 in the state of Kansas where she worked in high schools, and in 1961, she became the first school library consultant for the Kansas State Department of Public Instruction.  She, then, embarked on a career path as a library and information studies educator, first on the faculty of the School of Librarianship, Western Michigan University, then in 1977, she took an appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in 1987 she accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), from where she retired in 1995,   Under her leadership, UNCG established a distance education program which was the first in the state to offer an entire Master’s via a remote satellite campus.

“Marilyn’s vision and willingness to be first were reasons that I looked forward to visiting her,” states Clara M. Chu, Chair and Professor of the UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies, “or the occasional shared car ride to a meeting provided opportunity to get a resolute perspective.”

Miller held a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas (1952), and the AMLS (1959) and Ph.D. (1976) degrees from the University of Michigan.

Throughout her career, Miller was active in professional associations and served in many leadership positions.  At the state level, she was President of the Kansas Association of School Librarians, the Kansas Library Association, and the Michigan Association for Media in Education.  At the national level, she served as President of the Association for Services to Children (1979-20), the American Association of School Librarians (1986-87), and the American Library Association 1992-93).

“Marilyn was not only a friend, she was a fierce and fearless leader,” states Jim Carmichael, Professor at UNCG, “one to not shy away from challenging issues as she was the first ALA President to champion LGBT rights both within and without the profession.”  As President, she led the march during the 1993 ALA Midwinter Meeting to Colorado’s State Capitol opposing Amendment 2 to the State’s Constitution, passed in November 1992, which excluded sexual orientation from the list of groups protected from discrimination.

More recently, Miller served her city on the Greensboro Public Library Board and Friends of the Library, and her state, on the North Carolina State Library Commission.  These and many other professional contributions resulted in her receiving many awards and honors, including:

  • Kansas Association of School Librarians.  Distinguished School Library Media Specialist Award, 1987.
  • The School of Information and Library Studies, University of Michigan.  Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Service to the Library/Information Profession, 1988.
  • American Association of School Librarians and Baker & Taylor Award for Outstanding Contribution to School Library Development, 1993.
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education.  Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, 1999.
  • Association for Library Services to Children.  Distinguished Service Award, 2005.

Miller was President of AASL during the creation of the Information Power (ALA, 1988), the national guidelines for school library media programs.  Her statistical research on expenditures for school library media programs, in collaboration with Marilyn Shontz and published by School Library Journal 1983-2003, has had significant impact on the field.  Moreover, she contributed over 300 publications, talks, workshops and seminars during her career.  Among her books are:

  • Pioneers and Leaders in Library Services to Youth: A Biographical Dictionary (Libraries Unlimited, 2003).  Editor.
  • School Library Journal’s Best: A Reader for Children’s, Young Adult & School Librarians (Neal Schuman, 1997).  Co-Editor.
  • Continuing Education For The Library Information Professions (Shoe String Press, 1986).  Co-Editor.

The Dr. Marilyn L. Miller Scholarship Award is established in her name at UNCG, to recognize her long and distinguished service to the School of Education and to the University, as former Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies.  The award is made on academic merit to students enrolled in a degree program offered through the Department.

The North Carolina Library Association’s Women Issues in Libraries Roundtable (WILR) has awarded the Marilyn Miller Award for Professional Commitment since 2003 ( This award recognizes a professional North Carolina librarian who has provided outstanding leadership and service in furthering the status of women in librarianship, the mission of the library community, and/or the support of women colleagues in the workplace.  A plaque and $200 are presented at the NCLA Conference to the award recipient.

No memorial service will be held but friends will celebrate privately Miller’s passion for life and dedication to library service, education and research.  Donations may be made in the name of the “Dr. Marilyn L. Miller Scholarship” at


SOE Announces Recipients of Project ENRICH Makerspace Faculty Fellowships

The UNCG School of Education is pleased to announce the recipients of the Project ENRICH Makerspace Faculty Fellowships. The Fellowships were established in 2014 to support UNCG faculty in developing projects that require teacher candidates to engage in assignments that integrate technology, creativity, entrepreneurial learning and innovation with the relevant program curriculum such as math, science, art, and other subjects.

