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Dr. Kouider Mokhtari has received the 2014 John C. Manning Public School Service Award from the International Reading Association

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari has co-authored a book, Educating English Learners,  published by Harvard Education Press

Dr. Vance Vaughn was awarded Researcher of the Year by the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love presented on The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease at the East Texas Children's Network annual conference in Tyler, TX.

Dr. Paula K. Lundberg-Love's chapter "Psychological Sequelae of Cancer in Women during the Acute Phase of Survival" was published in The Praeger Handbook on Women's Cancers.

Dr. Teresa Kennedy has been awarded a Fulbright to Argentina for the purpose of improving STEM education.

Dr. Jessica Rueter has been elected to serve as Vice President for the Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (a national division of Council for Exceptional Children).

Congratulations to Dr. Vance Vaughn on the publication of Considering Commitment: Longevity, Excellency and Resilience in the Community Works Journal.

Dr. Robert Stevens' historical novel Master Robert won the 2014 Texas Association of Authors Book Contest for Best Civil War Historical Fiction.

Dr. Genie Linn, associate professor in educational leadership, had her editorial Leader ... Leading ... Leadership Legacy ... published in the 2014 edition of Journal of Texas School Women Executives.

Dr. Diana Vaughn, adjunct professor in educational leadership, and Dr. Vance Vaughn, associate professor in educational leadership, had their article Finding a Superintendent's Position: Challenges for African American Women in Texas published in the 2014 edition of the Journal of Texas School Women Executives.

Dr. Ron Livingston and Dr. Andrew Schmitt, along with their co-authors C.R. Reynolds and J Valera, have had their article "Assessment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: What School Psychologists Should Know!" published in Research and Practice in the Schools.

Dr. Andrew Schmitt, Dr. Ron Livingston, and Dr. Frank Dykes, along with their co-authors B.M. Scott, J.M Galusha and A. Garland have had their article "A Theoretical Model for Measuring Change: Reliable Change Index" published in Research and Practice in the Schools.

Dr. Vance Vaughn, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, had his article View from the Field: NCLB's Good Intentions of Accountability Damage our Educational Leaders and Our Schools in the Winter 2014 edition of School Leadership Review.

Dr. Genie Linn was selected as the Texas Council of Women School Executive's Margaret A Montgomery Leadership Award recipient.

Becky Rutledge, Vance Vaughn, Ross Sherman and
Wes Hickey
presented their paper Global Perspectives: A Comparison of
Administrative Roles at the TCPEA/TASA Mid-Winter Conference in Austin, TX
on January 28, 2014.

Dr. Genie Linn, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, edited the 2014 edition of the Journal of Texas Women Executives.

Dr. Jessi Reuter had her article "Developing a progress monitoring portfolio for children in early childhood special education programs", co-written with N. Stockall and L. Dennis, published in Teaching Exceptional Children, and her article "Play-based interventions for children with PDD", also co-authored with N. Stockall and L. Dennis, in Young Exceptional Children.

Dr. Vance Vaughn had his manuscript (along with co-author Nikketta Wilson) "Beginning Teacher Induction Programs: Connections in Retaining Teachers, Maintaining Continuity and Sustaining Student Achievement" published in the Fall 2013 edition of Texas Study of Secondary Education.

Drs. Larry Kraus and Robert Stevens had their article "Academic freedom for teachers" published in the National Social Science Journal.

Dr. Wes Hickey and Dr. Ross Sherman had their manuscript Readiness for active student engagement: Principals' perceptions related to the challenges of hands-on activities in a district of Belize published in the November 2013 issue of Caribbean Teaching Scholar.

Dr. Kathleen Everling recently had her article "Professional development and self-efficacy of Texas educators and the teaching of English language learners" published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Jessi Rueter had her chapter "The assessment of executive functioning using the Delis rating of executive functions (D-REF)" published in The Handbook of Executive Functioning.

