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College of Education and Professional Studies 2015 - 2016 Annual Report

Message from the Dean

Dr. William Crawley It has been an honor to serve the University of West Florida (UWF) and the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and community partners as the college’s founding dean. I’ve been energized and inspired by what I have learned through our work to develop a collective vision for the future. As the university celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, CEPS faculty and staff are prepared to advance college strategic priorities highlighting quality and engagement. These priorities carry forth the spirit of UWF’s mission to provide high quality learning experiences, to discover knowledge, and to engage in community partnerships that respond to mutual concerns and opportunities. What makes CEPS relevant is our history and commitment to engaging with community partners through our professional academic programs; field, service-learning, and communitybased course experiences; domestic and international outreach programs; and advisory boards. Our energies center on enhancing existing programs and developing new ones, deepening our commitment to practices of engagement (with students and the community and in civic and professional venues), and strengthening our research and scholarship. The CEPS mission is to inspire minds and empower communities on a local, national and global scale. Engagement in the classroom, in the community and beyond, is what sets us apart.

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Most recently, CEPS’s growth included: • Converting the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree to more accurately reflect the specialization of clinical/medical social work; • Reconstructing the Curriculum and Instruction Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree; • Adding a new specialization to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral degree, Curriculum and Assessment; • Welcoming 23 new faculty and staff members from across the country and throughout the world; • Introducing a CEPS Post-Doctoral Faculty Program; • Expanding institutional partnerships, including collaborations with Florida law schools to support express admissions from UWF bachelors programs, hosting regional, national and international conferences, and working with government programs to serve students of military families; • Sponsoring innovative research and practices in support of STEM education; • Enhancing external funding through grants, contracted services, awards, and the significant generosity provided by our donors. As I begin my third year at UWF, I am encouraged by the promise and many opportunities for CEPS to engage with it various stakeholders. Whether you are a student, alumni, faculty, staff or a community partner, it is a great time to join UWF and CEPS in celebrating its journey into its next fifty years.

Inside the Report By the Numbers ......................................................................................................... 4 Advancing Directions ............................................................................................... 5 Rite of Passage ............................................................................................................ 6 Outstanding Faculty .................................................................................................. 7 Faculty Research ........................................................................................................ 8 Exposure to Experienced Practitioners ................................................................ 10 Engaging Programs ................................................................................................. 14 Outstanding Students .............................................................................................. 18 Outstanding Alumni ............................................................................................... 20 Outstanding Partnerships ....................................................................................... 21 Generous Donations ................................................................................................ 23

Contributions Thank you to our staff, faculty and contributing authors for making this publication possible. On the Cover: Dr. John Pecore, Teacher Education and Educational Leadership (TEEL), spends time working with the students and teachers at the Educational Research Center for Child Development (ERCCD). Dr. Pecore received Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor in 2015 for his outstanding performance at the College of Education and Professional Studies.

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By the Numbers





Aerospace Studies Criminal Justice Instructional Workforce and Applied Technology Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sport Management Military Science Research and Advanced Studies Social Work Teacher Education and Educational Leadership

Bachelors: Career and Technical Education Criminal Justice Elementary Education Engineering Technology Exceptional Student Education Information Technology Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Legal Studies Social Work Sport Management

Masters: Administration College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) Criminal Justice Curriculum and Instruction Educational Leadership Exceptional Student Education Instructional Design and Technology Reading Social Work

Specialist: Curriculum and Instruction

Doctorate: Curriculum and Instruction

General Operating Budget

$14,813,455 Student Enrollment


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Scholarship Awards


Advancing Directions Scholarship Process

Graduate Students

The College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is piloting an automated scholarship awarding process. The process uses MyUWF with the new UWF Scholarship Portal application. Students now only have to complete one application to automatically be considered for all scholarships that are offered by the college. With onboarding taking place in the summer of 2016, the new process is helping the college to better meet program needs. During its initial stages, the new scholarship process has already proven successful through a drastic increase in scholarship applications, which soared from 246 to a total of 856 during just the first month of operations alone.

The college was awarded Financial Enhancement Awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. These awards will positively impact CEPS graduate students. The allocation of funds will go to programs of strategic emphasis, recruiting, retention and other programspecific strategies. The requirements for receiving a CEPS Financial Enhancement Award include a minimum 3.0 GPA, a valid FASFA, full-time student enrollment, and domestic student status.

Program Development

Moving Forward

The College of Education and Professional Studies worked on further developing many of its various program offerings during the 2015–2016 year.

During the 2015–2016 year, the College of Education and Professional Studies made updates to the college to sustain its ever-growing population.

Within the Department of Research and Advanced Studies (RAS), all core courses were modified, along with the core courses for each specialization. The Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D. specializations, were each analyzed and improved upon, and the Administration and Leadership Studies specialization was completely restructured. These changes were made to enhance the department’s delivery of quality and exceptional student experience.

The college completed a number of facility renovations to all six buildings. Classrooms were remodeled and offices were added in order to accommodate the college’s growth. Building improvements for the college included new furniture, updates to drainage and HVAC systems, infrastructure remodeling and landscape beautification.

The Department of Social Work (SOW) is preparing for a re-accreditation review, and was recently successful in changing the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) for their clinical social work program to clinical/ medical social work. The Instructional Workforce and Applied Technology (IWAT) department revamped their Instructional Design Technology program, and delivered camps for Discovery Spot — a tech playground for middle and high school students. These camps provide the opportunity for community youth to experience their interest in STEM. The Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership (TEEL) created a new specialization program for the doctor of education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. The specialization (Curriculum and Assessment) will prepare graduates for positions in P-12 and higher education settings in which they will develop and assess curricula, collect and analyze data, and use results to inform policy and practice.

