The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Education

News: 08-19-2013


Welcome to the First Day of the 2013-2014 School Year!!!

SOE Welcomes New Faculty/Staff

We would like to welcome the following SOE Faculty and Staff who have joined us over the summer, or have received new positions within SOE:

Jeanette Alarcon, Assistant Professor, TEHE

Nanette DeBerry, Instructional Technology Consultant

Kathy Hytten, Professor ELC

Brad Johnson, Clinical Assistant Professor TEHE

Rebecca Morris, Assistant Professor LIS

Claudia Pagliaro, Associate Professor SES

Maria Paredes, 1 year visiting faculty CED

Meggan Reagan, Student Services Coordinator (new position in SOE)

Jamie Schissel, Assistant Professor TEHE


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.


Upcoming Learning Management Systems presentations

UNCG has used Blackboard Learn (Bb) as its Learning Management System (LMS) for a number of years. Bb Learn has served the needs of faculty for distance learning & for other technology-assisted learning & academic support. At the same time, a number of UNCG faculty have expressed concerns regarding some of the characteristics of the Bb product.  Other large campuses, including UNC campuses, have undertaken detailed studies or pilots of alternative LMSs. In November 2012, Provost David Perrin & Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter charged the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee (ATCC) with carrying out such a study here at UNCG, with the goal of determining which solution best meets faculty and student needs & what the University can cost-effectively support. Click on the link below to find out more on the study:

An important series of presentations will be held in the coming weeks to introduce the campus to the four LMSs under consideration: Canvas, Desire2Learn, OpenClass and Blackboard.

Vendor presentations for the selected LMSs will take place in the EUC Auditorium. Interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Aug. 27 – Canvas 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation 3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

Aug. 29 – Desire2Learn 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation 3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

Sept. 3 – OpenClass 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Presentation 4:30 – 5 p.m. – Q&A

Sept. 17 – Blackboard Note – this presentation is for a newer version of Blackboard Learn – service pack 13. UNCG is currently running service pack 11. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation 3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

The presentations will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend.

Sandra Bates-Hart and Nanette Deberry represent the SOE on the LMS project team.  Several SOE faculty have volunteered to pilot test the identified LMS products.


Faculty Retreat – Friday, August 23

The SOE Faculty Retreat will take place in Room #224 SOEB on Friday, August 23 from 8:45am – 2:00pm.


Dean’s Welcome Back Reception – Friday, August 23

To celebrate the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, Dean Wixson will be hosting a Welcome Back Reception at her home (physical address found on the invitation) on Friday, August 23 from 5-8pm. SOE faculty, staff, and their significant others are welcome to attend. To RSVP for the event, please respond to the invitation sent out via email, or contact Annie Smith ( if you have any questions.

Storyteller/Musician Bill Harley on Campus Monday, September 9

 Storyteller/Musician Bill Harley

2-time Grammy Award Winner, NPR commentator, and acclaimed storyteller/musician Bill Harley will perform in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Greensboro: Monday, September 9, 7 pm – Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG campus

Winston-Salem: Saturday, September 7, 12:30 pm and 4 pm BOOKMARKS Festival, Arts District (Main Stage)

Both events are free and open to the public, with book signings following

Sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG, with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Series Fund

For More Information: (336) 256-0112 or visit

“He combines wry observation with well-crafted folk, pop and rock music to tell tales that tickle the funny bone and tease the brain.” – Boston Globe

“Harley delivers an uninhibited performance with wry sense of humor and has a love of life we can all share…”

Los Angeles Times

A two-time Grammy award winning artist, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours worldwide as an author and performing artist.


Online Webinar: Scholarly Writing and Publishing for LIS Students – Thursday, September 12

(from the LIS Department)

Dear friends,

The Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve is planning the launch of a column that will gather articles from LIS students on their experiences and knowledge of library services including interlibrary loan, document delivery, reserves, digitization, and electronic accessibility.  To kick off this column, we’d like to share what we know of scholarly publishing and are offering an online webinar:  Scholarly Writing & Publishing for LIS Students on September 12, 2013 at 1-2:30 p.m. EST.  Webinar registration at this address:  We hope that this will be an opportunity for LIS students to gain experience and confidence with the publishing process.

