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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

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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 Summer 2014 Daniel Foundation of Alabama Scholarship recipients:

Kaylei Bryant

Kaylei Bryant
"I believe that teaching is one of the most important careers in our society. Giving children the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to progress as individuals is very important and the reason I have chosen education as a career. This scholarship means everything to me. Helped me prove to myself I am good enough to accomplish anything I set my mind to."
Kaylei Bryant

Heather Hudgins

Heather Hudgins
"Alabama is my home. I have lived in Alabama my entire life. I would like to pass on the love of learning that I received when I was younger. Becoming an elementary teacher will enable me to instill the same love of learning in the children I teach. I want to show young children that learning can be fun. Teaching young children how fun learning can be will help them to take advantage of more educational opportunities as they get older. I look forward to helping teach younger generations to prepare for their future."
Heather Hudgins

Shamar Burch

Shamar Burch
"I believe that the future of this nation depends on how well we educate our students. As a child, I remember always wanting to be the line-leader and do whatever I could to be just like my teachers… My goal in life is to teach secondary science in a public education system. My goal is not just to teach kids science, but it is also to teach them about life. I understand that many teenagers graduate high school without having the necessary skills to survive in college or the real world. It is my passion to help others succeed in life… I have always had a desire to learn all that I can so that one day, I can make a difference by educating others."
Shamar Burch

College of Education Events

COE News

COE Diversity Council
Lunch provided by the Dean's Office

What's Trending?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
at 11:30 am - 1:00 p.m.
UCOM 3901

All COE faculty are invited to What's Trending, a COE Diversity Council effort to continue to create safe spaces for dialogue among faculty. With current events as the springboard, faculty will have the opportunity to have lunch together and talk about how these events impact our lives and our role as educators. This effort is an outcome of last year's diversity initiatives and faculty ideas for continued dialogue. Join the conversation...


Dr. Joan Holland

Congratulations to Mrs. Joan Holland one of our new instructors in literacy education, for being named Metro Mobile Reading Council’s 2015 Outstanding Council Volunteer. The MMRC chapter is under the umbrella of the Alabama Reading Association, and the International Literacy Association. Congratulations, Joan!

Dr. Joel Lewis

Congratulations to Dr. Joel Lewis on her recognition as the Alabama Young Professionals Social Justice Champion, which recognizes a person who works hard to ensure fairness, equity and inclusion in their community.

Dr. Andre Green Congratulations to Dr. Andre Green on his receipt of a $295,000 award from the National Science Foundation for his Pathway to Mathematics Program that is intended to increase the number of mathematics teachers in the MCPSS through an intensive 4-semester master’s degree program.

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