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2013 Happenings in the CEHHS!

NEW! 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 – 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 – 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, 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 Engagement project, click here.

CEHHS Faculty Present Today’s Big Orange Idea – “Tackling Adult Illiteracy”

October 14, 2013 – Steve McCallum, Department Head in Educational Psychology and Counseling, along with professors 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 Ball, Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecturer

October 8, 2013 – 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.”

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,  Stephanie Cramer of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and Paul Terry of the Department of Public Health, have taken these awards to the community.

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 Cramer’s project, click here.

Paul Terry, Public Health, worked with a team to plan two educational seminars on the importantce of colorectal cancer screening. 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 Terry’s project, click here.

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 opportunity 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.

Wanda Costen Named
Fulbright Scholar

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 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 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.”

Information regarding contributions to Anfara’s Educational Administration Doctoral Student Scholarship Fund can be found here. Read more about Anfara or view his obituary here.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Has One of the Best Training Grounds in the Country for Aspiring Teachers

July 1, 2013 – 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 Reading Program

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 participate 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

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.


Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

March 25, 2013 – The Child and Family Studies graduate interns have designed and implemented lessons about the brain for children from kindergarten through third grade in selected Knox County schools. Please join us for their annual presentations, in collaboration with graduate students from the Department of Psychology and undergraduates from the UT NeuroClub, to celebrate the importance of brain research. To view more information about this event, please review the attached Brain Awareness Week Flyer.

VolsTeach Symposium presents “Highlighting Student Work & Research”


March 13, 2013 – You are invited to attend the VolsTeach Spring Symposium scheduled on April 23, 2013. The symposium, “Highlighting Student Work & Research” will be from 9 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the VolsTeach Center located in room 119 of Greve Hall; 821 Volunteer Boulevard. Click HERE for a printable flyer with more information about this event.

NEW! National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Review Dates Set


The Graduate School of Education within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is hosting an accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on October 28-29, 2013.

Both NCATE and the UTK Graduate School of Education recognize graduates, parents, schools and community organizations have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel. We invite interested parties to submit written testimony.

For information on how to submit comments, please click HERE.

CEHHS FUTURE Student Knows No Boundaries!

Chad Mitchell, FUTURE Student

March 8, 2013 – Chad Mitchell grew up a fan of the Tennessee Lady Vols like many other people in East Tennessee. Unlike most of those fans, Chad got the chance to be a part of the team. As a student in the FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program, Chad obtained an internship to work with the Lady Vols as a team manager. Be sure to watch this amazing young man as Chad lives his dream and inspires others to never stop dreaming! “No Boundaries” for Lady Vols manager Mitchell.

Wondering what atlas.ti Can Do For You?


March 7, 2013 – Dr. Trena Paulas, Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department will facilitate a demonstration and discussion of how qualitative data analysis software can support your research. The demonstration will be held on both March 14 and March 15. For more information on this event, please click HERE.

Graduate School of Education Hosting Panel Discussion

March 4, 2013 – The Graduate School of Education is hosting a panel discussion, “The Impact of Charter Schools and Voucher Plans” on March 6, 2013 from 5-7 P.M. at the Relix Variety Theatre. Panelist will include, Dr. Dick Allington, Dr. Autumn Cypres, Dr. Scott Ellison, Dr. Cara Moore and Dr. Susan Benner (acting as moderator.) Please click HERE for more information regarding the event.

Vols Teach hosts
2013 STEM Lecture/Workshop Series


March 4, 2013- Jory Weintraub-Assistant Director of Education at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center of Durham, North Carolina will present the lecture, “In The Light of Evolution: Why and How to Teach Biology from an Evolutionary Perspective” as part of the lecture and workshop series serving to support the VolsTeach program on March 6, 2013. For more information, please click here.

Inspiring Ideas


CEHHS Faculty highlighted by
Tennessee TODAY

February 28, 2013- Innovative teaching. Encouraging demeanor. A passion for the subject. Contagious enthusiasm. All of these traits help inspire students to great ideas. Highligted are two faculty members from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences whose teaching, research, and community service are both inspired and inspiring.


Be sure to read about Dr. David Cihak of the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Department and Dr. Sarah Hillyer of the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies Department in Tennessee Today.

Faculty Appreciation Week
CEHHS Faculty and Staff Recognized


February 26, 2013- Several faculty and staff of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences have received a “Shout Out” from students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students are using this week to offer praise and recognition for those faculty and staff whom they feel excel in their position or have inspired them. To add your own “Shout Out,” read what is being said about our wonderful faculty and staff, or to watch a video in which one of our staff is recognized, click here to visit the Faculty Shout Out Page.

Team UT worked at Super Bowl XLVII

TEAM UT with Dr. Fritz Polite

February 26, 2013- TEAM UT, which includes fifteen undergraduate and graduate students and three faculty members, worked at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013; the seventh year for this program. TEAM UT gives students a real-world learning experience as they prepare for careers in the sports and management industries. It was created by Fritz G. Polite, a UT clinical professor of sport management and director and founder of UT’s Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity. He also is director for community outreach and global engagement in the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During the week they were in New Orleans, TEAM UT helped with the NFL Experience, an interactive event that allows professional football players to interact with the community by offering drills, participatory games, football clinics, and entertainment. UT students also performed community service with the UT New Orleans alumni chapter by cleaning up a playground.

FUTURE UT Student Matthew McCarter with Dr. David Cihak

New this year is the addition of a student and faculty member from the UT FUTURE Post-Secondary Education program, an initative that gives students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to attend college. “This is part of our diversity initiative and providing opportunities that normally wouldn’t come their way,” Polite said. “Students with learning disabilities should be entitled to the same privileges as all other students.”

To learn more about the TEAM UT Program, Read the Tennessee Today article or View the WBIR news story about this wonderful team opportunity. To learn more about the FUTURE UT Program, please click FUTURE UT.

Vols Teach hosts
2013 STEM Lecture/Workshop Series


Andrew Kramer, Professor and Department Head of the Department of Anthropology will present the lecture, “Teaching the E-Word in Tennessee” as part of the lecture and workshop series serving to support the VolsTeach program on February 6, 2013. For more information, please click here.