The CEPS Advising Center was established in the fall of 2015. The center serves as a one-stop location for all CEPS advising needs. Our professional advisors are dedicated to helping CEPS students achieve their academic goals. Additionally, the college is showcasing faculty engagement in the departmental office hallways through framed photographs of faculty working with students, conducting field research, collaborating with peers and doing what they enjoy the most. Additional facility improvements will be completed in the upcoming semesters to include a new seminar room, computer lab, and teacher simulation lab. From technology updates to building development, the college will now be better equipped to meet the needs of CEPS students, faculty and staff.

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Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Martha Saunders joins Dr. Carla Thompson at her Rite of Passage lecture, “Forever Changed.”

Rite of Passage

Celebrating UWF Faculty Promotion to Full Professor By: Payton Anderson, Photograph: John Blackie The Rite of Passage lecture series celebrates university faculty who have been recently promoted to full professor. The series gives professors the opportunity to share life lessons outside of the classroom with colleagues, students, friends and community members. The 2015-2016 College of Education and Professional Studies faculty promoted to full professor are as follows.

Dr. Matthew Crow, a professor and chair in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, presented “From there to here, here to there… and the worm that got away.” He joined UWF after earning his doctoral and master’s degrees from Florida State University and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Today, he teaches courses focusing on the courts, policing, criminal justice theory and criminological theory. In 2012, Crow was identified as a University of West Florida Faculty Distinguished Research and Creative Activities Scholar. His research has appeared in many scholarly journals and has been recognized by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Dr. Kimberly McCorkle, a professor of legal studies and

chair in the Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sport Management, presented her lecture “At the Intersection of the Law and the Academy.” She served as associate dean in the College of Education and Professional Studies for six years, and currently serves as administrative fellow for the 6 | College of Education and Professional Studies

Provost’s Office. McCorkle is the faculty sponsor for the UWF Mock Trial Team, and she also teaches courses in legal advocacy, evidence, domestic violence law and criminal law. Before coming to UWF in 2002, McCorkle worked as a prosecutor in the Florida First Judicial Circuit. Her primary research interests include domestic violence policy and legislation, intimate partner and family homicide, and police practices. McCorkle recently co-authored “American Homicide,” a textbook published by SAGE Publishing in February 2016.

Dr. Carla Thompson, professor of research and advanced

statistics, presented her lecture titled, “Forever Changed.” Prior to joining UWF in 2006, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in mathematics education. She also served in K-12 schools as a faculty member and associate dean at four institutions in Oklahoma over a period of 34 years. Thompson’s doctoral degree in education is focused on educational research, statistics and evaluation. She currently serves on several boards for community service agencies, and in 2007 she founded the UWF Community Outreach Research and Learning Center, where she has spearheaded more than 100 community-based research projects. Additionally, Thompson has been awarded 62 state and federal grants totaling over $8 million and has served as a national reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Her personal research agenda is currently focused on mathematics anxiety in children and adults.

Outstanding Faculty Awards, Achievements and Recognitions

In April, at the College of Education and Professional Studies Annual Showcase, three well-deserving faculty members were honored for their outstanding contributions.

Dr. Frank Ferdik, assistant professor in the Department of

Criminology and Criminal Justice, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 CEPS Faculty Research Award. Dr. Ferdik was selected based on the significant scholarship he contributed in his field during the previous year, which included numerous peerreviewed articles in top-tier journals and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) involvement. The contributions Dr. Ferdik made over the past year supported the advancement of knowledge, collegiality, student engagement and community involvement.

Dr. Kathleen Heubach, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 CEPS Faculty Service Award. Dr. Heubach was recognized for her service efforts in the larger community to include her role in the U.S. HUD application for a Promise Zone designation to address needs in the highest poverty areas of Pensacola, and her involvement in the Santa Rosa Tutor Mentor program.

Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen, assistant professor in the

Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 CEPS Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Nguyen was recognized for her efforts in guiding, supporting and encouraging her students through the creation of opportunities that allow them to experience unique and practical teaching.

Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen receives the 2016 CEPS Faculty Teaching Award.

Doctoral Faculty A new group of faculty was designated as “Doctoral Faculty� after being recommended and approved by the Ed. D. Committee Policy Group. This designation recognizes the faculty qualifications to serve on dissertation committees as the chair, methodologist or subject matter experts. John Azzaretto Leasha Barry William Crawley Matthew Crow Holly Ellis Bill Evans Trudi Gaines

Francis Godwyll Nancy Hastings Byron Havard Joseph Herzog Richard Hough Susie Jans-Thomas Jerry Johnson

Kathy Johnson Craig Jones Giang-Nguyen Nguyen John Pecore John Platt Diane Scott Dave Stout

Carla Thompson Pat Wentz Keith Whinnery Stacie Whinnery Sherri Zimmerman

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Body-Worn Cameras Study Conducted by UWF Faculty

By: Mike Ensley, Photograph: John Blackie A first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at the University of West Florida and Florida Atlantic University found that officer use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) is strongly supported among law enforcement officials. The paper, “Police-Worn Body Cameras: Perceptions of Law Enforcement Leadership,” revealed that half of the law enforcement leadership that were surveyed support the use of BWCs.

are at their lowest level since 1993. BWCs are a response to that mistrust, Crow said. “The use of BWCs has developed quickly as a response to public outcry,” he said. “Many in leadership see their use as a positive thing, as it will be available if a situation arises.” The paper also revealed: - Law enforcement was polarized in what effect BWCs will have on officers performing their job duties. Approximately as many respondents agree/strongly agree as disagree/strongly disagree that BWCs will help police officers do their job and that BWCs will be a distraction for officers and impede their ability to properly react to emergency situations. - On the issue of privacy, two out of three respondents do not believe that BWCs are an invasion of a police officer’s privacy, but they are evenly split on whether BWCs are an invasion of citizens’ privacy.

