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The CEP Pulse Volume III Issue I Fall 2015 Editor-in-Chief: Georgia Glazebrook

Dean’s Message: A Core Purpose Ross Sherman, Ed.D.

“It is an awesome responsibility and a tremendous public trust”

The core purpose of an institution explains why the organization exists and why it will exist in the future. Here at the College of Education and Psychology our core purpose is to prepare competent, caring, and qualified professionals in the fields of education, psychology and counseling and to advance the knowledge base in our respective disciplines.

It is an awesome responsibility and a tremendous public trust. As a college, we embrace this trust by: 1) preparing the next generation of educators and mental health professionals, 2) expanding the knowledge base in our respective disciplines, 3) providing service to improve the quality of life within our region and state. In his book, Living, Loving and Learning, Leo Buscaglia uses

the following metaphor to describe teaching, “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” As a College of Education and Psychology, we are honored and privileged to build bridges to the future.

Dean Ross Sherman

Inside this issue:

Editorial: Education—The Gift That Keeps Giving! Ross Sherman, Ed. D.

According to the 2010 US Census the percentage of Smith County residents 25 years or older who posses a baccalaureate is 24.5% and this decreases into the teens when you add the counties contiguous to Smith County. Research suggest that the acquisition of a post-secondary degree can result in increased economic and social well-being for a community.

A 2014 Pew Foundation study entitled, “The Rising Cost of Not Going to College” reported that Millennials (those aged between 2532) with a college degree averaged over 20 thousand dollars more in annual income than their non-degreed counterparts. In addition, college graduates were three times less likely to be unemployed or living in poverty.

We have all heard these types of statistics before, and it is important to recognize the societal benefits derived when individuals possess a post secondary degree. A recent study found that college graduates are more likely to: 1) be engaged citizens, 2) engage in volunteer work, 3) understand the issues of the day and vote, (Continued on page 6)

School of Education


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies/ MARC


Department of Psychology and Counseling


Online Graduate Programs


Odds and Ends


New Faculty




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School of Education School of Education Colleen Swain, Ph.D.

Dr. Colleen Swain Director, School of Education

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope… literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.” -Kofi Annan-

Fall… an exciting time of new beginnings, friends, and initiatives as we launch the 20152016 academic year. The School of Education started the Fall 2015 by welcoming new faculty and students and saying goodbye to old friends. Dr. Bambi Bailey, Mrs. Suzanne Brians, Dr. Chip Fischer, and Dr. Olga Fischer retired at the end of August and started new adventures. We are so appreciative of these faculty that graced our classrooms for many years. The School of Education faculty are committed to addressing pressing educational issues. This often involves exploring these problems in different ways. This fall, the School of Education faculty are engaged in activities and initiatives that respond to the challenges associated with literacy and increasing teacher capacity. The School of Education recognizes the importance of a literate East Texas and has been engaging in numerous opportunities related to that goal. Our fall 2015 semester began with three major events aimed at promoting and supporting literacy achievement in our schools and communities. In August, 2015, Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, Chair of the Tyler Area Partners for Literacy (TAP for Literacy), and Dr. Dee Brock, Chair of The Smith County Area Libraries Together (SALT) co-hosted the 7th Annual East Texas Book Fest, a celebra-

tion of libraries and literacy. This two-day event, which took place at the Tyler Harvey Hall Convention Center, included two full days of learning and fun. In September, 2015, members of the literacy team (Drs. Kouider Mokhtari, Colleen Swain, Joanna Neel, and Anna Consalvo) launched a series of initiatives aimed at preventing reading problems among children in early childhood settings, and addressing literacy challenges encountered by students in elementary and middle school school classes. Literacy partnership projects are currently underway at Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, Jackson Elementary School, Three Lakes Middle School, and with Smith County’s Champions for Children organization. In October, 2015, Dr. Anna Consalvo, Assistant Professor of Literacy, co-organized and hosted, with a colleague at Fitchburg State University, the Robert Cormier Digital Exhibit and Symposium on Censorship and Young Adult Fiction in celebration of Banned Books week. The School of Education has engaged in numerous initiatives to contribute to increasing teacher capacity in East Texas teachers. The first initiative involves School of Education faculty engaging in Teacher Quality

