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"We offer challenges and opportunities that will prepare you for a life of inquiry and professional development that will enhance the quality of life for every citizen."
Dean Richard L. Hayes

Discover USA College of Education

The College of Education is one of nine colleges and schools of the University of South Alabama.  Founded on February 1, 1967, the College has a total annual budget exceeding 14 million dollars and supports 85 different programs leading to six distinctive degrees.  The College is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its educator preparation programs are accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Realize Your Potential to Change the World

Our purpose is to prepare highly-qualified professionals who are committed to meeting the educational needs of our community, state, and nation in an international context that demands a literate citizenry equipped with the tools to be effective in the 21st century - critical thinking and problem-solving, entrepreneurship and economic literacy, interpersonal communication, multicultural competence and global awareness, teaming and collaboration, and proficiency in the use of information and technology to communicate effectively with others.

Welcome New Faculty at College of Education

Dr. Mitchell Woltring

Dr. Mitchell Woltring Mitchell Woltring is a new professor in the HPELS Department with an expertise in sport management. He is from Wisconsin and received his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He received both his Master’s degree in Sport Management and his Ph.D. in Human Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Professionally he has spent time working for the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Middle Tennessee State University Baseball, the New York Mets Baseball Club, and has spent time coaching high school baseball in Wisconsin and Tennessee. He spent two years at Middle Tennessee State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant where he served as the lead instructor in courses such as Administration of High School and College Athletics, Sport Tourism, Youth Sport Programming and Administration, and The Sport Agent – a course he created. He lives in Mobile with his wife Sarah, who is a high school Spanish teacher, and their dog Lambeau. Mitchell and Sarah are both avid Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fans, with Mitchell’s family having season tickets to the Green Bay Packers.  

Dr. Ronald Styron

Dr. Ronald Styron Ronald A. Styron, Jr. is a new professor at the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education. Dr. Styron has served as K-20 instructor and administrator.  He has served as principal investigator for $3,000,000 in grant awards from United States Naval Research Laboratory, United States Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Greater New Orleans Leadership Center.  He has been recognized as a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Principal,  St. Tammany Parish School Board Principal of the Year, Greater New Orleans Leadership Center Fellow, Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction, and Louisiana Department of Education Regional Principal of the Year.  He has collaborated with leadership and academic scholars including Grant Wiggins, Tim Waters and Larry Michaelsen.  He has published 43 refereed publications, conducted 73 professional presentations and presented 67 instructor and administrator training sessions. His research interests include leadership, technology applications, and innovative instructional practices.  He has taught face-to-face, blended, and online courses including Administrative Approaches to Technology, Advanced Organizational Theory, Careers in Education, Consensus Building and Decision Making, Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship, Educational Resources Development and Management, Instructional Supervision, Principal as Manager of Resources, Public School Finance, Research in Educational Administration and Supervision, Seminar in Higher Education Program and Curriculum Development, Special Problems in Educational Administration, Writing Successful Grant Proposals and Theories in Educational Organization and Administration. 

Megan O'Neill - Fulbright Distinguished Award Recipient 

Megan O'Neill

Congratulations to Megan O'Neill, an Instructional Design doctoral student, who was just selected by the US Department of State for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.
The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. Megan will be going to New Zealand for February and March in 2016. Megan teaches marine biology at Spanish Fort High School. She will be working with science teachers in Wellington, NZ on the use of flipped classrooms.

Jessica M. Harlan - Senior Evaluation Specialist in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation at the Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine 

Jessica Harlan
Jessica M. Harlan, an IDD doctoral student, has accepted a position as Senior Evaluation Specialist in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
The Office of Assessment and Evaluation works with faculty, physicians, and staff in the School of Medicine to help them use evidence-based practices and program evaluation in medical education to enhance patient care. In her new role, Jessica will be working with her team to evaluate medical education programs at JHUSOM, including Undergraduate Medical Education (medical school), Graduate Medical Education (residency programs), Biomedical Sciences, Post doctoral and fellowship programs, and continuing medical education. She is relocating to Baltimore and will join her new team at the end of fall semester. 

