College of Education News

November 2015

The Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) took part in the Eastern Regional TEECA Conference

The Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) represented Appalachian State University at the Eastern Regional TEECA Conference last week in Virginia Beach. The transportation team won first place. Seven students attended the conference. The transportation competition focused on solving a problem related to some aspect of transportation. Grading is based on the solution to the problem (this year it was based on accuracy), documentation, testing, and STEM connections... [more]

Dr. Alecia Jackson, Professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, took part in a campus-wide lecture at the University of Missouri

November 10, 2015 - On November 6, 2015, Dr. Alecia Jackson delivered a campus-wide lecture at the University of Missouri and conducted a workshop on qualitative research methodology.  The campus lecture was well attended with over 100 faculty and students representing many different colleges and programs outside of education. The workshop included 40+ faculty, students, and administrators from Mizzou's College of Education.  Alecia Y. Jackson is Professor of Educational... [more]

November Alumni Spotlight

November 6, 2015 - Meet Steven Sorrells, a 2007 graduate of the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling. Steven currently works as the Clinical Director at Recovery Ventures Corporation in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Steven came to Appalachian State University by way of Athens, Georgia to study addiction counseling. Several of his favorite classes in the Reich College of Education were Counseling the Addicted Person with Dr. Geri Miller, Substance Abuse in Family... [more]

EdTalks 2015

November 5, 2015 - With standing room only at times, the Reich College of Education hosted their first annual EdTalk event on Tuesday, October 27th in the Duke Rotunda. Thirty proposals were originally submitted for the event. Narrowing it down to only thirteen was no small feat as all of the proposals showcased our students’ passion for education and their desire to be change agents.  The EdTalk event, which will become an annual event during Education Week, focused on building community... [more]

October 2015

November Faculty Spotlight

November 1, 2015 - Our faculty spotlight for November is Denise Brewer, Associate Professor and Program Director for Child Development, in the department of Child and Family Studies. Having graduated from Appalachian State herself, she has experienced the tradition we have in the Reich College of Education. Denise appreciated that “the faculty treated me like a person rather than just a number. They wanted to help me succeed.” Having the opportunity to work in an environment and influence... [more]


Do you want to participate in our first annual EdTalk on Tuesday, October 27th?  This event will consist of 6-minute talks about education. Proposals are being accepted here. All proposals are due by Wednesday, October 14th. [more]

Dr. Cate Smith, Special Education faculty Member Featured Abroad on Armenian Television

October 8, 2015 - Dr. Cate Smith in the Special Education program was featured on Armenian Television over the weekend while abroad. She presented at a two-day international scientific and practical conference "Inclusive Education: Contemporary Issues and Challenges" where representatives from 11 countries described challenges and strategies of implementing inclusive education for students with disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Smith taught a condensed, weeklong version of her SPE 3380... [more]

September 2015

October Alumni Spotlight

October 5, 2015 - Meet Jeana Link Jeana Link is our October Alumni Spotlight. Jeana is a 2009 Secondary Education English graduate. She was recently recognized as the Catawba County Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school-year.  As a tenth grade teacher of Advanced Placement English, Jeana reflects on what she has learned as a student at Appalachian State.  She credits the Teaching Fellows program for guiding her to be an “effective and reflective educator”. Jeana wants to... [more]

October Faculty Spotlight

October 1, 2015 – Meet Karen Caldwell, a professor in the Human Development & Psychological Counseling Department, who has taught in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program since 2000. Aside from teaching her mindfulness and relationship courses this semester, she is also working on two grant projects. One of her studies aims at easing anxiety and improving sleep through Tai Chi. This is an art that Karen herself has been practicing since 1992.... [more]

September Alumni Spotlight

September 7, 2015 -  Amie Snow, a recent graduate of the Educational Leadership doctoral program and recipient of the Alice Naylor Award for Outstanding Dissertation, shares about her experience in the Reich College of Education. She first graduated from Appalachian State in 2006 with her MA in Reading Education and then in 2014 she concluded her academic career with a two-hour long dissertation that has since helped propel a discussion about standardized tests in North Carolina. Amie... [more]
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