School of Education
The UAB School of Education hosted a new logo competition to revise and refine the Conceptual Framework, asking faculty and students to reflect on why and how we go about the business of preparing educators and health professionals. Spearheaded by Dr. Veronique Zimmerman-Brown, this competition reflected the true spirit of a professional learning community as both faculty and students reflected on our guiding principles, beliefs, and values.
An alternative fifth-year student in English Language Arts, S.K. William Summers competed with numerous undergraduate and graduate students to create a new logo reflecting the UAB School of Education Conceptual Framework. S.K. Summers’ entry was selected by School of Education faculty citing he best encapsulated the School’s Conceptual Framework Mission, Values, and Themes. This new logo appears throughout the School of Education and is embedded in our syllabi, handbooks, and other foundational documents for educator preparation programs.
The School of Education dedicated its Concourse Area on November 13
Contributions to the Annual Fund by donors and friends were used to help pay for the furniture in the newly renovated School. “We are very grateful for the generous donations of our alumni and friends, who have made our new concourse furnishings possible,” said Dean Deborah Voltz. “This new furniture has made an important difference in a space that is heavily utilized by our students to network and connect with each other.”The MidSouth Reading/Writing Institute will celebrate its 25th year June 19-20, 2014, at Trace Crossings Elementary School in Hoover, AL. This regional literacy conference was begun by Dr. Maryann Manning to provide quality professional development for teachers across the southeast at a reasonable cost.
International and national experts are brought to Birmingham each year for keynote addresses and effective practitioners provide break-out sessions on selected topics. Keynote speakers for the upcoming conference are Janet Allen and Linda Hoyt, along with such names as Bob Wortman, Chuck Ghigna, Lester Laminack, Reba Wadsworth, Heather Bell and Rick Shelton. Proceeds from this year’s conference will be donated to the Maryann Manning Literacy Project Fund.
Students enrolled in the Collaborative Teacher: Autism Spectrum Disorder program in the UAB School of Education began an inaugural conference in Birmingham for teachers, parents, and advocates related to working with children on the spectrum. Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama State Superintendent, delivered the welcome to some 400 participants at the October 2013 conference.
The School of Education honors two retirees
The School of Education hosted a retirement reception in early November for Ms. Juanita Turner and Dr. Donna Hester. Ms. Turner was with the School 31 years and worked the entire time in the Department of Human Studies offices. Dr. Hester served as faculty in the Health Education program for 30 years. Both will be greatly missed!
New Undergraduate DegreeThe UAB Department of Human Studies now offers a Health Education concentration in Human Services, a 120-hour program providing students with the knowledge and training to pursue employment in public, volunteer and private health agencies.
Health educators encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that promote healthy living and prevent diseases and other health problems. These professionals collect and analyze data to identify needs to use in planning, implementing and evaluating programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments.
UAB HS coursework includes but is not limited to
- Interviewing and intervention skills
- Case management
- Human development
- Ethics in the helping professions
- Planning interventions
- Human behavior
- Social welfare
- Public policy
Job titles common to Human Services occupations include
- Rehabilitation case worker
- Social service liaison
- Drug abuse counselor
- Social service aide
- Probation officer
- Home health aide
The Human Services concentration was developed using National Organization of Human Services standards and prepares students to sit for the Certification in Human Services. Dr. Kristi Menear, Human Services Department Chair, explained that this concentration, developed and taught in collaboration with the Educational Psychology and Research faculty, is designed for students interested in the helping professions.
New Faculty AppointmentsThe UAB School of Education is proud to announce the appointment of four new faculty members.
Department of Human Studies
Dr. Eric Plaisance, assistant professor in the Kinesiology Program
Dr. Plaisance earned a doctor of philosophy from Auburn University and he received post-doctoral training at Auburn University and at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Kinesiology program and continue to advance his research agenda related to the body’s ability to metabolize fat.
Dr. Rose McNeese, associate professor in the educational leadership program
Dr. McNeese earned a doctor of philosophy from Georgia State University. She brings with her 32 years of K-12 experience in Georgia and nine years of higher education faculty experience in Mississippi. Her previous roles include teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, educational consultant and professor. She will work with students in the master’s, educational specialist, and doctor of education degree program, and continue her research related to increasing student learning.
For more information about the Department of Human Studies new faculty appointments visit https://www.uab.edu/education/humanstudies/new-faculty
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Fran Perkins, associate professor in the Reading Education Program
Dr. Perkins' research efforts focus on examining the role of culturally authentic literature in the literacy development of young children and their families. Her international travels and teaching in higher education have enabled her to expand her work to include cross-cultural educational issues.
Dr. Josie Prado, assistant professor in the English as a Second Language Program
Dr. Prado joins the faculty as an. Dr. Prado holds a Ph.D. in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Linguistics from the University of Alabama.
For more information about the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s new faculty appointments, visit https://www.uab.edu/education/ci/new-faculty