April 3, 2003 - Here are some highlights of Education faculty members at Union University sharing their knowledge and expertise in local and national educational communities:
Dr. Dottie Myatt, Director of Teacher Education, co-presented with Sherry Freeman from Lambuth University and Deborah Aylor from Jackson-Madison Schools at the annual AACTE (American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education) conference in New Orleans in January. Their topic was the mentoring program for new teachers, a collaborative effort among Union, Lambuth, and Jackson-Madison County Schools. The presentation was entitled, “Teaming Up to Mentor: Two IHE’s and One LEA Join Forces.” In February Dr. Myatt served as chair of the State Department of Education Board of Examiners at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and conducted in-service on higher order thinking skills for Thelma Barker Elementary School.
Dr. Ann Singleton, Chair of the Education Department, and Dr. Michele Atkins, Director of Graduate Studies in Education in Jackson, at the Council for Independent Colleges 2003 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs in San Diego, presented a set of workshops in April on “The Empathic Leader: A New Dynamic for Leading Academic Programs.” The CIC spring workshops focused on leadership styles, the cultures of institutions, and leadership effectiveness.
Dr. Atkins and Dr. Randy Shadburn, Director of the Ed.S. and Ed.D. Programs in Germantown, revised and re-wrote the Guide for Writers of Theses and Dissertation-Union University, School of Education and Human Studies. This manual is utilized by students in Union’s new doctoral program as well as thesis-students in the M.A.Ed. program at Union.
Dr. Kenneth Newman, Dr. Camille Searcy, and Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn-Neely wrote and compiled the School of Education Graduate Studies Writer’s Handbook-Union University. In addition to meeting the need for a graduate student’s writing handbook, the document also focuses on the “Leadership Growth Paper,” the exit requirement for the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership program.
Professor Anna Clifford in February presented to over 150 primary students in Franklin, Tennessee, as part of “Read Across America.” Her focus was on “Reading with a Trained Dog-Clifford (of course).”
Dr. Terry Weaver attended the Harrison Council for Children with Behavior Learning Problems in February. As a board member, Dr. Weaver participates on a continuing-basis with this non-profit agency serving children with behavior and learning problems.
Professor Melessia Mathis attended the Tennessee Council of Social Studies Conference in Gatlinburg in March, garnering several ideas for her undergraduate instructional design course.
Dr. Tom Rosebrough published an opinion-editorial on “Mister Rogers’ Educational Legacy” in The Jackson Sun in March. He also, along with Dr. Melinda Clarke, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, wrote and submitted a grant proposal on the implementation of character education principles in teacher education at Union University to the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C.