Kappa Delta Pi Announces Student Intern of the Semester

Andrea Flucas - Int. II of Semester Fall 2013 copyThe Pi Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education at the University of Central Arkansas, presented the Internship II awards for the fall semester. Andrea Flucas was awarded the Student Intern of the Semester. This award is presented to the Internship II student that best exemplifies the four domains of effective teaching.

Andrea’s supervisor, Jane Sharp, nominated her for her high degree of accomplishment and dedication to teaching and to her students. Jane shared, “Concern for each child was demonstrated as she often remained after school to help an ELL student with her work and engaged her mother in the process in order to help build her language skills as well.”

Andrea’s mentor, Sherry Voegele at Magness Creek Elementary in Cabot, has never seen an intern with the superior level of zeal and strong sense of community. Sherry adds, “I’m nominating Ms. Flucas for her abilities and efforts in building and maintaining strong relationships with colleagues, parents and extended staff.”

Andrea Flucas will be asked to return to UCA in the spring for the College of Education’s pinning ceremony on the campus of UCA.

Kappa Delta Pi Announces Mentor Teacher of the Semester

The Pi Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education at the University of Central Arkansas, presents Internship II awards each semester for education majors at UCA. Jason Campbell, Ruth Doyle Middle School, received the Mentor Teacher of the Semester award.

Jason Campbell was nominated by his student intern, Emily James. The intern shared, “I can tell he finds joy when students become interested and passionate about reading. Every day I wonder how learning grammar and language arts will be fun and interesting, yet somehow he manages to make it so the kids have a blast learning.” Jason has given unselfishly of his time to help a budding new teacher. Emily feels grateful that she was placed in his class. She said, “He pushed me and challenged me to work my hardest, and because or these high expectations, I feel more equipped as a professional and as an educator.”

Jason Campbell will be invited to the College of Education’s pinning ceremony in the spring on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Nancy Gallavan, Emily James, and Mara Cawein present Mr. Jason Campbell with the honor of UCA Mentor Teacher of the Semester.

Nancy Gallavan, Emily James, and Mara Cawein present Mr. Jason Campbell with the honor of UCA Mentor Teacher of the Semester.


UCA College of Education Faculty and Students Represent at Kappa Delta Pi 2013 Convocation

Ms. Mara Cawein, Instructor II, and Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, co-counselors of the UCA Pi Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) traveled to Dallas, TX, in October for the 2013 International Convocation with chapter members Ashleigh Castles, Starla Ritter, and Tasha Seerey.  Together they presented a well-attended session titled: Connecting with Parents: What They Want.  Their presentation was based on two years of research that chapter members conducted, organized, and previously presented at the state Collegiate Middle Level Association Conference and the Arkansas Curriculum Conference.KappaDeltaPi (1)

Dr. Patty Phelps, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, who serves on the KDP International Education Foundation Board, also presented a session with Ms. Cawein titled: Handling the Elephant in the Room: Leading to Achieve National Certification.

Dr. Gallavan presented two sessions titled: Access with Finesse to Impress for Success and Connecting in a BIG Way through TEAMwork.  In her role as the 2013-14 President of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Dr. Gallavan awarded the KDP/ATE National Student Teacher of the Year at the Celebration Dinner.  Additionally, Dr. Gallavan was recognized as a 2013 initiate of the newly-founded Eleanor Roosevelt Honorary Chapter of KDP International.  This chapter was named for Eleanor Roosevelt because of her belief in human rights, her energy and compassion in serving people, her involvement in community service, and her commitment to educating youth.


College of Education Beacon Bite Days

Beacon BitesThis fall, the College of Education Lighthouse Beacons celebrated Beacon Bite Days on December 3 and 4.  Volunteer faculty and staff brought cookies, aka Beacon Bites, and gave them to students as they passed between classes.  Students also were offered copies of the fall final examination schedule and bookmarks with information about the Lighthouse Beacons.  Lighthouse Beacons were available to talk with students about their progress at UCA, answer questions about UCA and the College of Education, advise students with their programs of study, and ask students if they have registered for the upcoming semester.  Initiated in 2010, the Lighthouse Beacons are College of Education faculty and staff who volunteer to (1) collaborate with students support serves at UCA and in Arkansas communities; (2) enhance academic understanding, course completion, and program graduation rates of all students; (3) expand the number and professional of educations produced by UCA so the educator population is more inclusive and reflective of all people; and (4) build stronger bridges with educators in all capacities across Arkansas.  Currently, two events highlight the Lighthouse Beacon outreach: Beacon Bite Days scheduled every semester the week before finals and the Diversity Teacher Candidate Reception held every spring as an opportunity for teacher candidates to meet with faculty to hear about possible programs and available services.  Brilliant teachers light, ignite, and excite learning in others; shine on.  For more information about the College of Education Lighthouse Beacons, email


College of Education Faculty Contribute to the 2013 Arkansas Curriculum Conference

The 2013 Arkansas Curriculum Conference, held in October at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center, benefitted from the leadership and scholarship of many UCA College of Education faculty.  Leadership from the UCA College of Education included Dr. Donna Wake, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as President of the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA); Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as Board Member of the Arkansas Council for the Social Studies (ACSS) and Board Member of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance (AGA); and Dr. Jeff Whittingham, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as the ACTELA Co-chair of the ACC Membership Committee; Dr. Mary Ellen Oslick, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood/Special Education, as the ACTELA Co-chair of the ACC Presiders Committee; Drs. Wake and Oslick as Co-chairs of the ACC Program Committee; Dr. Whittingham as the ACTELA Co-chair of the ACC Publicity Committee; and Ms. Chris Hogan, Instructor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as Co-Chair of the ACC Registration Committee.

