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CEPR Graduate Student Wins Research Award at Tennessee Counseling Conference

Congratulations to Jihan Rashed, CEPR masters degree student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, who won first place in the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA) Conference Masters student division with her poster about Predictors of Pediatric Gun Violence. She also represented the Brain Center > in a content session during the same conference, with the assistance of CEPR faculty Dr. Melanie Burgess and Dr. Eraina Schauss. Dr. Patrick Murphy, CEPR, also presented on the topic of “Grounding your Work in Trauma Sensitive Practice: Treating Race Based Trauma in a Turbulent Society” at the TCA Conference. Learn more about TCA, where all counselors in the state of Tennessee can come together to engage with one another, network and learn from some of the best in our field at TCA's website >.

Kola Brown, CEPR Doctoral Student, to Serve on Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Standards & Exam Committee

Kola Brown, doctoral student in the department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research, has been selected to serve on the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Standards and Exam Committee. Kola graduated from UofM in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She is currently a student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral program with the aim of completion in May 2024.

CRCC is dedicated to the excellence of rehabilitation counseling and services for individuals with disabilities by setting the national standard in certification, providing leadership, education, advocacy and supporting research (CRCC website >). The certification exam allows Rehabilitation Counselors to demonstrate their professionalism, dedication to ethical practice and knowledge-base. In her three year term on the Standards and Exam Committee, Kola will be tasked with evaluating exam questions for Rehabilitation Counselor certification, reviewing testing exceptions, taking measures against fraud and safeguarding the quality of the exam. Kola says, "This role is important to me because it helps establish the foundational knowledge of the profession and works to ensure the reliability, validity, and cultural equality of the exam."

Dr. Patrick Murphy and CEPR Doctoral Students Present at SACES Conference

In November, Dr. Patrick Murphy and CEPR doctoral students Joy Hutchinson, Tristan McKenzie, Zakeya Good, Keith Hembree, Courtney Loveless and Mary Neal traveled to Maryland to present at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) 2022 Conference. Their presentations focused on creating safe spaces for African American male students (Hembree and Good), professional identity (Mckenzie), lived experiences of EMTs in counseling (Hutchison), burnout among trauma counselors (Loveless and Neal) and teaching multicultural counseling (Murphy). Dr. Murphy says of the conference, "It was great to have so many doctoral students represent the University of Memphis at this conference, share their current research and discuss current trends in counselor education."

SACES cultivates an inclusive community of counselor educators and supervisors who develop leaders and counselors committed to professional advocacy and dedicated to client equity and well-being. Learn more at saces.org >.

COE Faculty Will Present at ASHE Conference

The 2022 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference on November 16-19 in Las Vegas, NV will provide opportunities for COE faculty to share research that aligns with the conference theme of "Humanizing Higher Education." Dr. Genia Bettencourt, Assistant Professor in LEAD, will present three papers: "An emergent model of social class strengths in higher education", "A power-conscious examination of STEM doctoral students’ meaning making of switching advisors" and "The possibilities and precautions of using the designation “at-promise” in higher education research." Dr. Dustin Hornbeck, Assistant Professor in LEAD, will present two papers: "Exploring the logics of dual credit expansion from the community college perspective" and "Racializing dual credit coursework: white faculty and color blindness at the intersection of high school and college." Dr. Gina Tillis, Assistant Professor of Teaching in ICL, will present "Hispanic serving HBCUs: Advancing Afro-Latinidades at the meso-level." 

The ASHE promotes collaboration among those engaged in the study of higher education.Dr. Bettencourt, Dr. Hornbeck and Dr. Tillis demonstrate this collaboration through their research.

Dr. Alfred Hall Selected for National Science Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Alfred Hall, assistant dean in the College of Education, has been selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship. Beginning October 11, 2022, Dr. Hall will serve as a Program Director in the Division of Human Resource Development within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. In this role, Dr. Hall will support NSF’s Division of Human Resource Development “commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of STEM education and research through broadening participation of groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)- minorities, women and persons with disabilities.”  

Dr. Hall says of the fellowship, “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the nation in improving STEM education pathways for underrepresented students. I have been involved in this work throughout my entire professional career, and I look forward to engaging with other colleagues at the National Science Foundation to broaden the impact of these efforts.” 

Become a Tiger, Become a Teacher Brings More than 300 Future Educators to Campus

The UofM College of Education hosted over 300 high school students at the third annual Become a Tiger, Become a Teacher Day on Friday, October 21. School groups, including Teaching as a Profession groups, from Bartlett, Covington, Desoto, Hillcrest, Melrose, Southwind and White Station high schools learned about life as a UofM tiger and the rewarding work of teachers. They attended mock College of Education classes in which faculty from the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) taught about being an equitable teacher, connecting with students and finding your “why” for pursuing a career in education. College of Education students and faculty shared their passion for educating and their experience at the UofM.

Jennifer Bubrig, Clinical Assistant Professor in ICL, served as emcee of the event. She said, “What could be better than a room filled with more than 300 future tigers?  Future educators!  It was a great honor to be one of the ICL faculty who shared our mission to serve and impact our future educators.  The attendees heard from two current students (COE Student Ambassadors LaNerra Gray and Jenna Crist) who spoke about the transformative experience they have had being a student in our COE.  BTBT 2022 was indeed a success!  I am grateful to have been part of this momentous day for our college.  Go Tigers and go future Educators!’

We will host a similar event on the UofM Lambuth campus in Jackson, TN on February 24, 2023.

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