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  • COE/CEPS 50 Years of Innovation Display
  • College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS)
  • Dean Kent invites you to visit College of Education
  • Dr. Andre Green - CEPS Associate Dean
  • Josh Wooden - CEPS Certification Officer
  • Dr. Santoli - Director of Graduate Studies & LTE Chair
  • College of Education Convocation 2015
  • Jaguars are getting degrees in Education!
  • Treadwell Scholarship awardee Keith Griffith with his mother
  • Congratulating PASSAGE USA Student Keith Griffith
  • UCOM Park
  • CEPS Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
  • South Paws Came to Celebrate at Kent’s Drive Thru’
  • Ready for a Joy Ride
  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary in 50’s Style
  • We All Screamed for Ice-Cream
  • Big and Small…
  • Young and Fabulous
  • And CEPS Barbeque was in Good Paws
  • Supervised by Chef Andre Green, of Course!
  • There’s No Barbeque like CEPS Barbeque!!!
  • Just Ask the Pink Ladies
  • WOW 2017 Starts the 50th Jubilee Year at CEPS

"The College of Education and Professional Studies faculty is committed to supporting our students and collaborating with the community in order to prepare our graduates to meet the demands of their profession and exceed their professional goals. "  ~  Dean Andi M. Kent

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Award Winning Faculty and Staff

Faculty Excellence Awardees:

Dr. Larry Gurchiek

Dr. Elizabeth Allison

Dr. Todd Johnson

Ms. Kelly Byrd

Dr. Vaughn Millner

Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution and Faculty Excellence:

Ms. Jennifer Simpson

Lisa Mitchell Bukstein Developing Faculty Award:

Dr. Neil Schwarz

Gerry Jean Clark Exemplary Staff Award:

Mrs. Sally Morris

Retirees:

Dr. Vaughn Millner

Dr. Phil Norell

Dr. Steve Pugh



50 Honorees for 50th Anniversary
at College of Education and Professional Studies

2017 marks the College of Education and Professional Studies' 50th anniversary. The College wishes to shine a light on those friends, graduates, faculty and administrators who have caught the vision of a grand College and have been working tirelessly themselves and inspiring others to bring it to life. To you and all those who contributed to the impact and success of the College of Education and Professional Studies, we say THANK YOU! To know more about our Honorees, click here.

Mrs. Carolyn Akers

Dr. Damon Andrew

Mr. and Mrs. Travis and Susan Bedsole

Mrs. Lisa Bukstein

Dr. Thomas Chilton

Mr. Lewis Copeland

Dr. Mary Beth Culp

Dr. Jack Dempsey

Mr. Andrew Denny

Dr. Harold Dodge

Dr. Phillip Feldman

Honorable Vivian D. Figures

Mr. Michael Fletcher

Ms. Barbara Freeman

Honorable Victor and Mrs. Jeanne Gaston

Dr. William Gilley

The Family of Dr. J. Howe Hadley

Dr. Richard Hayes

Dr. Robert Heitman

Dr. Pamela Henson

Dr. Thomas Hewitt

Mr. Mark Hoffman

Mrs. Alane Hoffman

Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm and Corinne Howell

Mrs. Stephanie LeGrone

Mr. and Mrs. John and Catharine Long

Mrs. Eleanor Lynn McCain

The Family of Dr. John E. Morrow, Sr.


Department of Leadership and Teacher Education

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"I like to set an environment where we are exchanging information and ideas, we are working together; I learn from my students, they learn from me, and we learn from each other."

Dr. Peggy Delmas

Department of Counseling & Instructional Sciences

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"I believe we have to sort of tear down the walls of where we are and really go out and see what types of things we can do to help our community..."

Dr. Joe'l Lewis

Department of Health, Kinesiology & Sport

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"If you combine all of the things we have here..., it becomes a nice mix for students to actually see what they are learning in the classroom and experiencing it out there at sport and recreation events."

Dr. Chris Keshock

50 Student Stories for Our
50th Anniversary

To build awareness of the varied experiences and talents of our diverse College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) students and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College of Education and Professional Studies, Dr. Abbie Baxter and Dr. Paige Vitulli are kicking off a project to share the stories of 50 currently-­‐ enrolled, interesting, and thought-­‐provoking CEPS students.

Eligibility: CEPS Students (currently taking undergraduate or graduate classes in any program) may be nominated or nominate themselves through a nomination site. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MRFT9K9

  • Selection: Fifty Students will be selected, over the course of the year, based on the level of diverse experiences and the interest of their story. The students selected will be contacted for a photo shoot and interviewed to develop their story.
  • Story Publication: Stories will be published on our USA CEPS Web Page and through Social Media, such as Blogger, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Nomination: Please nominate your students with interesting stories and students may self-nominate. Students may share their information at the following survey site https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MRFT9K9

Stay tuned and check our College of Education and Professional Studies web page often throughout the year for Fifty for Our 50th CEPS Student Stories.

For more information contact Dr. Abigail Baxter  (abaxter@southalabama.edu) or
Dr. Paige Vitulli  (pvitulli@southalabama.edu).


CEPS News

2016-2017 Annual Report

The College of Education and Professional Studies faculty have been busy as they engaged in research and service that also made an impact on their teaching.

Click here to read the Annual Report.


Congratulations, to Dr. Upton and Her Students!

Dr. Amy Upton has been awarded the Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Alabama Counselor Association! This award is given annually, and Dr. Upton is one of the first (maybe the first!) to receive the award in the southern part of the state.

In addition, Dr. Upton led three of her recent graduates in receiving the Recognition of Accountability, Verification, and Excellence Award. This award focuses on continuous improvement that gives Alabama school counseling programs an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to implementing an outcome-based, data-driven program.

These USA school counseling alumni are serving as counselors in the Baldwin County School District. They are:

  • Rebecca Winbert, J. Larry Newton Elementary
  • Jan Gay, Summerdale Elementary
  • Lyle Cooper, II, Swift Consolidated Elementary

Pictured from left, BCPS Intervention Supervisor Patrice Davis, Lyle Cooper II, Rebecca Winbert, Amy Upton, Jan Gay


Congratulations, John!

Congratulations to Dr. John Kovaleski, Health, Kinesiology & Sport Department Chair and Professor at the College of Education and Professional Studies.  In recognition of service to the University of South Alabama, Dr. John Kovaleski was presented with a plaque at the Fall 2017 Scholar-Athlete Breakfast, by the University of South Alabama Athletic Department.

Left to Right: President Tony Waldrop, Dr. John Kovaleski and Dr. Joel Erdman,  Director of Athletics.


Literacy Center Receives Fuse Award

Dean Kent receiving the Fuse Award

FUSE awards College of Education and Professional Studies Literacy Center $20,750 to advance the work of the Center throughout our community. To read more, click here.


Share Your Story!

To build awareness of the varied experiences and talents of our diverse College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) students and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College of Education and Professional Studies, Dr. Abbie Baxter and Dr. Paige Vitulli are kicking off a project to share the stories of 50 currently-­‐ enrolled, interesting, and thought-­‐provoking CEPS students.
Eligibility: CEPS Students (currently taking undergraduate or graduate classes in any program) may be nominated or nominate themselves through a nomination site.  To read more, click here.

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