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Knoester Presents Papers at American Educational Research Association

Posted: April 14, 2016

University of Evansville assistant professor of Education Matthew Knoester presented two papers on April 11 in Washington, D.C. at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The first paper was titled "Astronomical Inquiries" and was part of a panel entitled "Interdisciplinary School-wide Learning: Practitioner Inquiries into the Impacts of Multiage Themes on Student Learning and School Culture."

The second paper took the form of a poster and was titled "Standardized Testing and School Segregation: Like Tinder for Fire?" It contributed to a session entitled "The Complexity and Multiple Spaces of Social Justice in Action."

Knoester presents two papers at American Educational Research Association

Posted: April 12, 2016

Assistant professor of Education Matthew Knoester presented two papers in Washington, D.C. at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on April 11.

The first paper was entitled "Astronomical Inquiries" and was part of a panel entitled "Interdisciplinary School-wide Learning: Practitioner Inquiries into the Impacts of Multiage Themes on Student Learning and School Culture." The second paper took the form of a poster and was entitled "Standardized Testing and School Segregation: Like Tinder for Fire?" It contributed to a session entitled "The Complexity and Multiple Spaces of Social Justice in Action." 

Lisa Kretz to deliver research findings of study done with Matthew Knoester

Posted: February 16, 2016

Assistant professor of philosophy Lisa Kretz will attend the International Association of Professional and Practical Ethics Annual Conference this week. She will be sharing research findings from a collaborative research study that she completed with UE assistant professor of education Matthew Knoester.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention focus of new UE program

Posted: February 12, 2016

The University of Evansville School of Education has announced plans for new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Programs, beginning in Fall 2016. The new programs are aimed at increasing the number of students earning a teaching certificates and licenses and increasing retention among new teachers in the schools to help supply the ever-increasing need for effective teachers in K-12 schools.

According to Paul Parkison, chair of UE’s School of Education, studies from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics report a national trend indicating a dramatic decline in enrollments in teacher preparation programs. This when combined with the projected 17% increase in demand for teachers shows a picture of an emerging crisis in K-12 education.

“The School of Education is committed to its ongoing mission of preparing tomorrow’s teachers to be successful in their own classrooms,” said Parkison, “and this program indentifies several important ways to ensure we continue to do just that.”

The program includes plans to recruit high-quality candidates from diverse backgrounds and in high-need academic areas to meet current and future employment and civic needs. The program will employ a multi-strategy approach:

  1. The UE Teaching Fellows Program will identify candidates who want to teach in underrepresented areas. These individuals will be eligible for scholarships and loan forgiveness programs their junior and senior years in order to support tuition costs. The program will provide mentoring and academic support for these individuals to ensure program completion and teacher certification.
  2. The UE Transition to Teaching Program will help individuals who hold degrees in high need content areas (such as STEM) to become classroom teachers. This will be a remarkably affordable way for local professionals interested in pursuing a teaching credential to do so.
  3. Degree Pathway Collaboration with Ivy Tech will allow students with an associate’s degree to enroll at UE in order to complete their bachelor’s degree and Indiana state teacher licensing in elementary and secondary education.
  4. Novice Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program will improve the performance and retention of new hires to enhance their skills and prevent the loss of new teachers.

“This program will be a great benefit to the community as well as to the University of Evansville,” said UE president Thomas A. Kazee. “The fruits of this program will be realized when schools in the region are able to satisfy the increasing demand for high-quality educators.”

“The University of Evansville is committed to meeting the needs of K-12 education and meeting the need for placing an effective teacher in every classroom,” said Parkison. “Our continued collaboration with our K-12 partners is critical to the success of this effort.”

The UE Teacher Recruitment and Retention program is being implemented with recruitment under way for the summer and fall 2016 terms.

University of Evansville Announces Outstanding Senior Awards at 157th Commencement Ceremony

Posted: May 9, 2015

Hlawn K. Zathang, an accounting major from Indianapolis, Indiana, and Nathan Graves, an education major from Renssalaer, Indiana, were named the University of Evansville’s Outstanding Seniors during today’s Commencement Ceremony at the Ford Center. 

The Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May Outstanding Senior Service Awards are the highest honors the University presents to one female and one male senior. They are named for two of the University’s most respected alumni, Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May.

Zathang was the recipient of the Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award. She graduated with an accounting degree and has earned sufficient credit hours to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam following graduation.

In 2008, Zathang moved with her family to America from Burma (now Myanmar). Nobody in her family spoke English, so she committed to learn English fast in order to assist her family with the transition. Zathang has also volunteered to assist other refugee families relocate to America. She is one of approximately 10,000 Burmese people now living in south Indianapolis. Through these experiences, Zathang became inspired to give back by helping others.  Since her arrival in Evansville, she has volunteered at the Evansville ARC Industries, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Pine Haven Nursing Home. 