Meet Our Faculty

Department of Leadership and Teacher Education

Dr. Peggy Delmas

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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 Professional Studies

Dr. Joel Lewis

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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, Physical Education & Leisure Studies

Dr. Christopher Keshock

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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

Meet Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Brandon Clark - Exercise Science Program

Brandon Clark

Brandon won the Williams Charitable Foundation Book Award.

"“My ultimate goal is to graduate from a program that allows me to help individuals re-achieve their quality of life. I would like to work with college or high school aged athletes, but I would be happy helping any group of individuals get back to doing what they love to do.”
Brandon Clark

Alexandria Grow - Collaborative Secondary Special Ed/English Program

Alexandria Grow

Alexandria won the Barbara Phillips Endowed Award for Special Education Teachers.

"“Society relies on teachers to prepare children for their futures. I want to look further than the paperwork and emails ahead of me and know that the impact that I can make in children’s lives is priceless.”
Alexandria Grow

Kastala Brown - K-6 Teacher Education Program

Kastala Brown

Kastala won the College of Education Scholarship.

“I persevered with my decision to become an educator because I knew that this was the calling on my life. After graduation, I plan to work as a teacher in the public school system while taking classes towards my master’s degree.”
Kastala Brown
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College of Education
2014-2015 Annual Report

The College of Education 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.

USA Educational Leadership Ed.D. Program Accepting Applications for 3rd Cohort

The College of Education is now accepting applications for its third cohort of the Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D). This program is an intensive 60 credit hour program with K-12 and higher education specialization tracks designed for those who wish to earn a terminal degree in educational leadership. The structure of the program allows students to maintain their current employment while pursuing the degree, and may be completed in as few as 8 semesters.

There will be a reception at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18 for all students interested in learning more about the program. The meeting will be held in the College of Education Collaboratory (UCOM #3240). Those interested in attending should RSVP to Dr. Styron no later than Friday, December 11th at (251)380-2601, or
The deadline for submission of all application materials for the program is March 15, 2016. Information, including admission requirements, may be found here. Please contact Dr. Ronald A. Styron, Jr. at (251)380-2601 or for additional information.


Mortar Board Congratulations to COE faculty and students recognized at Azalea Chapter of Mortar Board 12th Annual Top Prof Ceremony.

Faculty Top Prof

Dr. Abigail Baxter - LTE

Mrs. Dianna Carlin - HPELS

Dr. Shawn Mitchell - HPELS

Student Inductees

Jacqueline Naro - Therapeutic Recreation

Mallory Pitts - Exercise Science

Alyssa Sherman - Teacher Education

Dr. Dagley

Congratulations to Dr. Dagley for receiving the Fannie R. Cooley Distinguished Professional Development Award at this year's Alabama Counseling Association Conference. This award recognizes the professional development of an individual. Professional development is defined as the intentional strengthening, expansion, enhancement, improvement and extension of the profession.

US Department of Education Congratulations to the Principal Investigator David Ellis and Co-Principal Investigators Abbie Baxter and Dennis Campbell on their recent award from the Model Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary Program for Students With Intellectual Disabilities program awarded by The U.S. Department of Education. The award is in the amount of $2,004,324. The project is entitled, USA PASSAGE- Preparing All Students Socially and Academically for Gainful Employment. 

Dr. Joan Holland

Congratulation to Dr. Kristen Sousa our first graduate in our new Educational Leadership Doctoral program.  Dr. Sousa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Alabama.  Additionally, she received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, an A Certificate in Administration, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Alabama.  In 2003, she received the Educational Leadership and Foundation Outstanding Graduate Student award for her work in the Educational Specialist program.  Dr. Sousa has served on the Educational Leadership Advisory Council at the University of South Alabama and is a member of their Community Partnership Advisory Council.  She has devoted twenty-three years to public education in the positions of classroom teacher, instructional coach, school administrator, and central office administrator.  Currently, she is the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Saraland City School System.

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