College of Education Newsletter
Message from the Dean:
Every year I talk about the things I'm grateful for in the November newsletter. This year is no exception. However I'm going to focus on my pets this time. If you are a "dog person", "cat person", "bunny person", or "animal person", you'll understand when I say that I'd like to be the person my dog thinks I am. I've been privileged to have loved and lost a wonderful boxer dog last year, Saint Louis. Now I have a sweet, energetic, energetic (did I say energetic?) one year old boxer named Nola.
Our pets have a way of centering us, making us feel loved, and providing a constant source of comfort. As a special education teacher I can speak to the power and healing of a good service animal. This year on Thanksgiving, I'd like to express my gratitude for my lovely pets because they are so much more than just a pet.
- Vicki Groves-Scott
In the Classroom:
Internship I students in the Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education (ELSE) program have participated in the Project Learning Tree Certification program. On November 3rd, students in the ELSE 4316 Mathematics and Science Strategies for K-6 Educators course completed this training program.
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education initiative designed for teachers and other educators, parents, natural resource professionals, and community leaders working with youth from preschool to grade 12.
Project Learning Tree activities helps develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment, builds their skills and ability to make informed decisions, and encourages them to take personal responsibility for sustaining the environment and our quality of life that depends on it. The PLT is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities that work in both urban and rural settings, whether there is a forest or a single tree.
Dr. Nykela Jackson and Mrs. Jessica Herring Watson (department of Teaching and Learning) were named recipients of the James McLean Distinguished Paper Award. The focus of their paper is on using a case study approach to help teacher candidates engage in more culturally responsive classroom management. Dr. Michael Mills (COE Associate Dean) was installed as the incoming president of MSERA. Dr. Stefanie Sorbet (department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education) serves at the Arkansas state director for MSERA.
COE faculty that presented at the conference were: Dr. Sorbet, Dr. Patty Kohler Evans (ELSE), Dr. Donna Wake (T&L), Dr. Renee Calhoon (ELSE), Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi (department of Leadership Studies), Dr. Shoudong Feng (ELSE), Mrs. Sunny Styles-Foster (T&L), and Dr. Keith Lenz (ELSE).
WHERE ARE THEY NOW:
Dr. Jeremy Owoh:
Dr. Jeremy Owoh, was recently interviewed for a podcast episode on UCA Career Services' podcast entitled "Noteworthy Networks." Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from UCA in 2003. He was recently selected as the new superintendent of the Jacksonville/North Pulaski school district. His interview is featured in episode 4 for Season 1: Becoming an Effective Leader in Today’s Society with Dr. Jeremy Owoh.
Dr. TK Anderson:
Dr. Debbie Dailey and Dr. Michelle Buchanan:
Dr. Allison Freed
Dr. Allison Freed will join the department of Leadership Studies on January, 1, 2022. She will be an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the ITEC program.
Allison is a former high school science teacher. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University in 2015. After which, she began her career in academia at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. While at the University of the Ozarks, she was the Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor of Science Education. Allison has several research interests. Currently, her research is focused on the transformational power of innovative learning experiences on students’ learning, development, and sense of place.
Allison loves to travel and has led a number of study abroad experiences for students from high school to college. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, practicing yoga, spending time on Greers Ferry Lake, and playing sports with her three kids (Liam (7), Logan (5), and Alexander (5 months)) and her husband Jesse.
Dr. Amy Thompson & Dr. Sun Thao
Dr. Jason Trumble:
Dr. Jeff Whittingham:
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Leadership (CETAL):
CETAL hosts several professional learning opportunities throughout the year. From Learning Communities and Book Groups to Lunch & Learn opportunities, CETAL continues to provide faculty and adjunct instructors with the tools they need to make their courses the best they can be.
CETAL also provides Instructional Consultation for new and seasoned online courses. Instructional consultations focus on course design, content delivery, and assessment of learning.
UCA IT Help Desk:
UCA's IT Help Desk is your one-stop-shop for all things Information Technology at UCA. The Help Desk is an online cache of tech tips, tutorials, and a place to request IT help. The help desk is where you will submit "tickets" for technology issues ranging from troubleshooting computer and software issues to requesting a new Zoom account. Simply go to the IT Help Desk, click on Submit a Help Desk request, choose your topic, enter the information, and send in your ticket. You'll receive a confirmation email from IT, and they'll follow up with any questions they may have to help solve the problem.
Google Workspace Training:
UCA offers the full Google Suite to employees. Join us to learn the best ways to use features in Google. Each month from October to April, one Google App will be featured. Take a look at the offerings below and register to attend.
Training sessions will be held on Zoom*. Links to join the Zoom meeting will be sent in Google Calendar invitations a few days prior to the scheduled session. Click the schedule (below) to register for sessions.
*The training session for Google Meet will use the Google Meet App.