The University of Texas at Tyler College of Educa on and Psychology The CEP Pulse Volume II, Issue II Spring 2014
CEP: Building Bridges A note from Dean Sherman It is my pleasure to welcome you to the first College of Educa on and Psychology Annual Edi on. This CEP Annual is a celebra on of the many accomplishments of the faculty and students in the College of Educa on and Psychology. One of my favorite poems is “The Bridge Builder” by Will Allen Dromgoole. It was originally published in 1900 and tells the story of a man who easily traverses a river, but decides to cross back over and build a bridge so that others may cross the river. When asked why he would do this, the traveler responds, “There followed a er me to‐day A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been as naught to me To that fair‐haired youth may a pi all be; He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!” Through our teaching, scholarship, and service, the College of Educa on and Psychology is building bridges for others. Whether it is educa ng the next genera on of teachers and mental health professionals, expanding the knowledge base in our respec ve disciplines, or serving our East Texas community, the College is con nually building bridges for others to cross over. However, no one makes this journey alone. It is through our students, alumni, and friends that we are able to build bridges to the future. This annual is dedicated to all the faculty, staﬀ, students, alumni, and friends of the College of Educa on and Psychology. Ross Sherman, Ed.D. Dean, College of Educa on and Psychology
CEP: A Vision for the Future
College of Educa on and Psychology The CEP is the home of three dis nct units: School of Educa on. Department of Psychology and Counseling Department of Educa onal Leadership and Policy Studies
Be na onally recognized and respected for its academic programs and opportuni es Be a center of academic excellence, scholarly inquiry, and public service Prepare leaders to meet the cri cal challenges of the 21st century Make significant contribu ons to local and global communi es Work toward individual and cultural equity
CEP: Fast Facts Did you know?
Undergraduate students enrolled: 625
Graduate students enrolled: 463
Undergraduate programs: 3
Graduate programs: 12
TExES Cer fica on Test Pass Rate: 94%
LPC Cer fica on Pass Rate: 100%
Faculty / Student Ra o: 1:29
Bachelor’s degrees granted in 2013: 181
Master’s degrees granted in 2013: 193
Professional Publica ons:
Journal Ar cles: 41
Community Service (Selected Partners)
East Texas Fair Academic Rodeo
Andrews Center Mental Health
Academically Unacceptable K‐12 Schools
Salva on Army
Community and Social Service Agencies
CEP: Innovation in Online Education As the world goes online, so does the CEP. We oﬀer ten 100% online graduate programs, making it possible for more people to get post‐baccalaureate degrees than ever before. We oﬀer online master’s degrees in:
Curriculum and Instruc on
Educa onal Leadership (with Principal Cer fica on)
Special Educa on (with Educa onal Diagnos cian Cer fica on)
We also oﬀer the following online cer fica on programs:
Educa onal Diagnos cian Cer fica on
Post Baccalaureate Teacher Cer fica on
Principal Cer fica on
School Counselor Cer fica on
Superintendent Cer fica on
CEP: A Passion for Research FACULTY PROFILE:
Educa on: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2002, Louisiana State U. MS in Clinical Psychology, 1997 UT Tyler
Favorite Course to Teach: Abnormal Psychology‐ being a clinical psychologist I love to talk about the diﬀerent mental disorders and get students excited about psychology.
DENNIS COMBS Favorite Quota on: “Men are not disturbed by things but by the view they take of them.” ‐ Epictetus
I study schizophrenia and focus on how to improve their ability to recognize emo ons. Once emo on recogni on is improved then their quality of life im‐ proves. I also conduct research on paranoia and delu‐ sions as well. Over my 12 years of being a faculty member, I have wri en over 60 publica ons about schizophrenia.
Favorite Author / Book: Aaron Beck‐ Cogni ve Therapy for Depression is my favorite book because it aﬃrmed my love of psychology and research. I read this book as an undergraduate in psychology and it formed the basis for my work professionally as a clinical psychologist.
Most Recent Publica on: I wrote a chapter on schizophrenia for a textbook used in most graduate classes in abnormal psychology.
One Passion Outside Academia: Sports‐ especially coaching baseball. I love watching the Texas Rangers.
Excellence in the classroom and on the playing field
Enoch Shipman Academic Program: Interdisciplinary Studies — UTeach Math Grades 4‐8 GPA: 3.98 Sport: Soccer Job Aspira ons: Professional Soccer Player / Math Teacher Enjoys: Watching football, playing volleyball with friends Enoch grew up among seven siblings, including one twin, in Lindale, TX, and has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember. A passionate athlete even oﬀ the field, Enoch loves watching football, and dreams of someday being a coach in the NFL. He is currently training for a professional soccer career. He was inspired to be an educa on major by his sister, a teacher, and wants to make a big impact on his students someday. He was al‐ ways good at math, so it was natural for him to select math as his subject to teach.
