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2012 Happenings in the CEHHS!

Steve Morse, Economist and Director of the Tourism Institute, Addresses Government, Economic Development and Tourism Officials

December 10, 2012- Steve Morse, an economist and director of the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute, travels to communities throughout the Southeast talking about what tourism means on a local level. “I take the numbers and teach local people how to relay them to local officials and talk about tourism’s importance in the local economy,” he said. To read more of the article highlighting Morse’s presentation in Fayette County, please click The Fayette Tribune.

UT CEHHS Associate Professor Named Outstanding Rehabilitation Educator of the Year

November 29, 2012- The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals awarded its sole educational honor to  Patrick L. Dunn of the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department at its annual conference in San Juan Puerto Rico on October 27, 2012. The IARP represents more than 2,400 professionals in disability management, case management, managed care, forensics and expert testimony and life care planning. Dunn initiated and developed UTK’s rehabilitation counseling distance education program, resulting in a dramatic increase in program enrollment. Click here to read more about Dunn’s award.

Several CEHHS Faculty Awarded Outreach Incentive Grants

November 14, 2012 –The CEHHS faculty excelled receiving six of the eight Outreach Incentive Grants awarded for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of The University of Tennessee. These awards are allocated through an annual competitive process early in the fall semester. Click here to read more about the faculty in our college and the awards they received.

Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture scheduled featuring Jonathan Kozol-“Fire in the Ashes”

October 2, 2012 – Kozol is an award winning author whose experiences as a school teacher led him to a commitment to social justice, particularly in the disparity of quality found in U. S. public education institutions. His first book, Death at an Early Age, recounts his experiences as a first year teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Other works that poignantly depict the inadequacies of our schools serving poor children and their families include Rachel and her Children, Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, and The Shame of a Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. Through these works he strives to bring to the forefront the “improper education” of children in poverty and sound “a public call for social change.” Click here for further information.

Special Education Program Receives Multiple Awards

August 9, 2012- The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education’s Special Education program was awarded $1,768,784 from Tennessee’s Department of Education to prepare certified special education teachers and to provide professional development to local schools. Principal Investigator Moore was awarded $900,000 to provide local schools professional development and technical assistance. Principal Investigators Cihak, Coleman-Lopatic, and Bell were awarded $863,784 to prepare special education teachers in Tennessee. Principal Investigator Coleman-Lopatic also was awarded $5,000 to provide assistive technology services to local schools. Special Education is a critically needed area across Tennessee and the nation.

UT Partners with US State Department to Empower Women, Girls through Sports

June 26, 2012- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is partnering with the US Department of State to engage women and girls from around the world through sports.

UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has been awarded a $1.2 million cooperative agreement to implement the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative. The center is part of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Read More

Check Out The Latest News From The Grief Outreach Initiative

June 18, 2012- The Grief Outreach Initiative is a community outreach program initiated by Dean Bob Rider to help grieving children in the community. Trained students mentor children experiencing grief, loss, or trauma and provide a safe time and place for the expression of feelings. Read more about the Grief Outreach Initiative in their 2012 Newsletter or visit their website.

Math, Science Teacher Preparation Program Lauded as State Model

May 31, 2012 – VolsTeach, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, program that prepares math and science majors to become teachers, is being recognized for helping to solve one of the state’s most vital education problems.

More than 200 students have enrolled in VolsTeach since its implementation in fall 2010. UT received a grant from THEC in 2009 to establish the program. It replicates UTeach, a proven model developed by the University of Texas, Austin. VolsTeach is a partner program of the UTeach Institute. The program’s mission is to address the shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teachers in middle and high schools.

Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), recently noted that the work of VolsTeach’s faculty and staff “have surpassed even the highest expectations set for this program.”

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UT Study May Change Design of Playgrounds

May 31, 2012 – Several local news outlets highlighted a new study at UT’s Early Learning Center that may change the way playgrounds are designed. Sean Durham, director of the center, decided to give the playground a new look to help children connect with the environment. Dawn Coe, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, says the natural setting not only seems to help kids become more interested in nature, it may make them more active. She’s conducting a study on the playground to find out. The redesigned playground includes climbing tires, fallen trees, stumps, a nature trail, waterfall and treehouse.

WATE-TV: UT Study May Change Appearance of Playgrounds

WBIR-TV: Natural Playground Inspires Kids to be More Active

Applied Educational Psychology Distance Education Master’s online Masters degree program

January 17, 2012 – The Educational Psychology & Counseling Department is pleased to announce that it is now admitting students in the 36 hour, accredited Applied Educational Psychology Distance Education Master’s degree program. AEP/DE is designed for pursuing or furthering professional careers as k-12 teachers, instructors in community colleges, literacy education programs, correctional education, and related areas. The program may also be used as a stepping stone to doctoral study in educational psychology, school psychology, and other areas. Our primary focus is on concepts, principles, techniques, and models of educational psychology as they are used to facilitate teaching and learning and the creation of effective classroom environments for learners of all ages. The program can be completed by taking online courses presented in a learner-centered, collaborative format.

Online courses are taught by faculty with esteemed national and international reputations in online classrooms that are learner-centered and collaborative. It is possible to take some courses on-campus with advisor approval. The program does require an on-campus orientation session when beginning the first fall semester and an on-campus capstone experience at the conclusion of the program.

Prospective students must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college; have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and have career goals that are a good match with program goals. If you are interested in applying for the Applied Educational Psychology Distance Education Program and would like more information, please contact Mary Catherine “Cathy” Hammon at