The Student North Carolina Association of Educators are holding an orientation meeting Thursday, Sept. 29th from 4:30 – 5:30 in Killian 104. SNCAE provides many benefits for pre-service teachers as a professional organization. Members receive for a nominal price (~$32 per year) the opportunity to attend NCAE/NEA workshops, conferences, receive professional publications, discounts on insurance and entertainments. More importantly, all members receive $1,000,000 of liability insurance to protect them when working with children. A portion of this money is refunded when they join as a classroom teacher. If you would like more information, please go to: http://www.nea.org/home/1676.htm
Teachers of Tomorrow: Reaching to Teach is a conference held for middle school, high school, and community college students who are interested in exploring teaching as a career. Regional high school and community college students attend the conference each fall on the campus of WCU; regional middle school students attend the on-campus conference each spring. The fall conference will be held on Wednesday, September 28. Visit the conference website for more information or to register.
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