and Texas Regional Collaborative grant work with math and science teachers. Mrs. Cindy Sherman, Dr. Nathan Smith from mathematics, Ms. Donna Wise, and Dr. Fredericka Brown from engineering diligently work with inservice teachers to increase their understanding of math and science content along with how to effectively teach these subjects. A second initiative is providing students in our initial teacher preparation program (preservice teachers) with increased coaching as they develop as classroom teachers. We are using Edthena, a tool that allows for the analysis of teaching using video and online collaborative tools, as a method of providing this high quality coaching. A third approach School of Education faculty use to increase teacher capacity is through utilizing our individual expertise with individual schools or districts. Examples of this include working with Tyler ISD Instructional Coaches, equipping teachers with strategies shown to be effective with English learners, providing new strategies for teaching mathematics, and more. As you can see, the School of Education faculty are people who dream, think, and do!

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program Update Wesley Hickey, Ed.D.

The department is in the process of changing principal certification requirements to focus more clearly on instructional leadership, and collaborations with

local districts including mentoring, professional development, and school board training. Gary Miller, Vance Vaughn, and Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz published their book on online teaching and

learning through NCPEA publications, and it was highlighted at the NCPEA Conference in August. The department’s mission to influence educational leadership continues to be the driving force.

First Annual UT Tyler Education Law Conference Gary Miller, Ed.D

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is excited to announce the 1st Annual University of Texas at Tyler Education Law Conference. The event takes place at the Ornelas Activity Center on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Onsite registration is from 8:00 am to 8:30 am and the cost is $50.00 per attendee. Student registration is $25.00. The conference begins at 8:30 am and concludes with a BBQ lunch prepared by Texas Hickory Fare Barbeque at 12:45 pm. Guest

speakers include attorney Jim Walsh from the law office of Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle, P.C., and Doug Phillips from the Educator Investigations Unit for the Texas Education Agency. Jim Walsh graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975. He is the coauthor of The Educator’s Guide to Texas School Law and the author of The Common Sense Guide to Special Education Law. Jim will speak on social media, special education, and Section 504.

Doug Phillips is the Director of Investigations for the Educator Investigations Unit for the Texas Education Agency. Educator Investigations is responsible for ensuring that Texas educators meet the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior. Doug will speak on the investigative process leading to disciplinary action in accordance with the Disciplinary Policy and Mission Statement established by the State Board for Educator Certification.

Dr. Wes Hickey Department Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Dr. Gary Miller

Memory Assessment and Research Center (MARC) Andrew Schmitt, Ph.D.

Smith County, one of the leading Many families in East Texas have providers of care and support for been impacted by a family mem- people with cognitive disorders of aging and their families. ber who may be suffering memory loss due to aging, deThe MARC provides free assessmentia or other neurocognitive impairment. In May, the Depart- ment of Alzheimer’s disease and ment of Psychology and Counsel- other associated illnesses and ing opened the Memory Assess- free counseling to family members, caregivers, and others ment and Research Center (MARC) under the direction of Dr. affected by these disorders. Since its inception, the MARC has proAndrew Schmitt, Associate Professor of Psychology. The MARC vided over 25 full dementia assessments with formal written was established in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Alliance of reports and oral feedback to clients and 250 hours of counseling

services for family members. In addition to providing direct services to clients, the MARC also serves as a training and research facility for Psychology and Counseling students, thereby, increasing the number of mental health professionals in the region. Ceselie Tobin, a graduate student in clinical psychology, said the center provided her with experience she would not have been able to obtain in a classroom (Continued on page 6)

Dr. Andrew Schmitt

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Psychology and Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling Chuck Barké, Ph.D.

