Congratulations to Dr. Marcia Rock, Associate Professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services (SES), for receiving the Teacher Education Division (TED) Distinguished Service award!
Dr. Rock has been a member of the Teacher Education Division since she was a doctoral student. Her national service with TED began when she was elected to serve as TED’s Political Action Member at Large. Subsequently, she was elected to and completed her four-year term as a member of the presidential line of TED.
Following in the footsteps of the presidents before her, Dr. Rock worked to elevate TED’s collaboration with other national organizations concerned with the preparation of teachers, particularly around educational policy. She actively promoted finding solutions to the work force problem in special education, and she received funding to invite 30 national experts to a 1.5 day work session.
Dr. Rock was nominated for this Distinguished Service Award by many of her colleagues: Drs. Pamela Williamson, Wendy Muraski, Diane Ryndak, Paula Crawford, Christina O’Connor, and Jennie Jones. Dr. Williamson stated how Dr. Rock has a long history of promoting governmental and political action in the promotion of actions beneficial to special education. Through her work as TED’s Political Action Committee Member at Large, Dr. Rock influenced the participation in advocacy of countless doctoral students across the country.