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To assist faculty and staff with their responsibilities, this page provides news and information relevant to the College. Please check back frequently for updates. 

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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

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 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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