COE News and Events

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Upcoming Events

Professional Development Series

Join Ayanna Perkins COE Career Specialist at the following Professional Development Series events to get Tiger Talent Ready! Learn more about the Professional Development Series> and the services Ms. Perkins offers>.

  • Workshop I: Tiger Resumes on Point
    October 25, 2018, 2:30–3:30 PM, Ball Hall 310/312
  • Workshop II: Tigers Keep it Classy in the Workplace
    November 8, 2018, 2:30–3:30 PM, Ball Hall 203
  • Workshop III: Tiger Tank: Pitch Your Brand
    November 14, 2018, 2:30–3:30 PM, Ball Hall 201
  • Workshop IV: Interview Like a Tiger
    November 29, 2018, 2–3 PM, Fieldhouse Room 166
    December 6, 2018, 2–3 PM, Ball Hall 203

CEPR Doctoral Student Sara Benson to present at NEDxStudent Forum

Sara Benson, a CEPR Doctoral Student, will present her paper My Sister's Keeper: A Qualitative Case Study on How Colorism Affects Private Regard Among African American College Women on Wednesday, November 7th at 4pm in the Ned R. McWherter Library 2nd Floor Commons as part of the NEDxStudent Forum. Read more about the event here>.

Leadership Open House November 29th

Meet Leadership faculty, learn about degrees in Leadership and Policy Studies and Higher Education, and see how a degree in Leadership can help you dare to be excellent. The Open House is November 29th from 3:00-6:00pm in Ball Hall 124.



CREP will present a roundtable discussion at this year's American Evaluation Association Conference in Cleveland, OH. The discussion is titled "The Unspoken Truth about Negative Findings." Visit> to learn more.

River City Partnership Website

The River City Partnership has a new site! Visit it  to learn about all the exciting initiatives and programs that are part of the River City Partnership, a joint effort between the COE and Shelby County Schools to increase the diversity of local teachers, encourage COE graduates to teach in SCS, and improve the quality of education in Memphis and the surrounding area.

Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program Funds CEPR Students

The RSA Long-Term Training Grant H129B140065 has awarded $66,145 in tuition remission and stipends funding 90 graduate credits and 9 clinical rehabilitation counseling students during the fall semester of 2018.

Established in 1954, the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program is one of the oldest existing federal training grant assistance programs. Rehabilitation training grants are awarded to ensure that skilled workers are available to provide the broad scope of services required by clients of the state-federal programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and independent living centers and programs.

Congratulations to the CEPR faculty, staff, and students involved in the grant! And extra congratulations to Dr. Steve Zankas, PI, and Dr. Daniel Lustig, Co-PI!

Dr. Wright Contributes to Education Week's Question of the Week

Dr. Brian Wright and six other scholars were asked to contribute responses to Education Week's Question of the Week: What are the biggest mistakes teachers make when approaching race and racism issues in the classroom and what should they do instead?. Click this link to read Dr. Wright's insightful response.   

Dr. Winsor to Present at TACEE Conference

Dr. Denise Winsor will present at this year's Tennessee Association for Children's Early Education conference in Jackson, TN on October 12th. She will be presenting a special event Higher Ed Luncheon with a talk entitled "Using Science and Technology Inquiry to Scaffold Epistemic Thinking and Yield Implications for Early Epistemic Development and Beyond."

Dr. Chris Mueller named ICL Chair

Chris Mueller photo Congratulations to Dr. Chris Mueller who was recently appointed Chair of the ICL Department!

Dr. Hall interviewed by ChalkBeat Magazine

Alfred HallAssistant Dean Dr. Alfred Hall was featured in an article by Chalkbeat Tennessee has an insightful article focusing on the importance of teacher retention and the steps that the COE is currently taking to promote teacher retention.  great article with @ChalkbeatTN about the importance of teacher retention and how the COE is helping to foster it. Visit Chalkbeat's site to read the article.

