Mentoring/Advising/Supervising (MAS) Awards – Nominations extended through Monday, March 16

View criteria and nomination form here: MAS Award nomination 2015


Nominations for Staff Senate – Due Monday, March 16

Staff members, you are invited to nominate colleagues from across the university to serve on UNCG’s Staff Senate (SPA and/or EPA non-teaching employees are eligible).

The future success of the Senate rests upon the dedication and skill of its members. To that end, you’re encouraged to nominate colleagues who meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time or part-time permanent employees
  • Have 12 months of continuous service in a permanent position with the University
  • Classified as an SPA or EPA non-faculty employee

All nominations – online and via paper — are due by Monday, March 16, 2015.

To nominate a colleague, visit

You may visit to learn more about the Staff Senate, and contact Betty Betts ( or Lee Odom ( if you have questions regarding this year’s election process.


Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr. Elham Kazemi – Monday, March 23

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Elham Kazemi to UNCG on Monday, March 23, 2015.  She will give two talks as part of the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education — a research talk (11 am – 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.  Details about the talks are included in the flyer.

We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!

Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson



LINK-2-LEAD Stakeholder Meeting – Wednesday, March 25

We invite you to join in a LINK-2-LEAD stakeholder meeting in which we discuss our partnerships at the national, state, and local levels, as well as what we have accomplished together. Also, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions that will strengthen these partnerships and further improve impact. Please save the date and join us if your schedule permits. We look forward to seeing you soon. Together, we can make a difference.

Partnerships: Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


UNCG School of Education, Room 222

Please RSVP to Kara Battin Holden ( by March 20th.

*** Refreshments will be provided***


The LINK-2-LEAD team

Faculty/Staff Excellence Day – Friday, March 27

Excellence Day for faculty and staff will be March 27, 2015, at the EUC Auditorium. The campus community is invited. Service pins as well as faculty and staff awards will be presented.

American Sign Language Idol – Sunday, March 29

The 2015 American Sign Language Idol theme will be ”From My Heart to Yours.” The theme represents the ASL Idol acts’ appreciation for the community of deaf and hard of hearing members who support the Professions in Deafness program at UNCG. The acts want to share a piece of themselves through their songs that inspire us to move past the barriers, to celebrate personal triumphs, and to promote the spirit of togetherness.

ASL Idol will be Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m., at UNCG’s Elliott University Center Auditorium. General admission is $5; children 6-12 is $3. Follow the hashtag: #ASLidol2015

Donations and ticket sales will go to help people attend Camp Dogwood, a camp for deaf and blind patrons located near Lake Norman.


Fall 2015 Advising and Registration Appointments – Through March 31

The office has begun Fall 2015 advising and registration appointments.  This peak advising period will run now through March 31.  Walk-in appointments will be placed on hold during this time, and become available again on April 1.


SOE Scholarships – Applications due Wednesday, April 1

School of Education scholarship flyer


Birth-Kindergarten Initial Licensure Program Grant Funding Opportunity– Applications due Wednesday, April 1

Funding is available through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for qualified students in the BK:ILP who wish to gain specialized experience in early intervention and early childhood special education. Ten spaces are available for the first cohort, beginning Fall 2015.

The grant will provide full tuition support and a stipend to assist in covering program expenses for selected students. With this support, students will:

  • Complete the BK:ILP course of study
  • Complete an additional one credit hour Seminar in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Participate in expanded field experiences in early intervention and early childhood special education
  • Participate in professional and peer mentoring and induction activities
  • Complete a service obligation after graduation.For further information about this grant funding opportunity contact Kimberly Terry, Project Coordinator, at For further information about the program contact Dr. Margaret Gillis at

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“Project Runway” star Justin LeBlanc Presentation and Q&A – Friday, April 24

Save the Date!  On April 24, 2015, Justin LeBlanc, will be coming to UNCG to share his experiences as a fashion designer, as one of the finalists on the TV show “Project Runway” and of his growing up years being a deaf person. LeBlanc is a native of Raleigh, NC and teaches at NC State University. Starting at 1:00 pm in the School of Education Building, he will give a one-hour presentation followed by a one-hour Q&A session and then a Meet and Greet with refreshments.  This event is being sponsored by the School of Education and the Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies program in the Bryan School of Business.


North Carolina Science Festival – Saturday, April 25


Triad Teacher Researcher Conference – Wednesday, April 29

This conference is for ALL educators at ALL levels. Please encourage your undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to submit, along with community members. If you have questions or special needs, please email Amy Vetter at Visit our website at:





Commencement Guide Available Online

The SOE’s 2015 Commencement information is available online here. Information about summer graduates, registration, and guests and much more has been posted. 


Faculty and Student SOE Commencement Registration Now Open

All faculty who plan to participate in the School of Education Commencement should fill out the Faculty RSVP Commencement Form. Please RSVP your participation interest no later than Thursday, April 23.