We’d like to get your feedback and partnership, as an LIS student organization, in making this column come to life.  Please help us spread the word about the webinar and publishing opportunity.


LeEtta Schmidt, MLS

Associate Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

University of South Florida, Tampa Library

4202 E Fowler Ave LIB 102

Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974- 1627 voice

Rebecca Donlan, M.A.

Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves

Florida Gulf Coast University Library Services

10501 FGCU Blvd. South

Fort Myers, FL 33965-6501

239-590-7641 voice

239-590-7609 fax


Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Dr. Megan Franke – Monday, September 16

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Megan Franke to UNCG on Monday, September 16, 2013.  She will be the inaugural speaker in the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education! The event flyer  describes the two talks Dr. Franke will give that day — a research talk (11am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talk is intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.


SOE Book Club – Wednesday, September 25

SOE Book Club is back!

Hope everyone is enjoying The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

We will be meeting to discuss the book on Wednesday, September 25th at 12pm. Room TBA.

Hope to see some new faces! Everyone is welcome!

(from Meggan Reagan)


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards – Deadline Friday, September 27

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 SOE Alumni Awards, to be presented during UNCG Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Alumni Awards will be presented in the following categories: Early Career, Distinguished Career, Outstanding Achievement, and Distinguished Service Awards. To submit a nomination form online, please visit:

The deadline to submit Alumni Award nominations is Friday, September 27. Winners will be selected and announced in early October.


Save the Date – Fall Staff Assembly Dates

  • September 11th, 9am – 11am – Presentation by Paul Harmelin, Director of Team Quest
  • October 9th, 9am – 11am – Presentation by Healthy UNCG
  • November 13th, 9am – 11am – Presentation by Paul Harmelin, Director of Team Quest
  • December 11th, 9am – 11am – Service activity – TBD

All Locations – TBD


Registration Now Open for Greensboro Chinese School

UNCG faculty, staff, and students are welcome to register and participate in the Chinese language classes at the Greensboro Chinese Association in Fall 2013. The Chinese language classes will be held in the School of Education Building at UNCG (1300 Spring Garden Street). Up to 25 UNCG faculty, staff, and students will receive the tuition waiver ($155/semester). They will only need to submit the Greensboro Chinese Association annual membership fee ($10/year) and any costs associated with the required textbooks.

Here is the registration form. For more information, please visit the Greensboro Chinese Association’s website: You can also contact Ms. Jennifer Qian, principal of the Greensboro Chinese School, at or 336-643-8092


 2013-2014 Faculty Assembly Meeting Dates

Below please find the dates for the 2013-2014 Faculty Assembly monthly meeting dates. All monthly meetings are scheduled to take place from 2:00pm-3:30pm. For questions, please contact Annie Smith at

September 10, 2013 – EUC Claxton

October 8, 2013 – EUC Kirkland

November 19, 2013 – EUC Kirkland

January 28, 2014 – EUC Kirkland

March 4, 2014 – EUC Kirkland

April 15, 2014 – EUC Kirkland


In the News…

Colleen Fairbanks (TEHE) was interviewed last week by News 14 Carolina regarding graduate education for teachers – Fairbanks Talks to News 14 About Graduate Education for Teachers.


UNCG HR Information

Fidelity Holding Individual Counseling Session This Summer

Fidelity is holding individual counseling sessions at UNCG and invites you to attend the final summer session.

Joshua Soucy, our Fidelity Investments Representative will be conducting a 1:1 Retirement Planning Session. Consider meeting with your Fidelity Workplace Planning & Guidance Consultant if you need help with:

• Managing your retirement savings goals

• Choosing from among a wide range of investments

• Building a plan that’s easy to put into action

The final session is scheduled for:

August 23rd       8:00AM – 5:00PM          White Oak Room (EUC)

To schedule an appointment, please go to or call 1-800-642-7131.



Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

David Ayers (ELC) was named to the editorial board of the Community College Review.

Holt Wilson (TEHE) has received an award in the amount of $88,126 from North Carolina State University for his project “Contextual Research – Empirical: Building a Conceptual Model of Learning-Trajectory Based Instruction sub”. This project will develop a web-based system and professional development for math teachers. Holt was featured in this week’s Campus Weekly.




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