Faculty Accomplishments

 

National/International Presentations:

Cooper, M. Atkins, K., & Barnes, D. L. (2009, February). Improving the academic outcomes of students at risk: A state initiative. Association of Teacher Educators 2009 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Crow, R., & Taylor, S.I. (Jan, 2009). American Education Research Association. Chosen for presentation but was unable to present due to travel freeze at UCA.

Crow, R. (Nov, 2008). Interactive Behavior Picture Stories: Building social and emotional competence in children with challenging behaviors. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas, TX.

Cooper, M. (2008). Keynote Speaker - It starts with connections: Helping struggling learners believe, achieve, and succeed. Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Cooper, M. Atkins, K., & Barnes, D. L. (2009, February). Improving the academic outcomes of students at risk:  A state initiative.  Association of Teacher Educators 2009 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Feng, S. (February 2008).Framing multiple literacies for reading teachers. Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Kohler-Evans, P. (July, 2008). Book Review: Informed Choices for Struggling Adolescent Readers: A Research-Based Guide to Instructional Programs and Practices. International SIM Conference, Kansas City, KS.

Miller, B., Barnes, D. L, Wiedmaier, C. & Huffman, S. P. (2009, February). Integration of technology into teaching: One institution’s efforts to enhance teacher candidates’ integration skills. Association of Teacher Educators 2009 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Pultorak, E., Gallavan, N., Barnes, D. L., Pataniczek, D., Dana, N. F., Foster, E., Yendol-Hoppey, D., McIntyre, C., & Brazo, C. (2009, February). Impacting teaching and learning:  Reflection in practice. Association of Teacher Educators 2009 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Wilmes, B. (2008). Revving up the reluctant reader. The Lily Conference, Grenesboro, NC.

Regional/State Presentations:

Benson, T. & Barnes, D. L. (2008, November). More than one way to prepare a teacher:  Alternative programs’ effect on the achievement gap. Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Cooper, M. (October, 2008). Keynote Speaker - Bound and determined to help struggling learners believe, achieve, and succeed. Arkansas Learning Disabilities Association.

Cooper, M. (April, 2009). Keynote Speaker - Beacons of hope, ABC/21st Century Conference.

Crow, R. (March, 2009). Practical strategies for working with young children who challenge. Arkansas Special Education Early Childhood Professionals (ASEP) conference. Little Rock, AR.

Crow, R., & Dallas, J. (Nov, 2008) You ought to be in pictures! Using Interactive Behavior Stories with preschoolers. Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children (AR-CEC) Conference, Hot Springs, AR.

Crow, R. (July, 2008). Got behaviors? An innovative new approach to promote positive social emotional behaviors in multiple settings for young children. Northeast Arkansas Health Education Conference, Jonesboro, AR.

Crow, R., Cooper, M., & Kohler-Evans, P. (January, 2009). I ACCEPT Me: Self-Acceptance for Teachers of Children who Challenge, 60th Annual SECA Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Feng, S. (November 2008). Is phonemic awareness  a good indicator of  reading comprehension for  readers in early grades? Mid-South Educational Research Association Annual Conference (MSERA), Knoxville, TN.

Kohler-Evans, P. (July, 2008). Designing and Delivering Effective Learning Experiences. Special Show, Hot Springs, AR.

Kohler-Evans, P. & Calhoon, R. (October, 2008). Closing the Achievement Gap Between University and School District Efforts to Educate the Whole Child. Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators, Russellville, AR.

Kohler-Evans, P. (October, 2008). Strategic Instruction Model: Methodologies for Helping Teachers Maximize Learning Among Struggling Adolescents. Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.

Kohler-Evans, P. (July, 2008). Designing and Delivering Effective Learning Experiences. Special Show, Hot Springs, AR.

Kohler-Evans, P. & Calhoon, R. (October, 2008). Closing the Achievement Gap Between University and School District Efforts to Educate the Whole Child. Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators, Russellville, AR.

