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UT Tyler School of Education

SOE Director's Message


Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting the virtual home of the UT Tyler School of Education and are delighted that you are taking the time to learn more about our School of Education. The School of Education has adopted the motto of “We Dream! We Think! We Do!” We are diligently working to make this motto a state of mind and place where innovative and exciting dreams become reality so we can positively influence the educational issues in East Texas, our state, and the nation as well as advance the profession by serving as trustworthy stewards of our respective educational disciplines.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, you’ll notice a new faculty member along with currently faculty serving in new positions.

  1. We welcome Dr. Gina Doepker as an Associate Professor of Literacy. Dr. Doepker comes to us from Valdosta State University in Georgia where she was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education as well as the Director for the Sullivan Literacy Center. Dr. Doepker earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Doepker will be teaching literacy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels this fall.
  2. Dr. Frank Dykes will begin serving as the Assistant Director in the School of Education. Dr. Dykes has been serving as a faculty member at UT Tyler since 2007. He is an Associate Professor of Special Education and also serves as the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in Special Education/Educational Diagnostician program.
  3. Dr. Julie Delello has been named as the UT Tyler Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. As Dr. Geiger, the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, announced, “This position of director is an important leadership role intended to help build learning communities of faculty throughout the university. It will facilitate the coming together of faculty across different disciplines to mentor and be mentored, to teach and to learn, and to conduct research on the scholarship of teaching and learning.” Dr. Delello will continue to teach one course each semester in the School of Education.

As our faculty dream, think, and do, you’ll find us working with UT Tyler undergraduate and graduate students as they pursue goals of earning degrees in education, actively engaging in collaborative work with local schools as well as conducting research studies to advance the field of education. You can follow this work by following us at UTTylerSOE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

We encourage you to join us in our efforts to improve the teaching and learning experiences of children and adults.


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Colleen Swain, Ph.D.
Professor and Director


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