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    Kathy Acton 

    Alumni Relations Coordinator
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
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    Mark Bateman 

    Associate Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Educational Leadership
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    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Indiana University
    M.A. Bowling Green State University
    B.A. Carson Newman College
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    Karen J. Birkenfeld 

    Assistant Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 304

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    Biography

    Karen Birkenfeld came to Samford in fall 2007 as a teacher in residence in the department of teacher education and joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches math, science and social studies methods courses and co-teaches additional courses in lesson and curriculum design to undergraduate teacher candidates. Her research experiences include current dissertation work at the University of West Georgia in the area of K-12/university partnerships and the critical elements of these associations. As an outgrowth, her research interests center around communities of practice. She is passionate about teaching and fostering mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. She is married to Tommy and they have one son, Tyler.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.S. Elementary Education, Samford University
    M.Ed. Elementary Education, University of Montevallo
    B.S. Elementary Education, University of Montevallo
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    Tarsha Bluiett 

    Associate Professor and Director, M.S.E. Elementary Education
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 309

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    Biography

    Dr. Bluiett is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Samford where she teaches reading and language arts methods courses. Dr. Bluiett, also a P-12 reading specialist, is the director of the M.S.E. in Elementary Education online program and serves on various university committees. Her research interests include early literacy and oral language development in preschool children. Prior to coming to Samford in fall 2012, Dr. Bluiett was an instructor and professor in the School of Education at the University of Montevallo. Dr. Bluiett began her career in the Shelby County School System where she taught first grade at Valley Elementary School from 1992-2001. Dr. Bluiett is an active member in her church and is involved in various outreach ministries. She enjoys collecting and restoring antiques, reading, exploring interior designs and spending quality time with her daughter, Nylah.  

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Elementary Education, University of Alabama
    Ed.S. Elementary Education, University of Alabama
    M.A. Elementary Education, University of Montevallo
    B.S. Early Childhood/Elementary Education, University of Montevallo

    Publications

    Hoaglund, A., Birkenfeld, K., & Bluiett, T. (2014). “Data Meeting Model: Developing Data Focused Pre-Service Teachers. Reading Improvement, Volume 51, Number 3/Fall 2014.  
    Bluiett, T. (2014) The V.A.L.U.E of Online Learning. AASCD e-newsletter, published quarterly. August, 2014.    
    Bluiett, T. (2009). The Language of Play and the Power to Limit Gender-Role Stereotypes. Background Research Paper: The Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines, The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    Presentations

    Bluiett, T. (2014). Writing Workshop: Getting Started. Professional development workshop presented at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 
    Bluiett, T. and Harris, K. (2014) Writing, Rubrics, and Assessment, Part I. Professional development workshop presented at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
    Bluiett, T. (2014). Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. Lowndes County Public Schools Mega Professional Development Day, Letohatchee, Alabama.
    Bluiett, T. (2014). High Interest Literacy Strategies for Struggling Readers. 2014 School Improvement Summit, Lowndes County and Montgomery Public Schools, Montgomery, Alabama.
    Bluiett, T. (2014). Differentiated Instruction for the Common Core (K-5): Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. Lowndes County District Professional Development, Hayneville, Alabama.
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    Jessica Bosley 

    Assistant Certification Officer
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 323

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    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S. Psychology, University of Montevallo
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    Karen Bost 

    Program Assistant, Curriculum & Instruction
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 338

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Staff Award, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, 2014
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    Jeanie Box 

    Dean
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Administration
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    Biography

    Dr. Jeanie Box has served as the dean of the School of Education since fall 2005. Previous to her position as dean, Dr. Box served the school in a variety of capacities as associate dean, and chair and professor in the curriculum and instruction department. Before coming to Samford in 1989, she taught in the Birmingham City School System from 1977 until 1987. She also taught in primary schools in England and France, where she conducted research in comparative education.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Ed.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.A. Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.E. Early Childhood Education, Auburn University

    Awards and Honors

    Who's Who Decision Makers at Alabama Colleges and Universities, 2008
    Governor's Comission on Quality Teaching, 2007
    Departmental Faculty Award from the U.S. Department of Education National Award Program for Effective Teacher Preparation in Elementary Education U.S. Department of Education, 2000
    Outstanding Alumni Early Childhood Education Award, UAB School of Education, 1997
    George Macon Teaching Award, Samford University, 1992
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    Daphne Carr 

    Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Administration
    OBB 202

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Higher Education Administration, University of Alabama
    M.S.E Education, Samford University
    B.S.E. Elementary Education, Samford University
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    Kristie Chandler 

    Associate Professor and Chair, Human Development & Family Life Education
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Human Development and Family Life Education
    OBB 127

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    Biography

    Dr. Kristie Chandler is chair and associate professor of the department of human development and family life education at Samford. Before becoming a full-time faculty member, she served 15 years in student affairs at Mississippi State University, Texas Christian University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford. She teaches Marriage and the Family, Family Law and Public Policy, and Child Development Education. Her research interests include experiential education in the college classroom and family policy promotion.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Higher Education, University of North Texas
    M.Ed. Counselor Education, Mississippi State University
    B.A. Business Administration, Mississippi State University
    Certified Family Life Educator

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Teacher Award, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, 2014

    Involvement

    Policy Section: National Council on Family Relations, 2010 to Present
    Southeastern Council on Family Relations, 2010 to Present
    National Academic Advising Association, 2007 to Present
    National Council on Family Relations, 2000 to Present

    Expertise

    family policy

    Publications

    Chandler, K., Ford, C., Bateman, M., & Duncan, R. (2014).  Assessment of Attitudes of Interior Design Educators toward Concepts, Principles and Theories of Sustainable Design. The International Journal of Design Education, 7 (3), 11-25.
    Chandler, K. (2011).  Hind sight is 20/20: A case study of vision and reading issues sheds light for teacher education programs. Education.
    Chandler, K., Gerhardt, C., Dearing, A., & Tanner, G. A. (2012). The Educator's Perspective on Family Advocacy (CFLE Network). NCFR publication, 292 (24(3)), 12-13.
    Chandler, K. (2012). CFLE Perspectives: The Educator's Perspective on Family Advocacy. (CFLE Network). NCFR publication.
    Chandler, K. (2010).  Potter, profit and profession. National Council on Family Relations Report, FF (45), F11.

