The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler   •   Longview   •   Palestine
A centerpiece for learning,
culture and natural beauty

UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology

Faculty & Staff Spotlight Archive

Dr. Suzanne Thomas, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, recently co-authored with Megan Stanley and Amy Hayes Put On A Happy Face: Molly’s Story in the National Teacher Education Journal, 3(3), 65-72. Amy Hayes is presently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Tyler and Megan Stanley is an alumna of the university.  More...

Ms. Sharon Back, Instructional and Evaluation Support Specialist, was recently named the November 2010 UT Star receipient in recognition of her service and support to students, faculty and the university community.

Dr. Frank Dykes, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, recently published Transcending rainbow flags and pride parades: Preparing special education preservice educators to work with gay and lesbian youth in the SRATE Journal, Summer 2010, Vol. 19(2), 36-43.  More...

Drs. Vance Vaughn and Ross Sherman, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies recently published The quandary of best practices in curriculum: Critical issue for educational leaders in B.J. Irby, B.J. Alford, G. Perreault, & L. Zellner (Eds.) Promoting Critical Ideas of Leadership, Culture and Diversity. More...

Drs. Frank Dykes and Suzanne Thomas, assistant professors in the School of Education, recently published Strategies for every teacher’s toolbox in Principal Leadership, 11(2), 26-30. More...

Sandi Jones, UT Tyler alum and principal at West Side Elementary School in Jacksonville, Texas, has named the recipient of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. Ms. Jones will receive her award during the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2010 in Washington D.C. More...

Drs. Suzanne Thomas and Frank Dykes, assistant professors in the School of Education, recently published Promoting successful transitions: what can we learn from RTI to enhance outcomes for all students? in Preventing School Failure, Volume 55(1), 1-9. More...

W.S. Parks and D. Glaze, graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love, Professor in that department, had "Sexual abuse of girls and the lasting effects" accepted for publication in P. K. Lundberg-Love, M. A. Paludi & K. Nadal (Eds.). Women and mental disorders worldwide. Vol. 2, Sexual victimization and mental disorders. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Praeger-Greenwood).

Jennifer Piazza, a graduate of UT Tyler’s master’s program in Clinical Psychology, and Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling recently published) Adult survivors of incest: Psychological sequelae and treatment. In M. A. Paludi & F. L. Denmark (Eds.), Victims of sexual assault and abuse: Resource and responses for victims and families, Vol. 1. Incidence and psychological dimensions(pp.157-184). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Jeanette Krenek, Joanna Goodwin, Lindsay and Britney Hilburn, students in the master’s program in clinical psychology and Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, had a chapter - No safe haven: Sexual abuse of teens by family members – accepted for publication in M. A. Paludi (Ed.). The psychology of teen violence and victimization. Vol. 1,From bullying and cyber stalking to assault and sexual victimization. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Praeger-Greenwood).

Dr. Gary Wright, Professor Emeritus and Ross Sherman had a chapter entitled, Developmental considerations in transferring oral reading skills to silent reading, published in the International Reading Associations’ Revisiting Silent Reading: New Directions for Teachers and Researchers. The book has been selected as the IRA book club selection for December 2010.

Drs. Wesley Hickey and Vance Vaughn from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, co authored, Legislation, financial self-interest, and bond election success, in the October 2010 NCPEA Education Leadership Review journal. More...

Dr. Robert Stevens, Professor in the School of Education, recently published ”Images of the Holocaust: Artists Resist” in The Social Studies Texan, fall/winter 2010.

Dr. Sarah Sass,  Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, received a SPR Student Poster Award  for her poster titled “Time course of attentional bias distinguishes anxiety, depression, and their comorbidity”  at the 2010 meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research  in Portland, OR.

West Side and Fred Douglass elementary school in the Jacksonville Independent School District were the only schools in East Texas recognized as 2010 Blue Ribbon schools.  The principals of the two schools, Sandi Jones and Amber Penn, are alumnae of UT Tyler’s graduate program in Educational Leadership.

Drs. Vance Vaughn and Ross Sherman, from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies co authored, The quandary of best practices in curriculum: Critical issues for educational leaders in the 2010 NCPEA Yearbook entitled, Promoting Critical Ideas of Leadership, Culture and Diversity.

