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  • 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.


CINS Potluck Colloquium Series

New Approaches to Inter-rater Reliability: Alternatives to Cohen's Kappa

Wed., Oct 25, 2017 12:00-1:00 pm UCOM 3901

For many years Cohen's Kappa has been taught as the standard for examining rater agreement correcting for chance agreement of raters. Over the years, limitations of Cohen's Kappa has led to the development of some alternative indices of interrater reliability. This colloquium will describe some of the limitations of Kappa, describe indices developed by Gwet (Gwet's AC1,) and demonstrate some inexpensive Excel macros for calculating these indices. These new approaches can be utilized by qualitative and quantitative researchers alike and in educational research and other social science research.

Please join us. There will be food as CINS faculty and staff will be bringing dishes.


Saturday Oct 28th

12 pm - 4 pm

Grand Mariner Marina

Proceeds will support our PASSAGE USA program. PASSAGE USA is a college certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. To learn more about the event, click here.


HTM Scholarship Fundraising

Eat Well... Be Well

A Jazz Brunch and Cooking Demonstration with
Chef Katie Dixon

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017
10:30 am-12:30 pm
The Palms at the Wharf
Orange Beach, AL

Proceeds from this event will go towards USA Hospitality and Tourism Management scholarships. To read more, click here.


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.


What's Trending?

Our first Fall 2017 "What's Trending?" discussion occurred on September 27th 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Room 3901. Dr. Ryon McDermott provided a brief overview of the problem of college sexual assault, its impacts, and the federal laws that are designed to address the problem. Dr. McDermott covered recent political and legal attempts to make it more difficult to prevent sexual assault.

"What's Trending?" is a monthly lunch time discussion on current events. All faculty, staff and students of the CEPS are invited. These discussions are organized by the CEPS Diversity Council for faculty, staff and students with these common objectives in mind:

•To increase collective multicultural competence

•To provide a safe environment for to discuss the cultural aspects of current events

•To increase the comfort level of discussing sensitive topics


Congratulations to Passage USA for being awarded the Maury Friedlander Award from Mobile ARC.

Ms. Chanto-Wetter, Mr. Zoghby and Dr. Baxter

The Maury Friedlander Award award honors the life and service of Maury Friedlander. Maury was a longtime member and past president of the Board of the Mobile Arc. He dedicated many countless hours of free legal advice to the Mobile disability community including the Mobile Arc.

This year, we honor Passage USA. PASSAGE USA is a program at the University of South Alabama that prepares all students socially and academically for Gainful Employment. It is a post-secondary education program for students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Passage USA helps students define their goals into an Individualized Adult Education Plan. These skills include independent living, social, employment, and self-determination skills. Accepting the award today is Dr. Abigail Baxter, the Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator.


CEPS - School Collaboration

On August 16th, the USA College of Education and Professional Studies faculty, staff and administration kicked off the Williamson Preparatory Academy Collaboration with a Back-to-School Drive. Dean Andrea Kent (right) and Dr. Joe'l Lewis Billingsley (left) dropped off the supplies to Principal Kirven Lang (center). We are looking forward to a great year! 

CEPS 50th Anniversary

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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