    Presentations

    Chandler, K. & Kalinich, S. (April 2014). HDFE 400 Goes to Washington. SECFR Family Policy Symposium, Birmingham, AL.
    Gerhardt, C. & Chandler, K. (April 2014). The safety net of public policy: A study of civic engagement. SECFR Family Policy Symposium, Birmingham, AL.
    Gerhardt, C.E. & Chandler, K.C. (February 20, 2014). Risk and Resilience: A Study of Civic Engagement. Alabama Association for Family and Consumer Science 2014 Annual Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.
    Chandler, K. (2014, November). From Classroom to Conference: Promoting Professionalism. National Conference on Family Relations Annual Conference 2014, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Chandler, K., Gerhardt, C., & Davis, J. (2012, March). Scaffolding Toward Scholarship. SECFR Conference 2012 Chattanooga, TN.
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    Jane Cobia 

    Associate Professor and Director, Ed.D. Educational Leadership
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Educational Leadership
    OBB 227

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    Biography

    Dr. Jane Cobia is an associate professor and director of the doctoral program for the School of Education at Samford.  Dr. Cobia has spent 25 years in the public education arena serving as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, education specialist for the Alabama State Department of Education and superintendent. She has served as an education consultant for school improvement, on the ASCD Board of Directors, and is certified as a superintendent mentor trainer. She has taught as an adjunct of graduate level courses since 2001 for Jacksonville State University, University of Montevallo and Auburn University at Montgomery. She is executive director for Alabama ASCD, the treasurer for Sylacauga Rotary Club, and a founding member of the Marble Valley DAR. She serves on numerous boards and is active in professional and civic organizations (Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, CLAS, ASCD, KDP, Boy Scouts of America, Omicron Delta Kappa).

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction with Administration, University of Alabama
    M.A. Education with Administrative Certification, University of Alabama
    B.S. Home Economics Education, Jacksonville State University
    Graduate of Superintendent's Leadership Network
    Graduate of Alabama Superintendent's Academy
    Certified Superintendent Mentor Trainer

    Awards and Honors

    Leadership Alabama, Class XVI
    CLAS State Leadership Award
    Innovative Curriculum Award, Alabama ASCD
    Area of Communications Exceptional Progress Award, ASCD
    Distinguished Service Award, Cheaha District Boy Scouts of America

    Involvement

    Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, board member
    ASCD, international board member
    CLAS, former president, board member
    Alabama ASCD, Executive Director, former board member and president
    Marble Valley DAR Chapter, organizing charter member, chaplain
    Sylacauga Rotary, treasurer

    Expertise

    leadership and administration, finances, team building

    Publications

    Book, co-author,  Leadership for High Performing Schools: A Handbook for Action 2015
    Article, co-author, Resiliency and The Whole Teacher, submitted for publication 2014
    Article, co-author, Female School superintendents: Advantages and Barriers to Their Career Paths, MSERA, November 2013
    Article, International Education – Visits, Views, and Observations, CLAS Leader, Volume 40, No. 2, 2012
    E-newsletter, Editor, quarterly August 2012-present (11 issues) AASCD

    Presentations

    ASCD International Conference, Houston, TX March 2015
    Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI January 2015
    KDP International Conference, Calgary, Canada October 2014
    National Elementary School Principals Association, Nashville, TN July 2014
    KDP Convocation, Dallas, TX  October 2013
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    Peggy Connell 

    Assistant Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Educational Leadership
    OBB 219

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    Biography

    Dr. Peggy Connell is an assistant professor of education and director of assessment for the department of educational leadership in the School of Education at Samford. Dr. Connell dedicated over 35 years in K-12 public education and served as a high school teacher, counselor, program specialist for staff development, director of curriculum and instruction, high school principal, chief academic officer, and superintendent. She has served in diverse school environments including small to large size districts and schools; rural, suburban, and urban settings; and students from low to high poverty backgrounds. Dr. Connell has served in leadership roles at the local, district, state, and national levels. She has participated in educational reform initiatives through The Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform, Cornerstone Literacy, Inc., Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB), and Race to the Top.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Educational Research/Psychology, University of Alabama
    Ed.S. Guidance and Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.A. Guidance and Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S. English and Business Education, Jacksonville State University

    Awards and Honors

    Professional of the Year Award, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, 2011
    Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors, 2010
    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. Woman of Distinction, 2009
    Distinguished Service Award, Georgia School Superintendents Association, 2004
    Outstanding Distinguished Professional, Girls Scouts of Cottaquilla Council, 2001
    Outstanding Educational Leadership Award, Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998
    Outstanding Educator, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1986

    Involvement

    Editor-in-Chief of on-line peer review journal, The Educational Collaborative; March 2012 to present; published Vol. 1 & 2
    LiveText Coordinator for Graduate Studies; August 2012 to present
    Treasurer, Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leaders (AAPEL), February 2013 to present
    Session Chair at the AAPEL Spring Conferences, 2013, 2014, & 2015, Montgomery, AL
    Facilitator for the Middle Grades Leadership Academy; March 2012 to present
    Facilitator for Superintendent’s Association professional development initiative; 2012 to present
    Session Chair at MSERA in Pensacola, FL on November 6 – 8, 2013
    Muscogee County School District Fine Arts Committee, 2012 to present

    Expertise

    principal leadership, educational leadership, leading change, women in leadership

    Publications

    Education, 2014, 134(1) pp. 94 – 109, The Recruitment and Selection of Principals Who Increase Student Learning
    AAPEL Journal, 1(1), Sept. 2014, Five Critical Practices for Middle Grades Leadership:  Framework for School Improvement
    Sage Open, 2013 3:  DOI:  10.1177/2158244013486492, School Funding Issues:  State Legislators and School Superintendents—Adversaries or Allies?