The Fellowships are funded through Project ENRICH to support the School of Education’s new Summer 2014 initiative to redesign its Teaching Resources Center as a place for collaborative learning, which will include the creation of a Makerspace. In the Makerspace, faculty and students will have opportunities to use a variety of tools, equipment and materials to experiment, create and learn by doing. Each Makerspace Fellowship recipient is awarded funds for a project implemented during the 2014-2015 school year that demonstrates bringing project-based learning and use of contemporary learning spaces to life for pre-service teachers and engages students and teachers from high-need schools as well as teacher candidates in using the Makerspace and/or learning commons.

The Project ENRICH Makerspace Faculty Fellowship Project Recipients for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  •  Inventing to Learn: Tinkering, Engineering, and Making in the School of Education Makerspace (Heidi Carlone, Bev Faircloth, and Edna Tan)
  • Exploring the Librarian-Teacher dyad partnership in a Makerspace (Nora Bird, Linda Gann, Fatih Oguz and Edna Tan)
  • Serious Game Design and Development Lab (Carrie Wachter Morris and J. Scott Young)
  • Making My Space: Use of the School of Education Makerspace to Create 3-D Model “Deaf-Friendly” Homes (Claudia Pagliaro)
  • Family WORKS! Using Makerspace to Enhance Diverse Middle School Students’ Creativity and Innovation with Family and Teacher Supports (Stephanie Kurtts, Teresa Little and Nicole Dobbins)

Project ENRICH (Educational Network for Renewal, Innovation, Collaboration and Help) is a partnership between Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Guilford County Schools, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  It was conceived for the purpose of simultaneous improvement of teacher education and PK-12 education. Project ENRICH is funded by the United States Department of Education. Total federal funds awarded are $6,948,132 (66% of total costs). The recipient non-federal contribution is $3, 595,106 (34% of total costs).


Security Reminder to Faculty/Staff in SOEB

As the semester comes to a close, please be aware of your surroundings for the safety of you and others. Please remember:

– close and lock the SOEB mail room to ensure packages don’t walk away.

– close and lock your office when you are not in it.

– watch for and report any unfamiliar people in the building to campus police.

SOE Staff, as you plan your vacations and days off please add it to the SOE Staff Calendar. This calendar worked well last year allowing others to know when you are out of the office.

Thanks and enjoy the summer parking!


Leadership Greensboro Luncheon – Thursday, June 12

Leadership Greensboro will hold a luncheon forum on Thursday, June 12 from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Self Lecture Hall (SOEB #118) to hear from experts on the critical first 2000 days of a child’s life and how leaders in our community are organizing to ensure Greensboro and Guilford County’s children arrive at school ready for school and ready for life. There is a reservation fee to attend this forum luncheon – for details and for the registration form, please view the event flyer.


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.


Save the Dates – 2014-15 Yopp Speaker Series

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are pleased to announce the Fall and Spring speakers for the 2014-2015 Yopp Distinguished Speakers Series in Mathematics Education. Dr. Randy Philipp will visit on September 8, 2014 and Dr. Elham Kazemi will visit on March 23, 2015. Each will give two talks: a research talk (11 am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talks are intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.

For more information, view the event flyer

We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!

Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson


New Fall 2014 Course Offering – ELC 375 Philosophy of Education

ELC 375 Philosophy of Education, a new General Education course available for all undergraduates, is now included in the fall 2014 course listings. For more information on the new course, please view the event flyer.


NCATE Invitation to Public Comment

In Fall 2014, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will review UNCG’s preparation of teachers and other professional educators. As part of this re-accreditation process, we invite our community and professional partners to share their perspectives about the quality of our programs.