Dr. Charles Barké

The M.A. program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is in its second full year of operation since receiving its initial CACREP accreditation in 2013. In 2016 we will submit an interim report to CACREP documenting the successful program modification noted in our initial two-year accreditation award. This is expected to produce a renewal of accreditation for another eight years. The program mod-

ification was in only one curricular area regarding coursework in addictions counseling. This past year we created a new Addictions Counseling course, and added it as a program requirement. All other CACREP standards were met during our initial program review process in 2013. For 2015-16, we currently have 66 active CMHC students, while 23 graduated from the program in the past year. Our graduates have also continued

the 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Exam for licensure in Texas. This fall we began a new option for students to be able to take the NCE during their last semester in the program rather than having to wait until months after graduation. This speeds up the process to obtain their initial LPC-Intern credential and begin accumulating their supervised hours toward full licensure

Psychology and Counseling Alumni Panel Rosemary Barké, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosemary Barké

On October 13th, thirteen alumni from the Department of Psychology and Counseling's graduate programs returned to participate in an Alumni Panel discussion. Approximately 60 current undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology and Counseling heard the message that there is life after graduation. Our alumni provided advice and tips related to professional licensure, the process of seeking employment, and

also stressed the importance of networking with peers, fellow alumni, and past professors.

Bridget Kennedy, LPC, LSOPP on Life After Graduate School

Alumni who returned for this semester's panel discussion represented fields of work as diverse as inpatientcounseling, out-patient counseling, faith-based counseling, crisis and trauma counseling with adults and children, community mental health agency counseling, school psychology, and rehabilitative and assessment work with brain trauma survivors and patients with dementia. (Continued on page 6)

Honors in Psychology Amy Roberson Hayes, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Roberson Hayes

The new Honors in Psychology program started this Fall with an inaugural group of twelve students. The program is the first of its kind at University of Texas at Tyler.

The Psychology Honors program guides students through a four-semester progression of high level topics classes and original, independent research projects. This Fall, students in the program are

studying about Developmental Psychology and have designed research projects that they will conduct, analyze, write-up, and present at conferences in the Spring semester.

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Graduate Program Updates Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Mark Lewis, Ed.D. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a degree dedicated to building the professional knowledge and classroom teaching skills of pro-

fessional educators. The design of the degree is flexible enough to meet the needs of teachers in all content areas and at all levels. The degree is fully online and very affordable. We have

approximately 100 active students in the program at any one time. M.Ed. degrees in Curriculum and Instruction were awarded to 29 students in the 20142015 academic year.

Dr. Mark Lewis

Master of Education in Special Education Frank Dkyes, Ed.D.

The Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification is aligned with state and national

standards for educational diagnostician. Our students continue to demonstrate a 100% passing rate on the state certification exam. At present, we have 51 students en-

rolled in the educational diagnostician cohort and look forward to graduating 30 of those students in the spring of 2016. Dr. Frank Dykes

Master of Education in Reading Kouider Mokhtari, Ph.D.

ists, and literacy coaches.

The Master of Education in Reading (MEd-Reading) was redesigned and launched as a fully online graduate reading program in the summer 2013. The program prepares literacy professionals to serve as classroom teachers, reading special-

Since its original launch in the summer of 2013, the program has experienced substantial enrollment growth ranging from an average of 10-12 students prior to the program redesign in 2011-2012 to 90 active students in 2014-2015. To date, 21 stu-

dents have graduated from the new online program. Of those, 17 completed and passed the Reading Specialist exam (100% pass rate). Graduates of our program come from all corners of the state of Texas as well as a few other states.

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari

Master of Arts in School Counseling Karl Witt, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, CSC

The Master of Arts in School Counseling is now in its fourth year as a fully online offering and has approximately 102 active students this semester. While most reside in Texas, about 10% are enrolled from other states or countries. Since going online, we

have had a 99.99% passing rate on the TExES and Praxis certification exams. Thirty-six (36) students graduated during the 2014-2015 school year, and 32 graduates became certified in the same timeframe. Over the last year, the program was recognized as among the best in the nation and was ranked at

number 25 by both Nonprofit Colleges Online and GoGrad. We look forward to strengthening the program further with the addition of a counseling skills class in Summer 2016.

Dr. Karl Witt

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Dennis Combs, Ph.D.

diversity issues, veterans, and the elderly. We plan to submit the The Master of Science in Clinical proposal in late December for Psychology faculty have been hard review. There is a tremendous at work to develop a proposal for need for this program in the East a Ph.D. program in Clinical PsyTexas area with the closest prochology with an emphasis in under grams in the DFW area. Other -served populations. This program initiatives include: continued dewill train doctoral level providers velopment of the Memory Assessto work with rural mental health,

ment and Research Center (MARC), developing collaborations with UTHealth Northeast, and the Smith County Behavioral Health Committee. There are currently 73 students in the program, 19 of them new, and 19 also graduated in 2015.