COE Alumna Featured in University of Memphis Magazine

Dr. Jane Howles Hooker, COE Alumna and former educator, was featured in a University of Memphis Magazine spotlight. Dr. Hooker was instrumental to the start of women's sports at the UofM, taught several coaches (including Penny), and is a Tiger fan for life. Read about her fascinating life beginning on page 60.>

ICL Doctoral Candidate, Wesam Salem, featured in Research Newsletter

Congrats to Wesam Salem, ICL doctoral candidate, on her piece "Ziyyarah: (Un)settling Methodology" in the Fall 2018 AERA Qualitative Research Newsletter. Read Wesam Salem's insightful thoughts on interviewing>.


Visit the Faculty and Staff Awards page for information about the 2018 COE Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony.

US News and World Report

The US News and World Report has released its annual Best Graduate Schools ranking and the COE has received significant honors. The Rehabilitation Counseling program was ranked 21st! The Education program was ranked 153rd! The Education Graduate program was also ranked 150 in the ranking of Online programs. Our standings have risen from last year. Well done, COE!

Jennifer Bubrig Honored by Her Alma Mater

Jennifer Bubrig photoJennifer Bubrig, ICL faculty member, was honored by her high school alma mater. Congratulations and thanks for representing the COE! Read Jennifer's spotlight>.


Sixteen Memphis Area Schools and Thirty-Nine SCS schools - including Campus School - named as TN Reward Schools

Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Reward schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups, and they are identified annually. In 2018, 318 schools in 85 school districts – about 20 percent of schools in the state – earned Reward status. The full list includes 39 SCS school (including Campus School) and 16 Memphis-area schools! Way to be Driven by Excellence!
The new accountability framework is based on principles that all schools can be successful and all Tennessee students must be served well. It includes a variety of measures, including chronic absenteeism and discipline, and TNReady scores, to make a determination. All schools are rated both on how they serve the full student population and how they are specifically serving student groups that have historically been underserved: students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and black, Hispanic, and Native American students. Read more at this website>.

Mary Vlasis Osborn receives National Council of Teachers of English Award

Mary Osborn photoMary Vlasis Osborn, a doctoral student in CEPR and Campus School Teacher, has been awarded a 2018 ELATE James Moffett Memorial Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Her proposal is an innovative action research project about writing workshop that authentically engages students in her classroom, the University community, and the Memphis community. According to the awards committee, the proposal she "submitted was one of the one most representative of the thoughts and ideas that continue to make the works of James Moffett an invaluable resource for teachers of the English language arts." She will be recognized at the 2018 ELATE Awards Luncheon at the NCTE conference in Houston, TX and will present her project at the 2019 conference in Baltimore, MD. Read more about the reward >.

 Congratulations to the ICL Department on their ranking in 2019 Best Online Colleges!

Masters Secondary Education Award Masters Special Education Award Masters Teaching Best Online College Award

Recent Events

 River City Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge group photoThe inaugural River City Summer Bridge Program was a huge success! 16 rising high school SCS Seniors stayed on campus for the week of July 15th where they learned about college courses, the life and culture at the UofM, and what it means to be a teacher activist. They developed presentations addressing a problem of practice that they experience as SCS students. The presentations were presented at a Closing and Award Ceremony on July 20th. Congratulations to all our Teacher Scholars! And a huge thank you to Directors Dr. Clementhia Poole and Ms. Meah King (as well as COE faculty Dr. Alfred Hall and Dr. Will Hunter) and our COE student counselors - Abigail Kirk, Jessica Lamb, Karen Munson-Young, and Ryan Thomas! We can't wait to see all our Teacher Scholars back as Tigers in 2019!

Teacher Education Program Pre-Residency Orientation

Residency students working   Residency Orientation students learning

On September 5th, Pre-Residency students actively participated in an all day orientation to form Professional Learning Communities with their Junior I clinical SCS placements. They learned to review professionalism expectations, gain helpful resources for passing the Praxis, and reflect on what it means to connect to their students and become an effective and respectful teacher.

COE Tailgate as the Tigers Celebrate Educators' Appreciation Day

On October 13th, COE Alumni, River City Bridge Program Teacher Scholars, and COE personnel gathered for fun, food, and fellowship at a tailgate on Tigers Lane. Local educators and Teacher Scholars gathered for a field walk-on. Thanks to all our Educators and everyone who joined us for this fun event! Go Tigers!

Tailgate Tiger Tunnel Tailgate on Field
Tailgate Kirbi and Dean Tailgate people visiting