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2018-19 Highlights

Department of STEM Education
• Outstanding Research Productivity and Dissemination: Faculty members in the department of STEM Education have published over 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with 29 new publications in the past academic year (2018-2019). Additionally, in the past year, faculty members in this department have produced two research volumes focused on responsive mathematics teaching practices and project-based science learning environments.

• High Volume of External Funding: Faculty members have successfully secured over $43 million dollars in external funding from public organizations such as the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education and private companies such as Toyota and Qualcomm. Presently, department faculty are administering approximately $4.6 million in externally-funded research activity.

• National Leadership and Recognition: Faculty members in the department of STEM Education serve as leaders in prestigious national organizations including leadership roles with the American Educational Research Association (Division Chairperson); School Science and Mathematics Association (Board of Directors); Psychology of Mathematics Education – North America Chapter (Steering Committee Chair); U.S. Math Recovery Council (Board of Directors Chairperson). Additionally, faculty members are currently on editorial boards for the Journal of Educational Research and School Science and Mathematics. Three faculty members have participated in the highly-selective Service Teaching and Research (STaR) fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation, and have received outstanding publication awards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the New England Educational Research Association. In the preceding academic year (2018-2019), a senior faculty member was awarded the highly-competitive University Research Professor award at the University of Kentucky.

Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
– EPE has a great breadth of online and face-to-face offerings (and degree programs).

– Our online Methods program is gaining national attention and we’ve seen strong growth in our methods program, but also the associated courses.

– John Thelin’s national prestige, including mainstream – ESPN, https://education.uky.edu/thelin-on-espn-outside-the-lines/

– Distinguished alumni


Department of Curriculum and Instruction Highlights 2018-19

Nationally recognized faculty, including:

Lead Author of C3 Social Studies Standards
Editor, Social Justice Across Contexts in Education book series and Culture, Curriculum, and Education series for Peter Lang Publishing.
Editor, History of Education book series for Information Age Publishing.
Numerous leaderships positions held in national and international organizations.
Keynote speaker, American Association for Teaching and Curriculum
Executive Director of the UK Confucius Institute, an award-winning center

Skilled teaching faculty, including:

Winner, UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award
Association of Teacher Educators Clinical Practice Fellow
Numerous student organizations sponsored by faculty, including Kentucky Education Association student branch, Minority Student Association.

Valuable service to the community, including:

Department awarded Golden Apple Award by Fayette County Public Schools for work with Educators Rising.
Founder of Financial Literacy Coalition of Kentucky Universities to provide teacher professional development on financial literacy concepts.
Department faculty lead the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development, serving schools statewide.
Professional development modules developed to introduce teachers statewide to new Kentucky Academic Standards.
Service-learning projects involving tutoring, literacy, etc. for community families.
Hosted professional development for 323 Chinese teachers from 28 states.

Distinguished alumni, including:

2018 National Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Kentucky Teachers of the Year
Alumni serving as faculty members at University of South Carolina and other major universities.

$4M+ in grant-funded research, including:

Project PLACE (Partnerships for Learning, Achievement, and Classroom Engagement) is a professional learning experience for K-8 teachers to improve achievement and engagement for English learners through classroom activities and family collaboration.


Kinesiology and Health Promotion
KHP offers three UG programs in exercise science, health promotion, and physical education/health education teaching.
• 100% of our certified graduates in the health and physical education teacher education programs have been employed in the past 10 years.
• The UG Exercise Science Program has grown by 235% since 2007 and is currently the fourth largest major at the University of Kentucky, as it prepares students for a variety of applied and clinical professions, graduate programs, and professional healthcare programs (e.g., Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Chiropractic) and approximately 60% of the Professional Kinesiology curriculum utilizing hands-on experiences and laboratories. The curriculum is designed to be congruent with the guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and other governing organizations.
• KHP biomechanics program has a state-of-the-art lab with 3D motion capture, electromyography and force measurement capabilities. This facility allows students to address critical research questions related but not limited to sport, exercise, health, aging, space science and ergonomics. Collaborations of our biomechanists with engineers and clinicians across campus provides our diverse research team with a unique environment and set of expertise to perform clinically oriented research aimed at understanding joint function and health in those with and without osteoarthritis and other orthopaedic pathologies.

• The Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion offers formalized options in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Health Promotion, Sport Leadership, Coaching, Teaching, and Sport Psychology and two graduate certificates in high performance coaching and health coaching.

