SOE News

2008

Williamson McDiarmid, new dean, to arrive in January

G. Williamson McDiarmid, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, will become the twelfth dean to lead the School of Education when he assumes the position on Jan. 1, 2009.

Jill Fitzgerald completes term as interim dean

Effective Dec. 31, 2008, Jill Fitzgerald will complete her 18-month term as interim dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Upward Bound continues to promote college education for local high school students

In its forty-second year of operation, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Upward Bound program has afforded more than 1,000 students the opportunity to realize that attending college is an attainable goal.

Kennedy scholars’ luncheon celebrates impact of scholarship on future teachers

In 1996, Harold, Harvey and Michael Kennedy established the Willie Hall Kennedy scholarship at the School of Education to honor their grandmother, a lifelong teacher.

Accreditation teams visit the School of Education

National and state accreditation teams are visiting the School of Education Nov. 15-19 to review the School and its programs.

Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education mobilizes college students to address literacy needs

In 1989, two Carolina undergraduates volunteering through the Campus Y realized that college students across the country were interested in the social justice issues implicit in adult literacy education and that collectively, young people could have a tremendous impact on the field.

School invites applications for new practitioner faculty position, other faculty, administrative posts

The School of Education invites applications and nominations for seven positions for practitioner faculty, other faculty and administrators.

Graduate students exchange ideas with international visitors

When they entered the classroom for the first time this semester, the 12 graduate students in Associate Professor Rebecca New’s seminar on “Culture, Child Development, and Education” expected to hear about the usual first-day-of-class topics—overview of the syllabus, descriptions of assignments, and so on.

David McArthur, new director of research

David McArthur, Ph.D., became the director of research development and grants administration for the School of Education effective Oct. 1, 2008.

Students reinstate SNCAE, host N.C. Teacher of the Year

When senior Erin Burns and junior Kristin Hansen realized there was no organization on campus to promote collaboration between education students and undergraduates who are majoring in different disciplines but are interested in education, they decided to take action.

Foundation Board meets, oversees funds

The Board of Directors of the School of Education Foundation met in Chapel Hill Sept. 26, 2008, to review the management and disbursement of the School’s gift funds and discuss fundraising goals.

UNC-BEST receives additional funding, expands to geology, mathematics

A $1.25 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will expand UNC’s Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching program (UNC-BEST), a new fast-track teacher program, to include mathematics and geological sciences.

Research Triangle Schools Partnership provides framework for collaboration with neighboring schools

The Research Triangle Schools Partnership (RTSP) provides a framework for School of Education faculty and students to collaborate with neighboring public school districts to work toward improving schools and enhancing learning opportunities for all children.

Literacy faculty ranked second in nation

The School of Education’s literacy faculty was ranked second in the nation in scholarly productivity, in a recent study comparing literacy faculty in the top 25 universities across the United States.

School welcomes three new faculty members

The School of Education welcomes three new members to its faculty this fall—Janice Anderson and Nick Cabot in science education and Julie Justice in literacy.

School of Education begins new academic year

The School of Education welcomed 314 education students to a new academic year as fall 2008 classes began Aug. 19.

Foundation for Child Development awards Young Scholar Fellowship to support Steve Knotek’s work to enhance school readiness of Latino children

A $178,000 award from the Foundation for Child Development will fund Steven Knotek’s ongoing work to enhance the emergent literacy skills and school readiness of Latino children.

Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education receives engagement award

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) in the School of Education has been selected to receive a 2008 Engaged Scholarship Award for its program, Learning to Teach, Learning to Serve (LTLS).

Graduate students and faculty identify common interests at annual symposium

Nearly 60 graduate students and faculty gathered from School of Education’s many program areas at the Annual Graduate Student/Faculty Symposium on May 7.

LEARN NC development team earns distance learning award

A LEARN NC website development team headed by Director of Instructional Technology Phil Kaufman has received the 2008 21st Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award from the North Carolina Distance Learning Association (NCDLA).

Dwight Rogers will continue caring, connecting, making music in retirement

When Dwight Rogers enrolled in an undergraduate course in educational foundations at the University of Florida, he wasn’t planning to be a teacher.

GSA to host annual symposium May 7

The School of Education’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) will host the School’s Annual Symposium on Wednesday, May 7, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Peabody Hall.

G. Williamson McDiarmid recommended as new dean

G. Williamson McDiarmid, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, has agreed to be recommended to the Board of Trustees of UNC-Chapel Hill as the new dean of the School of Education.

New program fast tracks science students to produce more teachers

A new program will increase the number of science teachers produced at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by offering biology and physics majors a way of earning N.C. teaching licensure while simultaneously completing their undergraduate science degree.

School ranked among America’s best by U.S. News & World Report

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education has maintained its position as one of the top schools of education in America, according to rankings released on March 28, 2008, by U.S. News & World Report.

Melissa Thibault new executive director of LEARN NC

The School of Education has tapped the acting director of LEARN NC as the program’s new executive director.

New resources for middle school teachers from CareerStart

New resources for middle school teachers will soon be available online from CareerStart, a project designed to increase student engagement and ultimately reduce student dropout rates.

School recognizes National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated nationwide Feb. 4-8, 2008, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.

Professor Roberta Woolever dies at 71

Roberta Woolever, who joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1975 and remained until 1991, died of colon cancer Dec. 28 in Boise, Idaho. She was 71.

Dean candidates on campus for interviews in February

Three candidates for the position of dean of the School of Education will be on campus for interviews in early February.

School welcomes “New” faculty member

The School of the Education welcomes a new faculty member this semester, Rebecca New, who will serve as both an associate professor of early childhood education and a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG).