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    "The College of Education 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

    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.


    Meet the New COE Associate Dean!

    It is my pleasure to announce to you that upon the the approval of the President and Provost, Dr. Andre Green will begin his tenure as Associate Dean in the College of Education effective August 1, 2016.

    Dr. Green’s leadership ability is evident through his positions as Department Chair, Interim Associate Dean, Director of Grants and Contracts, and Interim Director of CISSTEM. His strength in the area of fundable research is notable, as is his ability to involve faculty across the College and University in developing research ideas. Dr. Green has a vision for engaging the College with the community in greater depth. He is committed to expanding the College’s diverse faculty to more accurately reflect the College and P-12 students we serve.

    Please join me in congratulating Dr. Andre Green as we look forward to his service as Associate Dean.

    Dean Andrea M. Kent
    College of Education


    Congratulations to Our Faculty and Students!


    Dr. Vaughn Millner and Dr. Brandon Browning

    Dr. Vaughn Millner, and Dr. Brandon Browning were part of a team that was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration federal grant. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Allen Perkins of the Department of Family Medicine at USA. The grant, entitled Primary Care Training and Enhancement, provides $1,841,644 in funding over 5 years. The purpose of the grant is to:

    (a) implement and evaluate a plan to identify and engage a population of high risk patients in their own health care leading to improvement in health status and a reduction in health care costs, and
    (b) enhance the interprofessional training of family medicine residents and other allied health professionals, including mental health professionals, in working in an integrated health care setting.

    Toward these ends Dr. Vaughn Millner and Dr. Brandon Browning, both faculty in Counselor Education in the Department of Professional Studies, will be designing educational modules on mental health care for family medicine residents, as well as supervising, mentoring and leading the mental health service delivery efforts in the Family Medicine Department during this grant. This includes working with master's students from their own Clinical Mental Health Counseling program who will be completing their clinical field placement in the Department of Family Medicine.


    Alabama Bicentennial Master Teacher

    Dr. Susan Santoli was selected as one of 12 Alabama Bicentennial master teachers, from throughout the state, who will develop and present professional development for Alabama teachers, grades 3-5, as part of a statewide program spanning the three years of Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration beginning in spring, 2017. 


    Researcher of the Year

    Dr. Ryon McDermott has won the "Researcher of the Year Award" from the Division on Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association ( http://division51.net/). The award recognizes the publishing of outstanding research concerning males and masculinity.

    During the past year Dr. McDermott has published research on the following topics: men's help-seeking behaviors, self-stigma in men, male attitudes towards college sexual assault, and the negative effects of gender role strain and stress upon men's health and relationships.

    Between March, 2015 and July 1st, 2016 Dr. McDermott has published 10 peer-reviewed journal articles in top-tier journals including the following: Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Psychology of Violence, The Counseling Psychologist, and three book chapters in edited texts published by the prestigious American Psychological Association press.


    Hot from the Press - Dr. Johnson's Oxford Handbook on Multimethods and Mixed Research Methods

    Dr. Burke Johnson co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry with Dr. Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Handbook has over 70 contributors, features interdisciplinary perspectives
    and paradigms, and presents the most comprehensive and current review of the  multi-method and mixed method research field. It provides ample amount of examples and case studies from a wide range of academic disciplines and will serve as an authoritative guide for researchers, policy makers, faculty, and graduate students. 


    Kudos to Our Ed.D. Student!

    Congratulations to our Ed.D. doctoral student Tracey Childs, whose paper "Increasing Faculty Participation in an Early Alert System: An Exploratory Case Study" has been accepted for the 12th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention.


    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 Professional Studies

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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

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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 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 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 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

    COE News

    Congratulations,
    Dr. Santoli!

    Dr. Susan Santoli, Director of Graduate Studies, is appointed to the position of the Interim Chair of the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education effective immediately. Our congratulations and gratitude go to Dr. Santoli in her willingness to serve in both capacities.


    Part-time Instructor Opportunities at the Department of Leadership
    and Teacher Education

    Click here for details.

    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.

    COE Alumni News

    James Madison Legacy Project

    Andrea L. Kohutek, who teaches seventh grade social studies at Causey Middle School, was selected to participate in the James Madison Legacy Project at Samford University in June, 2016. The James Madison Legacy Project is a three year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education whose goal is to provide effective professional development to teachers in high need schools thereby increasing the achievement of students in attaining state standards in civic and in government. Participants will also evaluate the relative effectiveness of the Center’s research-validated traditional We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development model enhanced with online resources and a new blended-learning variation of the traditional model that also uses online resources.

    Andrea has two degrees from the U.S.A. College of Education-an M.S. and an Ed.S. and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Pictured with Andrea is Dr. Alan D. Stevens, Executive Director at Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education (The Cumberland School of Law @ Samford University). Read more about the project here.


    COE Alumnus Ben Hannan -
    a New Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development

    USA head men’s golf coach Ben Hannan has resigned his coaching position in order to accept the position of USA Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Development. Hannan is a 2014 graduate of the COE’s master’s program in Educational Administration – Higher Education Administration. Read more...

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