Kohler-Evans, P. (October, 2008). Strategic Instruction Model: Methodologies for Helping Teachers Maximize Learning Among Struggling Adolescents. Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.

Miller, B., Wiedmaier, C., & Barnes, D. L. (2008, November). Redesigning the technology courses needed in a teacher education program. Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Miller, B., Gallavan, N.P., & Barnes, D. L. (2008, October). Making the teacher education professional portfolio. Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators. Russellville, AR.

Moore, K. (2008). Food, fun, and fitness. SECA Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC (accepted, but unable to attend due to budget cuts).

Moore, K. (2008). Food, fun, and fitness. Arkansas Early Childhood Association Conference, Hot Springs, AR.

Mosley, M., & Nelle-Davis, T. (November, 2008). Research on effective literacy coaching. Annual Arkansas State Conference of IRA, Little Rock, AR.

Mosley, M. (September, 2008). State standards and assessment. Arkansas State Communication Association Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Trice, J. N. (November, 2008). Assessing, Mentoring, and Guiding Diverse Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) to Promote Social Competency and Self-Determination. Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children, Hot Springs, AR.

Trice, J. N. (June, 2009). The Potter’s Wheel: Molding Students with Emotional/Behavioral      Disorders for Success. Texas Council for Exceptional Children.

Trice, J. N. & Wilmes, B..(2009). Co-Teaching: Two Brains are Better than One. Texas Council for Exceptional Children.

Wilmes, B. (2008). Two brains are better than one. Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children, Hot Springs, AR.

Wilmes, B. (2008). Strategies for enhancing literacy motivation. Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children, Hot Springs, AR.

Wilmes, B. (2008). Revving up the reluctant reader. Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children, Hot Springs, AR.

Wilmes, B. & Kohler-Evans, P. (November, 2008). Brain Based Learning, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Hot Springs, AR.

Local Presentations:

Barrington, D. (2009). Strategies for all learner. St. Joseph High School, Conway, AR.

Crow, R. (Oct, 2008). Behavioral interventions for difficult children. South Conway County School District, Morrilton, AR.

Feng, S. (April 2009). Story-telling Festival, Wooster Elementary.

Mosley, M. (Spring 2009). Mrs. Wishy Washy School Visit. Wooster Elementary, Conway, AR.

Mosley, M. (Spring 2009). Mrs. Wishy Washy School Visit. Ruth Doyle Middle School, Conway, AR.

Mosley, M. (Spring 2009). Mrs. Wishy Washy School Visit. Child Study Center, Conway, AR.

Trice, John N. & Kohler-Evans, P. (January, 2009). Special Education Case Studies. University of Central Arkansas, College of Education: Diversity Day.

Trice, J. N. (April, 2009). Higher Education Learning: Teaching Cultural Diversity through a Course Organizer. Strategic Instruction Model: Teaching Content to All. Mashburn Center for Learning 18 April 2009.

Publications:

Cooper, M., Crow, r., Kohler-Evans, P., & Atkins, K. (2009). Self-Acceptance: Am anecdote to the hazards for children who misbehave. Children and Families. (accepted for publication).

Crow, R., Kohler, P., Cooper, M., & Atkins, K. (2009). I A.C.C.E.P.T M.E.: Strategies for developing parent acceptance when working with children who challenge. Exceptional Children (accepted for publication).

Cooper, M., Kohler-Evans, P., Crow, R., & Atkins, K. (2008). “I Accept Me” Spells Relief: Strategies for Promoting Teacher Self-Acceptance, Children and Families (accepted for publication).

Crow, R. (in press). Using assistive technology: Enabling all children to feel capable and connected in the early childhood classroom (Chapter 5). In Technology for Early Childhood Education and Socialization: Developmental Applications and Methodologies. IGI Global Publishing.

Crow, R. H. (Aug, 2008). Using interactive behavior picture stories to promote sharing and turn taking in preschoolers with challenging behaviors. Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Memphis.

Xie, D., Leong, F., & Feng, S. (2008). Culture-Specific Personality Correlates of Anxiety among Chinese and Caucasian College Students. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 11, 163-174.