• The PhD in Exercise Science offers an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. These are mentor-based programs that challenge students with a rigorous applied science curriculum. Students are engaged in research during their first year of the program to develop a focused line of research inquiry. Additionally, students are provided with opportunities to develop pedagogical skills to prepare for a career in academia.
• The High Performance Coaching Certificate is a unique graduate level certificate focused on preparing professionals to enhance athletic development in collegiate and professional settings through the acquisition of analytical, psychological, leadership, and advanced strength and conditioning skills. It is currently the only formalized high performance curriculum in the United States.
• The Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching builds on the expertise of our Health Promotion faculty and incorporates hands on opportunities for students to practice the coaching context to enhance well-being and facilitate the achievement of health-related goals. We have existing relationships with statewide worksite wellness corporations, innovative student wellness coaching programs, obesity and diabetes prevention/treatment programs, as well as organizations serving individuals with disabilities.
• The Sport Leadership Master’s degree program, designed to provide practitioners in the sport industry with transferable skills for ever-changing landscape in sport and fitness, has created an extensive alumni network that help provide practicum experiences for current students. A few successful alumni are Devron Edwards, current Vice President for NCAA Partnerships at CBS, Kyle Waterstone, Director of Compliance at USC, and Deb Moore, Director for Athletics Communications and Public Relations at UK.
• The Sport and Exercise Psychology program offers two tracks (research and applied), designed to prepare students for successful entry in the field of sport and performance psychology, health and wellness, coaching, and/or life skill development. Students in the research track leave well-prepared for success at the PhD level whereas applied track students are eligible to sit for certification (CMPC) exam immediately following graduation. The applied track offers approved internship sites, including professional sport teams, NCAA Division I, Division III, or NAIA.
• Highly respected program faculty include a Certified Mental Performance Consultant/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Psychologist. The Program Director, Dr. Marc Cormier, also serves as the Director of Counseling and Performance Psychology with UK Athletics.
• Graduates of both our UG and graduate Health Promotion degrees are equipped with the professional skills set forth by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. and are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.
• Health Promotion alumni have accepted positions at a variety of non-profit, university, local, state, and national organizations, including: Vanderbilt University, University of Cincinnati, Arizona State University, Marshall University, Cal State, American Cancer Society, National Kidney Association, Americorps, etc.
• Our health promotion faculty are national experts in their respective areas. Dr. Melinda Ickes is currently serving on the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids’ Youth Engagement Alliance and has reached over 3,000 youth in Kentucky with her #iCANendthetrend e-cigarette prevention and empowerment program. Dr. Kristen Mark has worked tirelessly to advocate for evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education to be implemented in Kentucky schools through the LexEd initiative. Dr. Elizabeth Whitney was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American School Health Association.


The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Department at the COE brings many strengths and advantages to the University of Kentucky and to the community at large.

• The IECE Program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

• The IEC is staffed with 2 full-time professors (Drs. Grisham-Brown, and Shepley), 1 clinical associate professor (Dr. Hawkins-Lear), 1 clinical assistant professor (Kelly Sampson), 1 adjunct faculty (Caroline Gooden), and several part-time faculty.

• Beginning in Spring 2021, we will have one of the only fully online interdisciplinary early childhood initial certification programs at the Graduate and Master’s Degree levels.

• Beginning in Spring 2020, students will be able to participate in two excellent international early childhood opportunities, through innovative programs in Guatemala and South Africa.

• We administer a 5-STAR (top-tier Quality Rating System rated) and NAEYC accredited program, the Early Childhood Lab, in which students get numerous hands-on opportunities with children through various practicum experiences, and in which our graduate students conduct applied research in a high-quality setting.


Rehabilitation Counseling
• 9th ranked program in the country
• CACREP accredited doctoral program
• CACREP rehabilitation counseling program
• Faculty publications (for me 80 peer-reviewed article, 70 book chapters, 4 books)
• Faculty with national reputation
• DL education fro 20 years
• Graduates have served in leadership roles in state agencies


Special Education
· The Special Education program offers programs in applied behavior analysis (graduate), assistive technology (graduate), autism spectrum disorder (graduate), special education (learning & behavior disorders and moderate & severe disabilities; graduate and undergraduate), visual impairments (graduate)
· In 2018-2019, the Special Education faculty at UK collectively published 39 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 33 presentations at professional conferences; many of these have been co-authored with students
· In 2018, six of our faculty were responsible for obtaining three different OSEP-funded personnel preparation grants to prepare master’s students
· Brian Bottge was Principal Investigator and author of Goal 2, Goal 3, and Goal 5 Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) grants, Cognition and Student Learning, total funded $5,081,828. His Enhanced Anchored Instruction selected as one of four exemplary nation-wide math programs in special education for replicating in new Institute of Education Sciences Replication Grants RFA. The URL for the complete description of the grant competition can be found at: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/ncer_rfas/systematic_replications.asp


EDP At A Glance
EDP Faculty Research Productivity and Instructional Achievements
U.S. Fulbright Scholars (2)
University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award Recipients (2)
Kentucky Psychological Association Community Service Award (1)
Kentucky Psychological Association Graduate Mentor of the Year (2)
UK Sponsored Projects, Federal Research Grants, and Contract Totals (2013-2018)
o 2015 = $577,065
o 2016 = $406,235
o 2017 = $246,976
o 2018 = $1,277,167
o 2019 = $747,918
EDP Student Research Productivity and Matriculation Achievements (2013-2018)
Student Publications (Co-Authored with faculty): 214
Regional, National, and International Presentations: 423
PhD Graduates: 66
o 2013-2014: 9 (2nd in COE)
o 2014-2015: 18 (1st in COE)
o 2015-2016: 9 (tied for 2nd in COE)
o 2016-2017: 9 (3rd in COE)
o 2017-2018: 10 (1st in COE)
o 2018-2019: 11 (2nd in COE)
Number of students awarded Graduate School Funding: 53
Mean years to PhD completion: 5.91 (including one-year internship)
Number of Current PhD students (2019-2020): 51