    Presentations

    Hawaii International Conference on Education Jan 2015, Honolulu, HI; Five Critical Practices: Principals Who Improve Student Learning; Peggy Connell & Pat Hodge
    KDP CONVO Oct, 2014 Calgary, Canada; Female Superintendents: Advantages, Challenges, and Pathways; Peggy Connell & Jane Cobia
    National Association of Elementary School Principals July 2014, Nashville, TN; Five Critical Practices of Principals Who Improve Student Learning; Peggy Connell, Ruth Ash, & Pat Hodge
    MSERA November 2013 Pensacola Beach, FL; A Middle School Initiative to Develop Student Voice, Interpersonal Relationship and Intrapersonal Relationships on Students’ Sense of Belonging in School; Peggy Connell, Les Ennis, Phyllis Faust
    AAPEL Spring 2013 Montgomery, AL; Five Critical Practices of Principals Who Improve Student Learning, Peggy Connell, Ruth Ash, Pat Hodge, Yvette Richardson, Zebbra Green
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    Jonathan Davis 

    Associate Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Human Development and Family Life Education
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    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

    Awards and Honors

    National Council on Family Relations Undergraduate Research Award, 2012
    National Council on Family Relations Undergraduate Research Award, 2007
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    Leslie Sturdivant Ennis 

    Director, Graduate Admissions Office
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    OBB 210

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    Degrees and Certifications

    J.D. Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
    Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    M.Div. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    B.A. Religion, Samford University
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    Della Fancher 

    Advancement Officer
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    OBB 418

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    Biography

    Fancher has 25 years of financial services, private banking and asset management, and business-owner experience.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.B.A. Samford University
    B.S.E. Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Samford Brock School of Business Alumna of the Year, 2003
    Citizen of the Year, Women's Committee of 100, 2002
    Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, 2002
    Birmingham Business Journal Top Ten Women, 2000

    Involvement

    Birmingham Downtown Rotary Club
    Founder/Board Member, Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation
    Past president of Birmingham International Festival, Scenic Alabama and Magic City Arts Connection
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    David M. Finn 

    Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
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    Biography

    Dr. David Finn serves as the director of special education at Samford. Prior to coming to Samford, he held teaching and clinical positions at the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu) and UAB. Dr. Finn is a frequent keynote speaker at state, national and international conferences most recently in Kona, Hawaii; Beirut, Lebanon; the Czech Republic and Germany. His research interests include children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, especially those who have Hyperacusis. His publications include a variety of tests for children with special needs, family issues and school safety. Students and teachers alike report they appreciate his passionate lectures and hands-on approach to teaching.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Special Education, University of Alabama
    M.S. Educational Psychology, University of Alabama
    B.S. Multiple Disabilities, University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Scholarship Award, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, 2014
    Outstanding Teacher Educator Council for Exceptional Children, 2011 
    Jasper Harvey Award for Outstanding Teacher Educator in Special Education, 2011
    Alabama Federation - Council for Exceptional Children

    Involvement

    The Autism Society of America
    The Council for Exceptional Children

    Expertise

    special education

    Publications

    Wolmesjö, M., & Finn, D.M. (2014, Fall).  “Spousal abuse in Sweden.”  National Council on Family Relations Report Magazine.  Minneapolis, MN.   
    Finn, D.M. (2014).  “Parenting children with special needs…(Content expert)”  In Bigner, J. & Gerhardt, C. Parent-Child Relations: An Introduction to Parenting. (9th ed).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson/Merrill.
    Finn, D.M. (2014).  “Family formation and parenting…(Content expert)”  In Bigner, J. & Gerhardt, C.  Parent-Child Relations: An Introduction to Parenting. (9th ed).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson/Merrill. 
    Finn, D.M., Woolley, T., Gao, M., Giles, L., Jing, Q., Li, H., Lu, L., Talton, J., Williams, L., Yan, Y. & Duncan, R. (2013, March).  “Samford School Safety Survey.” Unpublished Manuscript, Samford University: Birmingham. 
    Finn, D.M., Woolley, T., Gao, M., Giles, L., Jing, Q., Li, H., Lu, L., Talton, J., Williams, L., Yan, Y. & Duncan, R. (2013, March).  “Samford School Safety Survey.”  www.al.com.

    Presentations

    Finn, D.M. & Haralson, M. (2014, January 20-24).  “Teaching Children with Special Needs Through Technology in the General Education Classroom.”  Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD)-Project SKILD (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Difficulties).Presented to 8 schools across Lebanon in cities including Beirut, Zahle, Chouf, Sidon, and Antellias.     
    Finn, D.M. (2013, April 29).   “Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview of Characteristics and Learning Styles.”  Paedagogische Hochschule Weingarten University, Weingarten, Germany.   
    Finn, D.M. & Gerhardt, C.E., Cohen, D., & Naramore, S. (2013, April 24).  “Children with Autism and Hyperacusis: Procedures for Reducing Stress and Anxiety in School Setting during Safety Drills.”  International Conference on the Implementation of New Teaching Methods in Special Education.  Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. 
    Finn, D.M. (2013, April 22).  Autism Spectrum Disorders:An Overview.”Lebanese American University, School of Arts and Sciences. Beirut, Lebanon.   
    Finn, D.M. (2013, April 20).“Lessons from Neuroscience:Applications to enhance student achievement.”Second Annual Conference for Learning Disabilities for parents and educators.UNESCO Palace, Beirut, Lebanon.   
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    Charlotte Freeman 

    Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
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    Degrees and Certifications

    Postdoctoral certification, School Psychology (Human Development, Counseling, and Assessment), The University of Alabama
    Ph.D. Instructional Leadership (Curriculum Developmnet and Supervision, Educational Psychology, and Educational Research), The University of Alabama
    M.A. Communication and Media, The University of South Alabama
    B.A. History (Pre-Law and Teacher Certification in Secondary Education), The University of Mobile

    Expertise

    child and adolescent development
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    Clara Gerhardt 

    Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Human Development and Family Life Education
    OBB 127

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    Biography

    Dr. Clara Gerhardt is a clinical psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified family life educator. She coauthored a leading textbook on parenting, published by Pearson, which is in its 9th edition. Other publications include an earlier book, two book chapters and over 120 articles in the popular press. She documented the history of family therapy in a book chapter. She writes Perspectives, a regular column, for a publication of the National Council on Family Relations. She has presented in over 150 invited and peer-reviewed presentations nationally and internationally. She has held positions as chair of the department of family studies and chair of a State Board of Examiners in Psychology. Dr. Gerhardt is the product of three continents, has professionally presented on six continents, has visited over 60 countries and speaks five languages fluently.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Psychology, Uversity of South Africa
    M.B.A. Business Administration, Samford University
    M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Pretoria
    B.A. Triple Major: Psychology, French and German, University of Pretoria
    Licensed Psychologist (Clinical)
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

    Awards and Honors

    National Council on Family Relations, Certified Family Life Educator National Award, 2013
    Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology: Recognition for Outstanding Service, 2013 and 2009
    OBB School of Education & Professional Studies: Outstanding Scholarship Award, 2012
    Alabama Germany Partnership: Significant Educational and Cultural Contributions Award, 2007
    Birmingham Urban League: Promoting Multicultural Understanding Award, 2005

    Publications

    Bigner, J. & Gerhardt, C. (2014). Parent-Child relations: an introduction to parenting. 9thed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson. Two editions of this textbook:USA as well as international edition.
    Contributing editor of Network: CFLE in Context, a publication by the National Council on Family Relations (2011 to present)
    International editorial board: New Voices in Psychology: University of South Africa
    A previous book, two book chapters and over 120 articles in the popular press, including over a dozen peer reviewed academic publications.   

    Presentations

    Presentations at over 150 invited and peer-reviewed presentations nationally and internationally.
    Finn, D. & Gerhardt, C. (2013). Strategies for teaching students with Autism:  A procedure for coping with Hyperacusis. Conference on Special Education. Liberec, Czech Republic.
    Ford, C.,Gerhardt, C. & Chapman, D. (2012). Teaching the present by referencing the past: Historical architecture and problem based learning. International Conference: PBL- ABP. Pan American Network.Cali Colombia.
    Ford, C.,Gerhardt, C. & Chapman, D. (2012). Enhancing problem solving in architectural design through experiential learning.3. International PBL Symposium. Republic Polytechnic, Singapore.
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    Erin Gilchrist 

    Assistant Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 324

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    Biography

    Dr. Erin Gilchrist has served as professor of secondary curriculum and instruction at Samford since fall 2014. She has eight years of educational experience teaching art, literature and writing in middle school. She has taught qualitative research at the University of Alabama and enjoys writing and rich qualitative-style research. Dr. Gilchrist says she loves learning and being around others doing the same. She says her motivation each day is rooted in the idea that she can inspire someone to love writing and teaching just as much as she does.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. English Curriculum & Instruction, University of Alabama
    Ed.S. English Curriculum & Instruction, University of Alabama
    M.A. English Curriculum & Instruction, University of Alabama
    B.A. Secondary English Education, University of Alabama
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    Michele Haralson 

    Director, Curriculum Materials & Technology Center
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
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    Biography

    Dr. Michele Haralson is the director of the Curriculum Materials and Technology Center at Samford where she has taught undergraduate and graduate technology classes in the School of Education since 2012. She currently serves as the school’s diversity chairman, which involves coordinating Samford’s teacher education partnership with Miles College.  Before joining Samford, she served as a library media specialist in K-12 urban and inner-city public schools, and spent seven years in higher education teaching at both the University of Alabama and the University of Central Florida. She and her husband, Ronny, have four grown children, a daughter and three sons.  

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Instructional Technology, University of Alabama
    M.L.S. University of Alabama
    M.B.A. University of Miami
    B.S. Elementary Education, Georgetown College

    Involvement

    Co-founder of 316 Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit that provides food, toiletries and other necessities to the under-served in the Birmingham community.
    Teacher Education Awards/Scholarship Committee
    OBB Diversity Committee
    University Diversity Committee
    OBB Awards Committee

    Expertise

    educational technology (K-12 classroom), working with diverse pre-service teachers and faculty

    Publications

    Haralson, M., Hoaglund, A., & Rogers, H.E. (2014). “The Effectiveness of Webquests in Preservice Teacher Education Programs.” The Journal of Multicultural Education and Technology.
    Hoaglund, A., Birkenfeld, K., Little, D. C. , & Haralson, M. K. (2013). Effective Instruction: Teachers Impacting Student Learning. Educational collaborative.
    Hoaglund, A. E., Birkenfeld, K. J., & Haralson, M. K. (2012). The Purposeful Teacher.  Educational collaborative.
    Ansah, A., Neill, P., & Haralson, M. K. (2010). Distance Education: Higher Education Barriers and Catalysts.  Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology in Education.