Dr. Colleen Swain and Dr. Julie Delello have been selected to be among the inaugural team of UT Tyler Faculty Fellows. This is a distinguished community of scholars dedicated to teaching excellence, innovation, student success, and scholarship.

Dr. Mokhtari and Ms. Carla Reichard developed the Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies Inventory (MARSI) in 2002.  The MARSI is now being included in Vanderbilt University's IRIS Center, a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for children.  IRIS Center materials are used throughout the nation and world.  In addition, the MARSI has been translated in nearly 15 languages and is being used in various schools and universities in the US and around the globe.  With the inclusion of the MARSI in an IRIS Center module, the dissemination of this important instruction will only increase!  Congratulations to Dr. Mokhtari and Ms. Reichard!

Dr. Karl Witt was one of six University of Texas at Tyler faculty members awarded an Outstanding Faculty Award by the Alpha Chi Honor Society on Nov. 18th.

Dr. Frank Dykes was elected to the Association Chair of the Small Special Education Programs Caucus (SSEPC) for the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Dr. Teresa Kennedy and Dr. Michael Odell had their article "Weather, Climate, Web 2.0: 21st Century Students Speak Climate Science Well" published in the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. (Co-authored with C. Sundberg.)

Dr. Teresa Kennedy had her chapter "International Perspectives on Equity and Gender: Development Studies in Science Education" published in Science Education: A Global Perspective. (Co-authored with C. Sundberg.)

Dr. Robert Stevens edited the October issue of Social Education (National Council for the Social Studies) along with Walt Herscher. He also authored the lead article, entitled Back to the Future: Merit or Equity in AP Social Studies?

Dr. Vance Vaughn, Associate Professor in the Department of Education Leadership, has been elected to be on the the Executive Board of Texas Council of Professors of Educational Leadership.

Peggy Gill, Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, organized and assisted with the principal workshop in the Toledo District of Belize on October 24.

Dr. Julie Delello and her co-authors had their paper, A Cross-Case Analysis of the use of Web-Based ePortfolios in Higher Education published in the Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice.

McWhorter, R.R., Delello, J.A., Roberts, P.B., Raisor, C.M., & Fowler, D.A. (2013). A cross-case analysis of the use of web-based eportfolios in higher education. Journal of Information Technology Education, 12, 253-286.

Dr. Colleen Swain, Director of the School of Education, recently had her article "Building Teacher Leaders in Texas Schools" published in Instructional Leader.

Wes Hickey, Eli Crow, and Becky Rutledge presented Teacher Hiring and Development for Active Student Engagement at the Advancing Improvement in Education Conference in Austin, TX on September 25, 2013.

Dr. Genie Linn is the Principal Investigator of the $10,000 grant from the Fair Foundation to study integrity among high school students.  Karl Witt, Howard Patterson, and Keith McCoy are also researchers in this study.

Dr. Olga Fisher, Professor of Education, received an award recognizing her for 18 years of service to the Academic Rodeo writing contest.

Dr. Ross Sherman, Dean of the College of Education and Psychology, won the Texas Council of Educator's of Professional Administration's 2013 Educator of the Year award. Congratulations, Dean Sherman!

Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love had a chapter entitled "Child Sexual Abuse Issues: Prevalence, Suquelae, Treatment, and Prevention with a Focus on Cultural and Global Perspectives" published in Violence Against Girls and Women, International Perspectives.

Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love had a chapter entitled "Understanding the Mechanism for Employee Burnout Sunsequent to Recurrent Stress in the Workplace" published in Psychology for Business Success.

Dr. Vance Vaughn's book Taking the Mystery out of Texas School Finance (2nd ed.) was recently published by NCPEA Publications (http://www.ncpeapublications.org/new-books-for-2013.html).

Dr. Peggy Gill, Dr. Ross Sherman, and Dr. Genie Linn had their manuscript Developing a Collaborative Culture in On-Line Learning published in the June issue of the International Journal of Information and Education Technology.

Becky Rutledge, superintendent program student and teacher leader at the Innovation Academy charter school, published Innovative Classrooms: One School's Way of Piecing the Puzzle Together in the September issue of Instructional Leader.

