College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences
Enhancing quality of life through research, outreach, and practice
The mission of The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is "To promote a healthy, educated, and civil society; to encourage life-long learning; and to enhance the quality of life within the diverse, global community by preparing professionals to lead and serve by conducting research and by engaging in service and outreach activities."
If you would like to be involved in the most important work in society, consider a career in education, health or the human sciences. If you want to have fun doing it, come to the University of Tennessee!
NEW! Disability and Accessibility Survey for Students, Faculty, and Staff with Disabilities
February 26, 2014 - The Disability Task Force for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is conducting an anonymous online survey that will help assess disability accommodations on our campus. The online survey must be completed by Friday, March 14. Dr. Bob Rider, Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences co-chairs this task force, along with Annazette Houston, Director of Disability Services. Please contact Bob Rider or Annazette Houston for more information on the survey or the Disability Task Force. Be sure and encourage all students, faculty, and staff to complete the survey.
EUReCA Event for Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement
February 20, 2014 - The Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) will hold their 18th annual event. Currently enrolled undergraduate students are given the opportunity to showcase research and creative activites in collaboration with a University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty mentor. Entries can be individual or group projects. Juding will be performed by a panel of UT Faculty members. The event will be held April 15 and 16, 2014 in the University Center Ballroom. Submission deadline is March 24. Visit their website for more information and guidelines to compete.
2014 VolsTeach STEM Lecture
The VolsTeach Program will host Lecture I of the 2014 STEM Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 5:30-6:30 in 122 Greve Hall. The topic of this first lecture of the series is "Synergy in STEM: Math & the Sciences-"Modeling Across the Curriculum." The guest speaker, Suzanne Lenhart, is the Chancellor's Professor in Mathematics and Associate Director for Education and Outreach at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis here at UT. For more information regarding this lecture series, please view the flyer.
Early Learning Center to Host Multiple Open Houses this Spring
January 23, 2013 - The UT Early Learning Center for Research and Practice, a laboraory school affiliated with the Department of Child and Family Studies, will host open houses this spring for families interested in kindergarten for the 2014-2015 year. Families will have an opportunity to meet staff, tour the center, and learn about the curriculum and philosophy of the center. Be sure and mark your calendar if you have a child ready for kindergarten and plan your visit. More information is available.
Dr. Kronick to Participate in Live Community Schools Webinar; The Promise of Universities in School Reform
January 17, 2013 - Robert Kronick, Ph.D., Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling; Faculty Associate, Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy, and Director of the University-Assisted Community School Project will particpate in a live national panel discussion at the UT's Baker Center on January 31 at 4 P.M. The topic, The Promise of Universities in School Reform, will allow an opportunity to learn about the role of various higher education institutions in supporting their local K-12 schools. Joining Kronick are Ira Harkavy (Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships (University of Pennsylvania); Henry Taylor, Center for Urban Studies, (University of Buffalo); and Mary Walsh (Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support). The event is co-sponsored by the Anchor Institution Task Force, Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Join Dr. Kronick and participate in the roundtable discussion in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center or view the webinar online.
NEW! Center for Sport, Peace, and Societys' Global Sports Mentoring Program Receives National Recognition
January 10, 2013 - In 2012, The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society partnered with the U.S. Department of State and espnW to launch the Global Sports Mentoring Program for women. At the end of 2013, this program has received national recognition as one of the Ten Best Of Public Diplomacy by the U.S. Department of State; chosen from various actions, programs, or decisions for the promotion of 21st century American diplomacy. The program, based upon the philosophy, "Expose, Equip, Empower & Entrust" attained the top ten status as a result of their commitment and promotion of cultural understanding to improve community welfare, and to foster social change through sport. The result: a global sisterhood of female leaders who are using sports to make a difference in the lives of girls and women throughout the world.
Rocky Top Institute Releases First Interactive Children’s E-Book
December 10, 2013 - The Rocky Top Institute, a division of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management located in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, has released Tales from Rocky Top, Volume I. The e-book contains three children's stories selected through a writing competition last spring. The illustrated stories contain music, pop-up facts, and narration from local artists and friends of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The electronic book is available for purchase in the UT Bookstore and at area retailers.
