The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Education

News: 09-03-2013


Dean Karen Wixson and many SOE faculty and staff took part in UNCG’s House Calls program on August 26th, welcoming freshmen students to the dorms, delivering welcome bags and answering questions from students about UNCG campus life.


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 Online Learning Brown Bags for 2013-2014

This year’s SOE online brown bag luncheons will be the first Tuesday’s every month starting in September. Each session will have a main theme but as always anyone is free to share and/or discuss anything e-Learning related:

  • Tues. September 3rd, 12-1 p.m.: SLOAN Report on e-Learning Trends
  • Tues. October 1st, 12-1 p.m.: Assessment of e-Learning quality
  • Tues. November 5th, 12-1 p.m.: Student engagement and retention
  • Tues. December 3rd, 12-1 p.m.: MOOCs and e-Learning infrastructures
  • Tues. February 4th, 12-1 p.m.: New and Emerging Technologies
  • Tues. March 4th, 12-1 p.m.: Class sizes and student interaction
  • Tues. April 1st (no kidding :-), 12-1 p.m.: e-Learning and your field
  • Tues. May 6, 12-1 p.m.: Semester wrap – challenges and lessons learned

For more information, please contact Anthony Chow at


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.

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 in SOEB room #336 (or outside if it is really nice).

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.


First American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum – Monday, November 11

The first American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum, cosponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) (NCSU); the College of Education (NCSU); the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNC General Administration; and the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill is scheduled for November 11th (8 am – 5 pm) at the Friday Institute on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bryan Brayboy (Lumbee), Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice and Director of the Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University.

The primary goal of this event is to promote networking and collaboration among American Indian faculty at the UNC member institutions and ultimately to assist in retaining American Indian faculty.

Online registration is available at:

We are in the process of developing a website for this event. Please check the address below for updates (e.g., forum agenda) throughout the semester:

If you have questions or need additional information regarding this event, please contact Susan Faircloth, Associate Professor of Education/Faculty Liaison, OIED, NCSU by phone at 919-515-6249 or by email at


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 Meeting Locations will be held in SOEB room #307


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.


UNCG Rec Center Couch to 5K Program (September 6 – October 25)

(message from Dodie Booton)

I’m currently training for and planning on running the UNCG Homecoming 5K on October 26 at 9 a.m. I thought it would be awesome to have a group from the SOE run/walk as a group. Please join me!  Training happens at the Student Rec Center (SRC) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m. You can train alone using various Couch to 5K apps.

You can find information on the actual training program at the SRC (membership is not required): Scroll down and watch the video.

You do not have to be a member of the SRC to join. Pre-registration ends October 7. The cost is $20 pre-registration for students and $25 for pre-registration staff.  (Prices then go up to $25 and $28 respectively.)  First 50 to register receive a free t-shirt.

The Registration Form can be found online at:

The online payment version is not yet available but I’ve contacted the SRC for online payment status.

If you are interested please contact me at  or 334-3490 for more SOE group information as it develops.


SOE In the News…

Dean Karen Wixson was interviewed by the Greensboro News & Record in regards to the experiences and challenges new teachers face in the classroom – Mentors help new teachers survive.

Anthony Chow (LIS) was interviewed by WGHP Fox 8 News for a story on the impact of online tutoring and access to online tutorials in the K-12 educational system. The story is confirmed to be aired on Tuesday, September 3 at 10 p.m. as part of the Buckley Report on WGHP Fox 8 News.

Ye (Jane) He (TEHE) was featured in Campus Weekly for being invited to serve on a national screening committee for Fulbright US Student English Teaching Assistantships in East Asia – read more here.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Hannah Beck

Hannah Beck, graduate of the Special Education: General Curriculum program in Specialized Education Services, was selected as the Davie County 2013-2014 Exceptional Children’s Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Hannah!


Anthony Chow (LIS) and his daughter Emma Chow, who is 10, wanted everyone to know that she loves libraries and BOOKs (physical or e-books). She helped the North Carolina contingent of library advocates bring this message to Washington during National Library Legislative Day last May 2013 and was recently profiled in American Libraries Magazine as the youngest library advocate in Washington:


Eun-Hee (Maria) Lim, Assistant Professor of Art Education (Art Department), was recently named Higher Education Art Educator of the Year (2013-2014) by the North Carolina Art Education Association.



Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations

Anthony Chow (LIS) was recently published in the special leadership edition of TechTrends:

Anthony shares his lessons learned in blending his education in systems thinking with the reality of social contexts, collaboration, and the need for collective vision in the rapidly moving world of technology and e-Learning.

“I reflect on 15 years of application, in government, industry, and higher education, of what I learned in the classroom from some of the giants of the field (Wager, Morgan, Kaufman, Dick, Keller, Harless, Reiser, Driscoll). With the continuing proliferation of technology throughout all levels of higher education, systems thinking and the instructional systems design (ISD) process is highly relevant and germane.”

One Educational Technology Colleague’s Journey from Dotcom Leadership to University E-Learning Systems Leadership: Merging Design Principles, Systemic Change and Leadership Thinking



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