Faculty & Staff E-news 9.14.15

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It’s now official; the Kansas City Young Matron’s Society has relocated to what was previously the SOE student parking lot. I’m sure the move during the weekend was quite the spectacle, albeit slow!

For the first time this fall, the SOE—in collaboration with the School of Nursing and Health Studies—is offering a minor in Exercise Science that will appeal to people committed to a healthy lifestyle and helping others. I extend my congratulations and thanks to Ms. Mary Phyl Dwight and Ms. Janice-Ellis-Claypool (SONHS) for their dedication and diligence in getting this program up and running! For more information on the minor, see our website.

Last week Thursday, Dr. Clare Bell and I were pleased to attend the UMKC Promotion and Tenure Celebration at Pierson Auditorium which honored 14 faculty members, including our own Dr. Candace Schlein—who was promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective September 1st. Provost Bichelmeyer, Chancellor Morton and Vice Provost Denis Medeiros presided over the program, and I extend my congratulations to Candace on this milestone in her career! Dr. Schlein’s parents and husband also were among those who attended.

We have another professional development opportunity tomorrow from 12-1:30 p.m. in room 307 in the series on what CAEP site visitors will be expecting in their review of the programs, specifically regarding Standard 1. Since lunch again will be provided, please RSVP. Upcoming dates of workshops in the series are:

  • September 23rd from 3-4:30 on CAEP Standards 2-6. RSVP.
  • September 29th from 12-1:30 on CAEP Standards 2-6. RSVP.

Dr. Lance J. Tomei, who retired from his position as Director for Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Management at the University of Central Florida in June of 2013, now provides consulting services for assessment, accountability, and accreditation in higher education with a focus on educator preparation and institutional effectiveness assessment. He will lead us in a training session on September 25th (from 9-11:30 a.m.) that will focus on creating high quality rubrics to assess growth of students in teacher education. While the session is primarily intended to move the transition work of programs in teacher education forward, faculty from all three SOE divisions may attend. Lunch and an extended session for Teacher Education faculty (TECC and TE&CS) to create the TE rubric will follow from 12–2 p.m. For those of you wishing to join us for lunch, please RSVP.

This Friday, September 18th, the Culture and Climate Team are sponsoring a “back to school” lunch for all faculty and staff following the faculty meeting. A simple lunch will be provided at noon to allow folks the opportunity to reconnect, meet our new faculty and enjoy casual conversation with colleagues before the semester gets away from us. RSVP.

Winter intersession will run December 28th through January 15th of 2016, providing an opportunity for students to get on track or get a step ahead in their program. Since intersession courses are run through CPE, the SOE gets to keep more of the tuition dollars internally so I ask our divisions to (re)consider what courses they might be able to best offer in this timeframe for the benefit of our students. Currently, both TE 403 (Educational Psychology) and TE 420 (Adolescent Development) will be offered online.

Finally, a reminder that nominations for the Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education will be accepted through September 30th.