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NBC News Reports on College of Education Opioid Study

  NBC News NOW has put the work of a University of Kentucky College of Education research team in the national spotlight. NBC correspondent Kathy Park visited campus to tell the story of how Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins and her team are using a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on … Read More

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Black adults’ experiences with drug treatment charted in new study

Black adults share about their experiences in drug treatment in a new University of Kentucky study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  Until now, few studies have included the voices of Black people and their experiences withtreatment providers. Study authors hope it will inform changes to promote successful … Read More

“Behind the Blue” Podcast Features Neighborhood Healers Project

Listen to Dr. Candice Hargons, a licensed psychologist and associate professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, explain how the Neighborhood Healers Project works on the July 28, 2022 episode of the “Behind the Blue” podcast. It is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher … Read More

Sport Psychology Professor Receives National Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Marc Cormier is recipient of the 2022 Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes exceptional classroom educators in the field of sport, exercise and performance psychology. This marks the second AASP award for Cormier in as many years, as he was honored with the Early Career … Read More

Vaping Prevention Program to Empower Kentucky Youth Receives Continued Funding

An innovative University of Kentucky program that provides tobacco use prevention services to youth, families and community members across Kentucky has received continued funding from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The research-based program, known as #iCANendthetrend, was developed by Melinda Ickes, Ph.D., UK College of Education faculty … Read More

Education Dean’s Latest Paper Focuses on School Finance Policy and Civil Rights

A newly published analysis of how dollars are distributed to schools in the U.S. posits that funding allocation models continue to disadvantage those in low-income communities, despite long-standing evidence that equitable funding is critical to students’ capacity to learn and achieve. The article, authored by University of Kentucky College of … Read More

Star Sprinter Abby Steiner’s Strong Academic Finish Sets Stage for Future Career

This past weekend, Abby Steiner won the U.S. Track and Field championship in the 200-meter dash. It was an all-dates collegiate best and the second-fastest semifinal and final double in American history (the record was set in 1988 by Florence Griffith Joyner). She will represent Team USA at the World … Read More

Thorpe Recognized as Equity Changemaker

Shemeka Thorpe, Ph.D., is a recipient of the University of Kentucky Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) 2022 Equity Changemaker Award. The award recognizes faculty and students conducting research that will help eliminate health disparities and inequities among marginalized and oppressed groups, and whose mentorship is contributing to the next … Read More

‘Great Teacher’ Beth Rous Treats Students as Her Future Colleagues

By Meg Mills and Kody Kiser Six of the University of Kentucky’s passionate and accomplished educators were surprised earlier this spring by student nominators and the UK Alumni Association as 2022 Great Teacher Award recipients. Beth Rous, Ph.D., is one of this year’s Great Teacher Award recipients. The UK College … Read More

College of Education Spring 2022 Dean’s List

Congrats to the University of Kentucky College of Education students named to the Spring 2022 Dean’s List for their outstanding academic performance. At the UK College of Education, students are prepared to inspire and lead, becoming well-prepared professionals, ready to address some of society’s most critical needs. To make the list, … Read More

Special Education Doctoral Scholar Wins National Research Award

Kaitlin O’Neill hopes earning a doctoral degree in special education at the University of Kentucky will help amplify her voice as an advocate for people with disabilities. She also hopes to reach others interested in becoming special education teachers, helping fill a national shortage. Already, O’Neill is making her mark … Read More

UK Faculty, Doctoral Scholar Release Video Focused on Positive Trans and Nonbinary Identities

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have released a 10-minute film, “Becoming Myself: Positive Trans & Nonbinary Identities.” It features narratives from the lives of seven transgender and nonbinary identified young adults, reflecting on their experiences navigating gender identity.   The film’s executive producers, based in the colleges of Arts & … Read More

Registration Open for Professional Learning Series

Take a workshop this summer in the University of Kentucky College of Education Professional Learning Series. The virtual and in-person workshops help participants level up their skills and earn digital badges by completing sessions. The series is open to anyone and is designed to bolster participants’ proficiency and marketability in … Read More

LEX18 Interviews Hargons on Healing After Racist Attacks

LEX18 interviewed Candice Hargons, Ph.D., a professor of counseling psychology in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, about healing the mental health impact of racist attacks. The interview was in response to the May 14 shooting at a Buffalo, New York grocery … Read More

NBC News Reports on College of Education Opioid Study

  NBC News NOW has put the work of a University of Kentucky College of Education research team in the national spotlight. NBC correspondent Kathy Park visited campus to tell the story of how Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins and her team are using a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on … Read More

Special Ed Teacher Advocates for Child, Students With Special Needs

By Meg Mills Everyone wants to find their purpose in life, whether that be to become an advocate, an educator or both. For University of Kentucky graduate Lyndsay McCullers, a special education teacher at Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Kentucky, her passion soon became her reality. *** From a young … Read More