The Rocky Top Institute, under the direction of Dr. Nancy Rutherford, was established in 2011 as a partnership with the Bryant family, authors of Rocky Top. The funding from this release will be shared between the family and UT. The university's portion will be divided between the Pride of the Southland Band and the Department of Retail and Consumer Sciences to support scholarships, fellowships, and institute projects such as the Rocky Top Institute.
Read more about the e-book and locations for purchase and learn how to submit your own story for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II.
NEW! Clarence Brown Theatre Uses Sign Language to Reach More Audiences
December 5, 2013 - The Clarence Brown Theatre is taking steps to expand its performances to a greater audience. One of the ways is in the use of sign language to bring the timeless classic, "A Christmas Carol" to life for the deaf community. Dr. David Smith, from the Center on Deafness, was excited for the opportunity to share the experience with his family.
The production requires the dialogue of the play to be analyzed and prepared for translation. Many skilled interpreters, many from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, assisted in the process. The interpreters then must communicate the dialogue of several performers, while relaying the emotions and mood of the text; all while having their backs to the performance.
NEW! Center on Deafness Receives Grant to Increase Deaf Education Teachers in Appalachia
December 5, 2013 - The Center on Deafness, a part of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, has received a $1.25 million grant to expand educational opportunities for deaf youngsters in the Southeast and rural Appalachia. The grant will provide up to five years of funding for teacher education, including bachelor's and master's degrees and licensure. In exchange, the participants must commit at least two years of service for every year of support received.
The program, designed to address the shortage of certified teachers for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, will begin accepting applications in January. The training will also open many career paths for the students, whether in local school systems or around the country. Read more about this program, learn more about the Center on Deafness, or the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.
NEW! "THANK YOU!" from the Future Program!
December 4, 2013 - The Future program would like to say "Thank you!" to all those who contributed to the Peanut Butter Drive. Due to your generosity, the program was able to donate approximately 60 pounds of peanut butter to aid Second Harvest Food Bank during this time of great need! Your participation was greatly appreciated.
FUTURE Program Hosts Peanut Butter Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
November 14, 2013 - FUTURE, a post-secondary education program in our college, is hosting a peanut butter drive along with Best Buddies and The Council for Exceptional Children to aid Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations of any size, brand, or type of peanut butter is acceptable. Donations can be dropped off in the Instructional Services Center, 424 Claxton Complex, during normal business hours. The drive will end on Wednesday, November 20. So raid your cabinets and bring in a jar of peanut butter to help out!
Graduate School of Education Advisory Board Hosts Open-Mic Event
November 14, 2013 - The Graduate School of Education Advisory Board will host an open-mic event with the Deans of The College of Education, Health, and Human Services on Monday, November 18, from 4:00-5:00 P.M. The event, open to all CEHHS graduate students, will be held in the University Center, Room 221.
This is a special opportunity for you to engage in a conversation with the Deans in our college. Come out and share your graduate student experience, make suggestions, ask questions, or voice concerns. There will be free refreshments and door prizes available.
For more information, visit the Graduate School of Education.
NEW! Congratulations to Mrs. Billie Yardley; Today Show's "Teacher of the Year!"
November 12, 2013 - Mrs. Billie Yardley, a graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has been chosen as "Teacher of the Year" by Kathie Lee and Hoda of the Today Show. The prize: $10,000 in school supplies!
The call was put out for nominations for "Teacher of the Year" in an online contest. Nominated after her classroom was destroyed in a storm, Mrs. Yardley was "just totally flabbergasted" to find out she had even been nominated. Mrs. Yardley graduated in 1977 with her BS in Art Education. She completed her MS in Elementary Education in 1982 and is currently a Theater Arts Teacher at Jefferson County High School. She is married to George Yardley and has been teaching for 36 years. She is known for her ability to encourage her students to not only do their best, but to be their best as well.