Dr. Matthew Crow, chair of the UWF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. “Law enforcement leadership sees BWCs as a way for the officers to tell their side of the story,” said Dr. Matthew Crow, chair of the University of West Florida Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Crow, working with UWF colleague Dr. Jamie Snyder, and Drs. John Smykla and Vaughn Crichlow from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, surveyed “a large Southern county with 27 local law enforcement agencies, home to a number of state and federal law enforcement agencies, and a population of approximately 1.3 million people” to gauge their thoughts on the new technology. After several high-profile officer-involved shootings, including the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH, public trust in law enforcement has slipped considerably. According to a recent Gallup poll, those numbers

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- Fifty percent of respondents believe that BWCs will improve citizen behavior during interactions with the police, and 43.5 percent believe BWCs will improve citizens’ views of police legitimacy. At the same time, however, 45.9 percent of command staff believe that BWCs will make citizens and witnesses more reluctant to talk to police.

- Almost 60 percent agree/strongly agree that the media will use data from BWCs to embarrass or persecute police, and two-thirds agree/strongly agree that the use of BWCs is supported by the public because society does not trust police. Furthermore, 6 out of 10 agree/strongly agree that pressure to implement BWCs comes from the media. However, when asked if there was pressure to implement BWCs from city/state government, no discernible pattern emerged. The next phase of the project will focus on the public’s perception of BWCs. Data collection has already begun, as the research team is working with the UWF Haas Center to conduct surveys to look at where opinions stand outside of law enforcement.

Dr. Karen Saucier Lundy, professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi, speaks during the Research for Sensitive Populations Conference.

Research Integrity

Research for Sensitive Populations Conference By: Brandy Allport, Photograph: Michael Spooneybarger In February, dozens of experts gathered at the Hampton Inn in Pensacola to discuss and develop guidelines relating to the integrity of research when sensitive populations such as veterans, the elderly, the homeless and other special needs groups are the subject. Research integrity involves the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research and reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines and following commonly accepted professional codes or norms. “There is so much to consider with new and ongoing issues,” said Dr. Angela Blackburn from University of West Florida’s Department of Nursing. “For example, how do we address research through new technology such as social media, and how do we educate new researchers and make sure guideline are user friendly for them?” Conference organizer and principal investigator Dr. Carla Thompson, director of the University of West Florida’s Community Outreach Research and Learning Center, said in her group address that the Gulf Coast region has a strong presence of sensitive and vulnerable populations that includes caregivers,

elderly and aging, adolescents and veterans who are homeless, hurricane and oil spill disaster victims, and military personnel. During the sessions, which included four keynote speakers, the barriers that arise when attempting to conduct research with sensitive populations were discussed. Using the nine principles of responsible conduct of research, the attendees then drafted guidelines to overcome these obstacles. Over the next few weeks, these guidelines will be revised and edited into a monograph for submission to the U.S. Office of Research Integrity. The twoday conference was one of five funded through grants awarded through this federal office, which oversees and directs public health service research integrity activities on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Where do we go from here?” Dr. Thompson asked at the end of the conference. “We will continue working online, and we can proceed with all the transcriptions from the sessions and use all the notes and PowerPoints. We will put everything together and start a draft. The goal is to have a monograph by July.” Speakers included Dr. Karen Saucier, from the University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Pamela B. Teaster, from Virginia Tech; Dr. Lindsey L. Monteith, from University of Colorado; and Dr. Karen Barber, from Santa Rosa County Schools. Workgroup leaders included Dr. Blackburn, Dr. Kyle Hurst from USAF’s Hurlburt Field and Drs. Daniel Drost and Rodney Guttmann from UWF’s Center for Aging. 2015 - 2016 Annual Report | 9

NCAA President Mark Emmert and UWF President Judy Bense join Dr. Matthew Ruckman, assistant chair of the Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sports Management for a panel discussion.

Executive Leadership From the Classroom to the Boardroom

By: Ashley Kahn Salley, Photograph: John Blackie NCAA President Mark Emmert and University of West Florida President Judy Bense held a panel discussion titled “Executive Leadership: From the Classroom to the Boardroom,” as part of Emmert’s visit to UWF last spring. The event was hosted by the UWF Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sport Management. The event focused on leadership development, as Emmert and Bense shared stories and lessons learned about their journeys to executive positions at universities and associations. Questions from students were submitted in advance of the panel discussion, as well as before and during the event via Twitter. UWF students, faculty and staff sought answers to thoughtful questions including, “How do you inspire innovation in your workforce?” and “What are the most important traits of successful leaders today?” Dr. Matthew Ruckman, assistant chair of the UWF Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sport Management, organized the executive leadership event. “Overall, I was really happy with the student turnout,” Ruckman said. “It was great to hear Dr. Emmert and Dr. Bense give the students advice about how they can move forward in their careers and what they need to focus on to be successful long-term.” 10 | College of Education and Professional Studies

