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News: 08-26-2013


SOE Faculty/Student Spotlight Feature This Month

how to nab a lizard

This month’s SOE Faculty and Student Spotlight features TEHE professor Kathy Matthews and TEHE graduate students Aerin Benavides and Lacey Huffling, as they share their personal experiences from this summer’s Rockfish Herpetological Research Experience. Read more on the SOE home page (, or click here.

SOE Curriculum Committee Guidelines

SOE Curriculum Committee Proposal Deadlines

Proposals Approved by SOE Curriculum Committee Deadlines

SOE Faculty Assembly


Fri. 10/4

For approval at Tues. October 8th Faculty Assembly


Fri. 11/15

For approval at Tues. November 19th Faculty Assembly


Last date to make 2013-2014 Bulletin for graduate courses

Fri. 1/24

For approval at Tues. 1/28 Faculty AssemblyGSC Bulletin Deadline is February 18, 2014.


Last date to make 2013-2014 Bulletin for undergraduate courses

Fri. 2/28

**For approval at Tues. March 4th Faculty AssemblyUCC Bulletin Deadline is March 14, 2014


Fri. 4/11

**For approval at Tues. April 15th Faculty Assembly

**Projected (as of 8.12.13)

  • Deadline for submission to the UCC for all changes to academic programs/ courses and approval of new/amended courses for Academic year 2011-2012 is March 14, 2014.
  • The deadline for GSC is February 18, 2014.


All curriculum proposals must be submitted to the SOE Curriculum Committee via email and hard copy (including signature sheet with appropriate signatures) to the Chair and SOE Associate Dean of Student Affairs by SOE Curriculum Committee Proposals deadlines.


Please forward hard copies along with your electronic copies of any course proposals to:


Sam Parker

Sam Miller


Overview of the entire process:

1. Review for the appropriate form that needs to be submitted with your proposal.   Please consult 2013-2014 Curriculum Guides for Undergraduate and Graduate course proposals posted on the UNCG web page.

2. If you have questions you may want to check with the faculty representative in your department who will know the deadlines and established procedures.

Sam Parker- Chair-SES –

Sam Miller-Associate Dean –

Scott Howerton—TEHE –

Fatih Oguz-LIS –

Ric Luecht-ERM –

Craig Peck-ELC –

Laura Gonzalez-CED –

3. Complete the appropriate proposal form(s) electronically, print out the appropriate signature pages, have them signed by your department chair, and send one electronic copy to Sam Miller Associate Dean at and one signed hard copy to Sam Parker at or 420 School of Education building.

4. Sam Miller will post the electronic form to Google Docs for committee review.

5. You will also be given access to this document so that you can view comments as well as make the requested changes directly on this shared document.

6. Once the proposal is approved you will be informed of any necessary edits and it will be proposed for approval at the next faculty assembly meeting. SOE Curriculum Committee will review and process routine changes and only substantive proposals will be taken to the Faculty Assembly for a vote.

7. When approved by the full faculty, your proposal is sent onto the appropriate university curriculum committee (undergraduate and/or graduate).

8. Deadlines to make next year’s 2013-2014 University Bulletin will be at the February meeting which means your proposals must be submitted by the January SOE Curriculum Committee deadline.

9. To check on progress of your proposal please check the minutes posted on line for the Graduate and undergraduate Curriculum Committees reports.


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.


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 All School Meeting – Friday, September 20

All SOE faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2013 All School Meeting, taking place on Friday, September 20 from 2-5pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. Dean Wixson will provide a review of the 2012-2013 year, highlight school-wide accomplishments, and discuss the strategic vision and plans for SOE for the 2013-2014 school year. Light refreshments will be served.


5th Annual Deaf “Kiss-Fist” – Saturday, September 21

The 5th annual “Deaf Kiss-Fist” event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the EUC Auditorium from 1:30pm-3:30pm, showcasing talent by deaf children and adults in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week.

Cost: $5.00 per person, $3.00 for children age 6 – 12, FREE for age 5 & under (Parking is FREE in Walker Ave Parking Deck)

Come enjoy a variety of entertainment by Deaf children and adults – ABC stories, Deaf jokes, skits, playing with fingerspelling, etc.  Lots of fun and lots of laughs! Exhibits will be on site of crafts/talent and professional work by Deaf people, as well as information booths with several organizations/agencies that provide services for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

For more information, email Karen De Naples at or view the Event Flyer.


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



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


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


In the last SOE News email, we incorrectly stated that Claudia Pagilaro was hired as an Associate Professor.  She was actually hired at the Professor rank.  We also omitted Devdass Sunnassee who has been hired as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the ERM Department.  We regret the errors.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Nicole Martin, Holt Wilson, and Kerri Richardson (TEHE) presented at the Rockingham County Educators conference on Monday, August 19, 2013. All Rockingham County teachers attend the conference each year to hear the latest developments in K-12 education.



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