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Glaze selected for GA Science Teacher Association board

Amanda Glaze, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, was elected to the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) board of directors. Glaze will serve a two-year term as the college representative on the board which serves as a guiding force for the organization.

The GTSA is committed to support excellent science education for students of the state of Georgia. The organization offers both student and teacher awards as well as provides a voice for science education at the state legislature. GSTA offers an annual conference in February that is open to all who with science education in the state.

To learn more about the Georgia Science Teachers Association, visit their website.

School psychology represented at national convention

School psychology faculty and current students at the NASP Convention in San Antonio.


Georgia Southern University school psychology alumni with NASP President Melissa Reeves. Pictured (l-r): Susan Bryant, Melissa Reeves, Christy Hagan, and Brannon Parks.

Faculty, students and alumni of the school psychology program at Georgia Southern University’ College of Education were in attendance at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Convention in San Antonio on February 23.

College faculty members including Terry Diamanduros, Ph.D., Dawn Tysinger, Ph.D., and Jeff Tysinger, Ph.D., as well as school psychology graduate student, Jessica Miller, gave a presentation titled “Addressing the Needs of Students with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”

Several current school psychology graduate students and alumni of the school psychology program at Georgia Southern University also attended the convention. 

COE school psychology alumni representing the Georgia Association of School Psychology (GASP) leadership who attended the leadership workshops during the convention included: Susan Bryant (’95), president; Christy Hagan (’98), past president; Brannon Parks (‘07), president-elect; Courtney Holley (‘11), co-chair of publicity; and Beth Johnston (‘11), co-chair of publications.


COE school psychology alumni attending NASP (pictured l-r): Brannon Parks, Susan Bryant, Courtney Holley, and Beth Johnston.

Morris educates audience about the importance of music and the arts

COE’s Marla Morris, Ph.D. performs an original composition titled “Sound Colors” at Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center.


On Friday, Marla Morris, Ph.D. of the College’s Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, took the stage of the Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center to present “Educating the Inner Ear.”

Introduced by Department Chair Kent Rittschof, Ph.D., Morris opened by reading an excerpt from her most recent book Curriculum Studies Guidebooks: Volume 2 Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks.

“Elliot Eisner says that ‘historically, the arts has not been understood as a form of knowledge,’” said Morris. “One of the reasons the first cuts to school curriculum are the arts is probably because people still think of art courses are merely ‘ornamental’ to use Eisner’s words.”

Morris explained that art was both an emotional and thought-filled process.

“To write a composition or choreograph a dance, it takes thought,” she said. “Transitions, harmonies, tonal relations, phrases, movement and sound all require a great deal of thought. The same can be said for the painter or the novelist.”

She also expressed a problematic tendency of American culture to place a low value on the arts.

“What we have seen in recent years is the collapsing of symphonies and orchestras all over the country,” Morris said. “Conservatories across the countries still draw students and turn out performers but it is hard to make a living being a classical musician and many symphony musicians have had to take deep cuts in salaries within the last few years.”

“Artists in general are not supported in American culture as they are in Europe because they are not valued the way businessmen are,” she added.

Morris poses for a photo with her students.

“In American culture, it seems that an individual’s worth is measured by how much money he makes. Musicians do not make much money.”

Once completing the lecture, Morris performed an original composition titled “Sound Colors.”

“You decide what this music means to you,” said Morris of the composition. “One thing is clear though; this piano is a steinway–the best of the best. And I feel very fortunate to be able to play on such a gorgeous instrument.”

A video of “Educating the Inner Ear” will be available for streaming on the College of Education’s YouTube account in the future. Please check back for a direct link to the video.

Scholar Coffee Chat with TCNJ’s Marla Jaksch, Ph.D.

The College of Education’s (COE) Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development is hosting a Scholar Coffee Chat with Marla Jaksch, Ph.D. on Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m. in COE room 2135.

Jaksch, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), will present a 30-minute lecture entitled, “Global Action and Women in STEM: The Solar Suitcase Project.” A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The Solar Suitcase Project is a transnational project that includes student service-learning and addresses the inclusion of women in community-based STEM initiatives. Jaksch and students in her Gender and Development in Tanzania class deliver and install solar suitcases to off-grid medical and health facilities in East Africa. In Tanzania and many developing nations, large numbers of women die during childbirth because they lack access to health clinics with reliable electricity.

The project provides both the installation of solar-based energy for better health services and collaboratively interacts with native women of Tanzania to teach them how to build and install the solar suitcases with local resources. The portable devices can be used for lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas.

This event is sponsored by Georgia Southern’s Campus Life Enrichment Committee; Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education; and the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development.

Scholar Coffee Chat with Marla Jacksch, Ph.D. is free and open to the campus community. For additional information, please contact Toby S. Jenkins at

Register for edCamp @GeorgiaSouthern 2017 today!

Registration for the second annual edCamp at Georgia Southern University’s College of Education is underway.

On Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., educators and administrators are invited to join edCamp @GeorgiaSouthern for a fun, unique learning experience. A participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators, edCamp is often referred to as an “unconference” because of the lack of traditional conference structure.

Attendees are asked to come prepared to participate in conversation or host a presentation about information they would like to share. Over 100 education professionals shared their knowledge about their teaching experiences and tools at the College’s inaugural event in 2016. Participants also came prepared with questions they posed to educational professionals from other schools. Sessions for the day are created by consensus from those attending on what they would like to learn or discuss.

The College of Education hosts edCamp free of charge for any area K-12 education professionals who would like to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the day’s events. Last year’s door prizes included a mini document camera, electronic whiteboard and complimentary subscriptions to Flocabulary.

Coordinators of edCamp @Georiga Southern include College of Education Assistant Professor Lacey Huffling, Ph.D., Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement John Ramfjord, and Associate Professor Michelle Reidel, Ph.D. For more information about edCamp, visit the event website or email Reidel at

Reserve your free ticket to the 2017 edCamp @Georgia Southern by visiting