Congratulations Mrs. Yardley on a great job! View the award ceremony video and watch as all the contestants receive awards for being great teachers!
CEHHS Faculty Awarded 2013-2014 Outreach Incentive Grants
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Groenke, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, and Dr. Mary Jane Moran, Child and Family Studies, for receiving the 2013-2014 Outreach Incentive Grants.
Dr. Susan Groenke, along with Kirsten Benson (English) and Shannon Jackson (Knox County Schools) submitted a grant proposal entitled "Crossing the Bridge to Academic Discourse-Year 2," a collaborative partnership among UTK composition instructors with 12th-grade English teachers in Knox County Schools. This grant, in its second year, explores what high school seniors need to know to write well in first year college composition courses.
Dr. Mary Jane Moran, along with Dawn Coe (KRSS), Robyn Brookshire (CFS), Joyce Farmer (Knox County Head Start) and Renee Hauge (Knox County Head Start), submitted a grant proposal entitled "Partners Through Playgrounds," in which partners UT faculty with local Head Start program staff to install natural playscape elements in urban playgrounds.
Congratulations to all the receipients! Read the full abstracts here.
UT Teacher Training Program Grads Consistently Outperform State Peers
November 6, 2013 - The Tennessee Higher Education Commission reports that UT's Teacher Education Program consistently produces graduates who outperform other teachers in the state. The program is also noted as one of Tennessee's top producers of science, technolgy, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. The 2013 Report Card on Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs is designed to inform the public about the effectiveness of the state's teacher training programs and to give those programs data to help them improve. For more details, read the full article or view the entire report for the state of Tennessee.
In Memoriam: E. Grady Bogue
October 31, 2013 - E. Grady Bogue, a retired UT Knoxville professor and higher education administrator who served as interim chancellor at UT Chattanooga in the past year, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 77. Bogue retired in July, 2012 after serving as a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in our college for eleven years. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2, at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike. A funeral service will follow at at the church. Click here to read the entire article about Dr. Bogue.
CEHHS Faculty Present Their Big Orange Idea: Garden Party
October 28, 2013 - UT's Early Learning Center, affiliated with the Child and Family Studies Department, is a quality care and learning environment for young children, pre-service teachers, and teacher educators. Kathy Kidd, Program Director of the Early Learning Center along with one of the Demonstration Teachers, Kathryn Humber, explore the concept of "from garden to table" with very young children. With the children and staff learning to grow their own food in an effort to eat healthier, they hope to be a model for the community and a training ground for childhood educators on gardening with young children and families. Watch as they present their Big Orange Idea.
CEHHS Faculty Explores What High School Seniors Need to Know to Write Well in First-Year College Composition Courses
October 24, 2013 - Dr. Susan Groenke, associate professor in English Education and recipient of one of the 2012-2013 Outreach Incentive Grants, partnered with Shannon Jackson, District Supervisor of English/Language Arts instruction for Knox County to gain a better understanding of how to prepare high school seniors for college-level writing. The project also included input from several Knox County teachers; bringing their own expertise. The Director of First-Year Composition in the department of English, Kirsten Benson, along with Marcel Brouwers, director of the UT Writing Center took part in the project which allowed Knox County School English teachers an opportunity to learn what "college-level writing at UTK looks like." Dr. Groenke's project will help these teachers align their 12th grade writing curriculum with college-level instruction. Click here to read more about Dr. Groenke's project and results.
CEHHS Faculty Involved in Community Outreach and Engagement
October 17, 2013 - Dr. Lynn Hodge, associate professor of Math Education and recipient of one of the 2012-2013 Outreach Incentive Grants, designed and implemented a Family Math Night at Knoxville's Central High School. Using the grant, which provides special funding for the engagement mission of the University, Dr. Hodge felt an event of this type would be an effective method to inform parents of the (Common Core Curriculum) change and to get families involved in mathematics in a nonthreatening environment. With the goal of building cooperative relationships with parents in mind, UT Graduate Students in Math Education gained valuable experience while assisting Dr. Hodge and Central High faculty in designing curriculum. This event specifically addressed concerns about how Common Core state standards would impact math achievement and execution at Central High School. To learn more about Dr. Hodge's Outreach and Engagment project, click here.