    Presentations

    Haralson, M. (January 2015).  “Engaging K-12 Students using Plickers for Assessment.” Florida Educational Technology Conference. Orlando, FL.
    Finn, D.M. & Haralson, M. (2014, January 20-24). “Teaching Children with Special  Needs Through Technology in the General Education Classroom.”  Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD)-Project SKILD (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Difficulties). Presented to 8 schools across Lebanon in cities including Beirut, Zahle, Chouf, Sidon, and Antellias.
    2014:  We R Makers Workshop, Samford University in conjunction with Trace Crossings Elementary, iPad workshop for teachers, administrators, and students.
    2013: Samford Teachers Education Workshop, Samford University, Technology workshop for regional teachers and administrators.
    Haralson, M., Box, J.A., & Landers, E.B. (2012, June 6-10). “Using Moodle Learning Management System to Deliver Online Instruction.”  Asian Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary (ABGTS). Taipei, Taiwan. Presented to  8 seminaries across Southeast Asia including Singapore, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Phillipines.
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    Hannah Henderson 

    Communications Coordinator
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    OBB 234

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    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A. Strategic Communication, Oklahoma Baptist University
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    Celeste Hill 

    Assistant Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Human Development and Family Life Education
    OBB 416

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    Biography

    Dr. Celeste Hill is an assistant professor in the department of human development and family life education at Samford. She serves as departmental advisor for underclassmen and as the faculty advisor of Samford's student chapter of the National Council on Family Relations (SUNCFR). She currently teaches Infant and Child Development, Gerontology and the Family, and Family Life Education. Her research interests include experiential education, online learning, and development during late adulthood.  Prior to becoming full-time faculty, she became certified as an online instructor and as a national peer reviewer for Quality Matters.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Alabama
    M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Alabama
    M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Alabama
    B.A. Public Relations, University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Stephen Shank Recognition for significant contribution to learner success at Capella University for 2012 and 2013 academic years

    Involvement

    National Council on Family Relations
    Southeastern Council on Family Relations
    Quality Matters

    Expertise

    human development,  family dynamics, experiential learning

    Publications

    Gerhardt (Ed.), C. & Hill, C. (2014). CFLE Perspectives: Early childhood: experiential learning. NCFR Report, 26 (2).

    Presentations

    Gerhardt, C. & Hill, C. (2015, February). Serving communities through In-Service Learning with an online teaching component. Alabama Association for Family and Consumer Science 2015 Annual Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.
    Chandler, K., Gerhardt, C., Davis, J. & Hill, C. (2014). From classroom to conference: Promoting professionalism. National Council on Family Relations 2014 Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Gerhardt, C., Hill, C., & Graff, C. (2014, April). The graying population: Public policy challenges for retiring baby boomers. SECFR Conference 2014, Birmingham, Alabama.
    Gerhardt, C. & Hill, C. (2014, February). Where generations meet: Intergenerational learning opportunities. Alabama Association for Family and Consumer Science 2014 Annual Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
    Gerhardt, C., Hill, C. & Belflower, M. (2013). Between the Pages of a Book: Life Span Education and Family Relationships through Children's Literature. SECFR Conference 2013, Birmingham, Alabama. 
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    Mandy Hilsmier 

    Associate Professor and Director, M.S.E. Collaborative Special Education
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 322D

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    Biography

    Dr. Mandy Hilsmier has served as associate professor of special education at Samford since fall 2004. Prior to coming to Samford, she taught special education and worked in the central office as a school psychometrist and learning specialist in Jackson, Miss. Her areas of research focus on middle and high school students with reading and behavioral challenges, assessment and evaluation of students with disabilities, managing challenging behavior in the classroom, functional behavioral assessment, the transition of students with autism into the higher education environment, and ways to train teachers how to use function-based thinking to improve individual student behavior.  Dr. Hilsmier teaches overview of special education, child development, managing challenging behavior, special education assessment, and evidence-based methods of special education instruction at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Hilsmier also works closely with Jefferson County Schools and JBS Department of Mental Health to offer a summer reading program for at-risk students called Pathway to Graduation in the school of Education on Samford’s campus every summer. She also works with Mountain Brook and Homewood City Schools on the Turning Points program for students with disabilities on Samford’s campus.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Emotional Behavior Disabilities/High Incidence Disabilities, Vanderbilt University
    M.S.E. Mild/Moderate Special Education/School Psychometry, Mississippi College
    B.A. Specific Learning Disabilities, Mercer University

    Expertise

    managing challenging behavior, special education assessment, special education, child development

    Publications

    Hilsmier A. S., Wehby, J. H., & Falk, K. B. (in review). Antecedent and consequence-based fluency interventions for middle school students with emotional and  behavioral disorders. Exceptionality.
    Hilsmier, A.S., Milstead, R., & Wirt, S. (in press). The effects of an intensive summer reading program on the academic and behavioral performance of at-risk middle school students. In revision at SRATE Journal.
    Hilsmier, A.S., Wood, P.F., Carson, C., Dutton, K., & Johnson, J.E. (2013). Function-based thinking: Teacher experiences in the secondary classroom. Educational Collaborative, 3.
    Cutrera, M.J., Hilsmier, A.S., & Owusu-Ansah, A. (2013). Current practices in multicultural education: Curriculum reform in the elementary classroom. Educational Collaborative, 3.
    Bell, C. C., Hilsmier, A.S., Finn, D.M., & Stone, G. A. (2013). The impact of  response to intervention on minority and non-minority special education referrals in a K–5 setting. Educational Collaborative, 3.