Drs. Peggy Gill, Wesley Hickey, and Genie Linn, from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies authored, What critical issues do principal preparation programs need to address in business and community school partnership in the 2010 NCPEA Yearbook entitled, Promoting Critical Ideas of Leadership, Culture and Diversity.

Lacey Rainey, a graduate student in the superintendent certification program, published Get fit:  An underutilized tool every principal should know about in Instructional Leader, July 2010, Vol. 23, No. 4.

Jennifer Piazza, a spring 2010 graduate of the M. S. in Clinical Psychology program, and Dr. Paula Lundberg-Love, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, recently published Long-term health consequences associated with childhood sexual abuse. In A. E. Browne-Miller (Ed.), Violence and abuse in society: Understanding a global crisis. Vol. 3 Conditions, characteristics, and consequences. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Praeger-Greenwood). 

Dr. Robert Stevens, Professor in the School of Education, has been invited by the Editor of Echoes and Reflections Today to write four lesson plans per year for the Echoes and Reflections newsletter. The first is entitled “Using Art to Teach about the Holocaust.”  

Dr. Dennis Combs, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, recently co-authored Treatment approaches with a special focus on social cognition: Overview and empirical results in A. Medalia and V. Roder (Eds.), Neurocognition and Social Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients: Basic Concepts and Treatment. (pg. 61-78). Basel, Switzerland: Karger Publishers.

Dr. Dennis Combs, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was appointed to the editorial boards of  The American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and The Behavior Therapist.

Dr. Wes Hickey,  Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published Intelligent design as science: The good, the bad and the ugly in The Illinois School Board Journal, (2010, May-June). More...

Drs. Andrew Schmitt and Ron Livingston, in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, recently co-authored with colleagues Factor analysis of the “Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) in a large sample of patients suspected of dementia” in Applied Neuropsychology, 17, 8-17. More...

Drs. Genie Linn, Peggy Gill, Ross Sherman, and Vance Vaughn, from the Dreparmtnet of Educaitonal Leadership and Policy Studies and Dr. Jason Mixon co-authored Evaluating the long-term impact of professional development in Professional Development in Education, 2010, 1-4. More...

Dr. Gary Wright, Professor in the School of Education, has been honored by the naming of and endowed chair in his honor. The Anderson, Vukelja, Wright chair in education will enable the college to hire an outstanding individual to champion a reading initiative within the college.

Dr. Robert Stevens, Professor in the School of Education, recently co-authored "Conflict and Consensus: Post Office Art of the New Deal" which was published in The National Social Science Journal, 2010, Volume 33. No.2, pp. 160-165.

Drs. John Lamb and Robert Stevens, faculty in the School of Education, recently published "The Eye of the Photographer" in The Social Studies Texan, 2010, Volume 26, No. 1, pp. 59-63.

Kristen Laib, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has been accepted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Ph. D. program in Clinical Psychology.

Jace Waguspack, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has been accepted to the University of Houston's Ph. D. program in Clinical Neuropsychology.

The East Texas State Fair recently honored The University of Texas at Tyler as an Academic Rodeo Support Partner for its work in presenting and judging many of the contests in the Academic Rodeo. This award recognizes the work of Michael Vick from the Campus Computing Center, Al Ippolito from the Ingenuity Center, and the following faculty from the School of Education: Bambi Bailey, Suzanne Brians, Chip Fischer, Olga Fischer, Jackie Gerla, Priscilla Gilpin, Larry Kraus, John Lamb, Dona Packer, Cindy Sherman, and Gary Wright.

Dr. Vance Vaughn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published Mathematics Leadership: A vision of mathematics today, tomorrow, and beyond in Texas Study of Secondary Education, Fall 2009, pp 11-13. >>More...

Drs. Wes Hickey and Ross Sherman in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies recently co-authored Consultant perceptions of skills that school boards value in superintendent applicants in the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. >>More...

Mrs. Cindy Sherman, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, received a 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Texas Alpha Xi Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society.

Dr. Robert McClure, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, co-authored Religiosity versus humanity: A struggle for enjoyment of life in Psychology and Education, 45, 6-9. >>More...