Dr. Frank Dykes was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure by the University of Texas System Board of Regents.  We congratulate Dr. Dykes on reaching this important career milestone and for having his work in teaching, research, and service validated and acknowledged by his peers, external reviewers, and the UT System Board of Regents.  Congratulations Dr. Frank Dykes!

Dr. Jessica Rueter's new book, Effective Inclusion Strategies for Elementary Teachers, co-written with Dr. Cynthia Simpson and Dr. Jeffrey Bakken, has just been published.

Dr. Jessica Reuter recently published her manuscript "Authentic Assessment: Establishing a Clear Foundation for Instructional Practices", co-written with Drs. Dennis and Dr. Cynthia Simpson, published in Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth.

Dr. Ross Sherman published his chapter "Schematic for Implementation: Creating the 'Cogito' for Innovative Schools" in Eduction for the Human Brain.

Dr. Peggy Gill published her chapter "The Courage to Lead: The Knowledge to Succeed" in Eduction for the
Human Brain.

Dr. Genie Linn published her chapter "The Brain and High-Stakes Accountability Testing" in Education for the Human Brain.

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Chair delivered a keynote address at the 35th Annual Sanibel Leadership Conference in Clearwater Beach Florida (June 19-21, 2013). The Annual Sanibel conference, known as Florida's voice for Higher Education, examines research, policy, and practice related to the education of all students, with particular focus on the education of English learners in mainstream classrooms.

Dr. Wes Hickey had an article entitled, "Intelligent Design in the Public School Science Classroom", published in Interchange: A quarterly review of education.

The School of Education is thrilled to share the good news that Carrie Hudson, one of our EC-6 majors, has been selected to participate in NASA's Space Camp this summer. Congratulations Carrie! We can hardly wait to see your pictures, videos, and learn from you upon your return from Space Camp this summer.

Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love has just had a chapter published in The Essential Handbook of Women's Sexuality. Co-authored with Adam Garland, the chapter is entitled "Abusive Relationships and Women's Sexuality."

Dr. Ross Sherman, the Interim Dean of the College, just had his article "Being Here, But Not Here" published in the March issue of the Phi Delta Kappan magazine -- congratulations Dr. Sherman!

Dr. Robert Stevens had his article The Significance of Teaching Local History published in the Social Studies Texan.

Dr. Colleen Swain, professor and director of the School of Education at UT Tyler, received the 2012 University of North Texas Department of Learning Technologies Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr. Peggy Gill has just received the Advocate of the Year Award from the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love has just had two chapters published in Violence and Abuse in Society: Understanding a Global Crisis. Co-authored with Amy E. Werry, the first chapter is entitled "From Powerlessness to Resilience: Therapeutic Interventions with Adult Survivors of Incest." The second chapter, co-authored with Jennifer Piazza and Melodye Cure is entitled "Long-term health Effects Associated with Childhood Sexual Abuse."

Drs. Peggy Gill, Genie Linn, and Ross Sherman recently published Personality, Preferred Leadership Style and Principal Preparation in the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences>>More...

Dr. Ross Sherman, Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, co-authored Higher Education Opportunities for Undocumented Students in the United States: What are the Policy Implications for Educators and Legislators in the eJournal of Education Policy.  >>More...

Dr. Wes Hickey, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and two colleagues have co-edited Texas public school organization and administration: 2012 (13th ed.) published by Kendall Hunt  Publishing Company.

Dr. Ronnie Livingston, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has recently co-authored "Factor Structure of the Reitan-Indiana Neuropsychological Battery for Children" in Gregory J Boyle, Donald H Saklofske and Gerald Matthews (Eds.), Psychological Assessment SAGE Benchmarks in Psychology.

Ms. Bonnie Pearson, Coordinator of Clinical Experiences, was recently named the February 2012 UT Star receipient in recognition of her service and support to students, faculty and the university community.

