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All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to provide input and feedback on the draft CEHD 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The dean and his leadership team will accept feedback until October 31 and the final plan will be submitted to the Provost in December. The Plan will support priority strategic initiatives of our College for the next five years, so please consider providing your comments through this form, as well as other venues this fall where the plan will be shared and discussed. 

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Strategic Plan Feedback

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to provide input and feedback on the draft CEHD 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The dean and his leadership team will accept feedback until October 31 and the final plan will be submitted to the Provost in December. The Plan will support priority strategic initiatives of our College for the next five years, so please consider providing your comments through this form, as well as other venues this fall where the plan will be shared and discussed. 

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From the Dean

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. 

Reminders

  • 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, 

Post date: February 10, 2014 - 1:16pm

Staff News
Congratulations to Casey Ricketts, coordinator of recruitment and scholarships, who was one of 15 individual staff members selected to receive the President’s Meritorious Service Award. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. in Rudder Theatre.

Registration is now open for the Staff Development Conference. The conference will be held Thursday, April 3 at Dailey Barn in College Station. Due to limited parking, carpooling is encouraged and extra door prize tickets will be given to those who do carpool. Non-perishable food items are also being accepted as a community outreach project. Deadline to register is March 19. Reference the January 27 email from the Staff Advisory Council. 

In coordination with the University Staff Council, Texas A&M University will be holding a Staff Appreciation Event on March 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rudder Plaza.  The come-and-go event will feature free chance drawings, giveaways, and informational materials about items pertinent to A&M staff members. All staff are invited to attend.

Faculty News
One faculty member from each department has been selected to serve as the inaugural Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives Faculty Fellow. The awards recognize faculty members who have meaningfully advanced the College’s QEP efforts in certain high impact learning initiatives. Funded by The Association of Former Students, each recipient receives a $2,000 professional development stipend for one year. The recipients are:

  • Dr. Ann Gundy, EAHR
  • Dr. Jamila Blake, EPSY
  • Ms. Melinda Grant, HLKN
  • Dr. Janet Hammer, TLAC

Dr. Luis Ponjuan in EAHR was named the Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives Administrative Fellow. This award was established to recognize a faculty member who has an interest in program development and assessment, specifically in assessment of advising offices, academic programs, and Aggies Committee activities. Funded by The Association of Former Students, the Fellow provides a summer stipend.

Enrollment Incentive Plan
Progress on the College’s enrollment incentive plan was recently reviewed with my leadership team and Dean’s Council. The college met or exceed targets (which were set by central administration) in three categories—headcount, weighted semester credit hours and credit hours. The graduation target has not yet been met but we will have a better idea of our progress later in the semester when students apply for graduation. Implications for meeting targeted goals can be found here

December 2013 CEHD Accountability Report
As you may know, the college completes a yearly Accountability Report for the Vice President of Diversity Office. Our strengths include:

  • Increased number of faculty of color and women faculty at both the associate professor and professor ranks.
  • Increased number of graduate students of color with 50% of our doctoral students identifying as racially diverse.
  • Over one-third (36%) of our First Time in College students identify as racially diverse. These targeted trends align with our diversity goals.

Recent efforts to promote a positive, collaborative climate in the college include:

  • Development of the 2013 Equity White Paper (CoDI Leadership Subcommittee). This subcommittee has identified six broad areas of perceived or actual inequities for faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and administrators. These six areas will be vetted by the college faculty, students, and staff and strategies to address inequities will be developed and implemented.
  • Drafting of a spring 2014 Climate Issues White Paper by the Education and Trust Building subcommittee. The subcommittee generated a document on issues of incivility and strategies for our faculty, students, and staff to address (both formally and informally) such issues. As dean, I am committed to the promotion of civility in the workplace and to addressing issues as they arise.
  •  Planning the upcoming March 6 CEHD Conference: A Dialogue on Climate, Inclusion, and Respect. I encourage you to attend the conference, even if your schedule allows you to attend only one session. 
  • Spring 2014 CEHD website (ODDI and Communications). The college is increasing its climate, diversity and equity webpage presence. A webpage launch reception will be held later this month.

Indirect Cost Forum
For those unable to attend the January 28 forum, or who would like to hear it again, you can view the video and link to the  PowerPoint presentation.

Outstanding Alumni Award
The College is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Alumni Award through Tuesday, April 8. There are two categories of alumnus awards – the Early Career Award and the Outstanding Alumni Awards. One award may be presented to an early career graduate who earned his or her degree within the past five years and meets the award criteria. Up to three additional awards may be presented to alumni who graduated five or more years ago. 

Dean’s Roundtable
The Dean’s Roundtable will be held Friday, May 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. If you are interested in attending, please complete the reservation form and return to Diane Oswald by April 1. Dinner reservations are $37.80 per person and checks should be made payable to Texas A&M Foundation. 

Until next month, 

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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...