    Presentations

    Hilsmier, A. S. & Finn, D. M. (2015, April). Training Teachers on Writing IEPs Using Collaborative Groups. International Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, CA.
    Hilsmier, A.S. & Christian, N.B. (2015, April). Function-Based Thinking in the Secondary Classroom. International Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, CA.
    Hilsmier, A.S. (2014, October). Pathway to Graduation: The Importance of Reading Intervention on Behavior and Future Outcomes. Samford University Shop Talk, Birmingham, AL.
    Hilsmier, A.S. (2014, June). Function-Based Thinking: Ways to Reflect on and Manage Individualized Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom. Samford Summer Teacher Education Conference, Birmingham, AL.
    Hilsmier, A. S. (2014, March). Pathway to Graduation: A Pilot Summer Reading Program for Struggling Readers. Transition Conference, Auburn, AL
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    Amy Hoaglund 

    Associate Professor
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 221

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    Biography

    Dr. Amy Hoaglund is an associate professor at Samford. Prior to teaching at Samford, Dr. Hoaglund was a second, third, and fourth grade fourth/fifth multi-age teacher at Leeds Elementary School in Leeds, Ala. For the past four years, Dr. Hoaglund and her colleague, Dr. Karen Birkenfeld, have created and managed a K-12/university partnership with Trace Crossings Elementary School in Hoover, Ala. This unique partnership seeks to increase involvement between teacher education and its K-12 stakeholders. Through this partnership, Samford hopes to better prepare teachers by immersing them into school culture early in their training. Many of the aspects of this partnership allow students to grow in teacher knowledge, pedagogy, professionalism, and leadership. Dr. Hoaglund's research interests include clinical partnerships, mentoring pre-service teachers, faith and vocation, Christian education, teacher preparation and teacher leadership.She is married to Eric Hoaglund, a graduate of Cumberland School of Law, and is the busy mother of three girls.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Samford University
    Ed.S. Elementary Education, Samford University
    M.S.E. Elementary Education, Samford University
    B.S. Elementary Education, Jacksonville State University

    Awards and Honors

    Spiritual Impact Award, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, 2014
    Leeds Elementary Teacher of the Year and Jefferson County Teacher of the Year nominee, Leeds Elementary, 1998
    National Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year, Leeds Elementary School, 1991 

    Expertise

    planning and instruction, integrated arts, children's literature, language arts, early literacy

    Publications

    Hoaglund, Amy, Birkenfeld, Karen & Box, Jean Ann.(2014) Professional learning communities: Creating a foundation for collaborative skills in pre-service teachers. Education
    Hoaglund, Amy, Birkenfeld, Karen, Bluiett, Tarsha. (2014) Data meeting model: Developing data focused pre-service teachers. Reading Improvement
    Hoaglund, Amy,  Birkenfeld, Karen, Haralson, Michele & Little, David. (2011) The purposeful teacher: beginning the journey of intention. Educational Collaborative

    Presentations

    March, (2014) CAEP National Conference Partnering with a Purpose The Teaching Professor (2014) 20%, It's Not Just for Google Anymore!  
    February, (2013) Preparing pre-service to engage with families and parents. Council on Family Relations; District Conference, Birmingham, AL.
    (November, 2012) Growing future teacher leaders. Alabama Association of Curriculum and Instruction; State Conference, Orange Beach, AL.
    (August, 2012) Partnering with a purpose. Association of Teacher Educators; National Conference; Boston, MA.
    (August, 2011) Pre-service teachers’ attitudes concerning authentic problem solving within a professional learning community model. Association of Teacher Educators; National Conference; Philadelphia. PA
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    Ruth Holt 

    Administrative Assistant to the Dean
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Administration
    OBB 208
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    Myrtis Johnson 

    Clinical Experiences Coordinator
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 311

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    Degrees and Certifications

    M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
    B.S. Human Development and Family Life, University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Most Unique Teaching Style Award from Robinson Elementary School (Fairfield, Alabama) 
    Service Award presented by Oliver Elementary School (Birmingham, Alabama)
    Nominated for The Golden Apple Award from Laurel Oak Elementary School (Naples, Florida)
    Nominated for President of The Field Director’s Forum

    Involvement

    Kappa Delti Phi
    Alabama Reading Association
    Member of Alabama Field Director's Forum
    Parker High School Advisory Board for Urban Educators

    Presentations

    Alabama Reading Initiative Trainer/ Presenter
    DIBELS Trainer/Presenter
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    Susan Kalinich 

    Program Assistant
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Human Development and Family Life Education
    OBB 103
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    Brooke Karr 

    Graduate Admissions Coordinator
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    OBB 210

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    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Samford University
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    David Little 

    Associate Professor and Director, Fifth-Year Alternative Graduate Program in ECE/Elementary Education
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 308

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    Biography

    Dr. David Little is an associate professor and director/recruiter for the early childhood/elementary fifth-year alternative graduate program at Samford. Dr. Little also devotes part of his teaching assignments as a professor in the instructional leadership program and as a professor of reading for secondary and p-12 undergraduate students. He teaches courses in foundational and diagnostic reading, phonics, classroom management, reading in the content areas, assessment, social studies methods and instructional leadership.Dr. Little has written several articles on schema theory, early literacy skills, cooperative learning and has most recently developed an extensive set of famous Alabamians lesson plans to be used by fourth grade teachers.He has authored several books including Teaching Reading in the Content Areas. Dr. Little has presented at numerous international, national and state conferences.Presentation papers have included schema theory strategies, cooperative learning, phonemic awareness, Reading Recovery research presentations and the integration of problem-based learning in elementary schools.   Dr. Little has performed numerous community service activities during his long tenure at Samford University including the Chairperson of the Davis Library building additions and renovations, serving as one of the founding “brother and sisters” of the highly acclaimed Alabama Reading Initiative (assisting in the development of the phonemic awareness and phonics modules), chairing numerous university and school of education committees and serving as a faculty senator and faculty Marshall.He has been a board member and conference planner for the Social Studies Council of Alabama.  His greatest achievements have been serving as the director of the Samford Summer Institute of Teaching Excellence for over 20 years and co-chairing (3 times) the Alabama State Department of Education Accreditation study for the school of education teacher certification programs.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Elementary Education/Reading Endorsement, University of Alabama
    M.Ed. University of Montevallo
    B.S. University of Montevallo

