Several people from our college will make presentations at the 29th Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum in Raleigh NC held later this week. The forum is a place for those in public and private universities in North Carolina to gather and discuss teacher education. Those presenting include James Taruasi and David McCord of Psychology; Dale Carpenter, Nancy Luke, and Carrie Rogers of the School of Teaching and Learning; Kurt Frederick and Janice Holt of TRACS; Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen of Human Services; and Renee Corbin, Director of Assessment.
The Mathematics Visiting Speaker’s Program has faculty in Mathematics visit K-12 classrooms to speak on various topics and engage these students in mathematics. The program has collaborated with numerous K-12 teachers in the western region of NC; last year, the program sent 4 WCU faculty to 12 K-12 classrooms at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Speakers on various topics are available for the current academic year. To learn more and possibly schedule a speaker, visit the program’s webpage.
The CEAP Research Colloquium is a new initiative in the college to feature research conducted among faculty and students. It is held every Wednesday from 4-5 pm in Killian 338. All faculty and students are invited. This week’s (Sept 7) speakers are Meagan Karvonen, Kia Asberg, and Debbie Racey, all of the Psychology department.
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.