This Fall, Dr. Jimmy Cheek, Professor and Chancellor Emeritus will be teaching Critical Issues in Higher Education (ELPS 695). The class will study contemporary issues in American Higher Education –a critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education. The class will be held on Monday evenings, 5:45 – 8:35p.
The course will cover critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education such as undergraduate, graduate, and professional student’s issues; higher education expenditures, revenue, and student debt; issues in governance and administration of higher education as well as internal and external pressures on the institution and it’s leadership, administration and faculty; and an examination of the future of higher education.
Topics include student debt, tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, retention, graduation rate, throughput, diversity and inclusion, the first amendment rights, civility, access, experiential learning, student recruiting and careers. We will also examine issues related to community colleges and universities, Tennessee Promise and Reconnect, and the Complete College Tennessee Act. Collegiate athletics will also be examined.
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The College of Education, Health, and Human Science‘s (CEHHS) own Teacher Education program is among the top institutions in Tennessee according to the 2016 Teacher Preparation Report Card. CEHHS’s program is meeting and exceeding state averages in eight out of the nine metrics by which the program is rated.
The program has recommended more than 3,600 graduates for teacher licensure in the past 15 years; teachers have rated 3 or higher out of a 1-5 rating during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 years; and CEHHS graduates include a 100 percent pass rate for content-knowledge Praxis exams, 93.8 percent retention rate after their first year teaching, and an average ACT score of 25.8.
But that’s not all that makes our program so great! Read more about our ratings and thoughts from Susan Benner, Associate Dean of our college about this great rating!
Join the Graduate School of Education for their first panel of their Periscope Series on Wednesday, May 4th at 11 A.M. The panel discussion will be focusing on current developments in various STEM fields and exciting projects going on in STEM at the University of Tennessee. The goals of #TNTALKS periscope series is to make expert opinion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville accessible to Tennesseans and increase public awareness and engagement in issues that matter to Tennesseans.
You may also join the discussion on Twitter an interact with panel members with questions and comments. #GSETNTALK @GSE_TNTalks
Panel Members will include:
- Kevin Tomsovic, CTI Professor
Director of CURENT – an NSF/DOE
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Stella Sun
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Tessa R. Calhoun
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee
- Albrecht von Arnim, PhD.
Department of Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee
- Moderator: Mehmet Aydeniz, Associate Professor of Science Education
In today’s society, what is appropriate behavior for teachers regarding social media platforms? Susan Benner, Associate Dean, Professional Licensure and Director, Graduate School of Education, was consulted by WATE 6 for her expert opinion in light of the current story about inappropriate text messaging to students.
Watch Susan Benner and hear her thoughts about the use of social media platforms in schools.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences congratulates Monica T. Billen, PhD student from the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. Billen, assistant professor in the Kremen School of Education at California State University, will be presented with the 2016 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award at their 68th annual meeting. Billen completed her dissertation, “#Learningtoteach: Using Instagram to Elicit Pre-service Teacher Reflection” under the advisement of Richard Allington in 2015.
Billen’s study investigated how using participant-driven images on Instagram influenced reflective expression among pre-service teachers during a yearlong internship. Read more about Billen’s dissertation and research which has a widespread practical implementation in this EdPrepMatters blog.
Please plan to attend the 12th Annual Graduate Student Advisory Board’s Research Colloquium on Friday, March 4th from 9 am – 1 pm in the Frieson Black Cultural Center.
The day will begin with a light breakfast and end with the poster session and lunch. Feel free to come and go throughout the day. Door prizes will be provided from the academic departments.
Please encourage your graduate students to submit abstracts by the February 1st Deadline.
New for this year this year:
- Shorter oral presentations (10 mins)
- One afternoon poster session before lunch
- Faculty spotlights from new professors in CEHHS
Hope to see you there!
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Graduate Student Advisory Board will host their annual Research Colloquium on Friday, March 4, 2016 in the Frieson Black Cultural Center. The event will last from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Abstracts should be a maximum of 350 words and submitted electronically by 5:00 P.M. on February 1, 2016. Members of the advisory board will conduct a blind review to determine oral and poster presenters.
More information is available at Graduate Student Research Colloquium.
The Special Education Graduate Program at the University of Tennessee has been ranked in the top twenty-five of graduate programs according to Graduateprograms.com based upon the rankings and reviews from current or recent students in the program. The Special Education Program, a part of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, is designed to give teacher candidates a strong foundation in both general and special education pedagogical knowledge and skills. Graduate degrees offered by the program include an Education Specialist, a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Special Education, and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Congratulations for a job well done!