Supporting the theme of “Preparing the Next Generation,” the following sessions were presented by UCA College of Education faculty:

Ms. Audie Alumbaugh, Instructor; Dr. Gary Bunn, Assistant Professor; Dr. Alicia Cotabish, Assistant Professor; and Dr. Debbie Daily; Instructor; Department of Teaching and Learning: A Differentiated Approach to Addressing the CCSS (Math) and NGSS

Dr. Tammy Benson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning: Dr. Mary Ellen Oslick: Common Core, Social Justice, and Quality Literature: A Perfect Match!


College of Education Faculty Receives Arkansas CEC Award

AR CEC award winners from left to right:   Mary Margaret Scholtens, Kim Head, and Donna (“Dee Dee”) Cain

AR CEC award winners from left to right:
Mary Margaret Scholtens, Kim Head, and Donna (“Dee Dee”) Cain

Dee Dee Cain, Clinical Instructor with the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, was the recipient of the Orlan “Jack” Morgan Award at the Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference. This award was established for the purpose of recognizing individuals whose occupational skills are utilized to serve or promote the welfare of persons with disabilities. Ms. Cain is a passionate advocate for school-aged children and a dedicated and engaging teacher education faculty member.








College of Education Faculty Receives State Award

FengDr. Shoudong Feng has been named 2013 English Teacher of the Year for College Education by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA). An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ACTELA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to celebrating and improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

Since 2004, outstanding English and Language Arts teachers have been identified and honored annually by ACTELA. Judging is conducted by a panel of ACTELA Board members. The panel considers the nominees’ lifelong teaching, professionalism, and service, with emphasis on recent achievements.

Feng, an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas, coordinates the Graduate Reading Program in the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education.

Feng’s award was presented at the ACTELA Fall Luncheon in October at Little Rock’s Marriott (formerly the Peabody) Hotel. Feng spoke to over 100 teachers at the luncheon, which is held during the annual Arkansas Curriculum Conference.  ACTELA honored Feng with a Barnes & Noble gift card and an engraved clock.


Documentary Film Series on Fracking to Debut in Little Rock

LEAD student’s film to focus on Guy/Greenbrier Earthquake Swarm

CONWAY, November 12, 2013 – Interdisciplinary Leadership PhD student, Emily Lane, will be debuting her documentary film series, Land of Opportunity, in Little Rock on Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. at Market Street CinemaThe series focuses on the impact that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has on local communities in the Fayetteville Shale in north, central Arkansas.  Roughly 4,500 natural gas wells have been drilled since 2005 in the rural, 5-county area.

EmilyLaneThe first film in the series will introduce the local filmmakers and highlight the link between the fracking process and the Guy/Greenbrier Earthquake Swarm, a rash of 1300+ tremors in northern Faulkner County that began in late 2010 and culminated in a 4.7 magnitude earthquake in early 2011.  The film explains what triggered the earthquakes, how state officials handled the situation, and what they knew from the beginning.  The inaugural documentary also introduces other subjects such as environmental contamination, property rights, and conflicts of interest.

Co-creator of the film, Emily Lane, expands on the theme of the series, “Arkansas has historically promoted short-term economic gain over economic and environmental sustainability.  We live under the boom-and-bust mentality, and consequently have seen some profit while others suffer.  Residents across the state are increasingly battling against the negative impacts of misguided ‘opportunity.’  We can do better.”

Doors open by 6:30 p.m.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A session that will feature affected residents from the shale area.  Educational materials will also be available to patrons.  For

more information, go to


Emily Lane – Research Graduate Assistant, LEAD Program, 501-336-4340

MAT Student Receives Amazing Educator Award

Mr. Adam Hicks, a UCA MAT internship student, was recently recognized by the Little Rock Family Magazine as one of its Amazing Educators.  The award includes a $1000 cash award for outstanding educators in Arkansas.  Mr. Hicks currently teaches AP Chemistry at Robinson High School in Pulaski County Special School District.  Pictured here Mr. Hicks is recognizing receiving his $1000 cash award.


Dr. Deborah Dailey, C of Ed, wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

DeborahDaileyDr. Deborah Dailey from the College of Education was awarded the Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Dissertation Award at the Mid-South Educational Research Association’s (MSERA) annual conference in early November 2013. For the award, Dr. Dailey received a plaque and a $250 cash award. Dr. Dailey’s dissertation, The Effects of a STEM Intervention on Elementary Teachers, was also presented in a paper session at the conference. Teaching and Learning Department Chair Tammy Benson indicated, “I heard the presentation of Debbie's dissertation and it is very impressive.” Each year, MSERA sponsors the Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Award. Any current member of MSERA who has completed a dissertation or thesis (in the current year) within the member states of MSERA may submit their dissertation abstract for award consideration. In addition, the abstract from the winning dissertation is recognized on the MSERA web site and in the MSERA Educational Researcher publication.  Dr. Dailey is currently serving as a faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Learning and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.