Two Georgia Southern University College of Education students were recognized at the 46th Annual Georgia Association of School Psychologists (GASP) fall conference in Savannah October 3-5.
Kimberly Smith, Ed.S. School Psychology degree candidate, received GASP’s School Psychology Student of the Year Award. This award is given to an outstanding school psychology student enrolled in a school psychology program in Georgia. Smith is actively involved in the School Psychology Student Association at Georgia Southern and holds the position of historian for the association. She also serves as the University’s student representative for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). She is a student member of both GASP and NASP. Smith is currently completing her internship in school psychology in the Bulloch County school system.
Tiffani Mihuta, Ed.S. School Psychology degree candidate, received GASP’s Christine Daley School Psychologist Student Scholarship. Mihuta serves as Georgia Southern’s student representative on the GASP Executive Board. She also holds the position of president of the School Psychology Student Association at the University and is a student member of GASP and NASP. Currently, Mihuta is completing an internship in school psychology in the Beaufort County school system.
GASP strives to provide school psychologist in the state of Georgia with the highest level of support and professional training to enable them to remain effective in a dynamic educational environment. GASP is the only state professional organization representing the field of school psychology and provides valuable resources to their members including research opportunities, PLU hours, NCSP credits, regional and local workshops, and conferences.
To learn more about a career in School Psychology and the Ed.S. in School Psychology degree program, visit http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/espy
The College of Education’s School Psychology Student Association (SPSA) and the School Psychology Program are partnering with Communities in Schools of Savannah (CIS of Savannah) to collect items for those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
CIS of Savannah is requesting support as they strive to assist Chatham County students and families post-Hurricane Matthew. It has come to their attention that many of their students and families living in the Westlake Apartments, as well as the surrounding area, experienced flooding and damage to their homes during Hurricane Matthew. Many lost everything. In an effort to meet the need and support Chatham County students and families, CIS of Savannah has launched a donation drive. Items to be collected include everything from school supplies and personal care items to school uniforms and clothing.
The following items are requested/suggested:
- Personal hygiene Items: toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash/soap bars, deodorant, etc.
- Child size clothing: boy’s/girl’s underwear, socks, undershirts, etc.
- Adult size clothing: men’s/women’s underwear, socks, undershirts, etc.
- Feminine hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- School supplies
- Non-perishable food
SPSA will be collecting donations from now until Thursday, October 20, and delivering them to CIS of Savannah on Friday, October 21.
Donations can be delivered Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the College of Education building, room 3100.
The Jack Miller Faculty Awards are given annually to recognize Georgia Southern University’s 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.
Sabrina Ross received the Jack Miller Educator of the Year award, recognizing her proven success in all areas including teaching, service, and scholarship. Ross joined Georgia Southern in 2009 and is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading. She previously served as a visiting professor of women’s and gender studies and African American studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she also earned her doctorate in curriculum and teaching with a cultural studies concentration. Ross chairs doctoral dissertations for the College as well as serves as a Faculty Senator for Georgia Southern University Faculty Senate.
Her research interests include the influence of ethnic and gender identities on schooling processes and outcomes; experiences of women faculty of color in higher education; and contributions of black feminist and womanist philosophies to educational practices.
Jonathan Hilpert, winner of the Jack Miller Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity, is an associate professor of educational psychology in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading. Hilpert joined the COE faculty in 2012, after serving as an assistant professor at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He provides leadership at the national level, serving as Division C, Section 1e engineering and computer science section chair for the American Education Research Association (AERA), as well as president elect of the Southwest Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education (SCIPIE).
Hilpert’s research focuses on examining student engagement and interactive learning in post-secondary STEM courses from a complex systems perspective, including the emergent and dynamic qualities of psychological and collaborative systems and their underlying network structures.
Cordelia Zinskie was this year’s recipient of the Jack Miller Award for Service. A faculty member in the College of Education since 1993, Zinskie has previously been honored as the Educator of the Year (2005). She is as a professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, the same department in which she was acting chair from 2006-2013. Zinskie serves as the conference co-chair for the National Youth-At-Risk conference held annually in Savannah, and she also serves as the editor of the National Youth-At-Risk Journal.
Zinskie earned a doctorate in research methodology and statistics from Memphis State University. Her interests include online teaching and learning as well as research methodologies.
Jack Miller was the former Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southern. He endowed the Jack Miller Faculty Awards in 1994 after leaving to accept the position of Dean of the College of Education at Florida State University. In September 2016, Miller retired from his position as the President of Central Connecticut State University. The awards are open to all full-time, tenure-track COE faculty who have completed at least three years of full-time service at the University.
For more information about the Jack Miller Awards or to view past recipients, visit http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/awards/
Georgia Southern University’s College of Education is excited to welcome four new faculty members to the COE team this semester. New faculty members for Fall 2016 include:
Andria Disney, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of P-5 curriculum and P-5 teaching mathematics in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Disney joins Georgia Southern from the University of Montana where she taught while earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Prior to working in higher education, Disney taught mathematics in public schools in Arizona as well as served as an instructional coach and lead elementary specialist for the last three years of her public school career. Her research interests include facilitating teacher learning to bring about mathematics instructional change to engage diverse learners.