Dr. Dennis Combs

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Odds and Ends The Gift (cont.) (Continued from page 1)

4) contribute more in tax revenue and require less governmental assistance, and 5) place less burden on the health care

system. The point is, there are be without your postmany societal benefits of higher secondary degree. Education is education beyond just meeting truly the gift that keeps giving. the workforce needs. Think about where you would

The MARC (cont.) (Continued from page 3)

setting. “I have learned better clinical skills.” Schmitt added, “The University consistently aims to foster the goals of teaching, scholarship, and service in every-

thing we do. The MARC will ena- services, you can contact Dr. ble us to pursue each of these Andrew Schmitt at (903) 630goals simultaneously.” 7479. If you would like more information about the MARC and its

Alumni Panel (cont.)

First Row: Rachel Bloser, Kimah Beach, Rene Hernandez, Second Row: Desiree Teague, Ashlee Coleman, Bridget Kennedy, Robin Nevin, Kendra Bennet, Kat Scott, Shawn Walter, Kristen Bedevian, and Graduate Advisor: Dr. Rosemary Barké (Alumni participants not included in the picture: Simone Key and Maria Munoz.) (Continued from page 4)

mentoring them. The alumni panel was encouraging and All of our alumni lead busy prooffered the students valuable fessional lives but demonstratguidance. ed a commitment to mentoring the future generation of coun- Having organized the last three selors and psychologists. For alumni panels, I am in awe of the instance many of the alumni work our alumni do in communipanel are committed to ensur- ties. Our graduates appear to ing future students have access take the best from each faculty to professionals interested in member and supervisor and be-

come incredible professionals. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity and enthusiasm. I think it’s safe to speak for all of the faculty —we are proud to call them graduates of our programs!

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Welcome To Our New Faculty

Karlyn Adams-Wiggins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Dr. Adams-Wiggins’ academic interests include: identity development and motivation in adolescence and socio cultural psychology. She has published in Computers in Human Behavior, the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, and Instructional Science.

Staci Zolkowski, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Dr. Zolkowski’s professional interests address: special education issues in working with students with emotional and behavior disorders and improving effective classroom instruction for all students with disabilities. She has published in Preventing School Failure, Journal for Effective Schools and Children, and Youth Services Review.

Jennifer Jones, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She earned her Ed.D. from Texas A&M University, Commerce. Her research interests include: increasing leadership capacity and raising student achievement in K-12. Dr. Jones is a former public school teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent.

Jessica Holm, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Her research interests address: addictions, counseling underserved populations and counselor education. She has published in Journal of College Counseling, The Professional Counselor, and Counselor Education and Supervision.

Randall Moate, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. He earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University. His research focuses on: stress, coping, perfectionalism, mindfulness and the teaching of counseling. Dr. Moate previously taught at Heidelberg University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Development Blessings of the Season Ross Sherman, Ed.D.

“For it is in giving that we receive." -Francis of Assisi-

As the holiday season arrives, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives including family and friends. One of the blessings in my life for the past 25 years is the opportunity to work with the talented students and faculty at The University of Texas at Tyler. Our core purpose in the College of Education and Psychology is prepare competent, caring, and qualified professionals in the fields of education, psychology and counseling and to advance the knowledge base in our respective disciplines. Our alumni are making positive impacts regionally and throughout Texas. Development funds raised from external sources facilitate

the University’s ability to achieve its goals. They are flexible and can be used to support faculty and departmental initiatives. This past year the Department of Psychology and Counseling with the Alzheimer Alliance of Smith County established the UT Tyler Memory Assessment and Research Center to provide free screening and counseling services. This was made possible by the generous donations of individuals throughout East Texas (see MARC article page 3).

and developing professional development for area school districts to facilitate student achievement in East Texas. We are asking for your help in addressing these significant issues. Please consider making a donation to support the College of Education and Psychology. Your donation can help to create a brighter future for our East Texas Citizens.

This year, the College of Education and Psychology has identified a number of important initiatives including: promoting literacy intervention to assist educationally disadvantaged students, providing low-cost mental health services for East Texas,

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