Kohler-Evans, P. (2009). Don’t Just Tell Me: Show Me: The Use of Graphic Organizers, Teaching Professor (accepted for publication).

Kohler-Evans, P., Cooper, M., Crow, R., & Atkins, K. (2008). I. A.C.C.E.P.T. M.E.: Strategies for Developing Teacher Self-Acceptance When Working with Children Who Challenge, Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, 4 (6).

Kohler-Evans, P., Cooper, M., Crow, R., & Atkins, K. (2008). I. A.C.C.E.P.T.M.E.: Strategies for developing teacher acceptance when working with children who challenge. Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, 4(6). Retrieved (date) from http://escholarship.bc.edu/education/tecplus/vol4/iss6/artI

McMurtry, Z., & Crow, R. (Fall, 2008). Served as Guest Editor and co-wrote Guest Editor Column for Play, Policy, & Practice CONNECTIONS. XI(3).  Published by Play, Policy & Practice. Interest Forum of NAEYC.

Trice, J., Wilmes, B., & Kohler-Evans, P. (2008). Go forth and play! Play, Policy, & Practice, XI (2).

Wilmes, B., & Kohler-Evans, P. (2008). Revving up the reluctant reader. The Teaching Professor.

Wilmes, B., & Kohler-Evans, P. (2008). MPS Reading: Revving up the reluctant reader. The Teaching Professor.

Wilmes, B., Harrington, L., Kohler-Evans, P. & Sumpter, D. (2008). Coming to Our Senses: Incorporating Brain Research Findings into Classroom Instruction, Education, 128(4).

Wilmes, B., Harrington, L., Kohler-Evans, P., & Sumpter, D. (2008). Incorporating Brain Research Findings into Instruction, Education Digest, 74 (3).

Kohler-Evans, P. (2009). Don’t Just Tell Me: Show Me: The Use of Graphic Organizers, Teaching Professor 23 (6).

Zheng, R., Wilmes, B., & Evans, P. (2008). Effects of multimedia on cognitive load, self-efficacy and multiple rule-based problem solving.  The British Journal of Educational Technology.

Grant Awards:

Barnes, D., Farris, S., Burrow, L.A., & Mosley, M. (2009). Awarded $30,000 from AK Department of Education for Pathwise Training Grant Renewal.

Cooper, M., Kohler-Evans, P., Calhoon, R., & Atkins, K. (2008). Awarded $338,400 from the Arkansas State Department, Literacy Education Division, Responsible for professional development in Arkansas for the purpose of maximizing learning among adolescent struggling learners.

Crow, R. (April, 2009). Recepient of the Hunt Farris Faculty Development Grant ($600) to attend the Responsive Classroom Institute training in Rochester, MN in June, 2009.

Feng, S., Mosley, M., & Howard-Passmore, A. URC’s Research Grant ($1,200).

Filer, J. (2009). $59,480 Sub-grant award  from UAMS, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND).

Kohler-Evans, P. & Atkins, K. (2008). Awarded $7000 from the Arkansas Department of Education, State Improvement Grant, for hiring a graduate assistant through UCA.

Moore, K (2009). UCA Community Service Work Study Grant.  Requested $15, 720 – still pending.

Moore, K (2009). $525 NAEYC Grant for Child Study Center Accreditation.

Mosley, M. Awarded $10,000 from American Reads Undergraduate Literacy Tutors.

Williams, C., Feng, S., Wilmes, B., Duncan, K. (2008). Minority Teacher Scholars. ADHE. $5,000. Funded.

