Archived COE Newsletter - Spring 2024


COE Newsletter 


Spring 2024



Miller Named as New Dean of College of Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis College of Education named higher education veteran Michael T. Miller as its new dean.


161 Students Walk the Stage at Spring Commencement

84 graduate students and 77 undergraduate students received their respective degree from the College of Education.


COE Teacher Prep Ranks High in Latest State Report Card

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 2023 Tennessee Educator Preparation Report Card is out, and the University of Memphis College of Education (COE) produced a score that “exceeded expectations.”


Research Excellence: UofM Spotlights 30 COE Faculty and Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Thirty faculty and staff members from the College of Education (COE) were recognized in this year’s Research Celebration.


Williams and Gray Receive COE's Rumble Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – This year’s winners of the College of Education (COE) Hubert E. Rumble Outstanding Student Teacher Award are Seniors Mekyland Williams and LaNerra Gray, recognizing both as the most outstanding of UofM’s student teachers for the 2023-24 school year.


State Leaders Pay First-Time Visit to COE Early Childhood Pre-school Readiness Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The College of Education’s early intervention resource agency for young children with developmental delays and disabilities, PM Ready is nearing its third full year as a program in Memphis. Recently, state leaders with the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) paid the program a first-time visit to see its progress.


Teacher Candidates Receive Near-Perfect Passer Rating from State Assessment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For another year, the College of Education (COE) at the University of Memphis received high marks from the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), the traditional way for a teacher candidate to receive their license.


TDOE Approves ICL Program Redesign Proposal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A nearly 18-month course redesign within the College of Education (COE) has ended with the best news possible, approval from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE).


COE Job Fair Hosts Hundreds of Mid-South High Schoolers with Disabilities

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID) hosted nearly four-hundred Mid-South High Schoolers for a job fair on Thursday. These students all have intellectual and/or physical disabilities, and the hope from the fair was to highlight the opportunities that could be waiting for them after graduation.



Griswold Awarded by UofM President

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dr. Wendy Griswold from the College of Education’s Department of Leadership was recognized by UofM President Dr. Bill Hardgrave with the Tigers Ascending to Excellence Award. 


Schauss Receives Assisi Foundation Distinguished Professorship

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dr. Eraina Schauss was recently honored by the Assisi Foundation of Memphis with a Distinguished Professorship.


Renick Makes Headlines for Research on Expanding University Reward System

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - College of Education (COE) Assistant Professor Jennifer Renick has recently been featured in several scholarly articles for her research on a proposed restructuring and/or broadening of faculty incentives and rewards. Renick, along with three other colleagues from across the country, published a white paper in October 2023 that shed light on the current system in which research is rewarded.


Jung to Research AI’s Impact on Student Learning

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) over the last several years has presented questions in the field of education. Of course, AI has proven to be effective in materializing prompted ideas through platforms like ChatGPT, but can students learn from AI instruction?


Dr. Laura Casey Received this year's UofM Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship


COE Research Grant Award Winner: Dustin Hornbeck

Dr. Hornbeck's research is titled "Conceptualizing U.S. Democracy: insights from Secondary Social Studies Teachers."


COE Research Grant Award Winner: Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw

Dr. Rockinson-Szapkiw's research is titled "Eating Disorders in Academia - A Qualitative Investigation of STEM Women Faculty Experiences with Career Advancement and Well-Being."


COE Research Grant Award Winner: Huan Gao

Dr. Gao's Research is titled "Educational Support Strategies: Information-Seeking Practices of Chinese Immigrant Parents in Low-Density Areas."


2024 College of Education End of Year Awards Banquet

Outstanding Contribution by a Staff Member:

Mary Lanier

License Certification Specialist 

Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice


Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Suman Rath

Assistant Professor

Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership


Excellence in Teaching Award:

Taneshia Greenidge

Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research


Excellence in Service Award:

Tammy Combs

Assistant Professor

Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership


Ellery Earl Crader Professor of Education Award:

Charisse Gulosino


Department of Leadership




CEPR Doctoral Student Adds to Long List of Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jessica Minton has been working toward her doctorate degree within the College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research (CEPR). Throughout the years, she’s received noticeable recognition for her work as an educator. Minton tells us her passion for learning started at a young age.


CEPR Graduate Graces the Cover of Bluff City Magazine 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The latest cover of Bluff City Magazine features the face of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR) graduate Karla Lewis. Lewis, known to many as “Coach Karla,” is a professional counselor in Memphis, who started her own private practice during the outset of the pandemic.



Since our last newsletter, the College of Education has added seven faculty members: four (4) in the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL), two (2) in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR), and one (1) in the Department of Leadership (LEAD).  


These hires are expected to start their roles in the coming fall semester. Headshots and bios will be featured in the next newsletter.




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