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Four faculty members recognized for Jack Miller Awards

Pictured (l-r): Aslihan Unal, Ph.D.; Amanda Wall, Ph.D.; Michelle Reidel, Ph.D.; and Julie Garlen, Ed.D.


The Jack Miller Faculty Awards are given annually to recognize Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) faculty for demonstrated excellence in areas of teaching, service and/or scholarship. Awards can be given in each area along with an additional Educator of the Year Award, which recognizes scholarship in all three of the considered areas.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, four COE faculty members received Jack Miller Awards including Amanda Wall, Ph.D., Aslihan Unal, Ph.D., Julie Garlen, Ed.D. and Michelle Reidel, Ph.D.

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M.Ed. Early Childhood Education program ranked in top 20 by Top Education Degrees

Georgia Southern University was recently named in the 20 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education rankings by Top Education Degrees.

The College of Education’s M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program was ranked 12th in the national rankings, coming in above well-known universities such as the University of Colorado – Denver.

According to Top Education Degrees, rankings are determined using information from the National Center for Education Statistics, a service of the United States government. Criteria includes tuition value, relevance of the curriculum to the current demands of the profession and emphasis on individual contact (represented by student-to-faculty ratio). Additional points are awarded in the categories of national recognition, going above and beyond for student services and reduced hourly rate of tuition for online students.

Out of 30 possible points (prior to additional bonus points), Georgia Southern received a total of 27 points. Comparatively, the top ranking school, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, received a total of 33 points.

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Alma Stevenson receives 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

Alma Stevenson, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University College of Education Associate Professor Alma Stevenson, Ph.D. has been named a recipient of the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

The Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Stevenson will be featured in the September 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of 40 recipients in the nation to receive this recognition.

“We know many of those working in STEM fields, especially those from underrepresented groups, are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship to others,” said Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the many professionals who are inspirations to their colleagues, their community and to young people who may be interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these leaders as role models to all.”

Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award recipients were nominated by a colleague and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research and successful programs and initiatives.

“One of my main attributes as a person is my commitment to serve underrepresented and underserved populations,” explained Stevenson. “My current research looks at these populations and addresses STEM education issues.”

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Georgia science teachers study wildlife on Sapelo and Jekyll Islands

Participants in the 2017 Blue Bloods and Red Knots of Sapelo Island workshop


College of Education faculty members Heather Scott, Ed.D. and Missy Bennett, Ed.D., led 12 Georgia science teachers this summer in activities centered on the interdependence of the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab and the migratory Red Knot Shorebird on Sapelo Island.

In collaboration with geology professor Fred Rich, Ph.D., Scott and Bennett coordinated the teacher development course including a spring preview class held April 28-30 on Jekyll Island, GA and a week-long class held May 28-June 2 on Sapelo Island, GA.

“Our goal was to use native Georgia species to help teachers incorporate inquiry into their science classrooms,” explained Bennett.

During the spring preview, participating teachers caught, collected data on, and tagged horseshoe crabs. When they reconvened in the summer for their week-long course on Sapelo Island, teachers conducted inquiry investigations and additional study of the horseshoe crab and shorebirds. The workshop included beach seining (net fishing) as well as investigations of the salt marsh, beach, maritime forest and tidal creek. Teachers also visited the Coastal Resources Office of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Jekyll Island Environmental Education Center.

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College of Education hosts first doctoral reunion

Members of the inaugural doctoral cohorts in attendance were (pictured l-r) Brenda Shuman-Riley, Ed.D.; Cynthia LoMonaco, Ed.D.; Genie Fulcher, Ed.D.; Paul “Mac” Brinson, Ed.D.; Linda Wright, Ed.D.; Jody Woodrum, Ed.D.; and Lynn Futch, Ed.D.

Inaugural cohorts receive recognition

On Saturday, July 15 alumni of the College of Education’s (COE) doctoral programs reunited with a special recognition for the inaugural cohorts of the Ed.D. in Educational Administration (now Educational Leadership) and Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies programs.

Seven of the original 16 students first accepted into the COE’s doctoral programs were in attendance including: Paul “Mac” Brinson, Ed.D.; Genie Fulcher, Ed.D; Lynn Futch, Ed.D.; Cynthia LoMonaco, Ed.D.; Brenda Shuman-Riley, Ed.D.; Jody Woodrum, Ed.D.; and Linda Wright, Ed.D.

College Dean Thomas Koballa, Ph.D. recognized the members of the inaugural cohorts individually and presented each with a glass memento.

“The exceptionality of the students in the inaugural cohorts and those that followed them along with the impact of their collective research does, in fact, make the College a recognized unit of Georgia Southern University in the state of Georgia and across the country,” said Koballa. “Members of the inaugural doctoral cohorts have so much to be proud of, and we have much to thank them for. Without them, Georgia Southern would not be the doctoral, research university that it is today.”

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