Professional Education Council

1.     Charge:

a.       The Professional Educational Council (PEC)  provides leadership for all professional education programs. It initiates, receives, and develops recommendations on all policies, proceedings, and standards affecting professional education.

b.      To ensure that all professional education programs are organized, unified, and coordinated to allow fulfillment of the mission of the professional education unit.

c.       To ensure that the professional education curricula are built upon knowledge bases essential for effective practice and upon the findings of research.

2.     Membership: The PEC consists of fourteen voting members serving three-year staggered  terms (except student and school-based educator representatives will serve two-year terms)  and a chair.  Appointments must be completed by the Faculty Senate by August 1st.  In addition, deans and chairs representing each Professional Education Unit (PEU) program are ex officio, non-voting members of the PEC as well as one public school superintendent who will serve as an ex officio, non-voting member.

a.    Three members (one from each department) from the College of Education:  Early Childhood and Special Education; Leadership Studies; and Teaching, Learning, and Technology.  Chairs in consultation with the Dean of the College of Education will fill these positions.

b.    Two permanent members representing Service Units in the College of Education appointed by the Dean of the College of Education.

c.     Four members who are active participants in the PEU representing each of the colleges outside of the College of Education who have professional education programs.  These members (faculty or chairs) will be appointed by the Faculty Senate from at least two nominations by the deans of the colleges listed below.

(1)  One member from the College of Fine Arts and Communication (Departments with professional education programs include Art and Music)

(2)  One member from the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (Departments with professional education programs include Family and Consumer Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and School Psychology)

(3)  One member from the College of Liberal Arts (Departments with professional education programs include English, Social Studies, and World Languages)

(4)  One member from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Departments with professional education programs include Biology, Physics, and Mathematics)

d.    Two student members (serving two-year terms) appointed by the College of Education                      Administrative Council--one undergraduate student and one graduate student.

e.     Three practicing professionals (serving two-year terms) will be appointed by the College of              Education Administrative Council.

To fill a vacancy in any of the College of Education positions, student appointments, or school-based educators, the College of Education Administrative Council will make the appointment.

To fill a vacancy in the positions outside of the College of Education, the Faculty Senate will select one faculty member from a list of two nominees named by the dean of the college.

3.     Chairperson: The Dean of the College of Education or his/her designee will serve as chair.  The chair will vote in two circumstances: 1) to break a tie vote, or 2) when required to  establish a quorum of voting members.

4.     Meetings: Professional Education Council meetings will be held once a month during fall and spring semesters.  Meetings may be called in the summer if business requires.  A   majority of voting members constitutes a quorum.  The council will conduct business if voting members send an email vote to the PEC chairperson.

5. Members

Chairperson:  Dean of the College of Education – only votes to break a tie or required to establish a quorum.

Diana Pounder                                                                                                      Permanent

Degree Program Representatives:  Voting – Three Year Rotating Term

Linda Griffith                                        NSM                                                               2016

Donna Wake                                       ED                                                                 2016

Shelly Albritton                                    Leadership Studies                                   2015

Mitch Parker                                         Health & Behavioral Sciences                2016

VACANT                                               Fine Arts & Communication

Horst Lange                                        Liberal Arts                                                  2015

Charles Watson                                    Natural Sciences & Mathematics         2016

Academic Support Representatives:  Voting - Permanent

Debbie Barnes                                           Assistant Dean                                                 Permanent

Ken Vaughn                                                Candidate Services and Field Experience            Permanent

Student Representatives:  Voting – Two Year Rotating Term

VACANT                                                       Undergraduate

VACANT                                                       Graduate


Alumni/Practicing Professionals:                                   Voting – TwoYear Rotating Term

VACANT                                                        Public School Elementary

VACANT                                                        Public School Middle

VACANT                                                        Public School Secondary


Administrative Representatives:  Ex-Officio – Non-voting

Kathleen Atkins                                           Chair, Early Childhood and Special Education

Terry James                                                 Chair, Leadership Studies

Tammy Benson                                            Chair, Teaching and Learning

Lisa Daniels                                                 NCATE Coordinator

Kurt Boniecki                                               Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Wendy Castro                                              Director of Academic Assessment

Elaine McNiece                                            Dean, Graduate Programs

Rollin Potter                                                Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communications

Neil Hattlestad                                            Dean, College of Health and Applied Sciences

Maurice Lee                                                Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Steve Addison                                             Dean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Steve Runge                                                Provost

Greg Murry                                                 School Superintendent, Conway Public Schools

Reports to the Provost

Please send minutes to: Chair of the Committee on Committees

Last Updated: 7/28/14