Student Research and Awards

Student Awards

ICL Doctoral Students Win AECT Awards

Two ICL doctoral students (both in the IDT doctoral program) were awarded prestigious awards by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Katie Sharpe, recent ICL doctoral graduate, received the Robert M. Gagné Award for Graduate Student Research in Instructional Design for her dissertation entitled "Building self-efficacy and persistence through STEM e-mentor training: A multi-site case study." Dr. Sharpe's dissertation was chaired by Dr. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw.

Scott Van was awarded the Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design by AECT for his leadership of the Life Prep Academy partnership between UofM and FedEx.  Learn more about AECT awards here> and learn more about Scott Van's work with Life Prep Academy here>.

Memphis Leadership Scholars Program at National Principals Conference

National Principle Conference group photoMemphis Leadership Scholars Program cohort members from the Leadership department attended the National Principals Conference in Boston over the summer. Pictured here is the Memphis Leadership Scholars Program cohort led by Dr. Jim Mitchell and Dr. Tim Fite - both retired Leadership faculty members - with the outgoing NASSP President, Christine Handy at the National Principal's Conference in Boston.






CEPR Students Present at APA Convention

Sternersen receives awardIn August 2019, more than a dozen CEPR students traveled to the American Psychological Convention in Chicago to present their research with many students collaborating on research teams and presenting on multiple projects. Several of our students received awards. 

Madeline Stenersen (pictured left), currently on internship at Yale University School of Medicine Forensic Addiction Services, won the APA Division Seventeen (Counseling Psychology) Student Affiliate Bridging the Gap Award. This award relates to the projects and opportunities she's had throughout the program to use research and clinical skill to "bridge the gap" between psychology clinical practice and academic research. Specifically she reported on her work (under Dr. Ovrebo's mentorship) with RestoreCorp in the Memphis community and the use of research data to be used in agency grant-funding applications. Madeline is Dr. Ovrebo's advisee.

Madeline also won the APA Division 52 (International Psychology) Student International Research Award. She received the award in relation to research work done in Thailand examining foreigners' attitudes towards individuals who sell sex in the country.

Christina New, currently on internship at Southwest Consortium/NMVAHCS, won the APA Division 44 Committee for Transgender Group receiving poster awardPeople and Gender Diversity Transgender Research Award for her dissertation work on understanding symptom disclosure related to hormone therapy for transgender people. Christy is Dr. Bridges' advisee.

Finally, a poster presentation by Kimberly Adams, Madeline Stenersen, Lauren Hayes, and Dr. Elin Ovrebo (as part of Dr. Ovrebo's International Research Team) won second place for the APA Division 52 (International Psychology) Poster Award. The students are pictured to the right. Learn more about the 2019 APA Conference at their website here>.


COE Alumna and Rhodes College Accounting Professor Pamela Church Honored for Outstanding Faculty Service

Pamela Church photoDr. Pamela Church, associate professor of accounting at Rhodes College, was presented the 2019 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service at the college's Opening Convocation Aug. 16. The Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service honors a current faculty member who has established an outstanding record of service to the college. It is named in memory of Dr. Jameson M. Jones '36, who served as the college's chief academic officer for more than 15 years. Dr. Milton Moreland, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the award at the Opening Convocation.

Church joined the Rhodes College faculty in 1988 and has served as the chair of the Department of Business, as well as taught undergraduate and graduate accounting courses in the areas of financial, managerial, governmental accounting, and auditing.

The many letters of nominations noted that Church is a skilled and gracious administrator and teacher who is known for her sense of patience and collegiality and willing to forego her own interests for the good of the whole community. One colleague wrote, "She cares about students no matter whether they are excellent performers or students who need a little more help. I know that she is always supportive and encouraging to students. She never gives up on anyone."

In addition, Church has served on many of the college's major committees, and she is the sole academic representative on the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, which oversees the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) profession in Tennessee. Having been nominated by the governor for this position, she has a unique opportunity to have an impact on the accounting profession more broadly.

A native Memphian, Church is the parent of three Rhodes alumni. She holds a B.S.E. and an M.S. from The University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Houston. She also holds a CPA certificate in the state of Tennessee.

ICL Doctoral Student Receives NEA Award for Teaching Excellence and Global Learning Fellowship

Photo of Jessica MintonCongratulations to ICL Doctoral Student, Jessica Minton for being chosen for both the NEA Foundation's prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2020 Global Learning Fellowship! Jessica, a STEM/Science teacher at Houston High School in Germantown, TN, is one of 45 public school educators who will be honored at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C. 

The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence awardees are nominated by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators. Global Learning Fellows transform their classrooms to give students a global perspective by participating in a 12-month professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and an international field study experience.

According to the NEA Foundation, Jessica Minton exemplifies the spirit of the Teacher Excellence award. A former Germantown Teacher of the Year, Minton works tirelessly to create a great learning experience for all of her students. She is a regular fixture at professional development conferences both as a presenter and an attendee. "It took me by surprise. I just want to do right by my students," said Minton. Learning outside of the classroom is key, she believes because, "becoming a stronger teacher is one way to better serve my students and model life-long learning". The focus of much of her professional development over the last two years has been in student equity. "I want to be known as the teacher that is there for all of my students," she said. Minton herself struggled in school with a hearing impairment and uses that as a teachable moment in her science classes. "Mistakes are proof you're trying," Minton told the NEA Foundation she tells her students.

"She does everything! Every time I turn around there's another group that wants to benefit from her expertise," said Principal Rob Taylor. He is consistently amazed with the work she's doing in her Biology A/B class (for students with disabilities). "I'm not surprised, but very proud that Ms. Minton will represent Tennessee and Houston High School at this national event," he said.

Of the 45 state awardees who were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliate, five finalists will be announced at the beginning of the school year and receive $10,000 at the gala. The nation's top educator will be revealed at the gala on February 7, 2020 and receive an additional $25,000. The gala will be livestreamed at neafoundation.org.