CEHHS Faculty Present Today's Big Orange Idea - "Tackling Adult Illiteracy"
October 14, 2013 - Dr. Steve McCallum, Department Head in Educational Psychology and Counseling, along with professors Dr. Sherry Bell, Department Head in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and Associate Professor Mary Ziegler, Program Coordinator of the Adult Learning Program realize that better teachers could mean more GEDs. With eighteen percent of the adult population of the U.S. lacking a high school education, they have developed a research-based assessment for adult and adolescent educators to improve reading instruction for adults. To view the Big Orange Ideas video about ARIK-A, the Assessment of Reading Instructional Knowledge-Adults, click here.
Discussion with Dr. Ball, Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecturer
October 8, 2013 - Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of the University of Michigan, College of Education, will host a discussion group on Friday, October 11, 9:30-11:00 A.M. in the Reading Center, Room 231 Bailey Education Complex. The topic of discussion will be "Designing Clinical Experiences in Teacher Preparation."
Dr Ball is presenting the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 10 in the Hodges Library Auditorium. Click here for more information regarding the lecture, "Toward Responsible Beginning Teaching."
CEHHS Student Awards Celebration
October 7, 2013 - The 2013 Student Awards Celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 P.M. at The Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Ballroom. Parking is available in the Volunteer Hall Garage on White Avenue (bring your ticket to registration desk for validation). If you plan to attend, be sure to RSVP via email or by phone to Penny Howell at 865-974-3968.
Come join the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences as we honor this year's scholarship recipients and thank the donors who have made these awards possible! For a printable flyer to post or share and more information, click here!
CEHHS Faculty Involved in Community Outreach and Engagement
October 4, 2013 - Two faculty members in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences received the 2012-2013 Outreach Incentive Grants which allow faculty special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of the university. These faculty members, Dr. Stephanie Cramer of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and Dr. Paul Terry of the Department of Public Health, have taken these awards to the community.
Dr. Stephanie Cramer, Art Education, worked side-by-side with Pond Gap Elementary School students participating in University Assisted Community Schools (UACS). This funding allowed her to purchase art supplies, exhibit frames and food for a final art exhibition and reception for all participants. For more information on Dr. Cramer's project, click here.
Dr. Paul Terry, Public Health, worked with a team to plan two educational seminars on the importantce of colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Terry found that advertising and keynote speakers were key in increasing the attendance to events such as these. Community and follow-up screening rates were carefully tracked and further research on how, where, why/why not attendees follow-up will be conducted. For more information on Dr. Terry's project, click here.
Dr. Susan Benner Chosen As Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow
October 1, 2013 - Dr. Susan Benner, Associate Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and Director of the Graduate School of Education has been chosen as an Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow. She, along with three other University of Tennessee faculty, are among the forty-nine faculty and administrators from SEC schools chosen to participate in this professional development initiative. The fellows program fosters academic leadership among SEC faculty by allowing them the unique opportuntiy to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. For more information about this program and/or to read the full article, please click here.
Dr. Wanda Costen Named
October 1, 2013 - Wanda Costen, associate professor in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2013 –2014 academic year. She is studying gender inequality, specifically the social closure barriers that prevent women’s upward career mobility, in the resort industry in Jamaica. In addition to her research, Costen is teaching in the Department of Management Studies within the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of West Indies –Mona. Upon her return, Costen plans to write a book explaining how the barriers to women’s career progression are socially constructed. To learn more about the Fulbright Scholar grant and this year's other recipients, please click here!
CEHHS Graduate Student Thanks Donors!
September 4, 2013 - The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Development, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee VolsConnect office, works in many ways to achieve the goal of becoming a Top 25 Public Research Institution. Two of the immediate goals of this journey are increasing need and merit based scholarships and funding graduate student fellowships.
