More College of Education News

Sept. 8: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium to Cover Critical Education Issues

Some of the brightest minds in the field of education will be speaking at the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium. The public is invited to attend from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the UK Worsham Cinema, located in the Gatton Student … Read More

Sept. 12: Free Lunch and Learn with College of Education Researcher

Enjoy free lunch while learning about the value of inclusive sex education from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in the University of Kentucky Singletary Center President’s Room. The discussion is part of a UK Center for Equality and Social Justice serieson advocacy and engagement, with all sessions catered … Read More

Sept. 14: College of Education Tailgate for UK vs. Florida Game

You’re invited to tailgate with the University of Kentucky College of Education prior to the UK vs. Florida football game. Meet new College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D., and connect with others who have a heart for education. Join us at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in the … Read More

UK College of Education Professor Receives American Psychological Association Presidential Citation

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education, has been awarded a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association. The citation recognizes her commitment to leadership development and education and her fearless research on and commitment to social justice. Hargons is a faculty member … Read More

College Receives Funding to Improve Math Education for Elementary Students

The University of Kentucky College of Education has received $599,875 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research, develop, and implement ways of teaching mathematics that integrate equitable teaching practices. The three-year project will directly impact more than 600 college students who are studying to become elementary teachers in programs … Read More

Dean’s Study Shows Charters More Intensely Segregated Than Public Schools

Charter school students are more likely to attend racially isolated schools than their public school counterparts, says a new study published in Education Sciences, an international, peer-reviewed open access journal. The analysis was authored by Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean and professor of educational policy studies and evaluation at the University of Kentucky … Read More

10 Years Strong, Learning Comes to Life for Kids at STEM Camp

  STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is not silent. It certainly isn’t still or stoic. That much becomes clear within a few minutes of visiting See Blue STEM Camp, Robotics Camp, and Chem Camp at the University of Kentucky in June. The hallowed halls of higher education, … Read More

University of Kentucky Researchers Examine Twitter Use Among School Leaders

Twitter has become a tool for school administrators to more efficiently and effectively lead schools, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Education collected results from studies showing the ways school leaders engage with Twitter. They then analyzed how Twitter usage can impact leaders’ … Read More

Teacher Leadership Program Removes Letters of Recommendation Requirement

The Department of Educational Leadership Studies in the University of Kentucky College of Education has eliminated letters of recommendation as a requirement for admission to the master’s and educational specialist degree programs for teacher leadership and rank change. “We have found other materials in the application are more useful in … Read More

Study Finds Growth of Faculty Diversity Largely Minimal in U.S. Colleges, Universities

Colleges and universities across the nation lack the diversity needed among faculty to deliver a well-rounded education, says a new study in the recently launched South Texas College of Law Houston Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy. The analysis was authored by Julian Vasquez Heilig, incoming dean of the University of Kentucky College … Read More

College of Education Student Follows Passion for Helping Tobacco-Users

Written by Chelsea Hobbs, News Intern Sierrah Miley, a senior in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is passionate about helping others improve their health. She recently returned from the Atlantis Clinical Fellowship, where she shadowed surgeons in neurology, ears/nose/throat, and obstetrics and gynecology in Lisbon, Portugal. “The culture … Read More

Bringing Sex Ed Outside of School to Facilitate Sustainable Change

What if teen moms were given the chance to create the sex education they wish they got before they became pregnant? Dr. Kristen Mark thinks there is no better group to help create curriculum to serve young peoples’ needs. Mark, who is a sexual health researcher at the University of … Read More

UK Hosts Excellence in Educator Preparation Summit

Written by Chelsea Hobbs, News Intern The University of Kentucky recently hosted the 2019 Kentucky Excellence in Educator Preparation (KEEP) summit. This was the second annual summit, planned in collaboration with Thomas More College, the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Association … Read More

Julian Vasquez Heilig Named College of Education Dean

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2019) — Julian Vasquez Heilig has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning leader, teacher and researcher, comes to UK from California State University, Sacramento, where he was a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and director … Read More

Research Collaboration Focuses on Painful Hip Condition

University of Kentucky researchers are in search of answers for those who suffer from a painful hip condition known as Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS). Although the condition can be experienced at any age, it often impacts the young and athletic, bringing their active lifestyles to a halt. Patients are impacted … Read More

Health Promotion Student Interns with Health Department in Nebraska

Editor’s Note: This summer, we are profiling University of Kentucky College of Education students who are studying abroad or completing internships in a variety of fields. To submit a story idea, email amanda.nelson@nulluky.edu. Written by Chelsea Hobbs, Student Intern Hannah Bourg just completed her first year as a master’s of science … Read More

