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Teacher education faculty honored

January 23, 2015

Seven faculty members at Emporia State University received awards for their work at The Teachers College Faculty/Staff Spring Semester meeting on January 16.

A trio was awarded the Excellence in Service Award. Beth Dobler, Lori Mann and Nancy Smith were recognized for their efforts in launching a one-to-one mobile device initiative in 2014 to incorporate tablets into the preparation of future teachers. The team orchestrated all aspects of the development, launch and ongoing details of the initiative; holding weekly planning meetings, communicating with all constituents, and providing professional development and support for faculty and students alike. From January 13-15, the Dobler, Mann, and Smith facilitated the training of 33 students and faculty to develop deeper skills for using tablets in the classroom. All three are faculty members in the elementary education/early childhood/special education department.

John Wade received the Excellence in Scholarly Activity Award. Over the past three years, he has authored one book, edited another book, written three book chapters, and published two articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also authored and submitted five other articles currently under consideration for publication. In addition to scholarly writing, he has delivered 13 scholarly presentations at international, national, and regional conferences. His research and scholarship efforts are focused on the field of positive psychology and its applications for training and supervision. As director of the clinical psychology graduate program, he strives to involve his students in his scholarship activities, including co-authoring articles, organizing presentations, and initiating research projects. Wade is an assistant professor in the psychology department.

Deb Larson was presented the Excellence in Instruction Award. From her nomination materials, she was called a “teacher of teachers,” using her strong content knowledge gained during her many years as an elementary reading specialist which enables her to share real-world examples with her students. Her student evaluations are full of accolades describing her skill, commitment and passion. Larson has involved students in grant-funded research projects and has taken students to conferences to present papers and class projects. She has presented at faculty staff development events and is quickly becoming an instructional leader in the college. Larson is an associate professor in the elementary education/early childhood/special education department.

Recipients for these faculty recognition awards are nominated by their respective academic departments and selected by a university-wide committee. Winners receive a plaques and a monetary award to be used by the recipient for professional development expenses.

Each year the Darrell E. Wood Service Award to an individual who has supported the mission of the college in a unique or outstanding manner. This year’s award went to Jean Morrow. Morrow retired in 2014 after serving nearly 30 years as a faculty member and, at for two years, served as the chair of two departments simultaneously. During her time at Emporia State, Morrow was the coordinator of the college’s first Professional Development School in Olathe and provided guidance as other PDS sites were developed with other school districts.

For the third year, the Ervay Family Award for Applied Scholarship was given to a faculty member whose body of work resulted in an improved or new education program. This year’s award went to Matt Seimears, associate professor and chair of the elementary education/early childhood/special education department. The spark for his work is improving the quality of science content preparation for elementary education pre-service teachers.  New standards required the use of hands-on training to prepare these majors to teach science in their elementary classrooms.

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