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Annual Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture

On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, the Graduate School of Education and the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences will host the 2017 Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture.  The event is at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park.  Event starts at 5:15 P.M. with a reception and lecture follows at 6 P.M.

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Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, I’m Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation. She is married to Peter Edelman, a Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. They have three sons and four grandchildren.

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Bailey Graduate School of Education Graduate Student Lounge Opens

The new Bailey Graduate School of Education Graduate Student Lounge is open for graduate student use.  Located within the CMC (Curriculum Materials Center, A401 BEC), the lounge is set up as a relaxed and comfortable environment for small group meetings, study sessions, or meetings with your professor.  The lounge will accommodate a maximum of 8 comfortably.  There is also a multimedia projector and screen available and can be requested at time of reservation.  It is not intended to be used as a classroom.

This room is available for reservation through the CMC.  Reservations can be made by phone to 865-974-8143 or by stopping by the center.  This room is also available for evening groups or meetings.  Due to the location, you will need to stop by during regular business hours to sign out a key just as you do equipment in the ISC, and arrangements must be made to return it by 10 A.M. the next business day.  You are allowed to do repetitive reservations for weekly semester meetings.  We will, upon return of the key, inspect the room and prepare it for the next reservation. Misuse of the room by trashing it or causing damage from food, drink, or abuse will result in a denial of further reservations.  As there are materials also accessible via the pathway to the lounge, we ask that you treat the area with respect and security to ensure none of our materials are tampered with or stolen.  We ask that you also keep the main door to the CMC closed while the room is in use to avoid unauthorized access.  Failure to adhere to these policies will result in cancelation or denial of further reservations of the area.


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Bailey GSE Holds Orientation

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education held its annual Graduate Student Welcome and Orientation session on Wednesday, August 16th in the Plant Biotechnology Building.

The session included representatives from One Stop, UTK Libraries, The LGBTQ/Pride Center, Visit Knoxville & a student panel for questions and answers about their graduate school experiences.  Attendees were informed of all resources offered by the different organizations or locations to make their graduate program and transition a smooth process.

Afterwards, representatives from these organizations were available throughout the lobby offering information about their resources.  Assistance ranged from parking maps to public safety to recreational sports offered by the different organizations.

Information was available from:

  • Graduate Student Senate
  • Institutional Review Board
  • LGBTQ/Pride Center
  • Parking & Transit Services
  • Multicultural Graduate Student Organization
  • Office of Disability Services
  • One Stop
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • RecSports
  • UT Health
  • UT Outdoor
  • Visit Knoxville

  • You can check out more photos from the event here.

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    David T. Bailey, Dedicated College Supporter, Passes

    David T. Bailey, Knoxville businessman, generous supporter, and dear friend passed away early the morning of August 7th, 2017.  He was 90.

    Bailey, who lived in Knoxville, is the largest supporter of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.  In recognition of his generosity and commitment to the preparation of teachers, The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees voted to name the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences for David T. Bailey at their March meeting.  He has provided financial support for the college and scholarships for future educators to help them make a difference in the lives of students in Knoxville and across the state.

    Bob Rider, dean of the college said, “His dedication to our teacher education students, and in turn to the thousands of children whose lives they will touch, is beyond reproach. Mr. Bailey’s name will forever be etched on the walls of our graduate school and in the minds and hearts of the many students who will benefit from his philanthropy.”

    Bailey is a 1950 alumnus of UT’s Haslam College of Business and played for the Volunteer football and golf teams during his time on Rocky Top. He became a successful business executive and a benefactor to the university and the community.

    “The impact of opportunities afforded to students and faculty of our renamed graduate school as a result of Mr. Bailey’s generosity will ripple through their lives and the lives of those with whom they work throughout their careers as educators,” said Susan Benner, associate dean of the college and director of the graduate school.

    In 2007, the Claxton Addition wing of the college’s Claxton Education Building was renamed the Jane and David Bailey Education Complex in honor of Bailey and his wife.

    Bailey’s consistent education-focused generosity leaves a rich legacy to honor this deserving man.  Our thoughts are with his family.

    Take a Class with Chancellor Emeritus Cheek

    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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    Education Grad Student Claims Top Honors in UT’s First 3MT Competition

    Vincent Price, a doctoral student in education, claimed the top prize during the final round of UT’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition held the week of April 10, 2017 as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.The competition challenged master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their thesis or dissertation to an audience unfamiliar with the topic. Students had three minutes to explain their research and could use only one image or slide.
    Price’s presentation was titled “Not Only . . . But Also: Blending the Binary Approaches of Teaching Black Literature.”“My dissertation focuses on how high school English teachers teach black literature,” he said. He suggested that some teachers focus on broad themes, such as adolescence, adversity, and childhood, while others focus on cultural specifics, often comparing one black author’s work to another. 
    Watch the finalists’ presentations here.

    CEHHS Teacher Education Program Ranked Among Top Programs in the State

    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!

    Johnetta Cole, 2016 Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecturer

    Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture

    The Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series hosted Johnetta Cole, President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women as the 2016 guest speaker on October 4 at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park.  The topic of Cole’s lecture, “The Case for Diversity and Inclusion” drew great questions from the audience of over 300 in attendance.  The audience was comprised of faculty, staff, students, community members and sisters from Cole’s sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

    Cole was the first African American woman president of Spelman College, the first women to ever be elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the first  African American to serve as chair of the board of United Way of America, has served two U.S. Presidents in leadership roles and currently serves as the director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.  These are just a few of the great accomplishments in Cole’s career.  Learn more about Cole here.

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    On Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, the Graduate School of Education and the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences will host the 2016 Billie Grace  Goodrich Distinguished Lecture.  The event will begin with a reception at 5:15 with lecture to follow at 6 P.M.  The event will be at the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair site.

    Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Johnnetta Cole. One of the most powerful and well-regarded African American women in the US, Cole has a way with making history. She was the first African American woman president of Spelman College, the first woman ever elected to the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the first African American to serve as chair of the board of United Way of America. In over 40 years in education, she has also served two US Presidents in leadership roles.

    Cole currently serves as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Since the mid-1980s, Cole has worked with a number of Smithsonian programs. She currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As a scholar, author, and activist for social and economic justice, Cole has spearheaded breakthrough thinking about diversity, leadership for social and economic justice, and women’s issues.

    An inspiring force, Cole rallies everyone to embrace diversity as not only a moral and social value, but as a compelling case for business. She encourages audiences to move beyond the status quo to fully take advantage of the innovative and profitable ideas that stem from a more diverse workforce, membership, and student body. As she notes, “How much better our world would be if each of us respected difference until difference doesn’t make any more difference?”

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    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

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