Last Thursday, several of our faculty—along with Dr. Justin Perry—represented the School of Education at Schoolhouse Trivia, a benefit for Show Me KC Schools. Teams of eight were randomly paired with 18 local school administrators in a fast-paced trivia competition based on 3rd – 8th grade curriculum. Teamed with leadership from Cristo Rey, the SOE team included Dr. Clare Bell, Dr. Kindel Turner Nash and her husband Mr. Malik Nash, Dr. Uzziel Pecina, Dr. Paul Rutherford, and Dr. Connor Warner and his wife Ms. Elizabeth Warner, J.D. The event proved to be a great networking opportunity for the SOE; it was chaired by Ms. Shelly Doucet who serves on the Show Me KC Schools board of directors. My thanks to all of you who participated!
As you know, we are launching several searches to help with the workload from three faculty resignations in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies this spring. I wish to thank Drs. Etta Hollins and Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes who will co-chair the Early Childhood Education instructor position with assistance from Drs. Raol Taft and Jennifer Waddell; Drs. Etta Hollins and Jennifer Waddell who will co-chair the Elementary Education instructor position with assistance from Drs. Raol Taft and Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes; Drs. Etta Hollins and Raol Taft who will co-chair the Special Education instructor position with assistance from Drs. Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes and Jennifer Waddell. Community members will be added to each of these committees at a later date. Additionally, Dr. Michelle Maher has agreed to chair the search committee for a one-year instructor in Higher Education Administration for ELPF. She will be joined by Drs. Beverlye Brown (community member), Gus Jacob and Nancy Murdock, and Ms. LaDonna McCullough (student representative).
And, I regret to report that Edward Underwood, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Urban Education (IUE) since 2005, and Kauffman Endowed Chair, will retire as of July 1st. Dr. Underwood has served the School of Education and its students tirelessly since 1980, also having had roles as associate dean of Administrative Affairs & Student Services, and interim chair and chair of the Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education division (1993-1995), now ELPF. His career has included 36 years of service in significant leadership positions, influencing some of the most noteworthy issues affecting higher education. We wish him well in the years ahead!
Enjoy your week and the 4th of July holiday; our next enews will be July 5th.