UK Students, Faculty Help Host History Competition

University of Kentucky College of Education faculty and students helped host the Kentucky Historical Society’s National History Day competition in April. The event included 225 students and 38 teachers from a total of 35 schools across Kentucky. The competition helps students connect the past to the present and learn 21stcentury … Read More

Instructional Design Students Apply Coursework to Meet Campus Need

Students in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Instructional Systems Design program recently had an opportunity to apply what they learned in class to help meet a need on campus. Dr. Kun Huang, a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, partnered with the UK College of … Read More

Rous Named University Research Professor

Dr. Beth Rous, professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational Leadership Studies, was recently awarded one of 16 University Research Professorships for the 2019-20 academic year. The purpose of the program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of … Read More

Majoring in Socialization and Basic Obedience

Written by Meg Mills You might see a few extra feet — or paws —  walk across the stage at the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremony in Rupp Arena. Anu is one of several dogs that will be crossing the graduation stage with student handlers. The golden retriever will be with UK College of … Read More

STEM Education Honored for Physics Teacher Preparation

Five is a big number when it comes to addressing the shortage of physics teachers in the U.S. The University of Kentucky was recently named one of only a handful of institutions in the U.S. — exactly five, as it so happens — graduating five or more high-quality physics teachers in the … Read More

Grads, Alumni Gather to Celebrate Commencement

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association hosted a celebration for UK College of Education 2019 graduates and alumni at The Barn at The Summit at Fritz Farm. It was the first time an event was held specifically for graduating College of Education students to mingle with the college’s alumni. For more … Read More

Bottge Bridging Gap Between Research, Practice

Written by Amanda Nelson   Brian Bottge is known for his research in teaching math to struggling students — and for helping teachers put the findings into action. Bottge has spent most of his career helping bridge the gap between university-level research and practice, bringing math to life for thousands … Read More

Nietzel Award Supports Early Childhood Education Colloquium

The UK Graduate School, through the Nietzel Visiting Distinguished Faculty Award program, and UK College of Education Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling hosted a colloquia in April in Dickey Hall. Dr. Yash Bhagwanji, associate professor of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University, delivered … Read More

Hammer Named Outstanding Graduate Mentor

Dr. Joe Hammer recently received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Mentor award from the Kentucky Psychological Foundation. The award was presented at the organization’s Spring Academic Conference. Hammer is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

April 17: One Day for UK

It only takes one day, one gift to make a difference. Join University of Kentucky alumni, friends and supporters on April 17 for One Day for UK. This giving day will help UK College of Education students have life-changing opportunities and the best learning experiences possible; for researchers to have … Read More

Faculty Member’s Personal Experience Inspires Children’s Book

Life inspired art for Shelly Krajny, a lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. It began as an assignment for one of her doctoral classes at Kent State University. “We were told to create something that was not in the typical research paper format,” Krajny said. “ I … Read More

UK Seeking High School Science Teachers to Apply for 3-D Learning Program

The University of Kentucky College of Education Department of STEM Education is seeking high school science teachers who are interested in working with UK faculty to develop computer-enhanced science units they can implement and teach within their school’s curriculum. “Science teachers with experience teaching biology or chemistry and who are … Read More

March 20: Literacy Education Symposium

Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice We invite you to join the University of Kentucky’s Literacy Education faculty Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. for a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with literacy scholars of the Southeastern Conference. The symposium will feature: Research presentations from literacy scholars Networking with … Read More

Tuition Opportunity for Special Education Master’s Program

The University of Kentucky College of Education is seeking applicants interested in earning a master’s degree in special education through a U.S. Department of Education grant offering tuition and collaboration opportunities. The application deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019. Click here for the application. The grant provides tuition support to … Read More

March 22: White Fragility Author to Speak

The public is invited to hear author Robin DiAngelo give a talk on her book, White Fragility: Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism?, at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22 in the Gatton College of Business and Economics Kincaid Auditorium. Free copies of the book … Read More

March 25: Colloquium Series Continues with Jessica Calarco

Dr. Jessica Calarco, assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University and author of Negotiating Opportunity: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School, will be giving a talk on her book as part of the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Colloquium Series. The talk will take place from 5 to … Read More

March 19: EdTalks – Building Partnerships with Sustainable Impacts

Mark your calendar: EdTalks 2019 will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at The Burl, 375 Thompson Rd. in Lexington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and snacks will be provided. This free community event features University of Kentucky College of Education faculty members giving brief talks on issues … Read More

