College of Education Newsletter
Message from the Dean:
UCA Career Services Merit Fellows:
Career Services recently introduced the December 2020 (Class VII) Merit Fellows.
Career Services Merit Fellows are a group of prestigious graduates who completed career development designed to enhance professionalism, employer engagement, and educational experience. They all had a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and were distinguished by wearing a black and gold honor cord during the commencement ceremony. Join us in congratulating this class of hard-working and dedicated graduates!!
Fellows from the College of Education are: Sara Martinez and Tara Swaffar. Congratulations!
CSPA (College Student Personnel Administration) Students Receive Awards:
Several CSPA students recently received awards/special achievements:
Trevis Belle, a second-year student in the CSPA program, was awarded:
- 2020 Rising Star Graduate Student Award by NASPA Region IV-West
- 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year by Arkansas Student Affairs Association
Four first-year CSPA students were selected for The Placement Exchange (TPE) Ambassador Program:
UCA's CSPA program provides professional preparation for students seeking student services positions in both two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions. The program is interdisciplinary to prepare student services administrators for diverse areas of responsibility, including campus climate and diversity, finance, budgeting, grant writing, assessment, leadership, and legal/ethical issues. For more information please visit the CSPA website at https://uca.edu/cspa/.
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School Leadership, Management, and Administration Program
Drs. Helen Hu, Donna Wake, Erin Shaw, Uma Garimella, Rachelle Miller, and Valerie Couture:
Dr. Helen Hu (Leadership Studies) recently presented a session titled “Algebra Connecting Concepts: An Evaluation of a Professional Development Program” at the MSERA 2020 Virtual Conference with Dr. Uma Garimella, director of UCA STEM Institute. Dr. Hu also worked with Drs. Donna Wake (T&L) and Erin Shaw (Leadership Studies) to present a session titled “The Voices of AMI: From District Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialists.”
Dr. Helen Hu (Leadership Studies), Dr. Na Mi Bang, & Dr. Valerie Couture (Leadership Studies) gave a presentation titled “Technology Progression in School Counseling and Counselor Education: To Meet Diverse Needs” at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Virtual Conference.
Drs. Helen Hu (Leadership Studies), Donna Wake (T&L) and Rachelle Miller (T&L) recently had a paper accepted for the 2021 Virtual American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting. AERA received more than 10,000 submissions this year. Their paper is titled, "Online School Librarian Preparation: Technology Acceptance and Integration to Engage More Students."
Dr. Malcolm North:
Dr. Malcolm North (Leadership Studies) published the article, Freedom from Prejudice: The Value Creation Path to Human Flourishing in the Journal of Formal Axiology: Theory and Practice, 13, pp 27-40
This paper is the result of 8 years studying leaders' thinking, bias, problem-solving, and decision-making patterns. Using data from a doctoral level course in human flourishing and leadership series lectures, it discusses how to mitigate bias and improve thinking, judgment and decision-making in leaders. The paper introduces the concept of pre-judgment and its role in producing common, everyday biases that form the cognitive basis of uncritical thinking and prejudice. It concludes with a phenomenological application of de-biasing to develop strengths and human potential at the individual, group and societal levels. The article can be accessed through the Philosopher's Index database or Journal of Formal Axiology https://www.hartmaninstitute.org/journal-of-formal-axiology and is one in a series focussed on leadership equity, inclusion, and social change.
Dr. Stefanie Sorbet and Ms. Patti Hunter:
Dr. Angela Webster:
Dr. Angela Webster (Associate VP for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion & Associate Professor in the department of Leadership Studies) recently had several publications.
Webster, A (2021). Education and the Black experience. In Michael Mwenda Kithinji and Ogechi Emmanuel Anyanwu (Eds). Africana World in Perspective: An Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora (2nd ed.), (pp.231-251). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Webster, A. and Burke, M. (2020, Spring). How Arkansas teachers grapple with cultural diversity. Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators Electronic Journal, 10, 1, 62-78.