Mark Chasteen, a junior in sport management at UWF, was especially touched by how approachable Emmert was ­­— staying to interact with students and take photographs even after the discussion concluded. His greatest takeaway was learning about failure and perseverance. “They said it’s okay to fail. You can’t learn just by being successful all the time,” Chasteen said. “If you really set your mind to it, and you are determined enough, no one can stop you.” Danielle Rodriguez, a member of the executive board of the Sport Management Student Association who graduated this spring with degrees in sport management and marketing, said the talk inspired her to keep trying and take more risks. Because of Emmert’s visit, she now plans to broaden the scope of her job search. “Personally, wanting to get to that level of executive leadership, it was really great to be able to talk to someone who is there,” Rodriguez said. Dr. Ruckman hopes the students will have a better understanding of the roles they may aspire to after meeting the NCAA president. “I think a lot of the students in sport management got into the program because they love sports, but they don’t fully realize all of the career possibilities available to them,” Ruckman said. “Mark Emmert is a great example of what you can do in this business.”

George Dekle Lecture Lead Prosecutor in Ted Bundy Case

By: Josie Leonard, Photograph: John Blackie The University of West Florida’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice hosted George R. Dekle Sr. as he discussed the investigation, prosecution and execution of Ted Bundy. Dekle, a professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, served as the lead prosecutor in the late-1979 case, where Bundy stood trial for the kidnapping and murder of an eighth grade student. Bundy was captured in Pensacola on February 15, 1978 — five days after being added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was convicted in February 1980, receiving his third death penalty sentence. Dekle also was integrally involved in the post-conviction defense of the judgment and death warrant and served as an official witness to Bundy’s execution at Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989. During the lecture, Dekle gave the UWF community direct insight into the investigation of Ted Bundy, with a detailed playby-play of Bundy’s crimes. Dekle recalled every event, eyewitness account, weapon, location and vehicle that Bundy used during his mass murder spree. According to Dekle, as the police added up all of the clues, they were able to link Bundy to several killings in Florida. Investigators formed a task force to keep agencies from working against each other as the media headlined story developments as “one plus

one.” With Dekle appointed as the sole media spokesperson on the case, he was able to block out the media on the case until the victims were actually found. Currently, Dekle serves as the director of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Additionally, he is the assistant director of the Criminal Justice Center and a master lecturer for the Levin College of Law, where he teaches prosecutorial ethics, Florida criminal procedure, and criminal clinic – prosecution. A member of the Florida Bar Association for 43 years, Dekle has authored a number of books and professional publications including, “The Last Murder: The Investigation, Prosecution, and Execution of Ted Bundy.” Before joining the faculty at the Levin College of Law, Dekle was one of Florida’s most distinguished prosecutors from 1975 to 2005, with a two-year stint as an assistant public defender prior to that. Dr. Matthew Crow, chair of the UWF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was the driving force behind organizing the Dekle lecture at UWF. “George Dekle’s lecture on the Ted Bundy case was a great way for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice to connect with the community,” Crow said. “The event was very well-attended by UWF students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the local community. The feedback we received was very positive.”

George R. Dekle Sr., lead prosecutor in the Ted Bundy Case, visits UWF to discuss the investigation, prosecution and execution of Ted Bundy.

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President of the Florida Bar Association, Ramon Abadin, talks to UWF students about the future practice of law.

President of Florida Bar Using Professionalism as a Survival Strategy

In February, the University of West Florida’s Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sports Management hosted the president of the Florida Bar Association, Ramon Abadin.

websites that solve contract dispute cases. Virtual law firms are now competing for business online, charging a fraction of the cost compared to traditional firms. With the ever-changing world of technology, lawyers and legal practitioners must know how to adapt and develop a new mindset.

President Abadin came to talk to UWF students about the future practice of law and how to use professionalism as a survival strategy.

“Don’t just think like a lawyer. Think like a consumer,” the president told students. He left the students with three pieces of advice: Differentiate yourself. Be professional. Stay relevant.

He discussed the current state of the legal profession with a special emphasis on the changing role of technology in the practice of law. His mission in coming to UWF was to connect with the next generation of attorneys, and to emphasize the important work of lawyers in service to others.

President Abadin received his bachelor of arts from Tulane University in 1981. He then continued his education at Loyola University, School of Law where he earned his juris doctor in 1985. He has 29 years of experience as a practicing attorney, during which time he also served on countless committees and on other bar associated activities. Currently, Abadin is a partner at Sedgwick LLP. As president, he will be working to educate Florida Bar members on how the legal profession needs to adapt to the changes that have already taken place in the legal marketplace.

By: Josie Leonard, Photograph: John Blackie

President Abadin firmly believes that technology is drastically altering the legal landscape and that it is important for law students and their mentors to understand that. “If the Florida Bar is going to survive, what it needs is completely radical, unconventional thinking. It needs to let go,” the president told reporter Jan Pudlow for The Florida Bar Journal. During the visit, President Abadin stressed that technology has changed everything in the practice of law. Recent changes include tech-based platforms from legal research databases to 12 | College of Education and Professional Studies

“We are thrilled we were able to offer this educational opportunity for our students to hear President Abadin reflect on how the legal profession is changing,” said Professor Kimberly McCorkle, chair of the Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sport Management. “This topic is timely and valuable for the next generation of lawyers that we are preparing.”