Students graduating in May or August interested in participating in the Ceremony will need to complete the SOE Commencement Student Registration Form by Friday, April 3 for inclusion in the printed program. PLEASE NOTE: Doctoral students need to have defended by Friday, April 3 in order to have their names listed in the May Commencement program. If Doctoral students defend before SOE Commencement, but after April 3, they are still allowed to walk in the SOE Commencement ceremony, however their names will not be listed in the Commencement program. If your defense date is after April 3, please note the date of your defense on your registration.


Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

We are currently seeking nominations for student speakers for the 2015 SOE Commencement ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Laura Caroline Spell at Students should be prepared to submit proposed remarks no later than March 27 to Remarks should be no longer than 600 words in length.


SOE Research Awards Ceremony – Friday, April 10

The Research Awards Ceremony this spring will be held on April 10, from 9-12 p.m. in Room 224 SOEB.  The format will be similar to that of last year’s ceremony. We will have a video of faculty and graduate students talking about their research, three-minute thesis talks from the top graduate researcher from each department, as well as short presentations by last year’s faculty research award recipients, Dr. Holt Wilson and Dr. DiAnne Borders.  The ceremony will conclude with Dr. Wilson and Dr. Borders will handing out the research awards for this year’s recipients.


Nominations open for 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award – Deadline Friday, March 6

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. The faculty member must have mentored at least two UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry. The 2015 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award will be presented during the 9th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, which will be held on April 7.  This honor will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year. See more at: – sthash.c0EaMxkI.dpuf




SOE Technical Support and Website Update Procedures


As of July 1, Bob Englert and Doug Taylor, Technical Support Analysts from the Bryan School, are assisting SOE with technical support requests.

Faculty and staff should email all technical support requests to and 6-TECH will be notified so an incident ticket can be created and Bob, Doug, and Sandra will be notified.

Note: The above email address should only be used to report the initial technical requests to 6-Tech and not as a direct communication method to Bob and Doug. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Bates-Hart (smbatesh@uncg.eduor 334-3402).



Note: This does not include grant funded projects.

  1. All web updates and additions must be approved by your department chair or manager. Once approved, complete and submit the form below.
  2. Faculty/staff needing content changes on the website will need to complete a request using the following form: SOE Web Update Request Form
  3. Accompanying attachments and image files should be sent to by the requestor.
  4. Web updates will be made by a SOE Website Content Contributoror DCL Web Specialist. Faculty/staff will receive an email confirmation when their request has been completed.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( or 334-3402). 




During the 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed free community college tuition as a way of addressing inequality in the USA. Dr. David F. Ayers (ELC), a nationally recognized expert on community college missions, will edit a special issue of the academic journal Community College Review, which will focus on the implications of this major policy initiative.

Dr. DiAnne Borders (CED) was awarded the Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award and will be honored at the awards ceremony on March 27 in the EUC Auditorium.

Karen DeNaples (SES) was awarded the Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence which is recognition for any full-time lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year.

Dr. Joseph Hill (SES) was awarded the Marie Jean Philip Bilingual/Bicultural Education Award at the NC ASL Teachers Association Conference in Raleigh on February 21. Marie Jean Philip (1953 – 1997) was a determined, Deaf woman who was the first to introduce the “Bilingual and Bicultural Approach” for the education of Deaf children in order to enhance their American Sign Language and English writing skills. Her goal was to achieve and affect a vast improvement for Deaf children’s language acquisition by introducing American Sign Language and English simultaneously in America. This award recognizes a person who enhances the education of Deaf children enabling an improved acquisition of English comprehension by using American Sign Language in the academic setting.

Doctoral student Candice Jackson (CED) has been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 NBCC Minority Fellowship Program as a funded Fellow. The National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP) is a program funded by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Twenty-three doctoral-level counseling fellowships of up to $20,000 were awarded to doctoral students across the nation for the next academic year.  Each Fellow demonstrates knowledge of, experience with, and a commitment to racially and ethnically diverse populations.  The specific focus is on mental health and/or substance abuse and addictions counseling services within underserved minority populations.

Dr. Catherine Matthews (TEHE) was the faculty award recipient of the 2015 Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. The award ceremony will be held on Friday, March 27th, from 9-11am in the EUC Auditorium.  Video vignettes will be presented at that time which will highlight each recipient’s contributions.  Please join us to celebrate their accomplishments!

Lizzie Oakley (UNCG 2013, M.Ed. in Teacher Education, Reading Education concentration) was awarded the 2014 Teacher As Researcher Award Honorable Mention by AERA for her study, “Researching Reading: Inquiring into the Impact of Guided Reading: Using Data to Guide Instruction.”​

Dr. Deborah J. Taub (TEHE)​ was recently recognized as the Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the University of Maryland. The Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a graduate of the Counseling and Personnel Services Department who exemplifies the best of being a scholar/practitioner in the spirit of Tom Magoon. Recipients must be working in higher education. Taub joins a distinguished list of University of Maryland Scholar/Practitioners in the field of Student Affairs & Higher Education. More information is at




Group Counseling at UNCG SHS – Spring 2015

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Safety Reminder

As we begin the semester we would like to remind faculty and staff to close and lock your doors as you leave your office – even if it’s just to go down the hall. There have been a number of thefts in the recent past so please be aware and responsible for your office space.