    Awards and Honors

    Samford University's John H. Buchannan Award for Teaching Excellence, 2001
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    Jodi Newton 

    Associate Dean
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Administration
    OBB 202

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    Biography

    Dr. Jodi Newton has served as the associate dean of the School of Education since 2010. Previous to her position as associate dean, Dr. Newton served as interim chair of the teacher education department. She has taught as an assistant professor in the educational leadership department since 2008. Before coming to Samford, Dr. Newton served as the superintendent of Homewood City Schools for over 10 years and as assistant superintendent of Fairfield City Schools in Birmingham, Ala. prior to that.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction of Education, University of Alabama
    M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance in Education, University of Montevallo
    M.Ed. Secondary English Education, West Georgia College
    B.S. Secondary Education, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Kermit Johnson Award for Outstanding Superintendent, University of Montevallo, 2008
    Alabama's State Superintendent of the Year, National AASA Recognition Program, 2003
    Outstanding Alumni in Educational Administration, University of Alabama, 1998
    Alabama Instructional Leader of the Year, Council of Leaders of Alabama Schools, 1997

    Involvement

    AASCD (Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

    Publications

    Neill, Pattie & Newton, Jodi. School boards: understanding the millennial generation in the workplace. Alabama School Boards Magazine, Fall 2012.
    Newton, Jodi. Common core balance. AASCD Newsletter, Fall 2012.
    Owusu-Ansah, A., Neill, Pattie & Newton, Jodi. Who's on first in distance education. Journal of Distance Education, 2011.
    Harbin, Joy Beggs & Newton, Jodi. Do perceptions align with practices, case studies in elementary mathematics. Accepted for publication by Education, a referred journal.
    Newton, Jodi & Winches, Betty. How did they maximize learning for all of those students? Accepted for publication by Reading Improvement, a referred journal.

    Presentations

    "All Make Mistakes - Culture of Redemption" presented at ASCD Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "How Teachers Maximize Student Learning" presented at Phi Delta Kappa Annual International Conference in Atlanta, GA, 2011
    "How Teachers Maximize Student Learning" ongoing research with Homewood City Schools, presented at ASCD Annual Conference in San Antonia, TX, 2010
    Seminar in Instructional Leadership and Education presented at the University of Medan, Medan, North Sumatra in Indonesia, 2010
    "What Great Teachers do Differently" Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Florence, AL, 2010
    "Funding What Matters Most: Student Learning" Keynote address for Alabama Association of School Boards Conference, 2010
    "Strategic Planning, What's a Board to Do?" Presentation for Alabama Association of School Boards Conference, 2009
    "Responsible Fiscal Management: Planning for an Economic Downturn," Presentation for School Superintendents, SSA, 2008
    "School Construction Symposium," Presentation for School Superintendents, SSA, 2006
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    Maurice Persall 

    Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Educational Leadership
    OBB 226

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    Biography

    Dr. Maurice Persall has been the chair of the educational leadership department in the School of Education since 1993. Prior to coming to Samford, Dr. Persall served in a variety of roles as assistant state superintendent of education, superintendent of several boards of education, and principal and assistant principal of junior high schools in Alabama.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Educational Administration, Auburn University
    MA.Ed. Educational Administration, University of Alabama
    B.A. History, St. Bernard College

    Involvement

    American Association of School Administrators
    Alabama Association of School Administrators
    Alabama Council for School Administration and Supervision
    Phi Delta Kappa International
    Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    Vestavia Hills Parent-Teacher Association
    The University of Alabama Capstone College of Education Society 
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    Betsy Rogers 

    Assistant Professor and Chair, Curriculum & Instruction
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 338

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Samford University
    Ed.S. Elementary Education, Samford University
    M.S.E. Elementary Education, Samford University
    B.S. Elementary Education, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Recognized as a Southern Woman of Distinction, Southern Women's Committee of Fifty, 2010
    Legacy of Courage Award, Birmingham, Alabama For the Cause, 2004
    Awarded Gerald H.Read Distinguished Lecturer, Kent State University, Ohio, 2004
    Received Dream Alive Award, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 2003
    Outstanding Quality Achievement Award, Samford University Orlean Beeson School of Education, 2003
    National Teacher of the Year, Council for Chief State School Officers, 2003-2004
    Declared a 'Betsy Rogers Day in Alabama,' Governor Bob Riley, 2003
    Alabama State Teacher of the Year, Alabama State Department of Education, 2002
    Jefferson County Elementary Teacher of the Year 2002-2003
    Quality Leadership Award, Orlean Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Samford University, 2002

    Involvement

    NCATE Board of Examiners 
    Served as State Member on NCATE Review Team for University of West Alabama, AL October 2014
    Appointed to Chair Governor Bob Riley’s Commission on Teaching Quality, January 2005
    Appointed Member of Board of Directors for A Plus, Montgomery, Alabama, 2004-present
    Appointed Member of Board of Directors for Jefferson County School District Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama, 2004-present
    Appointed to Governor’s Congress on Leadership, October 2004

    Expertise

    teaching children from poverty, understanding the culture of poverty, teaching diverse learners