Lauren Robenalt Academic Program: Psychology BA, HRD Minor GPA: 3.84 Sport: So ball Job Aspira ons: To work as an administrator in a non‐profit organiza on such as Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio. Enjoys: Being outside and hanging out with people. Lauren is a dedicated athlete who has been playing so ball since she was in second grade. Her passion is so great that she has dedicated every weekend and summer since middle school to her sport. A er her so ball career, she hopes to find a job where she can interact with people. Her major in Psychology will help her as she interacts with people, especially those with spe‐ cial needs, for whom she has a special place in her heart. Her minor in HRD will allow her to perform administra ve du es, which will be an asset as she looks for a job as an administrator for a non‐profit organiza on.
CEP Global Footprints:
Building a Be er Belize
ship at UT Tyler. That’s exactly what he did. Since his start in 2008, Dr. Hickey has made 17 trips to Belize, training principals, superintendents, and teachers how to improve their eﬀec veness. He, along with Dr. Gill and other volun‐ teers, holds workshops for administrators and visits local village schools to help improve the educa on of the students in any way they can. Belize is a small country of about 300,000 people that only gained independence in 1981. The oﬃcial lan‐ guage of Belize in English, although most Belizeans speak Belizean Creole for informal purposes.
Dr. Hickey with some Belizean students
r. Wes Hickey isn’t your ordinary professor.
The 48‐year‐old chair of the Department of Educa onal Leadership and Policy Studies has been with the University of Texas at Tyler since 2004, hav‐ ing served as a school principal and superintendent before that. But Dr. Hickey does far more than most academics.
“They’re good people. There’s an 80% poverty rate… 75% are Mayan subsistence farmers,” he says, speak‐ ing of the popula on he is helping in Belize, adding that they are “very bright. Not always a high level of educa on, but very intelligent.” He comments that he has developed good rela onships with the Belize‐ an school administrators, teachers and students, and that has made his interac ons with them that much more meaningful.
Dr. Hickey is the chair of the board of Teachers for a Be er Belize (TFABB), an organiza on dedicated to improving preschool and primary educa on in the Central American na on of Belize. “Several years ago, I received the J. Burns Brown Fel‐ lowship to improve myself professionally. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Peggy suggested a principal workshop for Teachers for a Be er Belize,” he says, referencing his co‐worker and fellow volun‐ teer Dr. Peggy Gill, a professor of Educa onal Leader‐
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It’s a rocky trip to get to Belize. It only takes about 3 hours to get there by air from Texas, but once there, there are several villages he works in that are diﬃcult to access, and some that can only be reached by hik‐ ing. And he’s not going alone. Dr. Peggy Gill has also been working with TFABB for many years, and is very in‐ volved with the service project. “Peggy has begun to push for the principals and administra ve leaders to run their own workshop,” he says. She has been working to educate the leaders in Belize to educate their own principals and administrators. In 2011, Dr. Hickey and Dr. Gill brought ten pre‐ service teachers and administra on students to Be‐ lize, and this June, he is bringing five more. They will be visi ng various schools and working on service projects such as renova ng older school buildings. Dr. Peggy Gill running an administrator workshop
Dr. Hickey is quick to give credit to other groups and organiza ons that help in the eﬀort to build a be er Belize. “There are oﬀshoots … of the Rotary Club in Canada that help prepare people to go to Belize,” he notes, adding that there are other organiza ons that help
out as well. “Our ul mate goal is to work ourselves out of a job,” Dr. Hickey says, but notes that there is s ll a lot of work to be done there, and his mission is far from over. A typical Belizean classroom