The CEHHS is proud to share the success story of one of our students. As a recent graduate of the Child and Family Studies Program, along with a second degree in Africana studies, Alex Tucker is now a graduate student benefiting directly from the generosity of donors. Alex will be the first in her family to pursue a master's degree and wishes to share many thanks with those who have chosen to invest in her future. Read Alex's story here.
2013 Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Announced
August 27, 2013 - The Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of the University of Michigan College of Education, will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The topic of Dr. Ball's lecture is "Toward Responsible Beginning Teaching." The event will be held in the Hodges Library Auditorium and is open to the public. Beginning with a reception from 4:30-5:45 P.M. in the auditorium galleria, the lecture will follow at 6:00 P.M. This event is sponsored by the UTK Graduate School of Education, UTK College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences along with generous support from the Goodrich Family. To learn more information about Dr. Ball and the lecture, click here.
Professor Marvelene Moore Receives Highest Honor In Music Education Field
August 23, 2013 - Professor of Music Education, Marvelene Moore, has received the Lowell Mason Fellow Award. This award, established in 2002, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in teaching and research in the field. Ms. Moore works with students in their pursuit of a degree in Music Education. During her thirty-six years as a faculty member at the university, Ms. Moore has occasionally served as a guest teacher in area elementary schools and guest conductor of middle school choruses. To read more about Ms. Moore's prestigeous award, click here.
Education Fund Established in Memory of Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
July 29, 2013 - An education fund has been established in memory of Dr. Vincent A. Anfara, Jr., a professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department who passed away Monday, July 15th after a brief illness. "We in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences were deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Anfara's passing," said CEHHS Dean Bob Rider. "He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues and even more by his current and former students, whom he mentored with resolute commitment and dedication."
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Has One of the Best Training Grounds in the Country for Aspiring Teachers
July 1, 2013 - Dr. Susan Benner, Director of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Education and Associate Dean of Professional Licensure for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences feels that the recent report from the National Council on Teacher Quality was flawed. The report presented incomplete data and limited its examination of programs to a review of documents rather that actual information about graduates, classroom observations, interviews with program directors and instructors, or interactions with aspiring teachers. The NCTQ report stands in stark contrast to others’ evaluation of our teacher preparation programs. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has one of the best training grounds in the country for aspiring teachers. We draw some of the best applicants nationwide and prepare them to serve at all levels of the pre-K-12 education system to meet the needs of all students — including those who have special needs and students for whom English is not a first language. For more about the Teacher Education program at the University of Knoxville, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, click here to read the recent article from the Knoxville News Sentinel.
CEHHS Faculty to Lead 2014 Summer Enrollment Efforts
June 13, 2013 - Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has been named the chancellor’s administrative intern for implementation of the Summer Term Task Force recommendations. In this new role, she will be responsible for improving enrollment during the summer term in 2014 and fulfilling recommendations identified by the Summer Term Task Force. To read more about this task force, click here.
UT to Offer Summer
May 23, 2013 - Third, fourth and fifth-graders struggling to read can beef up their skills this summer before they head to back to school. This is offered by the University of Tennessee, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education's Special Education Program and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. The UT faculty and students are partnering with the Korn Learning, Assessment and Social Skills Center starting in early June. A two-pronged project will allow children who wish to particpate to receive free reading assessments and books. Read more detailed information from the department here. You may also watch the interview with Dr. Sherry Bell as she discusses this program on WBIR.com.
All in the Family: UT Grad Follows in Mother's, Grandmother's Footsteps
May 8, 2013 - When Andrea Sams graduates from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, today, it will be more than a personal achievement. It will be a family tradition. She is the third generation of women in her family to earn their degrees from UT. Sams, of Kingston, Tenn., will get her bachelor's degree in recreation and sport management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. She graduates from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. To read more about this family, click here.
Getting Healthy with The Center for Physical Activity and Health
May 6, 2013 - Did you know that UT has a place to find out your exact body fat percentage, resting metabolic testing, and lactate threshold? Brian Rider, a graduate assistant at the UT Center for Physical Activity and Health, talks about the center’s big idea of helping people in Knoxville get healthy and active. For more information, visit the center’s website.
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