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News: 11-04-2013


Snoopervision class

Betul Meydan, an advanced doctoral student at Ege University in Turkey, is winding down her 6 month government-funded visiting scholar time with CED.  Betul recently reflected on her time with the counseling program and all she has learned in her comments below. She is pictured with Dr. L. DiAnne Borders and the clinical supervision class she has attended all semester in the above photo (Betul is far right).  Dr. Borders reported that Betul has added much depth to class discussions in which she contrasted the US experience of supervising counseling students with the Turkey counselor education context.

Betul’s words:

“I came to CED (UNCG) to acquire more knowledge and experiences around counseling practicum, supervision and counselor education in a different country. This decision was one of the best decisions for my doctoral education because I will return to Turkey with both academic and social gains…. 

At the beginning of my stay, all I wanted was academic information, and I learned tons of things from the best faculty members in the USA. They are qualified, effective, and friendly lecturers and great persons. I am appreciative for all, firstly to Dr. Borders, and then to Dr. Young, Dr. Cashwell, Dr. Wester, Dr. Murray, Dr. Benshoff, and Dr. Mobley. 

I think there is a big and super faculty team in CED. Qualified faculty members are the most important part of this team. Nevertheless, great students are just as important as faculty members.

I will return to Turkey with great memories about special classmates in CED. Their social support and friendship were priceless for me. Thanks to all the master’s and doctoral students in CED and the staff in the Vacc Clinic for their smiling faces and friendly attitudes toward me. And, finally, special thanks to the “awesome” second year doc students. Jodi Bartley, Katie Wachtel, Bradley McKibben, Tamarine Foreman, Stephen Hebard, Alwin Wagener, and Melissa Fickling made these five months unforgettable for me!!!

I will never forget you, CED, and UNCG!!! I think this is just a start of our relationship….”

CED has hosted 9 doctoral students and post-doc scholars from various universities in Turkey over the last few years, primarily seeking additional training and research opportunities in the area of clinical supervision.


Online Learning Brown Bag Lunch – Tuesday, November 5

(message from Anthony Chow)

Just a reminder that we will be having our monthly online learning brown bag lunch this Tuesday, November 5 from 12-1pm in SOEB #401.

Remember this is a casual affair for you to relax and talk about anything you would like to about online learning.

As a member of DCL’s online learning and also MOOC committee I have updates to report.

I will share with you some of the latest research on student engagement and retention in e-Learning and some national trends in these areas.

I would also like to start bringing in guest speakers starting in December and will be reaching out to you for ideas and topics.

Virtual attendance is fine too.



p.s. I’m bringing lots of Halloween Candy to this month’s meeting :-)!


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


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.


‘Getting My PhD in Higher Education’ Forum – Friday, November 15

Current and interested students are invited to attend ‘Getting My PhD in Higher Education’, a forum for dialogue and support on Friday, November 15, from 6-7:30pm in Room #401 SOEB. For more information, view the event flyer.


New Beginning Spring Semester 2014 – Low-Incidence/Adapted Curriculum Series from SES

Beginning in Spring Semester 2014, the SES department will begin to offer the Low-Incidence/Adapted Curriculum series. This three course (9 credit hour) series is designed to support teachers to serve students and families of individuals with low-incidence (moderate and severe) intellectual disability within the school, work and community settings. For more information on the series, please view the information flyer.


Siler City Elementary named an official International Spanish Academy

Congratulations to SOE partner school Siler City Elementary, which has been named an official International Spanish Academy (ISA). ISA’s are part of an international cooperative educational project in English and Spanish between public schools in the US and Canada and the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. For more information on the ISA concept, visit:


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


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!


 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.


Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Accomplishments


Counseling and Education Development faculty members receive the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award at the 2013 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Denver.


The Counseling and Education Development (CED) department received national recognition during the 2013 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) bi-annual conference, held October 17-20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Read more on all of the awards and recognitions received by CED faculty, students, and alumni during the Conference.


Anthony Chow (LIS) has been selected to lead the UNCG Grants Committee for this year. Anthony is starting his third year on the committee and as the past subcommittee chair for the behavioral and social sciences grants.


Vicki Jacobs (TEHE) received new funding from The University of Texas-Austin for the project “Theorizing and Advancing Teachers’ Responsive Decision Making in the Domain of Rational Numbers.” Read more information on the project here.


Kelly Wester (CED) recently was asked to consult with a local middle school regarding non-suicidal self-injury behaviors (NSSI) at the school.  Dr. Wester met with the assistant principal, school social workers, and school counselors to discuss current situations in their school.  She provided information about NSSI (e.g., etiology, connection to suicide, risk factors, treatment), how to reach out to parents, how to get parents involved, how to work with the students, what groups to offer in the school to address this issue.  Additional consultation in the next weeks may include parent education efforts about NSSI. Dr. Wester has conducted research on NSSI in adolescent and college populations, in clinical and non-clinical settings in addition to providing counseling for clients and supervising CED students’ work with clients experiencing NSSI.  She recently signed a contract to write the first book explaining a strength-based treatment approach for clinicians working with clients reporting NSSI.


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