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From the Dean

Post date: May 7, 2014 - 11:26am

Leadership Team Changes

  • Dr. Chris Cherry will begin June 2 as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Chris received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M and is currently Executive Director of Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. 

  • ​Due to Dr. Mary Alfred’s increased responsibilities relating to the Educating Leaders Grand Challenge,  Dr. George Cunningham will assume research oversight for the college on June 1. His title will be Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs. Dr. Alfred will continue to serve as Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 

Facilities Update

  • At their May meeting, the Board of Regents approved adding the Human Clinical Research facility to the System’s Capital Plan. The facility will be near the PEAP building and adjacent to the proposed HLKN academic building. The facility will include meeting rooms, rehab areas, assessment rooms and nursing stations.  Architect bids will be requested this month. Once an architect is chosen, the facility is expected to be open in two years. 

  • ​Dean Carr is working with architects to renovate Milner Hall. This project will begin by the end of the year and take approximately a year to complete. Once renovated, Milner will house TCALL and the Counseling Assessment Clinic.

Faculty News
Due to the extraordinary generosity of friends and colleagues, the Douglas J. Palmer Endowed Chair in Educational Psychology has been established. In recognition of his exceptional record as a researcher and educational leader, Dr. Victor Willson, head of Educational Psychology, has been named the inaugural holder of the Palmer Chair.    

Staff News
Applications are being accepted for the Peggy Ritchey Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a child or grandchild of a current or retired member of the CEHD support staff. Application deadline is July 16. Contact Jessica Alvarado for details. 

Wellness Initiative
The Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk on Thursday, May 29 at 4:00 p.m. All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. While employees should obtain approval from their supervisors to leave work early, you are not required to take annual leave to attend the event. Registration deadline is May 22. Since the University is a Chamber member, the registration fee is only $12. 

Commencement Ceremony
CEHD graduation will be held Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m.  My thanks to our faculty and staff who have provided instruction and guidance to the 830+ students who will graduate this semester. 

As the semester winds down and the summer officially begins, this will be my last newsletter until September. Please mark your calendars for our annual welcome back luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, August 20. Exact start time and location to be announced.

Post date: April 8, 2014 - 5:39pm

CEHD's New Development Officer
Mr. Jody Ford will assume the position of CEHD development officer on April 10. Jody has served as assistant director of development and as interim director of development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, director of scholarship programs for the Texas A&M Foundation, and more recently served as regional director of major gifts for the Foundation. Jody is a former student of our College, receiving his M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Please stop by the eighth floor of Harrington to introduce yourself and welcome him to the College. 

Faculty News
Dr. Bruce Thompson, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, has been selected to receive the American Psychological Association 2014 Jacob Cohen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring. This award is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring within the areas of assessment, evaluation, measurement, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and/or statistics.

Staff News
Congratulations to the Staff Advisory Council on hosting another successful Staff Development Conference. Staff with 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service to the College were recognized, along with the SAC award recipients: Stephanie Linder, student relationships; Kelly Freeman, outstanding staff support; and Justin Smith, outstanding staff supervisor.

The Brazos Valley Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has recognized several members of the dean’s office communications team. In the category of Digital Communications Channels, Allison LaRocca and Amy Powell were recognized for our Education and myCEHD websites; in the Publications area, Kathy Koza and Heather Pitts were recognized for our Transforming Lives publication; and in Publication Design and Photography within a Communication Vehicle, Heather was also recognized for her work on Transforming Lives and PEAP facility materials. 

Diversity Awards
Congratulations to the College’s Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CODI), who will be recognized with a University Diversity Award on Tuesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. in 2300C MSC.  The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Disability Services and Aggie Allies. The Diversity Awards acknowledge and honor the efforts of students, faculty and staff who strive to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in its multitude of forms at Texas A&M University.

Upcoming Events
A farewell reception for David Byrd will be held Wednesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Forsythe Gallery. Remarks will begin at 4:00 p.m.

The University’s Distinguished Achievement Award ceremony will be held Monday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio, Professor of Educational Psychology, will receive an award in Research and Dr. Lisako McKyer, Associate Professor of Health Education, will receive an award in Graduate Mentoring. The awards are sponsored by The Association of Former Students.

Until next month,

Post date: March 5, 2014 - 6:05pm

Leadership Position Changes

David Byrd, assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs, will be leaving the college at the end of April to become Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services at the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing in San Antonio.  Since David joined the college in 2000, he has served as recruiter, assistant lecturer in TLAC, director of recruitment, and his current position of assistant dean. Please join me in thanking David for his service to the college. A farewell reception will be held before his departure.

As you may know, our former director of development, Steve Blomstedt, has taken a similar position at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In collaboration with the Texas A&M Foundation, the college is actively engaged in a search for a new development officer.

Faculty News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Lynch, clinical professor in Educational Psychology, on having her SEFB 320 course recognized as the college’s first Quality Matters course. This course has gone through a formal peer review process through Quality Matters and has met the standards set by the Quality Matters Rubric for 2011-2013. 

  • Two of the College’s faculty members will be recognized at the University’s Distinguished Achievement Award ceremony, sponsored by The Association of Former Students. Dr. Lisako McKyer, Associate Professor in Health Education, will receive an award in Graduate Mentoring and Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio, professor of educational psychology, will receive an award in Research.  The awards ceremony will be held Monday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.

  • In honor of women’s history month, the dean’s office, the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, and the Center for Research in Educational Leadership are sponsoring a symposium featuring Texas A&M University faculty who conduct research on women, girls, and gender issues. The symposium will be held Monday, March 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in MSC 2405. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.  Additional information can be found here.

Staff News

Human Resources has implemented PATHways, a new staff evaluation system. While many of the previous performance measures were retained (Customer Service, Collaboration and Teamwork, Diversity and Respect, Organizational Compliance and Safety, and Supervision and Management), Job Duty Performance has been added. In addition to these performance measures, there will continue to be an Overall Rating, and the updated evaluation instrument will include performance goals as a new item to be rated.  Staff supervisors will be trained on the new system. 


  • The Staff Development Conference will be held Thursday, April 3 at the Dailey Barn in College Station. Registration deadline is March 19.
  • The Dean’s Roundtable will be held Friday, May 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Please RSVP to Diane Oswald by April 1.
  • ​The College is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Alumni Award through Tuesday, April 8. Diane Oswald can provide further details. 

I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable spring break.

Until next month, 

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College Strategic Plan
As I outlined in my “Welcome Back” luncheon presentation, the college leadership team has drafted a strategic plan for 2015-2020 and seeks your input and feedback. Please note that the proposed seven goals do not represent all College-level initiatives or outcomes to meet the CEHD mission of Transforming Lives but reflect areas of development which will receive more focused attention and resources. 

Please familiarize yourself with the goals and strategies which are proposed. Feedback will be accepted until October 31, and the final plan will be submitted to the Provost in December. We have had over 500 views of the proposed plan and a number of individuals have...