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To assist faculty and staff with their responsibilities, this page provides news and information relevant to the College.


CEHD News (See Archived News)

Rena Hallam appointed Interim Chair, HDFS

Rena Hallam has accepted the position of Interim Chair for HDFS. Rena is an Associate Professor at UD and most recently served as director of the Delaware Stars program. She will receive the HDFS baton from Susan Hall the beginning of July. Thank you to Susan Hall for serving as Interim Chair this past year. Her strong leadership helped us to move forward with work on the undergraduate and graduate programs, the website, and developing new collaborations with the College of Health Sciences. We look forward to continuing these collaborations in the coming year.

The search for a permanent HDFS department chair continues. The job posting is listed the CEHD website and applications can be submitted through UDJobs. Anyone having nominations for the search committee to consider should send the information to Carol Vukelich (vukelich@udel.edu).

Scholarships for Staff

Congratulations to Garnett Booker at the ELC. He was the 2014 recipient of the the College of Education and Human Development’s Dr. Rita M. Fillos Award. Rita Fillos began as a secretary for UD’s College of Education, became inspired by the opportunities for education and went on to receive a PhD. The award is presented to a CEHD salaried or professional staff who is actively pursuing an academic degree and has demonstrated a record of accomplishment in support of the College.

Garnett, a preschool teacher at the ELC, was presented with the award at the Fall 2014 All-College meeting, in recognition of his efforts  balancing work while pursuing a master’s degree and raising two young children.

Nominations for the 2015 Fillos Award will be accepted in the Spring (nomination application).  For questions, please contact Patsy Howaniec, CEHD HR Manager.

 

Spring All-College Meeting – May 2014

On May 16, 2014 CEHD held an All-College Meeting to update faculty and staff on our accomplishments and events since we unveiled our strategic plan in 2012. The Dean’s presentation is attached.

During the presentation, faculty members provided updates on the:

  • New online master’s program for teacher leadership
  • Teaching American History Freedom Project
  • The Laboratory Preschool
  • Delaware Education Research and Development Center
  •  School of Education
  • Department of Human Development and Family Studies

In addition, recipients for our two College awards were announced. To see 2013 award recipients, visit our Archive page.

Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Robin Palkovitz, HDFS
  • Mandy Jansen, SOE

Dean Okagaki established this award to serve the following purposes:

  • To recognize and reward the most outstanding faculty instructors in CEHD.
  • To provide models and promote excellence in teaching among other CEHD faculty.
  • To highlight the College’s commitment to excellence in teaching.

The award recipient will be honored with a certificate of recognition and a stipend of $1,000 at the College meeting in the Spring.

Dean’s Research Award

  •  David Coker, SOE

The CEHD Dean’s Faculty Research Award recognizes an assistant or associate professor who has developed a strong program of research, received external funding to support that research, published in top research journals, and created a synergy about himself or herself that is advancing the research mission of the college.  The award is $30,000 to be used to support the individual’s research program.  The funds may not be used to support faculty salary.

Laptop Cart Available 

OET has created a laptop cart containing 20 Windows 7 laptops. Faculty can request to borrow the cart, free of charge, for their classes  The cart is stored in Willard Hall Education Building.  To reserve it, people should complete the laptop cart reservation form on the menu at http://www.oet.udel.edu/

CEHD reorganizes DCTE and MSERC to create a new PD center

As of February 4, 2014, the Delaware Center for Teacher Education will oversee a new center – UD’s Professional Development Center for Educators (PDCE), providing teacher professional development in English language arts, math education, social studies education and science education.

Faculty and staff from the Mathematics and Science Educational Research Center (MSERC) will now be a part of PDCE within DCTE.  In addition, DCTE staff involved in the Delaware Social Studies Education Project and the Delaware Reading and Writing Project will join the MSERC faculty and staff to form this new unit. We anticipate hiring a new science education and a new mathematics education person this spring to support the new center’s professional development efforts, and an additional science and math education person as funds become available.

The creation of this unit is in response to the changing demands of the education community. Joining the four core content areas into one center addresses the educational shift toward the integration of subjects. By combining these units, PDCE will be able to provide school districts a comprehensive package of collective services as needed by their content experts.

It is important that we demonstrate to the education community that our services add value. Therefore, we will also be aggressively pursuing federal grants to conduct research on the efficacy of the professional development the Center delivers, rigorously testing its impact on student learning.

This change is certain to help us provide superior service to area school districts and poise us to emerge onto the national stage as a respected source of professional development.