CEP’s 2013 Master’s Degree Recipients School of Educa on M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruc on Caren Lee Anderson Jasmine Bonner Melissa Diane Brown Michelle Diane Chism Michelle Lyne e Foy Trista Gaona Ronald Eric Greer Robbie G. Longmire Audrey Virginia Parsons Nancy Jean Rodriguez Kris n Colle e Sco Kassidi Lynn Sides Michele Lee Squire Melissa Ann S th Sonya Maria Sukiennik Martha Elizabeth Weiser Maricela Zavala M.Ed. in Reading Andrea Dawn Richards Debbie Ann Smith M.Ed. in Special Educa on Jill Suzanne Beall Cathy Nelsine Morse Deborah L. Nelson Crystal Diane Robinson Jennifer Suzanne Taylor
Department of Educa onal Leadership and Policy Studies
M.Ed. in Educa onal Administra on Nakeisha Shinet Adams Allanur Agaberdiyev A la Akyurek Bekir Atas Gary Lynn Billingsley Lisa Marie Blackman John Hester Bowman Debra Denise Brakel Thomas Dale Brewer Steven Dewayne Brown Jennifer M Bryant Caryn Lea Calhoun Berna Celepcikay Jeﬀrey Secapure Chua Meleaha Anell Coleman James Anthony Conner Ana Karen Coronado Quincy Allen Crane Rebecca Ann Curry Janice King Davis Fikret Donmez Sefik Ekmen Jana Renee Evere Eleni Jo Fancher Angela Faye Fears Ilker Fidan Dawn Marie Fielder Carlos Guillermo Franz Becerril Tracy Ann Gonzales Tanya Gonzales Gina Kay Gregory Ikbal Guvercin Margret Darlene Havard Stephanie Renee Heeren
Kim Hill Zackary John Hood Ashley Renee Hukill Derik Wallace Hulsebus Lisa Ann Karnei Jessica Ann Keese Donna Whitehurst Lambeth Teri Lynn Lawson Katy Ann Lee Jason Zachary Lenz Jackie Simpson Lewis Quinndolynn Monique Loud Shabrandon Trayousha Loud Muhammad Ali Malik Timothy Cole Ma hews Julia L Mishler Janice Leigh Monson Alvaro Montelongo Bethany Louise Moody April Munoz Kylie D Murry Nyssa Leigh Ngu Gerald Wayne Norman Fa h Oner Angela K Padge Amanda Mulvaney Pa on Ginger Nicole Pippin Kevin Dean Plo s Shawn Dale Poe Ma hew Allen Pra John Evere Pyle Jerod M Reeves Joseph Mar n Reeves Michael Glen Ricke s Paula H. Salas
Kris na Ann Salonen Hasan Sazci Casey Ray Si on Andrea Marie Slaughter Richard Frank Sralla Blythe Anne Stanley Sheila Henderson Stephens Michael Lee Stewart Melisa Ann Stout Samantha Loree Strickland Chris e Ann Strong Timothy Wayne Thomas Murat Tunca Ann Marie Valen no David Sean Weintraub Robin Juanell White Daniel Paul Williams Amy Danielle Williams Karen Sue Woodworth Kayla Denise Wright Zeliha Yaykiran Recep Yilmaz
Rachel Jordan Oates Emily Kathryn Sykes Cliﬀord Earle Warren
M.A. in Counseling Psychology Kendra Caroline Benne Meredith Catherine Grausam Simone Bras Key Dawn Marie Lowe Kelly Ann Oliver Ashley Megan Or z
M.S. in Clinical Psychology Ashli Andrews Bailey Arnesha Lyne e Blanks Rebecca Joann Campbell Kris n Nicole Carrillo Chelsea Ann Dobbs Christopher M Dra orn Jeanine Marie Galusha Muheeb Bola Giwa Cason Lee Hicks Dawn Lee McGuire Sara Susane Pedersen Department of Psychology and Bonnie Michelle Sco Counseling Martha Elaine Thacker M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Steven Russell Toews Lacy Taylor White Tami Laree Anderson Kue Xiong Kristen Alexis Bedevian Ashlee Elizabeth Braswell Coleman M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psyc) Christanne Rachelle Brunner Kimberly Dianne Hitchcock Lauren Elizabeth Casola Chris Eaton M.A. in School Counseling Cortez Dwayne Harvey Brian Duane Bays Amos Gene McCord Tiﬀany Danielle Braxton Emily Nicole McGrath Karie Meyer Culbertson Kris e Lynn Mielke Monica Jeanne Daniel Rosa Elena Montelongo Melissa Ann Davis
Cuneyt Dokmen Kimberly Ann Fleischer Marla Melina Fuentes Christopher Ryan Garcia Amber Selman Gibson Chris ne N Goucher Erin Elizabeth Hall Mar n Michael Harrigan Brad Andrew Hickman Jennifer Holden Mickie Dianne Jackson Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Crystal Dawn Jones Catherine Leigh Just Brandie Ann Knight Stacie Leann Laramore Jennifer B Locke Edith Lucy Lopez Carrie Elizabeth Mauldin Stacy Lynn McEwin Erecka Tincher Miller Lara Turner Miller Suzanne Elizabeth Moody Kayla Renee O'Doran Laura Lynn Parker Karrie Lynn Piper Stefanie Nichole Radtke Amber Leann Robertson Crystal Tiﬃn Sanders Brandi Delene Sanderson Amber Marie Smith Matrika Dwan Sowell‐Howe Nicole Renee Thomas Pamela Molock Williams Cris na Victoria Windom Lori Robine e Wright
