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Peabody Pulse

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Glazier, Hall join Faculty Engaged Scholars program

Associate professors Jocelyn Glazier and Leigh Hall are among the ten UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members recently selected by the Carolina Center for Public Service as the fourth class of the Faculty Engaged Scholars program. The Faculty Engaged Scholars program works to advance faculty involvement in the scholarship of engagement. During the two-year program, participants learn about engaged scholarship, possible funding sources, navigating disciplinary expectations while addressing community needs, and partnering with local communities in North Carolina and beyond. Every other year, eight to ten faculty members from around campus are selected to participate in the program. More details are here.


Dean McDiarmid participating in various initatives

Dean Bill McDiarmid has also recently participated in a variety of planning and other meetings across campus. He recently attended a meeting of the Kenan Institute Strategic Planning Advisory Committee of which he is a member. The Institute's new director, Joe DeSimone, has invited  business leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and others from the Triangle to help shape the future activities of the organization. In addition, McDiarmid was invited to attend the annual gathering of Innovate@Carolina where faculty from across the campus presented on various innovations and inventions, some developed in partnership with outside organizations and businesses that were also represented at the meeting.  

McDiarmid also is serving on a national expert panel for Education Northwest – the regional education lab – on improving career outcomes for American Indian/Alaska Native students in the Pacific Northwest. He and the three other scholars on the panel will be contributing to a document intended to help American Indian and Alaska Native community members explore ways to support pathways for their young people to careers and adulthood.

Recently, McDiarmid moderated a panel of local high school principals for the Board of Trustees' Committee of 21st Century Undergraduate Education. Leadership Ed.D. candidate Kelly Batten, now director of secondary schools for Chatham County and formerly principal of Carrboro High School, served as a member of the panel.  

At the provost's invitation, McDiarmid is serving on the campus-wide committee on “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs. The provost has invited faculty to submit proposals for MOOCs. Interested faculty are encouraged to discuss with McDiarmid. At the chancellor's invitation, McDiarmid also attended a gathering of a small group of campus leaders to discuss the future of the humanities at research universities.

December 5-13, McDiarmid will be meeting with the education commissions in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing as well as the normal universities affiliated with each. These commissions have authority over K-12 schools in each of the municipalities and control the budgets and policies of the normal universities. The commissions have expressed interest in the possibility of teachers in their schools pursuing the School’s new Masters of Experienced for International Teachers program as well as professional development opportunities for school principals.


Ph.D. student Jackie Eunjing Relyea, Jill Fitzgerald co-author book chapter

Jackie Eunjung Relyea, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Early Childhood, Special Education and Literacy, and professor emerita Jill Fitzgerald have co-authored a book chapter. The title of the chapter is “Bilingual education programs and student achievement” and it appears in International Handbook of Student Achievement, edited by J.A.C. Hattie and M.M. Anderson and published by Routledge.


CCEE hosts Model UN conference

The School of Education’s Carolina Center for Educational Excellence recently hosted a mini Model United Nations conference. The event brought delegations from East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill High School, Cumberland International Early College High School in Fayetteville, and East Carteret High School in Beaufort. The students simulated a U.N. Security Council debate on the civil war in Syria. The next Model UN event at the CCEE will be the fourth Annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Middle School Model UN Conference on March 15. Details are here.


Sherick Hughes wins University Research Council funding

Associate Professor Sherick Hughes has won a campus-based University Research Council award to help fund a research project. The funds will be used to help support Hughes’s Project D-VIATTe.


Teaching Fellow Jennifer Dutton inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Teaching Fellow Jennifer L. Dutton, a senior with English and history majors and a Hispanic studies minor, has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Dutton is from Cary.


GSA hosting Winter Social on Friday

The Graduate Student Association will hold a Winter Social on Friday for graduate students and their significant others. Food will be provided at this BYOB affair to be held at Anne Bryan’s home at 210 Hillcrest Circle. The party begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Those planning to attend were asked to RSVP by Dec. 1 to or on the SOE GSA Facebook page.


Books still being collected for ‘Book Fairy’ drive

The School of Education is still collecting books for the “Book Fairy” book drive for pediatric cancer patients at UNC Hospitals. The drive is especially seeking English and Spanish-language board books and books featuring children and families of many cultures. You may donate books by placing them in the box in Suite 103 in front of Jodi Abatemarco’s desk.


GSA seeking proposals for SEAES Conference

The Graduate Student Association of the School of Education is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference in January. The SEAES Conference will be held on Jan. 12, with the theme “Moving Education Forward: Connecting Research, Theory, Policy and Practice.” The SEAES Conference was created as a regional forum for the support, promotion and dissemination of research in educational studies. In keeping with this tradition, all individuals engaged in the study and research of education, regardless of specialty area, are invited to submit a proposal. Visit this page for the call for proposals and to register. Registration is free. For questions, send an email to


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SOE SPA staff meeting
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Peabody 02

GSA Winter Social
6 p.m.
210 Hillcrest Circle

Dec. 14
SOE Faculty-Staff Holiday Party
5 p.m.
Briar Chapel Clubhouse

Dec. 16
Fall Commencement
2 p.m.
Dean Smith Center

Jan. 12
SEAES Conference