A Day In Court

Legal Studies Students Visit Florida Supreme Court By: Ashley Kahn Salley, Photograph: Dr. Susan Harrell This spring, University of West Florida legal studies students had their day in court. The trip was a long time coming, according to Dr. Kimberly McCorkle, chair of the UWF Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sport Management. Plans came together when oral arguments at the Florida Supreme Court coincided with UWF’s spring break. Moving forward, the trip will become an annual experience available to UWF legal studies students. Students participated in the trip at no cost as a result of donations from the legal studies advisory board. Expenses included travel, meals and an overnight hotel stay, followed by a full day in court. The trip was open to UWF legal studies majors and minors. Priority was given to students enrolled in Legal Advocacy, the capstone course for majors taken by graduating seniors. Thirty-four students attended, led by three faculty members including Dr. McCorkle, Associate Professor Susan Harrell and Assistant Professor Charlie Penrod. UWF adjunct professor, Valencia Davis, who works as the chief law clerk for Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, helped to facilitate the trip.

After lunch, the students had the opportunity to meet three of the justices, who took off their black robes and spoke candidly about how they got there and what it was like. McCorkle likens it to going backstage with rock stars after a concert. Chief Justice Labarga, along with Justices Peggy Quince and James Perry, stayed with UWF students for an hour answering questions. Next, students conducted a hypothetical Fourth Amendment search and seizure case, with some actually sitting in the justice’s chair and others at the counselors’ tables. “Here at UWF, there is a renewed focus university-wide on experiential learning, which is so important because they can see

“The Florida Supreme Court is open to the public, but I don’t know of UWF legal students and faculty visit other undergraduate programs that the Florida Supreme Court. have had a full-day experience like this,” said McCorkle, who is also an administrative fellow in the that what they are learning matters, and how it matters,” UWF Division of Academic Affairs. “It was so well-received by McCorkle said. “It introduces them to what they will be doing in our students and such an exceptional learning experience.” their profession and enriches their experience so much.” Students spent the entire day in Tallahassee, beginning with an orientation about how the Florida Supreme Court works, the types of cases it hears and its jurisdiction. The chief justice recognized UWF and welcomed the students at the beginning of the court session. Before lunch, they observed four oral arguments, including one for a death penalty case. “To say we got to watch a case that had an impact on life or death is not overstating it,” McCorkle said. “We also had the opportunity to observe three lawyer discipline cases, which was a valuable lesson in professionalism, as most of our students aspire to go to law school and become lawyers.”

Legal studies major Haleigh Pascoe says the trip gave her a new perspective on the legal system and opened her eyes to new areas of the law that she may want to practice. “It’s my personal belief that experience is the best teacher. Sitting in a classroom and absorbing the information presented to you by your professors is helpful to an extent, but experiences are the things you remember for the rest of your life,” Pascoe said. “These kinds of opportunities allow students to solidify and apply the concepts they’ve learned in class, which serves to further understanding.”

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Senior education major Katherine Folse works with second graders at East Milton Elementary School.

Santa Rosa Mentoring Program a ‘Win-Win’

By: Brandy Allport, Photographs: Michael Spooneybarger Three second-grade students sit around a table shaped like a semicircle. They read “Rumplestiltskin” aloud. Two whisper, and one uses a normal tone of voice. Their teacher, Katherine Folse, follows along, stopping to call attention to certain vocabulary words: muttered, sobbed and strode. They pause and discuss meanings before turning back to the story. The group is at East Milton Elementary School. Folse, a senior majoring in education at the University of West Florida, is a mentor in the Santa Rosa Tutor/Mentor program, which is a partnership between the Institute for Innovative Community Learning at UWF and the Santa Rosa County School District. UWF education students like Folse, who participate in the tutor/ mentor program, get paid to conduct small group instruction in support of classroom teachers. There are about 30 mentors in 14 schools in the Santa Rosa district. “This program grew out of a collaboration, and it meets the needs of the district as well as the needs of our students,” said Dr. Kathleen Heubach, director of the UWF institute. The district needs personnel to help implement its early intervention learning program for reading in grades kindergarten through fifth, and UWF education students gain experience working and teaching in a classroom. 14 | College of Education and Professional Studies

Folse calls the situation a win-win. “Anyone who is an education major should consider doing the mentor program,” Folse said. “You get to go into a variety of classrooms and see a variety of teaching styles. From lecture to the real life of the classroom, the experiences really bridge to each other.” To become a mentor, the student must go through a selection process in the education department of the College of Education and Professional Studies, according to Dr. Dana Boddy, program coordinator. They submit three references and must have a 3.0 GPA. Students are eligible to mentor during their junior and senior years. “The biggest indicator that the program is working is that the principals have continued to ask for the mentors and have continued to allocate money to fund utilizing them,” said Dr. Karen Barber, director of federal programs for Santa Rosa County School District. Barber said the program is in its seventh year and hundreds of UWF education students have participated in it. The mentors get one full day of training, and then the rest of the training happens on the job. The mentors work with teachers at the schools whose job it is to oversee specialized instruction. The specialists model small-group reading lessons for the mentor as many times as needed. Then, the mentor begins to teach the lesson, and the specialist observes. The specialist continues to

“Our mentors are getting invaluable experience not only in learning skills for teaching reading but in learning about classroom management,” Heubach said. Folse, who spends three hours Monday through Friday working in second and third grade classrooms at East Milton, agrees. She said that when it comes to classroom management, her experience with the small reading groups has revealed that consistency is key. “Do not send mixed messages, and stick to what you say,” Folse said. “Let students know exactly what you expect of them.”

Our mentors are getting invaluable experience not only in learning skills for teaching reading but in learning about classroom management.

supervise and serve as a source of direction and support for the mentors throughout the school year.

Dr. Kathleen Heubach

Director of the UWF institute Dr. Kathleen Heubach and program coordinator Dr. Dana Boddy work with senior education major Katherine Folse and Santa Rosa County School District representatives.

30 Mentors

Mentors must go through a selection process in the education department, and must meet the following qualifications: - be a junior or senior - have and maintain a 3.0 GPA - submit three references

14 Schools

The schools in the Santa Rosa County School District use UWF mentors to help implement their early intervention learning program for reading in grades kindergarten through five.

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Discovery Spot Hands-On STEM Experiences

By: Brandy Allport, Photographs: Michael Spooneybarger Students conferred with each other, asked questions and looked at a three-dimensional rendering of the Starship Enterprise as a model to create their own spacecraft during Tuesday morning’s Discovery Spot camp. Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga, an associate professor at UWF, helps students using 123D Design during the Discovery Spot camp. “Discovery Spot is a technology-rich playground that provides an innovative space for students in grades 5-12 to experience state of the art technology in various STEM disciplines,” said Dr. Prayaga, associate professor of information engineering technology and networking and communications in the College of Education and Professional Studies. “The goal of the project is to maximize the use of technology as a hook to pique the curiosity of students in STEM.” Nolan Basel, 13, of Thomas L. Sims Middle School in Pace, discussed a cone versus dome shape for his spaceship, as he considered how to eliminate drag during flight. He also debated where to mount weapons before deciding on a color for his ship: titanium.

Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga helps students using 123D Design during the Discovery Spot summer camp at UWF.

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“This … is a place to let kids’ curiosity rule their design and ideas,” Prayaga, said. Prayaga led the Discovery Spot session with the help of six undergraduates who served as mentors to the more than 30 middle and high school students in the camp. To create their spaceships, the campers used a 3-D software printing program called 123D Design. Besides 3-D modeling, participants got experience in doing animation, gaming, robotics and in developing mobile apps. Prayaga said the stated goals of the camp are to: - Prepare students with workforce ready skills that use core cognates from their formal education. - Engage students with a technology-rich learning environment that calls for higher order thinking skills such as analysis, application and creativity. - Promote both technical content-related skills and other soft skills such as collaboration and communication, which are critical to success.

118 Students

Middle and high school students participated in the Discovery Spot camps. Over the summer of 2016, there were a total of four camps, each lasting a week. 118 students registered for the 2016 Discovery Spot camps.



Discovery Spot gives students the opportunity to engage in various STEM projects. Over the course of the camps, students will have the opportunity to participate in 3D gaming, 3D modeling, laser and fiber optics, mobile app development and 3D printing.

Sami Humeda, 14, and Dillon Dissanayake, 14, use 123D Design during the Discovery Spot summer camp at UWF.

“To know how machines work gives you an advantage in the work place,” he said. “I came here because I want to learn about programming and coding. Plus, it’s fun.” Prayaga said she knows the camp is successful because campers returned this year after last year’s inaugural session, and parents asked for resources to help kids continue the learning and projects they began at the camp. “Our goal is to do some online and after-school programming, perhaps starting in the fall or the spring,” Prayaga said.

We call this a technology playground; it’s a place to let kids’ curiosity rule their design and ideas.

Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga

Sami Humeda, 14, attended the camp and described it as “extremely helpful.” Humeda will be a freshman at Pensacola High School in the fall and wants to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon.

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Outstanding Students Achievements, Awards and Accomplishments

2016 UWF Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award. In addition, she was awarded the 2016­-2017 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Oriented Services, which she will begin after she graduates with her MSW in San Diego, CA. Both the award and the fellowship are very competitive and prestigious.

Hayley Musick

Legal studies undergraduate student, Hayley Musick, received a scholarship from the Florida Sheriff ’s Association. Hayley is also a member of the UWF Mock Trial Team and earned an Outstanding Witness Award at the regional competition in Orlando last February. Hayley anticipates graduating from UWF in the spring of 2017, and will then pursue a career as a paralegal or in mediation.

Air Force ROTC Students and Cadets

UWF Army ROTC Cadet Hakeem Douglas was selected as honor graduate at the Basic Airborne Course.

Hakeem Douglas

UWF Army ROTC Cadet Hakeem Douglas was selected as honor graduate at the Basic Airborne Course, Fort Benning, GA on July 17, 2015. Airborne soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women, people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When one volunteers for this training, they accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The airborne soldiers of the past set high standards — it is now up to CDT Douglas to maintain them!

Caleb Goodson

Cadet Caleb Goodson showed outstanding performance while attending the Army Air Assault School in May 2016. A total of 75 active/reserve soldiers and cadets started in his class, but in the end, only 35 graduated. Out of those 35 graduates, Cadet Goodson came in second overall. The U.S. Army Air Assault School is a ten day course that focuses on combat assault operations involving U.S. Army rotary-wing aircraft. The Air Assault course is physically and mentally demanding, as soldiers are required to handle heavy equipment and perform dangerous tasks under extremely stressful conditions.

