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School of Education

News: 10-28-2013


The UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City, NC recently hosted a group of UNCG pre-service teachers in the elementary education program who are working towards obtaining their NC Environmental Educator Certification. Graduate students at IMS took the group out to a salt marsh so they could play the part of marine ecologists for the day.


‘Spooky’ School Supply Drive in OSS – Thursday, October 31

Halloween is this Thursday, and to get in the mood the Office of Student Services staff is dressing up as characters from the literary classics of the Brothers Grim for Halloween. They are also collecting school supplies for Murphey Traditional Academy. So when you come down for some candy Thursday, make sure you also bring some school supplies (erasers, notebooks, crayons, pencils).


CSI FUNdraising Auction – Wednesday, November 6

The Upsilon Nu Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota in the CED department is hosting a silent auction fundraising event at Natty Greene’s on Wednesday, November 6 from 5-7pm. This event is open to the public. For more information, view the event flyer.


5th Annual iDEAL Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism

Saturday, November 9

You are invited to the 5th Annual iDEAL Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism

Saturday, November 9, 2013

UNCG School of Education, Room 120

Registration12-12:30 pm

Register at:

Come explore what libraries can and are doing for people of all ages on the autism spectrum, estimated to be 1 out of 50 people in the United States.

The keynote Cora Paul Bomar presentation will be given by Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss. Both are public library directors in New Jersey and are the founders of Libraries and Autism: We’re Cnnected, a website of resources on meeting the needs of library users with autism. You can find more information about their work at


12:00-12:30pm   Registration
12:30-2:00pm     Keynote Presentation
2:00-2:45pm     Small Group Discussions
2:45-3:00pm     Break
3:00-3:30pm     Poster Session
3:30-4:30pm     Consensus sharing and action agenda


Call for Poster Session Proposals

Poster Sessions for the 5th iDEALS Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism are being accepted until October 28th.  Please submit your proposals for the poster session at PosterSession Proposals.  Poster proposals can be either research oriented or based in practice. We are interested in topics broadly related to libraries serving individuals with autism and their families.

We hope to see you at the iDEAL Summit on November 9, 2013.

Nora Bird and Linda Gann, Co-Chairs
iDEAL Summit

For additional information, please view the event flyer.


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 here

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: Click Here

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

Coffee Talk With the Dean – Wednesday, November 13

Dean Wixson will host her next Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 13th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 301 SOEB. Everyone is invited to attend. Your questions, comments and ideas are welcome.


LMS Study Underway

(message from Nanette DeBerry, SOE Instructional Technology Consultant)

UNCG ITS and the Academic Technology Coordination (ATCC) Committee are conducting a detailed LMS study at the request of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of ITS. UNCG’s Blackboard Learn contract expires in a few years. Therefore, we are exploring the strengths & weaknesses of other LMSs.

ITS/ATCC are seeking faculty volunteers from each unit to pilot test the latest versions of Blackboard, Canvas and Desire2Learn beginning Spring 2014.

The pilots of these LMSs will begin Spring semester 2014.  Please contact Nanette DeBerry if you would like to participate in the LMS pilot testing.

Please be advised that Nanette DeBerry ( and Matthew Fisher ( will be available to provide any support on the pilots that you may need. Please contact Matt or Nanette if you have any questions regarding the LMS study. Thank you for your consideration, and we hope to hear from you soon.


Kappa Delta Pi Accepting New Members

The UNCG Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education is now accepting members who meet requirements and are eligible for membership. Prospective members can turn in their $65 dues to Babbette Mabe in SOEB 142 by November 26. For questions regarding membership, contact Wayne Journell at or one of the chapter officers at


 SOE ITS Training Options

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. In response to the faculty retreat evaluations, SOE ITS is offering a variety of options for instructional technology support. A full listing of training options can be found  here.


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


Applications Now Being Received for 2013-2014 CDLC Fellowships

(Message from Micheline Chalhoub-Deville)

It is time for our second-year CDLC Fellowship applications.

Please find the guidelines/information for the 2013-2014 application submissions by clicking here.  I will be sending this announcement to different groups on campus.  However, please feel free to disseminate these guidelines to all in the SOE and across campus.  Remember that this year, we have secured additional funding to support fellowships from faculty across units on our campus.  Funding for the 2013-14 Fellowships comes from CDLC, the SOE Dean’s Office, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.  Many thanks to all of you who work and support CDLC and our constituencies.


Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2013-2014 Distinguished Research Scholars Awards

The School of Education announces two new research awards to honor faculty for exemplary research scholarship. The awards are Distinguished Senior Research Scholar and The Distinguished Research Scholar. Nominations for these awards are due December 1, 2013.

The Nature of the Award.  Recipients will receive a modest stipend of $1000 to support their research.  These funds will be deposited in a research account for their use.  Additionally, their names will be added to the Distinguished Research Scholars plaque that will be displayed in the School of Education Building.  The winners will be honored at the School of Education’s Research Symposium to be held on February 14th, 2014.

Criteria.  The awards are based solely upon criteria of scholarly research quality, significance/impact, and productivity.  Productivity is indexed by the volume of published books, book chapters, and refereed articles in one’s field.  For the Senior award, the duration and consistency of one’s scholarly performance will be considered.  Aside from sheer numbers, however, the award also recognizes the quality, impact on the field, and significance of a candidate’s scholarship in the candidate’s discipline.  Criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals include but are not limited to:

Distinguished Research Scholar

  • Is there a well-defined, coherent program of research?
  • Does the individual publish in the top journals in their field?
  • Is the work highly regarded by peers?
  • Is the individual’s scholarship beginning to make an impact on his/her field?

Distinguished Senior Research Scholar

  • Does the researcher have an established record of publishing in the top journals in the field?
  • Has the researcher’s scholarship significantly impacted the field?
  • Are there identifiable conceptual and/or theoretical advances evident in this scholarship?
  • Is there a well-established record of external funding?

Eligibility.  To be eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award an individual must be an assistant, tenure track professor in the SOE.  To be eligible for the Distinguished Senior Research Scholar the individual must be either a tenured associate or full professor.  Individuals who have already received the Distinguished Scholar award are also eligible for the Distinguished Senior Scholar award after they have achieved the rank of at least associate professor.

Nomination Procedure.  Nominations can come from the candidate, the candidate’s department, or any colleague of the candidate.  An application for both awards should include the following:

  • A two-page letter of nomination letter that addresses the nominee’s impact and visibility in the field
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Two representative publications
  • One external letters of support from an established scholar outside The University of North Carolina at Greensboro commenting on the quality and impact of the nominee’s record.

Application materials can be submitted electronically to Sharlene O’Neil 320 SOEB at

Review Process. The School of Education Research Council will then undertake a thorough review and selection process and make recommendations to the Dean.


SOE Book Club Next Read

The next book club read by the SOE Book Club will be A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel by Wiley Cash.  For questions about the SOE Book Club, please contact Meggan Reagan. Stay tuned for the discussion some time in November!


It’s a Girl!!!

Edie Ruth Vetter Walters made her way in to the world at 9:44am today, Tuesday October 22nd!  She was two weeks early, weighs 5 lbs 15 oz, and is 19 1/4 in.  Mom Amy Vetter (TEHE) did an awesome job through the delivery and both Baby and Mom are doing great!


Welcome, Sue Miller

Sue Miller

The SOE is excited to welcome Sue Miller as the new Business Service Coordinator in the Dean’s Office. Sue will be working directly with Terri Lawson assuming the responsibilities that Brenda Jones had previously done. Sue comes to us from UNC School of the Arts where she served as the Director of Budget for the last 7 years. She has an extensive background in accounting and budget management.


 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.


Training and Educational Resources

The Technology Steering Committee and Instructional Technology Group are committed to supporting faculty by providing training and educational resources for developing online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Click here for more information.


SOE In the News

Todd Lewis (CED) was featured in a UNC-TV North Carolina Now story on the UNCG Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness:

Sam Parker (SES) was featured in UNCG Now regarding the installation of the new videophone in Jackson Library:


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments

Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill, Administrative Associate in the ERM department, was presented with the Staff Star Award during a ceremony on October 23, 2013. Presented by Chancellor Brady, the Staff Star Award is for those staff members going above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations, Rachel!


James M. Benshoff (CED) received the Professional Leadership Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision at the association’s biennial conference held in Denver October 17-20.


Erik Hines (CED) was an invited featured guest on a podcast entitled Saving Our Boys: A Pipeline to College, produced by the national organization, Concerned Black Men National.  Dr. Hines spoke about his research and experiences, as a school counselor and school counselor educator, in facilitating the pipeline to college for Black men.

The link to the podcast is here: You can also download the mp3 file on that page as well.


Nancy Poole (PhD student, LIS/Ed Studies) had two posters accepted for the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2014 conference in Philadelphia.  She was also recently awarded a scholarship to Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) this summer in Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, Nancy presented at the North Carolina Library Association last week.


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