I am sincerely proud of the accomplishments of the students, faculty and
staff of the College of Education. Together we continue to advance the
quality of education in our community through initiatives such as
a new partnership with Presbyterian Day School (PDS) to create the Martin
Institute for Teaching Excellence, the establishment of the Southwest
Tennessee Rural Education Cooperative, offering eight programs online
for greater access and continuing to strengthen our nationally ranked
As we prepare to celebrate the University of Memphis
Centennial you can look forward to campus and alumni chapter updates. If
you aren't a member already I hope you will join our Chapter which is
pleased to welcome new President Melinda Edwards (BSEd '74, MPA '75) and
Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter (MFA ’10). Our next meeting is January
25th for details please contact Wendy at (901) 678-1562
I hope you’ll enjoy these few
highlights of the College of Education. I also invite you to share your
thoughts and accomplishments with us at COE@memphis.edu
Dr. Donald I. Wagner
In this Issue
College of Education Faculty Celebrating Milestones
40 years, Patricia J. Murrell, Center for the Study of Higher Education
35 years, Lawrence E Liles, Health and Sport Sciences
35 years, Ernest A Rakow, College of Education
35 years, Norman D Rice, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
25 years, William L Akey, Leadership
25 years, Nancy A Harris, Campus School
25 years, Susan Magun-Jackson, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
15 years, Carol J Cordeau-Young, Lipman School
15 years, Deborah Lowther, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
10 years, Yeh Hsueh, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
10 years, Jan E Kidder, Lipman School
10 years, Ernest R Shadow, Campus School
$3.5 Million Grant to the COE
Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP), a research unit
within the College of Education at the University of Memphis, is
partnered with The Smithsonian Institution’s National Science Resources
This vital project, LASER (Leadership Assistance for Science Education
Reform), will involve 75,000 rural and urban students in grades one
through eight and 3,000 teachers and educational leaders in three
locations – Indiana, North Carolina, and Houston. CREP has been
selected to conduct an evaluation of this large, multi-site initiative
aimed at helping state, district, and school leadership teams implement
and sustain high-quality science education for elementary and middle
|Health and Sports Sciences Highlights
Check out this video featuring the work of Dr. Ruth Williams, Assistant Professor Health Sport Sciences
Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of
Health, Drs. Barbara McClanahan and Shelly Stockton (Health and Sport
Sciences) initiated and led local efforts to begin building healthier
communities by bringing together interdisciplinary professionals to
share expertise and ideas. Over 175 architects, builders, developers,
engineers, planners, bankers, realtors, health, policy and governmental
professionals recently gathered at the University Center to identify
ways to create active community environments. The half-day event “Great
Streets – Healthy Communities” was hosted by the grant (Partnership
for Active Community Environments (PACE) and the Urban Land Institute -
Memphis (ULI). Two keynote speakers, Rick Hall and Scott Polikov shared
information related to traffic, planning and development issues (both
residential and commercial) and their potential influence on community
health. Following their presentations, attendees were able to dialogue
with professionals from other disciplines to share perspectives,
concerns and roadblocks for initiating healthy building practices.
Rick Bloomer and the staff within the
Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Lab have been involved in research
pertaining to the metabolic and cardiovascular effects of the
Biblically-based Daniel Fast. While primarily used as a spiritual tool
by Christians entering into a focused period of fasting and prayer, the
Daniel Fast has received considerable attention in recent years due to
the multiple health related benefits noted by many individuals partaking
in the fast. Although anecdotal, the findings sparked the interest of
Bloomer and co-workers, leading to the design of the first scientific
investigations focused on this form of fasting.
In the initial study of the Daniel Fast, investigators noted impressive
findings related to improved biomarkers of cardiovascular and metabolic
health—specifically, reductions in cholesterol, insulin, and markers of
inflammation, as well as decreased blood pressure. These findings were
recently published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease. Positive
findings of improved blood antioxidant defense have also been noted.
Another investigation of the Daniel Fast is currently underway, which
seeks to extend prior findings.
|Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Highlights
Lee Allen, associate professor, presented “Online Learning in 7-12
Education: A Statewide Evaluation” at the Association for the
Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn International
conference in Orlando.
