April Hicks, a 2010 graduate from the BSEd in Elementary Education program, was featured in the most recent issue of Imagine Magazine, produced by the Honors College at WCU. The article describes how she engaged in undergraduate research with Dr. Tommy Hodges (Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning) on strategies for teaching multiplication. She continues to use the strategies in her first year of teaching, and is working with Dr. Hodges to publish the results of her research.
Four professors in the college received promotion in academic rank and/or tenure this year.
- Sharon Dole – promoted to professor
- Kathleen Jorissen – received tenure and was promoted to associate professor
- Phyllis Robertson – received tenure and was promoted to associate professor
- Lori Unruh – received tenure and was promoted to associate professor
The College of Education and Allied Professions has completed a planned reorganization, consolidating from five departments to three academic units. This change is effective as of July 1, 2011.
The School of Teaching and Learning houses Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs.
The Department of Human Services holds the programs in Birth-Kindergarten, College Student Personnel, Community College Administration, Counseling, the Doctor of Education, Human Resources, Parks and Recreation Management, and the Master’s of School Administration/Post Master’s Certificate in Public School Licensure.
The Department of Psychology has the bachelors and masters degrees in Psychology and the Specialist in School Psychology.
The WCU Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has teamed with the Inter-Regional Center and the WCU Division of Educational Outreach to conduct its fifth workshop for physical education teachers from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Faculty from the WCU HPER department and from the Jackson County Schools are giving presentations on subjects ranging from fitness training and testing, to racket and disc sports, to health education and dance. The participants will also have opportunities to experience the beauty of western North Carolina by rafting the Nantahala River or Hiking Panthertown Valley. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Fouts: email@example.com or 828‐227‐3688.
David Strahan, the Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at WCU, has won a $300,000 grant from N.C. Quest to partner with Transylvania County Schools. The grant is to develop a “responsiveness to instruction” model that will identify individual students’ needs and tailored interventions for those needs. A team of faculty will support this effort, including Axelle Faughn from mathematics, Jessica Cunningham and Bianca Montrosse from psychology, and Tommy Hodges, Nancy Luke, Carrie Rogers, and Roya Scales from the school of teaching and learning.
For more information, see the article from the Reporter.
Maridy Troy and Maurice Phipps, faculty in health and physical education and parks and recreation management respectively, have completed a research study examining the ‘energy mile’ theory. The results generally confirm the 35 year old theory and give greater insight to the energy requirements for backpackers.