Dr. Kelly Kelley, Associate Professor of Inclusive and Special Education in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning and co-director of the University’s University Participant Program, is the recipient of the Leadership in Higher Education Award at the 2017 State of the Art in Postsecondary Education Conference. The award recognizes Kelley’s national leadership in the area of postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was presented at the conference held in Syracuse, New York, on Nov. 15, with the suggestion that Kelley’s “unyielding emphasis on experience as a pathway to knowledge and inclusion” should be celebrated.
Amanda Clapp, science teacher at The Catamount School, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA). NCSTA’s Distinguished Service Awards are presented to recognize the excellence of contributions to science education in North Carolina. Awardees have exhibited leadership in science education beyond their school district or position and have contributed to improvements in science education, as well.
Dr. Tom Watterson, Health and Physical Education faculty member in the School of Teaching and Learning has been selected the 2017 College/University Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Physical Education Association (NCPEA) of NCAAHPERD-SM. This award reflects his outstanding qualities and contributions as a College/University Educator. He will be honored at the NCAAHPERD-SM Convention in Winston-Salem on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
Dr. Carrie Rogers, Associate Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, has been named a 2018 Association of Teacher Educators Clinical Fellow. She will participate in an “invitation-only” symposium at the ATE conference in February 2018 that will examine clinical practice and boundary-spanning roles for university- and school-based professionals at the center of all teacher education endeavors.
Dr. David Westling and Dr. Kelly Kelley, faculty members in the School of Teaching and Learning were awarded a five-year, $250,000 per-year grant. The funds, awarded from the U.S. Department of Education, will support a project titled “Roads to Learning and Earning: Preparing Personnel to Improve Post-School Outcomes” will focus on graduate level preparation of professional personnel from and for rural school districts in NC.