Karin Fisher, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. A recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, Fisher holds a doctorate in exceptional student education. Fisher worked with the Department of Children, Family, and Consumer Sciences at Central Florida for three years where she served as both a graduate research assistant and adjunct professor. She also worked for six years at Lyman High School in Longwood, FL as a teacher of students with moderate intellectual disabilities. Fisher’s research interests focus on increasing participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular STEM activities.
Amanda Glaze, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of middle grades and secondary science education for the Department of Teaching and Learning. Glaze is an alumna of the University of Alabama where she earned a doctorate in science education and biological/physical sciences. Her research interests include evolution education, religiosity, cultural diversity, and acceptance and rejection of evolution specifically in the southeastern United States. Prior to coming to Georgia Southern, Glaze served as a science teacher and specialist within public schools in Alabama and Georgia as well as an instructor at Jacksonville State University and Texas A & M University-Commerce.
Julie Pickens, Ph.D., is an instructor of special education courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Pickens joins the COE from the University of Illinois where she earned a doctorate in special education as well as served as the community and school liaison (2014-2015) and group manager (2012-2014) for the Ben’s Bells Project. Her research interests include transitioning of students with disabilities to post-secondary settings, community-based instruction, inter-agency collaboration, and self-determination and self-advocacy within youth ages 18-22.
In Fall 2015, the College welcomed eight new faculty members. Those faculty members included:
Tonya Cooper, M.Ed., is an instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. A Double Eagle, Cooper earned both her undergraduate (B.S.Ed. early childhood education) and graduate (M.Ed. special education) degrees from Georgia Southern. Cooper worked as a special education teacher in area schools for 20 years prior to joining the University. Cooper’s interests include collaboration between schools and parents of children with disabilities as well as early intervention programs.
Kristen Dickens, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of counselor education in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development. She previously served as a visiting assistant professor in the counselor education program at the University of New Orleans where she also earned her doctorate. Her current research interests include multiple roles and relationships in counselor education, ethics and value conflicts, multicultural issues in counseling, and family systems work. Dickens has experience working in a variety of community mental health settings, including intensive outpatient facilities, university outpatient centers, inpatient treatment centers for eating disorders, and in-home counseling services.
Lacey Huffling, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of middle grades and secondary education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She earned her doctorate in educational studies from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro. Huffling taught at UNC Greensboro and Elon University prior to joining Georgia Southern. Her research interests focus on science education.
Heather Huling, M.Ed. is an instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. A Double Eagle, Huling earned both her undergraduate (B.S.Ed. early childhood education) and graduate (M.Ed. early childhood education) degrees from Georgia Southern. Prior to joining the COE faculty, Huling taught 3rd grade math and science at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School as well as served as a 2nd grade educator at Richmond Hill Elementary School.
Toby Jenkins-Henry, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and higher education tier I coordinator in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development. Jenkins-Henry taught interdisciplinary studies and educational administration at George Mason University for four years before serving as a visiting instructor of ethnic studies at the University of Hawaii. She also served as the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Penn State University where she earned her doctorate in educational theory and policy.
Lucas Jensen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development. Prior to coming to Georgia Southern, Jensen directed summer camp programs and served as a teaching assistant at the University of Georgia. He also taught music courses for the Double Helix STEAM Academy in Athens as well as served as an adjunct professor of visual literacy at James Madison University. Jensen earned his doctorate in learning, design, and technology from the University of Georgia.
Juliann Sergi McBrayer, Ed.D., is an assistant professor and P-12 M.Ed. coordinator in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development. McBrayer earned a doctorate in education administration from Georgia Southern University. Her prior experience in the education field includes having served as a director for the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) as well as several years of teaching experience within the areas of science and technology.
R. Ansley Rogers, Ed.D., is an instructor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading. Rogers is re-joining the COE, as she previously served as an adjunct faculty member of reading education courses from 2006-2010. Before returning to Georgia Southern, Rogers taught at Brewton Parker College and Taylors Creek Elementary. She recently completed her doctorate in curriculum studies from Georgia Southern.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.Ed.) program in Secondary Education is returning to Georgia Southern University. This degree program prepares students to become Georgia certified educators for grades 6-12 which will allow them to teach in both the middle and high school. Accepting students in Fall 2017, the B.S.Ed. Secondary Education program currently includes concentrations in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics education.
Prior to the return of the B.S.Ed. Secondary program, students who were interested in teaching at the high school level were directed to complete an undergraduate degree in the content area they would like to teach and then earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree to enter the teaching field. The B.S.Ed. Secondary program provides students with both strong content preparation and instructional training that leads to their initial teaching certification. Therefore, students can enter into the teaching field immediately following the successful completion of their B.S.Ed. Secondary Education degree program and can choose to add a graduate degree.
The B.S.Ed. Secondary program includes 1,000 hours of field and clinical experience including a year-long student teaching with a partner school. Students completing the B.S.Ed. Secondary Education degree will take approximately 24 hours of upper-division coursework within their content field along with instructional preparation courses to assist with vital educational concerns such as content literacy and teaching diverse learners.