For full details, please visit:


Bridging the Gap STEM Ed Conference – October 28-29

Bridging the Gap unites K-12 education, higher education, industry, government and other STEM groups to work toward the common goal of strengthening K-16 STEM education in North Carolina.

This year’s conference will be held October 28–29, in Raleigh. It is organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.

To participate in one of the leading efforts to strengthen K-16 STEM education in North Carolina, head to to get involved with this year’s Bridging the Gap conference. At the website, you can register to attend, apply to be a presenter or apply for the poster session. (Below please find information and registration links for those interested in attending, presenting, or taking part in the poster session.)


Register to Attend →

Anyone involved with K-12 education, higher education, industry, government or other STEM groups who wants to help strengthen STEM education in North Carolina is encouraged to attend Bridging the Gap.

Before August 1, “early bird” registration prices start at $195/person ($75 for students). For every 3 registrations purchased as part of a single order, you automatically receive an additional registration for free.

For the first time, K-12 attendees of this year’s conference will be eligible to apply for special funding for their schools to support K-12 STEM education programs and resources. Additional information will be provided at the conference.


Apply to be a Presenter →

Conference attendees are invited to submit applications to give presentations during Bridging the Gap.

Presentations should be interactive and engaging and will foster collaboration between North Carolina’s K-16 STEM education communities. They also will increase awareness of STEM education resources being developed by faculty at North Carolina colleges/universities and by other STEM education stakeholders statewide.

This year’s conference includes a new session — the Outreach Expo — which is for individuals from higher education and informal/other STEM groups who are looking to share research outcomes and finished products with conference attendees, especially those from K-12 education.

Presenter applications will be accepted through June 16. Each approved presenter will receive a 50% discount on conference registration.

Poster Session
Apply for the Poster Session →

Conference attendees are invited to submit abstracts to apply for the Bridging the Gap poster session. The poster session will provide attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applications for the poster session will be accepted through August 1.

For questions or additional information on the Conference, please contact Derek Howles at



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.



Qualtrics Offline Surveys App

The Qualtrics Offline Surveys app is now available to anyone with a UNCG-Qualtrics account. The app is only a method for collecting survey results when not connected to the Internet. Creating, editing, distributing, reporting, and downloading results are still done through the online, browser-based application. Go to Available/Survey/ for more information and installation instructions, or register for ITS’s Qualtrics workshops by visiting



SOE Book Club Update

(message from Meggan Reagan)

Due to low interest over the past couple of months, the SOE Book Club will go on hiatus for the rest of the Spring/Summer. We will pick up in August with a book discussion of UNCG’s First Year Summer Read, Little Princes by Conor Grennan. Happy Reading!!!
Here is the link with more information on UNCG’s First Year Summer Read:



Rebecca Morris (LIS) participated in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) CLASS Research Summit in Chicago in April. CLASS, “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success” is a national Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded research summit, described on the program website as follows: “CLASS [brought] together school library and educational researchers to create a national focus and agenda on causal research and provide empirical evidence that school libraries make positive contributions to student achievement. Participants examine[d] the issues of causality related to student learning and school libraries to articulate a research agenda and investigate causal phenomena in school library instruction, resources, and services.” For more information about the summit and panel participants: 


The Graduate School would like to recognize Jennifer Tomon Stephens (ELC alumna, OSS) as a graduate in the first class of Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) – Preparing Future Faculty Track and a winner of a PFL Award for innovative approaches to assessment. For more information on the PFL Program, visit our website:(


Dr. Gulsah Kemer (CED doctoral alumna) has received a highly competitive $3,000 grant from the American Psychological Foundation for her study, “Examining novice and expert supervisors’ case conceptualizations: Innovative directions in the use of momentary assessment in counseling supervision.” Dr. Kemer is an assistant professor at Arizona State University.


Dr. Elizabeth Graves Watkins (PhD alumna of CED) received the 2014 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University.  The award recognizes a junior faculty member who demonstrates outstanding achievement in teaching, service, and scholarship. Congrats, Eli!


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