CEP: Award-Winning Faculty Mrs. Suzanne Brians: “2014 Volunteer of the Year” from the Parent Services Center Dr. Olga Fischer: Recognized for long me service to Academic Rodeo Dr. Genie Linn: “Margaret A. Montgomery Leadership Award” from the Texas Council of Women School Execu ves Dr. Kouider Mokhtari: “John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award” from the Interna onal Reading Associa on “Outstanding Book Award” from the American Associa on of Colleges for Teacher Educa on for his book Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Learners: A Prac cal Guide for Teacher Educators Dr. Ross Sherman: “Educator of the Year” from the Texas Council of Professors of Educa onal Administra on Dr. Robert Stevens: “Best Book Award for Civil War Historical Fic on” from the Texas Associa on of Authors for his novel Master Robert Dr. Karl Wi “Outstanding Faculty Award” from Alpha Chi Honor Society
CEP: Providing Leadership Dr. Frank Dykes: Treasurer: Texas Council for Excep onal Children Elec ons Commi ee and Associate Chair : Small Educa on Program of the Council for Excep onal Children Dr. Wes Hickey: Chair of the Board: Teachers for a Be er Belize Dr. Teresa Kennedy: Interna onal Advisory Board Member: Na onal Science Teachers’ Associa on President: Interna onal Council of Associa ons for Science Educa on Dr. Kouider Mokhtari: Editorial Board Member and Literacy & English Learners Commi ee: Interna onal Reading Associa on Dr. Jessi Rueter: Past President: Texas Council for Excep onal Children Dr. Sarah Sass: Member: Women in Psychophysiology Liaison Commi ee Dr. Andrew Schmi : Treasurer: East Texas Psychological Associa on Dr. Vance Vaughn: Execu ve Board Member: Texas Council of Educa onal Administra on
CEP: Training and Research Grants Dr. Kathleen Everling: “From Undocumented Student to Professional Educator” From: Top Hat Amount: $800 Dr. Genie Linn: “Integrity Among High School Students” From: The Fair Founda on Amount: $10,000 Dr. Michael Odell, Dr. Colleen Swain, and TAMU-Commerce: “Texas Teacher Residency Program” From: Texas Educa on Agency Amount: $1.29 million Dr. Sarah Sass: “A en onal Bias in Anxiety” From Psi Chi Amount: $2,000 Mrs. Cynthia Sherman: “UT Tyler Teacher Quality Grant” From: TX Higher Educa on Coordina ng Board Amount: $98,000 “UT Tyler Texas Regional Collabora ve in Mathema cs” From: Texas Educa on Agency Amount: $160,000 Dr. Karl Wi and Dr. Chris ne McNichols: “Rural LPC Supervisor Needs” From: Texas Associa on for Counselor Educa on Amount: $500
CEP: Friends and Benefactors
The following people and organiza ons have donated to the College of Educa on and Psychology or one of its schools / departments: AT&T Founda on
Sam Roosth Founda on
Lawrence L. Anderson
Harold and Juanita Smotherman
Robin and Suzanne Brians
Gail K. Strong
East Texas Communi es Founda on, Inc.
Colleen R. Swain
Michael and Catherine Giordano
Richard Swain III
Ross and Cynthia Sherman
Larry E. Wickham
A New Arrival in the CEP! The College of Educa on and Psychology extends a hearty welcome to our new Development Oﬃcer, Ms. Kathy Gohmert. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge that she will use to support the ini a ves of the CEP.
CEP: Give a Gift Please consider giving a gi to the College of Educa on and Psychology.
The Bridge Builder By Will Allen Dromgoole An old man going a lone highway, Came, at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm vast and deep and wide. Through which was flowing a sullen de The old man crossed in the twilight dim, The sullen stream had no fear for him; But he turned when safe on the other side And built a bridge to span the de. “Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near, “You are was ng your strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day, You never again will pass this way; You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide, Why build this bridge at evening de?” The builder li ed his old gray head; “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, “There followed a er me to‐day A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been as naught to me To that fair‐haired youth may a pi all be; He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”
Editor‐in‐Chief: Michael Giordano
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