Department of Psychology and Counseling students, Jonathan Valera and Heather Beasley recently presented on the topic "Pediatric Bipolar Disorder" at the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) in Houston.

Department of Psychology and Counseling students, Jennifer Piazza and Amy Werry recently presented on the topic "Contemporary Test Validity" at the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) in Houston.

Dr. Vance Vaughn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, published Critical concerns and salient suggestions on improving TAKS scores for African American students in mathematics in the Southeastern Teacher Education Journal, Volume 2, number 3, 2009.  >>More...

Dr. Frank Dykes, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, published RTI implementation challenges for rural elementary principals in the Southeastern Teacher Education Journal, Volume 2, number 3, 2009. >>More...

Dr. Dennis Combs, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was named the winner of the 2009 Judy E. Hall PhD Early Career Psychologist Award by the National Register of Health Service Providers.

Drs. Genie Linn and Peggy Gill, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published "Woman to woman: Crossing the cultural gap" in Women as School Executives: Celebrating Diversity, Texas Council of Women School Executives.

Dr. Robert Stevens, Professor in the School of Education, recently co-authored the following articles: "Comparing FSA Photographs by Ben Shahn: A Lesson in Media Literacy," Social Education (Middle Level Learning) Number 35, May/June 2009, pp., .2-8 and "Using F.S.A. Photography to Teach Media Literacy," Social Studies Review, Volume 48, No.1, Fall/Winter, 2009, pp., 50-53.

Drs. Peggy Gill and Ross Sherman, faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently co-authored "None of us are as smart as all of us: Site based decision making" in School Leadership Review.

Mrs. Cynthia Sherman, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, was selected as an initial recipient of the Regents' Teaching Award by the University of Texas System. This award is a recognition of commitment to teaching through the delivery of the highest quality undergraduate instruction.

Drs. Shelly Marmion and Paula Lundberg-Love, Professors in the Department of Psychology and Counseling published "PTSD symptoms in college students exposed to interparental violence: Are they comparable to those that result from physical and sexual abuse?" in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma,Vol. (3), 263-278.

Dr. Peggy Gill, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was the recipient of the "2008 Researcher of the Year" award from the Office of Sponsored Research at UT Tyler during its annual awards luncheon.

Dr. Michael Odell, Interm Director of the School of Education, was the recipient of the "2008 Hustler of the Year" award from the Office of Sponsored Research at UT Tyler during its annual awards luncheon.

Ms. Debbie Gipson, Grant Coordinator, was the was the recipient of the "2008 Research Administrative Support" award from the Office of Sponsored Research at UT Tyler during its annual awards luncheon.

Ms. Virginia Fender, Director, Educator Certification and Program Accountability in the School of Education, was the recipient of the Association of Teacher Educators' President's Service Award. The award was bestowed at the 2009 national conference of the association.

Dr. Ross Sherman, Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently hosted a group of kindergarten students from Palestine Independent School District's Northside Elementary Childhood Center as part of the UT Tyler Early Recruitment Program. >>More...

Dr. Robert McClure, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was co-author of "Religiosity vs Humanity: A struggle for enjoyment of life" in Psychology and Education. Vol. 45, No. 3/4, 6-9.

Dr. Robert L. Stevens, Professor in the School of Education, recently co-authored "Comparing FSA Photographs by Ben Shahn: A Lesson in Media Literacy " which will appear in Middle Level Learning (May/June, 2009)

Dr. Vance Vaughn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, published "A struggle to bridge the gap: Promoting African American males in teacher education" in School Leadership Review.

Drs. Wes Hickey, Genie Linn, and Vance Vaughn, assistant professors in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, recently published "Demographic trends in Texas bond elections" in AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practices, Vol. 5 (2).

Dr. Genie Linn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, published "Into the lion's den: How to survive professional development with secondary teachers" in the fall 2008 issue of The Texas Association of Secondary Schools.

Dr. Peggy Gill, Dr. Ross Sherman, and Mrs. Cindy Sherman published "Beginning with the end in mind: A comparison of first year teaching experiences across generations of teachers" in Critical Issues in Teacher Education, Volume XVI.

©