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Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis Receives APA Award

Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis, professor of Counseling Psychology in CEPR, is an inspiring leader in education and the field of counseling psychology. She served as President of the American Psychological Association in 2019 where she focused on addressing the psychological needs of those in deep poverty. She also served for many years as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the UofM. Her commitment to social justice and equity, her kind and humble demeanor and her impactful leadership is praised by her peers and colleagues.

Dr. Davis has received the Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to the American Psychological Association (APA). This award shows that Dr. Davis demonstrates a clear dedication to APA's mission and honors her significant and enduring impact on the APA and the field of Counseling Psychology. The award will be presented on August 3rd during the meeting of the APA Council of Representatives at the 2022 APA Convention in Minneapolis. Read a spotlight on Dr. Davis, and the three Lifetime Achievement Awards she has recently been honored with, here >

Online Education Program Ranked by US News and World Report

We are so proud of our Online Education's program ranking by US News and World Report! The COE Online Education program is ranked #102 in Best Online Master's in Education Programs (up from #146 last year) and #28 in Best Online Master's in Education Programs for Veterans. Both rankings are #1 in the state of Tennessee. Congratulations to our dedicated faculty, staff and students who made this ranking possible. Learn more about the ranking here >.

Lauren, Hayes, CEPR Student, Wins Award for Paper Abstract

Lauren Hayes, doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program in CEPR, received the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Award for a student/trainee/early career professional top-scoring paper abstract at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) 2022. Her conference proposal is based on her dissertation research examining disordered eating in women who have been sex-trafficked. Lauren will be acknowledged at the conference in June.

Previously, Lauren won a award from the AED supporting her research. She will graduate in August 2022 and begin a postdoctoral pediatric fellowship position at University of Louisville/Norton Children's Hospital with specialization in hematology/oncology/BMT. Congratulations, Lauren!

Brea Hinds, Undergrad COE Student, Named Thrive TN Fellow

Congratulations to Brea Hinds on being named a Thrive TN Fellow. Brea is a Junior Teaching All Learners Major and a Teacher Scholar in the River City Partnership program. The Thrive TN Fellowship, a 12-month program that runs from January- December 2022, is sponsored by the Education Trust in Tennessee. Brea says of the fellowship, "Becoming a Thrive Fellow is a fantastic opportunity to grow my skills as an educator and social justice advocate for my future students. I am thankful to be a part of a network that aligns with the River City Partnership and my personal goals to become an educator who is action-oriented."

Thrive TN Fellows will connect their experiences preparing for and entering college to current systems and practices, understand K-12 and higher education systems, their design, their intended and actual impact, and the levers and opportunities for reform, resulting in more culturally responsive and effective practices at the institutional, and district and school levels. Thrive TN Fellows will build community with peers across the state, engage on topics related to leadership development and develop research skills to complete a Youth Participatory Action Research Project (YPAR) by the completion of the program. We are so proud to be represented by Brea in this impactful program!

Dr. Genia Bettencourt, LEAD, Chosen for Prestigious Early Career Mentorship Academy

Dr. Genia Bettencourt, Assistant Professor in Higher and Adult Education in the Department of Leadership, was named to the 2022-23 NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy Cohort. She will participate in professional development and educational sessions about being a leader as a faculty member in student affairs. Dr. Bettencourt is only one of seven participants invited to join this mentoring opportunity especially designed for early career to incorporate knowledge, advice and experiences from seasoned faculty/staff leaders and other experts on how faculty can provide leadership within the field. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) is the professional home for the field of student affairs. Its mission states, “As the leading voice of student affairs, NASPA drives innovation and evidence-based, student-centered practice throughout higher education, nationally and globally” (naspa.org/about >). Dr. Bettencourt has also been selected to serve as the 2022-2024 Website and Faculty Council Social Media Coordinator on the NASPA Faculty Council.

Dr. Bettencourt says of this honor, “I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing cohort of peers as part of the NASPA Emerging Faculty Leaders Academy (EFLA) and benefit from the opportunity to be in community about faculty life. Higher education and student affairs as a field is facing so many key issues at this moment – adapting to online and hybrid environments, addressing issues of staff burnout and attrition, navigating a constantly changing pandemic, working to promote equity and social justice – that will define our work for decades to come. I look forward to having spaces to discuss these issues and to help me think about how I can best prepare my students as educators and leaders.” Learn more about the NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy Cohort and Dr. Bettencourt’s peers here >.

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