Dr. Genie Linn, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was named co-editor to design and launch a new electronic professional publication, Journal of Texas Women School Executives, for Texas Council of Women School Executives.   The inaugural edition can be found at http://tcwse.org/jtwse/vol1.pdf

The following UT Tyler alumni were recently named Tyler ISD Campus Teachers of the Year: Kelly England, Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy, Lawren Phillips, Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs, Anna Dickey, Clarkston Elementary School, Ashley Rayner, Griffin Elementary School, Jim Westwood, A.W. Orr Elementary School, and Satoya Dodd, Dogan Middle School. The Teacher of the Year program acknowledges the phenomenal dedication and success of the district's teachers and recognizes them for their contributions to Tyler children.

Drs. Wes Hickey and Peggy Gill, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and a colleague recently published  A scholar-practitioner approach to international mentoring through collaborative partnerships in Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly.  >>More...

 book images thumbnailDr. Ronnie Livingston, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has recently co-authored Mastering modern psychological testing: Theory & methods.  Boston, MA: Pearson. 

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, Professor and Anderson-Vukelja, Wright Endowed Chair in the School of Education, recently co-authored Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Language Learners: A Practical Guide for Teacher Educators (2012), Harvard Education Press.  http://www.hepg.org/hep/book/158/PreparingEveryTeacherToReachEnglishLearners

Ms. Linda Speed, Administrative Assistant II, was recently named the August 2011 UT Star receipient in recognition of her service and support to students, faculty and the university community.

Dr. Brenda Gilliam, professor of special education, has been recognized as Member of the Year for her dedication, service and extraordinary effort on behalf of Educational Diagnosticians by the Council of Educational Diagnostic Services, a Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Drs. John Gill and Peggy Gill (Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership) recently published Planning for integration of part-time faculty in a rapidly growing comprehensive regional university in International Society for Educational Planning.  >>More...

Dr. Genie Linn, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published A (super) heroic vision of leader self in the Journal of Leadership Education.  >>More...

Ms. Cynthia Harris, Administrative Assistant III, was recently named the May 2011 UT Star receipient in recognition of her service and support to students, faculty and the university community.

Drs. Ross Sherman, Vance Vaughn, Peggy Gill, Wes Hickey, W., & Genie Linn, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published Shifting from face-to-face to an online educational leadership program: A case study. In B.J. Alford, G. Perreault, L. Zellner & J. Ballenger (Eds.), Blazing New Trails: Preparing Leaders to Improve Access and equity in Today's Schools (pp. 309-317). Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications, Inc., 2011.  >>More...

Drs. Wes Hickey and Peggy Gill, professors in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Lakesha Brown from the Tyler Independent School District published “Scholar-practitioner inquiry as international action research” in the Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, 5(1), pages 69-81.  >>More...

Dr. Ross Sherman, professor and educational leadership and policy studies chair, was the university’s 2011 “Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award” recipient. Dr. Sherman was recognized at the at the sixth annual Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Conference for leading the department into developing an online format of the principal and superintendent certification programs, increasing enrollment in both by 250 percent.  >>More...

Dr. Sarah Sass, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to study a new approach to treating anxiety.  >>More...

Francisco Flores, an education student, has been reocginzed for his outstanding work in the classroom by being selected for the 2011 Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers.  >>More...

Julie Chappa, a student in the master’s degree program in Curriculum and Instruction,  published “Integrating geometry and biology in the secondary classroom” in the fall 2010 issue of the Texas Mathematics Teacher.

Dr. Robert Stevens, Professor in the School of Education, published Teaching the sublime: Landscape in American history in the spring 2011 issue of The Social Studies Texan.  >>More...

Drs. Wes Hickey and Peggy Gill, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published Analyzing principal perceptions of educational purpose in Southern Belize through scholar-practitioner research in the National Social Science Journal, Vol. 36.  >>More...

Drs. Wes Hickey and Peggy Gill, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published “Analyzing principal perceptions of educational purpose in Southern Belize through scholar-practitioner research” in the National Social Science Journal, pp 61-67.

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