January 2012 Welcome back! The Spring semester is now underway and the COEDU is again bustling with activity! In this issue of my Update you'll read

January 2012

Welcome back!

The Spring semester is now underway and the COEDU is again bustling with activity! In this issue of my Update you'll read about new grants, searches for future collegues, and honors and awards recently received by faculty and our programs. I had the opportunity to walk around the College and personally welcome many of you back yesterday, but if I missed you, please join me and our students at the Hot Chocolate Social in the rotunda today from 3:30-5:00 PM. Wishing you all a very successful semester!

Best regards,

Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor, College of Education

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Dr. Daphne Thomas

Kudos to Dr. Daphne Thomas

Dr. Daphne Thomas, Chair of the department of Special Education, has announced her intent to return to her tenured faculty position on a full-time basis in August, 2012. I accepted Daphne's desire to return to her full-time faculty role with regret because she has been such a successful Chair and a key member of my leadership team. Daphne has served in the role of Chair of Special Education for 11 years with distinction. During her tenure the department has significantly grown in enrollment, established exemplary new programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and been a pioneer in developing cutting edge online programs such as our new master's program in Severe Intellectual Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorecers. Special Education is also a campus leader in generating external funding and is known for the development and implementation of model programs for the preparation and continuing professional development of special educators, special education research and policy, and collaborative programs with general education. The department has also distinguished itself by establishing substantive and meaningful partnerships in the community, state, region, and globally. Under Daphne's leadership the department has grown, prospered, and earned the respect of her colleagues here at USF and of our national peers as being one of the very best department's of Special Education in the country. I have been privileged to serve with Daphne and along with the faculty in Special Education express my sincere appreciation to her for her outstanding leadership, vision, and demonstrated success as Chair of the Department of Special Education. Please join me in expressing your appreciation to Daphne. The faculty and I are now conducting an internal search for Chair beginning August, 2012.

Faculty Searches

The COEDU has ten (10) faculty searches this year (areas listed below). You have an opportunity to provide input into the hiring of new faculty and potential scholarly collaborators. We have an outstanding set of candidates, and interviews are being conducted between January 9 – February 29. Look for notices on the open forum research/teaching presentations. Please participate in the searches by attending the open forums and completing feedback forms.

Secondary Education
* SLAIT/FLE/ESOL, Assistant/Associate Professor
* Mathematics Education, Assistant Professor
* English Education, Assistant Professor
* ESOL/FLE, Instructor
* Field Experience Coordinator, Instructor

Educational Measurement & Research
* Research Methods, Assistant Professor

Childhood Education & Literacy Studies
* Elementary Education, Assistant Professor
* Elementary Education-Mathematics, Assistant Professor
* Elementary Education-Science, Assistant Professor

Adult Career & Higher Education
* Adult Education, Instructor


Dr. Leonard Burrello

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies receives $2.5 million for Gulf Coast Partnership

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (DELPS) at the University of South Florida (USF) – will partner with Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk County School Districts – for a 25-month, collaborative, job-embedded principal preparation program that will prepare 100 individuals to acquire Level I/Level II certification. Currently, these dual certifications require 48 months of preparation. The nearly $2.5 million program will be funded by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) through June, 2014. They are one of two grants funded by the FLDOE. Read more.

Online education given honor roll status

Graduate education and engineering programs earn spots on U.S. News & World Report rankings of nation’s best online education opportunities.

Graduate education courses offered online by the University of South Florida have earned honor roll status from U.S. News & World Report in its latest rankings of the nation’s top online education programs. Read more.


FCIT Selected as Apple Distinguished Program

The 2011-2012 academic year is looking bright for the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) in the USF College of Education, according to Apple. FCIT has been selected as one of 50 institutions nationwide for this distinction. Apple will formally recognize the FCIT at a presentation ceremony in the near future.

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Dr. Edward Fletcher

Edward Fletcher Received Outstanding Research Paper Presentation Award

Edward Fletcher received an award for the 2011 Association for Career and Technical Education Research Conference held November 15th through the 17th in St. Louis, MO. He received the Outstanding Research Paper Presentation for his research manuscript entitled: Demographic Differences and Schooling Experience as Predictors of Occupational Choice.

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