- The Fall 2014 Colloquia schedule is out! Click here to access more information about this series.
- WELCOME to our new Assistant Professors, Leigh Harrell-Williams and Chia-Chen Yang.
Dr. Harrell-Williams completed her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and a post-doc at Georgia
State University. A quantitative researcher, Dr. Harrell-Williams' research focuses
on item response theory, pre-service K-12 mathematics teacher self-efficacy to teach
statistics,and universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk.
Dr. Yang comes to Memphis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her work
focused on how electronic media and devices may influence adolescents’ psychosocial well-being
and academic performance. She has a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures with
a minor degree in Psychology and an M.S. in Educational Psychology.
- We are excited to have two visiting professors for the 2014-15 academic year: Dr.
Joe Blackbourn and Dr. Jin Kong.
- Congrats to Dr. Rashunda Stitt, who has begun postdoc work at Howard University. The
project, HU ADVANCE-IT, is an NSF-grant-funded initiative to effect institutional transformation
for women faculty in STEM at Howard. She is working on the social sciences aspect
of the study, which focuses on the experiences of the STEM female faculty at Howard. Rashunda graduated in August 2014, having successfully defended her dissertations
entitled "Sounds like something a White man should be doing: Academic identity in
African American female engineering students." Dr. Chris Mueller was her advisor.
- The Jubilee Summer Enrichment Reading Program (J-SERP) was a joint partnership/collaboration
among participating staff, teachers, and administrators at the Jubilee Schools of
Memphis; faculty of the University of Memphis (Drs. Chris Mueller, Denise Winsor,
and Beth Meisinger); and those providing ongoing generous financial support for the
J-SERP program. The J-SERP program consisted of a six-week long summer day camp targeting rising third- and fourth-grade children currently attending
one of the area Jubilee Schools. The goal of the 2014 pilot program was twofold: to
attenuate documented losses of academic skills occurring for many Jubilee students
during the summer months (i.e., the summer slump), and to improve children’s foundational
literacy skills (reading fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary). The J-SERP
pilot program was based on the Quick Reads (Hiebert, 2003) curriculum, and included
program evaluation as an overall part of the program. To find out more, please read the article at http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2014/07/14/vouchers-could-transform-memphis-and-one-network-of-schools/#.U8XfZfldXwZ.
- Dr. Yonghong Jade Xu is part of a CEPR team that received a $40,000 research grant
from the Tennessee Board of Regents in a competitive evaluation process. This research will focus on STEM student graduation rates.
- Congratulations to two of our faculty members: Dr. Karen Weddle-West has been named
Interim Provost at the UofM, and Dr. Ernie Rakow has been named Interim Dean of the
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
- Congratulations to Dr. Caro Hart (Ph.D., 2013), who has accepted a teaching position
at Westfield State University, where her husband will also be teaching.
- Drs. Denise Winsor, Vicki Murrell, and Susan Magun-Jackson have published Lifespan Development: An Educational Psychology Perspective, written by faculty and graduate assistants in the EDPR program. It will be used
primarily as a text for the EDPR 2111 courses but is being used outside of the University
of Memphis as well.