Lori Lombardo

Master of Social Work student, Lori Lombardo, was awarded the 18 | College of Education and Professional Studies

Ten students and cadets from the University of West Florida’s Air Force ROTC program graduated and earned their commission as 2Lts in the USAF. To meet this requirement, they had to pass a rigorous four year officer training program offered by the Department of Aerospace Studies. This training program included 16 semester hours of academics, a corresponding weekly leadership laboratory, a demanding physical fitness regimen, as well as countless hours of involvement in campus and community service. Each of these new officers will enter the active duty service, or reserves, within the next year and will serve in their selected career fields. The following cadets were commissioned: Nikita L. Guillaume: Public Affairs Natalie R. King: Air Battle Manager Noah D. Lindsey: Intelligence Scarlett L. Majors: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot John Michael A. Morales: Cyberspace Operations Helen C. Tanner: Logistics Therese A. Thomson: Air Battle Manager Collin H. Tuthill: Pilot Ryan P. Wahl: Air Battle Manager Christopher J. Waldron: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot

Emerge Scholars

This year, the College of Education and Professional Studies had 8 Emerge Scholars. They have earned the distinction of Emerge Scholar by developing professional skills, and have proven that they have the talent and drive to succeed in the 21st century. The 2015–2016 Emerge Scholars are as follows: John Carey, Katharine Daniels, Latricia Laurant, Lori Lombardo, Michelle Mackin, Heather McLeod, Lisa Vargo, Jessica Urbaniak.

Mother and daughter graduates Tami and Elizabeth Wright smile proudly with their social work instructor Janet Albury.

Like Mother, Like Daughter For students Tami and Elizabeth Wright, they are more than just college students together, they are mother and daughter. Both pursued a degree in social work to help others and to help create a better society for future generations. They wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, and that is what social work is all about. Mother, Tami, worked as a medical technologist for over twenty years before figuring out what she really wanted to do for the rest of her working career. While daughter, Elizabeth, knew that social work was her professional calling since she was a junior in high school. Both graduates plan to return to UWF for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

Elizabeth Wright

Tami Wright

Q: Which part of the College of Education and Professional Studies made the biggest difference? My favorite part about being in CEPS was the internship components of our degree. Being able to participate in a field study that was relevant to the degree was a great way to apply what I had learned in the classroom. The experience that I gained through my internship is something that really could not be matched by any amount of classroom curriculum. Q: What is the best part about graduating with your mom? We were able to do it together. It was unreal sitting next to my mom in our caps and gowns. Being nervous about walking was something that we both shared, but knowing that we would be walking onto the stage together made it better in so many ways.

Q: Why did you decide to return to school? One of the main reasons I decided to finish my degree was to fulfill a promise I made to my grandmother on her deathbed many years ago. Although I had taken classes throughout the years, my military service (and my husband’s service) prevented me from being in one place long enough to finish my degree. I have now fulfilled that promise and hope to exceed those expectations. Q: Which professor/mentor has made the biggest impact on your success here at UWF? I think all of them have in one way or another. The social work department has a great group of professors who have inspired me in one or more aspects of social work. 2015 - 2016 Annual Report | 19

Alumna Brittany Austin is honored as the City of Pensacola’s Employee of the Month by Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Outstanding Alumni Graduates with Remarkable Achievements

Photograph: City of Pensacola The College of Education and Professional Studies recognized three outstanding alumni at the 2016 Annual Showcase. These outstanding alumni were chosen based on their remarkable achievements and the positive impacts they make. We are proud of the work each of our alumni contributes to make our college and the university outstanding.

Brittany Austin, B.A. and M.S. in Criminal Justice

Brittany Austin is an alumna of UWF’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Brittany earned her bachelor of arts in criminal justice in 2009 and her master of science in criminal justice in 2010. Soon after graduation, Brittany joined the Pensacola Police Department (PPD) as an officer. During her four years at PPD, Brittany has spearheaded a campaign to collect bicycles for local children in need. She was recently honored as the City of Pensacola’s Employee of the Month for her dedication to the community and for her service as a police officer. Aside from working for the PPD, Brittany also serves as an adjunct instructor in UWF’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Charles Bare, M.P.A. and B.A. in Legal Administration Charles Bare is a double UWF alumni. He received both his master of public administration from UWF in 1994 and a bachelor of arts in legal administration in 1992. He was elected 20 | College of Education and Professional Studies

to the Pensacola City Council in 2012 and currently serves as the council president. Charles is active in the Florida League of Cities, where he serves on the Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Federal Action Strike Team. He also completed all three phases of the Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. In 2003, Charles was deployed in the U.S. Army for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served both in Iraq, as an economics & commerce officer, and in Kuwait, as the director of Special Projects for the Humanitarian Operations Center ­— a multi-national organization. Charles also spent a year as the District Representative for Congressman Jeff Miller. Charles is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola, Leadership Santa Rosa, and the West Florida Leadership Academy.

Janice Thomas, B.S.W.

Ms. Janice Thomas, serving as the new, legislatively-created assistant secretary for child welfare, has been a valuable member of the Florida Department of Children and Families Team for over three decades. Her experience with the department spans a number of services including child protective investigations, child protective services, foster care, adoptions, adult protective investigations and economic self-sufficiency. Her years of knowledge, passion for the mission and hands-on experience in the field give her a unique perspective to continue the positive progress to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the UWF Department of Social Work.