Zathang is involved with the Burmese American Institute, a not-for-profit organization that helps students and people in the community focusing on college research, tutoring, and childcare development. Zathang helps students with research, tracks cash flow for the Institute’s program, calculates staff payroll, organizes participant, staff, and organization partner files, and assists with fiscal reporting.

Overall, Zathang says, “It is obvious that through my four years at the University of Evansville, I have not only grown in an education aspect, but I also discovered what it means to be a good citizen. I also realize the size of my responsibility starting with my family, to the community, and to the world.”

The Guthrie May Award was presented to Graves, who was also the ceremony’s senior keynote speaker. He graduated with a bachelor of science in special education and elementary education, and will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree for a future in higher education.

Graves helped incoming and potential students as an admission ambassador and orientation leader, and was involved with local schools through practicums and internships. He served as event coordinator for an after school program that finds homes for those whose situations leave them without a place to live.

Graves was inspired to enroll in a social responsibility class to become more culturally competent, and participated in training provided by the Anti-Defamation League. He went on to lead small group discussions on campus in an effort to educate others in diversity and acceptance.

His list of involvements is long, but he says it’s not titles, the clubs, or the committees that matter - his participation was always with the goal to understand people better and to help in situations where there was opportunity to make a positive impact on others and help people.

“As I look forward to a career in higher education,” Graves says, “I know that each day will provide me with an opportunity to do something meaningful for the rest of my life. It will not be easy, and I may not get a lot of rest at night, but I can be a part - even if it is a small part - of a crucial time in a person’s life that can transform the way they choose to see and engage in the world.”

Special Presentation on Autism Planned at the University of Evansville

Posted: April 6, 2015

A special presentation on autism, “Rethinking Autism: Wretches & Jabberers,” is planned for Wednesday, April 15, at the University of Evansville. The event is scheduled from 4:30-6:00 p.m., in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The presentation is being hosted by Optimal Rhythms, Inc., and is free and open to the public.

This autism awareness event will feature Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, stars of the highly acclaimed autism documentary, Wretches & Jabberers, along with their support team Harvey and Pascal. Clips from the documentary will be shown, followed by a question and answer session.

For more information, please call 812-488-2663 or 812-488-2500.

Professor Emeritus Earl M. Tapley Has Died

Posted: March 6, 2015

University of Evansville professor emeritus Earl M. Tapley, psychologist and educator, died on December 23. He was 101. He is survived by his son, Dwight, (Barbara Martin), a physician in South Bend, Indiana, daughters Sharon Goodson of Haymarket, Virginia (Roger Goodson), and Annette Pace of Evansville, Indiana, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ruby, his son-in-law Elbert Pace, and four brothers and three sisters.

Born in Georgia, the son of a tenant farmer, Dr.Tapley graduated from Vanderbilt University, received his Master of Arts degree at Peabody-Vanderbilt with studies in the Vanderbilt Divinity School, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He was an ordained Methodist minister having served churches in the South and Midwest before becoming a college professor and administrator.

Dr. Tapley was dean, vice president, and interim president of Lee University, and assistant to the president in public relations and head of psychology and the Testing and Counseling Center at the University of Chattanooga. He then accepted a position at the University of Evansville, where he was professor, director of research, dean of the School of Education, and dean of the Graduate School. He served as consultant and accreditation examiner of colleges for a national and the regional accreditation associations. Though he retired in 1979, he remained at UE for seven years as Director of International Studies and Travel.

He and Ruby established a UE scholarship for ministerial students in 1986. Recently, because of the Tapley’s generosity to the University, the School of Education Multimedia Center was renamed The Earl M. and Ruby J. Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center.  
Dr. Tapley was a world traveler, having traveled extensively on every continent except Antarctica, visiting more than a hundred countries.

He moved to Dunedin, Florida in 1986.

His funeral was Friday, January 2 at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church in Palm Harbor, Florida. He was inducted into the School of Education Honor Roll in 2013.

Dr. Tapley was a good friend to the University of Evansville School of Education, and he will be missed.

Article by Drs. Knoester and Parkison to Appear in Journal

Posted: March 5, 2015

An article co-authored by Dr. Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Paul Parkison, associate professor of education and School of Education department chair, entitled "Where is Citizenship Education in the Age of Common Core State Standards?" will appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Critical Education. The article shows that educational reforms in recent decades have focused on jobs and the economy to the detriment of serious citizenship education and suggests that political discourse and engagement have suffered as a result.

 

Dr. Matthew Knoester and Dr. Paul Parkison

Mary Lombardo-Graves Completes Requirements for EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

Posted: October 29, 2014

Mary Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of special education, has successfully defended her dissertation, "The Effect of Mentoring Intervention on the Teaching Self-Efficacy of Pre-service Special Education Teacher Candidates”. She has completed the requirements for her doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in curriculum leadership at Northern Illinois University.