Other Noteworthy Individual Faculty Activities and Awards:

Kathleen Atkins

-Served as Interim Dean of COE for 2008-2009

-Serves on the executive board of Independent Living Services

-President-Elect, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children

-Served on AR State Deans’ Council

Debbie Barnes

-Serves as Assistant to the Dean of COE

-Serves as Praxis III assessor

-Served as consultant to UCA NTLP

Dan Barrington

-Serves as director of the UCA Summer Enrichment Program

-Serves as chairman of P-4 Advisory Board

Tammy Benson

-Served on COE Dean Search Committee

-Served on Provost Search Committee

-Served on Director of General Education Search Committee

-Served on Chair of Leadership Studies Department

-Serves as director of MAT Program

DeeDee Cain

-Served as faculty advisor to the UCA chapter of Council for Exceptional Children

-Elected Membership Chair, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children

Mark Cooper

-Serves as director of the Mashburn Institute

-Serves as director of UCA Super Kids

-Serves as Co-director of UCA Challenge

-Serves as consultant for Arkansas State Department Behavior Specialist Intitative

-Serves as consultant for CAPCA Head Start

Rene Crow

-Serves as Program Coordinator for P-4

-Serves on the Child Study Center Advisory Board

-Serves as a Faculty Technology Associate

-Serves as a Board member for Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children-Council for Children with Behavior Disorders

-Completed Ed.D. in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership/Early Childhood Education Emphasis through University of Memphis, Memphis, TN – August, 2008

Shoudong Feng

-Mentor for a minority student through Minority Student Services

-Assistant Director of Minority Teacher Scholarship Program

-Serves as a Praxis III evaluator for ADE

-Serves on the AR Diamond Books Committee

-Serves as a Faculty Technology Associate

-Selected on a state committee to revise the state language arts frameworks

Janet Filer

-Served as Interim Chair of the ECSE Department for 2008-2009

-Serves on the LEND faculty at UAMS

-Serves as Program Coordinator for Graduate Special Education Program

Lisa Herrington

-Director of UCA Challenge

-Serves as Student Advisor, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children

Patty Kohler-Evans

-Serves as coordinator of Mashburn Institute

-Serves a an Arkansas Jedi trainer

-Serves as secretary, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children

-Serves as department graduate advisor for special education program

Kathy Moore

-Serves as Director of the Child Study Center

-Serves as a Faculty Technology Associate

Mary Mosley

-Serves as Program Coordinator for the Graduate Reading Program

-Serves as a Praxis III evaluator for ADE

-Serves as Director of the UCA Reading Center

-Serves as Program Reviewer for IRA/NCATE

-Accepted overload teaching responsibility of the MSE in Reading in  Harrison

-Serves as an Officer in AR IRA

-Serves on Editorial Board of The Reading Teacher, Journal of International Reading Association

-Served as Director of the Twenty First Annual Storytelling Festival

-Member of the Executive Board of Directors, Faulkner County Literacy Council

Barbara Wilmes

-Serves as faculty advisor to Teachers United

-Serves as Assistant Director for Minority Teachers Scholarship

-Served as Minority Student Mentor for two students

Professional Development Activities attended by one or more faculty:

-Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Hot Springs

-International Reading Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis

-Southeaestern Regional Association of Teacher Education, Myrtle Beach, SC.

-Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Dallas, TX

-Lily Conference on Teaching.

-Special Show, Hot Springs, AR

-Arkansas Association of Teachers Education, Russellville, AR

-Arkansas Association of Middle Level Education, Hot Springs, AR

-Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference

-Arkansas Early Childhood Association, Hot Springs

-UCA PATHWISE Training

-UCA Bear Facts and Presidential Scholars Day

-Blackboard (week long) Training

-Various IDC Activities/Workshops

-Responsive Classroom Institute training, Rochester, MN

-Grant it! Grant writing workshop, Russellville, AR

-NCATE Accreditation: An NAEYC workshop for faculty compiling program

Reports, Dallas, TX

Other Departmental Accomplishments:

-Delivery of the M.S.E. in Reading at the Ozarka Cooperative in Harrison

-Delivery of the M.S.E. program in Special Education at Ozarka Cooperative in Harrison

-Departmental retreat held in January 2009 for the purpose of curriculum and NCATE planning

-Implementation of the departmental technology plan

-Recruitment for graduate programs conducted at partnership schools

-Submitted necessary paperwork to put the graduate special education program on-line.