 

Nominations for the CEHD Excellence in Teaching Award now open- Feb. 2014

The College of Education and Human Development Faculty Council is now accepting nominations for the CEHD Excellence in Teaching Award. Established in 2013, the Excellence in Teaching Award is designed to recognize and reward a faculty member who is an outstanding model of  teaching.

Letters of nomination can come from anyone familiar with an individual’s teaching. The nominating letter should discuss the nominee’s success in and dedication to teaching, and provide specific examples of how the individual fulfills the award criteria.  A letter of support from the head of the department is also required (see criteria and eligibility requirements) and both letters should be sent via email to Ann Draper at adraper@udel.edu by noon on March 28, 2014.  

 

New CRESP Center announced

In the spring of 2013, CEHD announced the creation of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP).

To better prepare our children for success in a global market, we need to transform our education system and improve services that support the health and well-being of children and families. But what strategies and programs are most effective?

As director of the new center, Henry May will identify opportunities for rigorous research in Delaware, with a focus on education, behavioral health interventions, and community services for children and families  The goal is to assist policymakers and practitioners determine which policies and programs are most promising to improve outcomes for children, youth, adults and families. By supporting collaborative research, CRESP will broaden the portfolio of policy-relevant research conducted in Delaware,  lead multi-state projects and conduct evaluations of existing practices.

Susan Hall appointed Interim Chair of HDFS

Beginning July 1, 2013, Susan Hall will serve as Interim Chair of HDFS. Susan is Professor of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology and currently serves as the deputy dean of the College of Health Sciences. She is excited about the opportunity to learn more about HDFS and to foster collaborations between our college and the College of Health Sciences.

The search for the next HDFS department chair is underway. The members of the search committee — Carol Vukelich (chair), Michael Ferrari, Jean-Phillippe Laurenceau, Cynthia Paris, Bahira Sherif Trask, Nancy Guerra and Ralph Ferretti — have posted the job description and begun recruiting candidates. Intensive advertising will begin in late August, when faculty return to campus. Among other venues, a letter inviting self or colleague nominations will be sent to all human development and psychology departments at Research I institutions. Anyone having nominations for the search committee to consider should send the information to Carol Vukelich.

Faculty Senate

At the May 2013 UD Faculty Senate meeting, Fred Hoffstetter, professor of education, was voted president-elect of the UD Faculty Senate, and Martha Buell, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, was elected vice-president of the Faculty Senate.

Two education professors honored for excellence in teaching, advising

Two education professors were among the eight UD professors who were honored on May 6 with awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring.

Gary Allison, assistant professor of special education received an award for Excellence in Teaching and Marsha Baumeister, assistant professor of education, received an award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring.

Steele Symposium Summary and Keynote Speaker Video

This year, the Steele Symposium held on April 12, was a college-wide event including graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Education and from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  Faculty and CEHD community members were invited to attend and hear the student presentations.

In addition, Dr. Patrick Tolan, director of the University of Virginia Center to Promote Youth Development, was invited as keynote speaker.

Video of Dr. Patrick Tolan’s keynote presentation

 

All-College Meeting

On April 11, 2013, CEHD held an All-College Meeting to update faculty and staff on our accomplishments and events during 2012-2013. The Dean’s presentation is attached.

During the presentation, a Task Force for Operation Educate the Educators was discussed. UD Task Force members Deborah Alvarez, Janice Bibik, Al Cavalier, Deirdre Lilly, Barbara Settles (chair), developed a report to address the AACTE-MCEC initiative regarding military families. View the Military taskforce report  with recommendations.

In addition, recipients for two new awards were announced. See article below for details.

CEHD 2013 Award Recipients

Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Robert Hampel
  • Michael Ferrari

Dean Okagaki established this award to serve the following purposes:

  • To recognize and reward the most outstanding faculty instructors in CEHD.
  • To provide models and promote excellence in teaching among other CEHD faculty.
  • To highlight the College’s commitment to excellence in teaching.

The award recipient will be honored with a certificate of recognition and a stipend of $1,000 at the College meeting in the Spring.

Dean’s Research Award

  •  Liz Farley-Ripple

The CEHD Dean’s Faculty Research Award recognizes an assistant or associate professor who has developed a strong program of research, received external funding to support that research, published in top research journals, and created a synergy about himself or herself that is advancing the research mission of the college.  The award is $30,000 to be used to support the individual’s research program.  The funds may not be used to support faculty salary.

UDaily article on CEHD and SOE Faculty awards

 

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