Outstanding Partnerships Community Friends of the College

Photograph: Josie Leonard

Alison Brantley, Brentwood Elementary School

Local teacher, Mrs. Alison Brantley, works at the College of Education and Professional Studies partnership school Brentwood Elementary. She is a teacher mentor for CEPS teacher education students and provides them with many impactful educational experiences. UWF student Jessica Hudson was mentored by Mrs. Brantley last year and wrote: “She has taught me how to manage a classroom with a simple behavior management system that I plan to use in my classroom next year. I love her!� We thank Mrs. Alison Brantley for her tireless dedication to CEPS students.

C.A. Weis Community School

The C.A. Weis Community School is an initiative that represents a confluence of the interests, capacities, and resources within CEPS and the larger UWF and Pensacola communities. The overarching purpose of a community school is to address non-academic challenges to effective schools and thriving communities. The varied areas of expertise within CEPS position the college well to contribute, and has provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn and grow with our external partners.

Clark Partington

Clark Partington Law Firm and their firm administrator, Mr. Gary Swisher, have been terrific supporters of the UWF Legal Studies Program for many years. Mr. Swisher serves on the Legal Studies

Advisory Board, and over the past two years the firm has generously donated funding for student scholarships and for student travel to the Florida Supreme Court. The firm has also supervised student interns and provided them valuable educational experiences.

EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless

The UWF Department of Social Work partners with the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless every year to assist them with data collection on homeless veterans during its Point in Time count events. This wonderful partnership makes it possible for numerous social work students, and students from other disciplines, to have active learning opportunities in the community. The mission of the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless is to prevent and eliminate homelessness. The coalition has been a dedicated partner with the Department of Social Work for many years, and CEPS greatly appreciates the opportunity to partner with such a valuable community agency.

Jeanie Pearson, Berryhill Elementary School

Mrs. Jeanie Pearson is a local teacher in the Santa Rosa County School District. She serves as a teacher mentor for CEPS teacher education students and positively and meaningfully impacts them in many ways. This past year, she supervised UWF teacher education student, Jamie Clifford, by helping her to make her experience in the classroom a valuable learning experience. Mrs. Pearson has been a teacher for over 30 years and she still comes into the classroom each day excited and smiling.

Outstanding community partner, Mrs. Jeanie Pearson of Berryhill Elementary School, stands with her friends and family at the CEPS Annual Showcase.

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Internal Funding Center for Research and Economic Opportunity

The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO) awarded a total of $79,818 to CEPS faculty to help fund various projects. Award monies supported research fellowships and research equipment.

Quality Enhancement Plan Awards

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a proposed course of action for enhancing educational quality via student learning. The College of Education and Professional Studies was awarded $23,000 in QEP awards for the 2015– 2016 academic year.

Instructional Technology Enhancement Project

Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEPs) are focused projects proposed by an individual or small team with the intention of exploring new applications of instructional technology. During the 2015–2016 academic year, CEPS faculty were awarded a combined total of $13,800.

Grants & Contracts The College of Education and Professional Studies received over $2 million dollars in grants and contracts during the 2015–2016 fiscal year to include: The Office of Research Integrity awarded $49,950 to the Department of Research and Advanced Studies and the CORAL Center. This prestigious grant was given for UWF to host a conference to discuss and develop guidelines relating to the integrity of research for sensitive populations. Among those grants, Santa Rosa County School District awarded UWF’s Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership $337,000 to develop the Santa Rosa Mentoring Program. The Santa Rosa County School District awarded an additional $13,998 to the department for the implementation of school leader simulations within Santa Rosa County. The Department of Social Work received $188,107 from the Florida Department of Children and Families to develop the DCF Title IV-E Child Welfare Ed Program at UWF. The National Writing Project awarded the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership $15,000 to continue the Summer Invitational Institute at UWF as an official NWP site.

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$102,000 Internal Funding

$130,153 Grants & Contracts


2016 National Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute led by Dr. Susan James, NWP fellow and assistant professor of teacher education and educational leadership at UWF.

Generous Donations Gifts that Make an Impact

By: Ashley Kahn Salley, Photograph: John Blackie UWF was approved as an official site for the National Writing Project in October of 2015, after hosting a successful invitational summer institute. Mrs. Pam Schwartz, a retired Escambia County School District employee, provided the books and materials for the 25 teachers who attended in the summer of 2015. This year, Mrs. Schwartz again provided an endowment to the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership to help the NWP at UWF thrive. “Giving for me is an expression of gratitude for all the people who contributed to my success in life. I was inspired to become a teacher to make a difference for our children, our future,” Schwartz said. “Literacy is the basis for students’ success.

Supporting literacy and teachers is an investment in our community’s progress, allowing me to be a participant in improving our quality of life.” The NWP at UWF would not exist without the generosity of community supporters like Schwartz, James notes, as well as long-time UWF instructor Dr. Maria Warren. “Pam Schwartz is truly a woman who understands the need for this work and has selflessly given of not just her money, but her time,” James said. “These women share our passion for literacy and have provided materials that are needed. I cannot thank them enough for their assistance.” Many thanks to Mrs. Schwartz for her passion for writing and her belief in supporting our local teachers.

A special thank you to all who supported the College of Education and Professional Studies and its diverse programs, initiatives and scholarships. You are sincerely appreciated, and we hope that you continue your support in 2016–2017. Visit to make your donation. 2015 - 2016 Annual Report | 23

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UWF College of Education and Professional Studies 2015-2016 Annual Report  

Read about the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) at the University of West Florida. In the 2015-2016 Annual Report, CEPS...

UWF College of Education and Professional Studies 2015-2016 Annual Report  

Read about the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) at the University of West Florida. In the 2015-2016 Annual Report, CEPS...