Dr. Sally Blake, associate
professor, presented “International Investigation of Inquiry
Interactions of Young Children” and “Student Perceptions of
Problem-based Learning Experiences (PBL)” at the Mid-South Educational
Research Association conference in Mobile, Ala.
Dr. Laura Casey, assistant
professor, presented “Using the GBG and Including the Teacher, too” at
the Tennessee Applied Behavior Analysis conference in Nashville.
Bonnie Cummings, instructor,
presented “Soaring into New Heights Basic and Advanced Aerospace” at the
West Tennessee Aerospace Workshop in Huntsville, Ala.
Dr. Allison Henward, assistant
professor, presented “Children, Popular Culture and Preschools” at the
Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education conference in Dalton, Ga.
Dr. Allen Seed, associate professor,
presented “Middle School Job-alike” at the Tennessee Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education conference in Nashville.
At the 2010 International Convention
of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Los
Angeles, Dr. Trey Martindale received the AECT Presidential Award for
distinguished service to the profession. Dr. Martindale was recognized
for his tenure of five years on the AECT Board of Directors, and for
serving as liaison for AECT's partnership with the New Media Consortium,
a large organization of universities studying emerging technologies.
|Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research Highlights
students developed the Active Minds Student Association which fights
stigma associated with mental health issues. In its first year this
group was recognized in Washington DC with a national award for
achievement in campus programming by Representative Steve Cohen.
The MS in Educational Psychology was the first program in CEPR to go
totally online. Three courses were offered online in the Fall Semester.
CEPR faculty provided training statewide to the Tennessee State Office
of Vocational Rehabilitation this summer. Topics included "Ethics and
Diversity" and "Vocational Implications of Psychiatric Disorders".
The Memphis STEPS Suicide Prevention Program which is a collaborative
effort between CEPR, Psychology, Student Affairs Programs won Governor
Bredesen's Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention Work
|Freda G. Williams, Ed.D. newly elected Memphis City School Board President
The College of Education is
proud to have Dr. Freda Williams ’97, newly elected Memphis City School
Board President as an alumna. A career educator she began as a member
of the Teacher Corps, a federal program that matched education students
with schools for site-based internships. After teaching 3rd grade in
Nashville, she returned to Memphis and briefly worked in retail sales
management. However it wasn’t long before she had the epiphany that she
“didn’t come to this earth to sell hats. I am a teacher.” Freda
returned to the classroom, this time as a kindergarten teacher.
Later while teaching elementary school she earned her University of
Memphis degrees: Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction and
Doctor of Education, Educational Psychology and Research. She transitioned to
administrative roles that included writing the district’s first
technology integration design. An adjunct professor at Walden
University, Freda has also taught at the University of Memphis,
LeMoyne-Owen and Christian Brothers University.
In December of 2007 she made the transition from retiree to the board,
filling an unexpired position. Freda believes that her background is a
perfect fit for the board due to her work as an educator, deep
understanding of the K12 process and her love of public education. She
is pleased that her colleagues have the level of confidence in her to
elect her president with the current national focus on Memphis City
Schools due to the $90 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation and the $68.5 million in federal Race to the Top stimulus
funds. “We are fortunate to have both in the budget” Freda states as
they complement each other with some overlap providing a comprehensive
resource the district has at its disposal to correct the designated
problems. The College of Education is a critical partner of the Memphis
City Schools for success, that will only grow and strengthen as we
continue to partner on grants for the betterment of education in
|College of Education Classnotes
James Selbe ’95 was invited to the White House to participate in the
1st Community College Summit. He is the President of Hopkinsville
Community College (Kentucky).
Rita White was honored at the White House in October as
one of the 62 National Distinguished Principals. She is the Principal
at Egypt Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Tim Setterlund ’89 has been selected Tennessee’s top
principal for 2010-2011 by the state Department of Education. He is
the Principal of Collierville High.
Jeff McCalla ’05 received a Presidential Award for
Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was the only math
teacher in Tennessee to receive this honor. He is an upper school math
teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
Tamika Jordan ’99 is a 2010 Milken Educator Award recipient. She teaches at Avondale Elementary School in West Memphis, AR.
Jane Bray Nelson ‘71 honored for outstanding service to
The American Association of Physics Teachers. She was inducted into the
National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002.
Dr. Ty Handy ’91 has been selected as the new President of Northwest Florida State College.
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