Nominate a Teacher Who Made a Difference by March 31

Would you like to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life? Here is a wonderful way to do that in a way he or she will never forget. For the 21st year, the University of Kentucky College of Education is hosting an event for members of the … Read More

2019 Spring Research Conference

Students had an opportunity to present research in a safe and collaborative environment at the 2019 Spring Research Conference this past weekend. The event was a joint effort by the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and University of Cincinnati. The conference rotates locations among the three institutions annually. “Spring … Read More

Creating a Legacy

Dr. Deborah Bott Slaton has been helping special education students, teachers, and doctoral students for more than three decades. Even in retirement, she is working for the betterment of others. In fact, giving to others will be the very last thing she ever does. Slaton and her husband, Tom Slaton, … Read More

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Doctoral Students Win at Conference

Four graduate students in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion were recognized at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Southeast Regional Chapter conference in Greenville, S.C. Taylor Dinyer received second place in the rapid research race. PJ Succi received a first time presenter award. He … Read More

Colloquium Features Thelin Talk, Book-Signing

The University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation’s 2018-2019 Colloquium Series will feature a talk by University Research Professor Dr. John Thelin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Hilary J. Boone Center. Thelin’s talk on his recent book Going to College in … Read More

Undergrads Sought for STEM Research Positions

Are you an undergraduate student interested in working with professors conducting research in the current trends in STEM Education while earning extra money and college credit? If so, then the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the UK College of Education Department of STEM Education is for you. The … Read More

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Students, Faculty Host Activities at Elementary School

Students at Julius Marks Elementary were visited by University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion faculty and students during the school’s STEAM Day in February (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Dr. Rosie Lanphere, assistant professor, lead a group of Kinesiology and … Read More

NCAA Awards Grant for Mental Health Research

A University of Kentucky College of Education research team has been selected to receive funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a project related to college athletes’ psychological well-being and mental health. The team is comprised of Jeff Reese, a licensed psychologist and professor in the Department of … Read More

Middle Level Students Take Mobile Technology Project to Williamsburg

University of Kentucky College of Education students in the Middle Level Teacher Education Program were recently in Williamsburg, Ky. working with 7th and 8th grade students on a STEM mobile technology project (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The college students worked with the middle schoolers in Williamsburg … Read More

Ed Policy Doctoral Student Publishes Book Review

A book review by Ashley T. Simmons, a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, is published in the most recent edition of the Global Studies Literature Review. “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Connecting Theory and Practice in International … Read More

Feb. 12 Demystifying Appalachia Panel Discussion

The UK College of Education Inclusiveness Committee and the UK Appalachian Center, housed within the UK College of Arts and Sciences, recently sponsored a panel discussion featuring a sampling of faculty, staff, and students who are from the region or have research experiences related to Appalachia. The panel took place … Read More

Feb. 4-8 Demystifying Appalachia Week

The UK College of Education Inclusiveness Committee and the UK Appalachian Center, housed within the UK College of Arts and Sciences, are sponsoring an initiative to deepen understanding of the cultural, political, and economic complexities of the Appalachian region. “Demystifying Appalachia” is be a special focus within the College of … Read More

Thelin Talks History of University Feb. 6

If you’ve ever wondered where the University of Kentucky started, or what the campus used to look like, come listen to Dr. John Thelin as he talks about the early days of Kentucky State College. Thelin is presenting a University Staff Senate lunch and learn session from noon to 1 p.m. … Read More

Samaan Selected for Career-Development Program

Dr. Michael Samaan, University of Kentucky College of Education assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, was recently selected to be part of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science KL2 program. Samaan’s research project, “Hip Joint Bone and Cartilage Health and Mechanics in Patients with … Read More

Learning Experience Partners UK Students with Elementary Children

While many University of Kentucky students are turning in final exams or projects this time of year, UK College of Education students taking an education curriculum methods course tested their skills by teaching students from Millcreek Elementary and Picadome Elementary. The UK students planned instructional units, aligning them with instructional standards and … Read More

Professor’s Book, ‘Going to College in the Sixties,’ Featured in Inside Higher Ed

“The change in the mood of American higher education from 1960 to 1969 was incredible and surprising — from optimism and confidence to exhaustion and uncertainty,” Dr. John Thelin tells Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik in a Q&A feature about his latest book, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Thelin, … Read More

Faculty, Staff, and Students Donate Generously to Big Blue Pantry

The UK College of Education Staff Council recently spearheaded a Big Blue Pantry food drive. The donations from faculty, students, and staff weighed in at almost 195 pounds of items, thanks to the generous spirit of the College of Education family. The Big Blue Pantry serves UK students who are … Read More