    Presentations

    Presenter Samford Teacher Summer Workshop June 2014
    Teaching Channel Video/Panel Member January 2014 https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/what-are-teachers 
    Presenter at Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teacher Effectiveness (CREATE) in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta, GA October 2013
    Keynote Speaker William Carey College Hattiesburg, MS October 2013
    Keynote Speaker and Session Presenter System Change Conference Chamberlain, SD October 2013
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    Janet M. Smith 

    Certification Officer
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 322

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    Degrees and Certifications

    M.A. Secondary Education with a concentration in History, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.A. History with Teacher Certification, University of Alabama
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    Rebecca VanHook 

    Graduate Studies Coordinator
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Educational Leadership
    OBB 227

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    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A. Psychology, Lee University
    B.A. Business Administration, Lee University
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    Monique Witherspoon 

    Assistant Professor and Director, M.S.E. Educational Leadership
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Educational Leadership
    OBB 223

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    Biography

    Dr. Monique Witherspoon is assistant professor in the educational leadership department and serves as the program director of the M.S.E. in educational leadership: policy, organizations and leadership. Previous to her position at Samford, Dr. Witherspoon served as president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama. Her years of education experience ranges from the university setting, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Queens University, to a multitude of  leadership roles in K-12 education.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Gardner Webb University
    Ed.S. Educational Leadership, Winthrop University
    M.Ed. Counselor Education, South Carolina State University
    B.S. Psychology

    Awards and Honors

    Girls Inc Leadership Award
    Vulcan Spear Community Award
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Community Service Award                                
    NCMSA Region 6 Superintendent of the Year                     
    Who’s Who for Executive and Professional Women 
    Signature Ambassador Award – Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network

    Involvement

    American Association of School Administrators   
    National Association of Elementary School Principals
    Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
    American Association for Personnel Administrators
    Southwest Alliance of Personnel Administrators
    The Womens’ Network
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
    Links Incorporated of Birmingham
    Jack and Jill of Birmingham
    MOMENTUM Women’s Leadership Organization
    United Way Bold Goals Education Coalition
    National Association of Summer Learning
    FORUM 
    Women's Committee of 100
    Leadership Birmingham

    Presentations

    "A Growth Strategy: Getting to the Academic Achievement Conversation." Presentation given at the Girls Incorporated Regional Conferences. October 2,9 and November 2013.
    "Summer Programs That Work." Television segment for the Alabama Public Television Network. July 26, 2012.                                                                                                                                           
    "Building and Sustaining Healthy Communities." Presentation given at the Birmingham Alabama Community Leaders Institute. Birmingham, Alabama. May 18-19, 2012.
    "Birmingham Summer Learning Forum." Presentation given at the Burr and Forman Law Firm. Birmingham, Alabama. April 26, 2012.                        
    "The Power of Collective Wisdom for Teacher Leaders." Presentation given at ASCD Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 25, 2012.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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    Patricia F. Wood 

    Associate Professor and Director, M.S.E. Gifted Education
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction
    OBB 225

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    Dr. Patti Wood is associate professor in the curriculum and instruction department of the School of Education at Samford. She  has served as the director and faculty advisor for the M.S.E. degree in gifted education and the faculty advisor for the educational specialist program in teacher leadership since 2006. Dr. Wood serves on the executive board of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children and is active with the National Association for Gifted Children. She provides professional development to school districts on how to meet the needs of gifted learners, particularly regarding reading instruction for gifted/advanced readers and differentiation.CV

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D. Special Education/Gifted and Talented, University of Alabama
    M.A. Communication Disorders, University of Alabama
    B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, University of Montevallo
    Class AA: Gifted/Talented
    Class A: Educational Leadership/Administration
    Class A: Speech-Language Impairment

    Awards and Honors

    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013
    American Educational Research Association Outstanding Dissertation Award for Research on Giftedness and Talent, 2007
    National Association for Gifted Children Dissertation Gold Award, 2006
    National Association for Gifted Children Most Outstanding Research Paper, 2006
    Tommy Russell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Special Education, 2006
    Jasper Harvey Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education, 2005

    Involvement

    Alabama Federation Council for Exceptional Children
    National Association for Gifted Children
    American Education Research Association
    Alabama Association for Gifted Children
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    Council for Exceptional Children, Talented and Gifted

    Expertise

    reading instruction for gifted/advanced learners, professional development regarding nature and needs of the gifted, differentiated curriculum and instruction, integration of technology in curriculum and instruction

    Publications

    Hilsmier,A. S., Wood, P. F., Carson, C., Dutton, K., & Johnson, J. (2014). Function-based thinking:  Teacher experiences in secondary classrooms. The Educational Collaborative, 4(2), 1-13.
    Wood,P. F. (June 2013). Young gifted readers + great books = grand conversations. NAGC Early Childhood Network Newsletter.
    Wood, P. F. (2009). Growing young gifted readers: Ideas for both parents and teachers. Understanding Our Gifted, 21(3), 6-8.
    Wood, P. F. (2008). Reading instruction with gifted and talented readers: A series of unfortunate events or a sequence of auspicious results? Gifted Child Today, 31(3),16-25.
    Wood, P. F. (2007). Reading instruction with gifted and talented readers: The intersection of student perception and teacher practice. Quest, 18(2), 2-7.

    Presentations

    Using Costa’s Levels of Questions to Tier Instruction for the Common Core State Standards, National Association for Gifted Children, Annual Conference, November 2013.
    Young Gifted Readers and the Common Core State Standards, National Association for Gifted Children, Annual Conference, November 2013.
    At the Corner of Creativity and Affective Needs, National Curriculum Network Conference, The College of William & Mary, March 20, 2013.
    Young Gifted Readers + Great Books = Grand Conversations, National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, November 2012.
    Action Research: Becoming a Teacher Researcher. National Association for Gifted Children, New Orleans, November 2011.