May 11: CATalyze Education Talks

Join us for CATalyze Education Talks taking place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 in the UK Federal Credit Union Esports Theater at The Cornerstone (located at 401 S. Limestone). This free community event features University of Kentucky College of Education faculty members giving brief talks on issues impacting health … Read More

Support College of Education Students on One Day for UK

On Thursday, April 21, the University of Kentucky will celebrate its fourth university-wide giving day, “One Day for UK.” For 24 hours, the university will encourage donors around the world to give to the college, unit or cause they care most about at UK. Gifts made to the UK College … Read More

College of Education Professor Takes Covid-19 Research to Kentucky Schools

Sahar Alameh, Ph.D., is on a mission. She wants to prevent today’s middle and high school students from facing a common regret in adulthood — wishing they had paid more attention in school. Such regrets can emerge when a lesson from a long-forgotten class becomes relevant years later. In hopes … Read More

Summer 2022 Courses in the College of Education

The College of Education plans to offer an array of Summer 2022 courses. Students will find UK Core, required, and elective courses delivered online or in person. For more about Summer 2022, including the summer calendar and information about financial assistance, visit summer.uky.edu. Course ID Course Name Schedule/ Modality Who … Read More

April 7: Info Session for Overseas Student Teaching Program

Are you adventurous, academically able, independent, and ambitious? Interested in teaching in another culture? Overseas student teaching may be for you! Teacher education majors can apply to complete part of their student teaching requirements in an international school through the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching with sites in 15 countries … Read More

Apply Now for Undergraduate Research Fellowships in STEM Education

A unique University of Kentucky program is accepting applications from undergraduate students interested in assisting with faculty research. Based in the UK College of Education, the program provides annual fellowships for eight students with an interest in STEM Education. It is open to undergraduates at any university within driving distance … Read More

Register Now to Hear College of Education Speakers at Concordia Summit

The University of Kentucky College of Education has worked with Concordia to develop the 2022 Lexington Summit. Taking place both digitally and in-person April 7-8, the event features two speakers from the College of Education – Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean of the college, and Joseph Barry, a doctoral candidate in … Read More

Free Registration: Education as a Civil Right Virtual Conference

Register now to attend the free virtual conference “Education as a Civil Right — Truth, Justice, and Equity for All,” taking place online April 7-9. The conference is an initiative of the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative, in collaboration with the NAACP. Registration is free thanks … Read More

Podcast Focuses on Teacher Shortage

As educators sound the alarm about nationwide teacher shortages, students and leaders at the University of Kentucky College of Education are focusing on what higher education and communities can do to help. On the latest episode of The Learning Project, a podcast of the UK College of Education, the conversation … Read More

UK Project Will Help Black Lexingtonians Access Mental Health Services

Historically, studies have shown that Black individuals are less likely to seek and accept mental health care due to concerns regarding stigma as well as mistrust of professionals caused by documented racial inequities in treatment. In Lexington, the Black population represents approximately 15% of residents, but in 2020, Black people … Read More

Q&A With UK Sport Psychologist Marc Cormier: What it Takes to ‘Win it All’

Written by Meg Mills, UKNow It’s basketball fans’ favorite time of year — March Madness. Whether it is the love of basketball, or the thrill of competition, every fan is rooting on a favorite team. What does it take to win it all? Marc Cormier, director of the Sport and … Read More

Grant Provides Funding for Students Pursuing Degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education

The University of Kentucky College of Education has received $1,250,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to provide tuition support to students pursuing interdisciplinary training in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education – Moderate and Severe Disabilities master’s degree programs. “This grant will increase the number of … Read More

Rous Named 2022 Great Teacher

University of Kentucky College of Education professor Beth Rous is one of six UK educators named a 2022 Great Teacher by the UK Alumni Association. She is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. Initiated in 1961, UK’s Great Teacher Award is the longest-running UK award recognizing teaching. … Read More

Kinesiology Student Named Scholar-Athlete of Year

Kentucky women’s track and field senior sprinter Abby Steiner, a sophomore kinesiology major in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, has been named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year by a vote of the league head coaches. … Read More

Doctoral Student Helping Peers Feel Supported in Online Programs

Online programs offered by the University of Kentucky College of Education attract students from across the globe. They are part of a college ranked No. 14 in the nation, and top in Kentucky, for online program quality on U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 list of Best Online Master’s in … Read More

UK Scholar Selected for National Educational Leadership Network

Stacey Love, an Educational Leadership doctoral scholar in the University of Kentucky College of Education, has been selected to participate in the Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network. Love, who resides in University Heights, Ohio, is pursuing a Ph.D. online in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Leadership Studies. … Read More

Clinic Helps Students Become Lifelines for Families

As a busy working mother of two small children, Christina Hesley hesitated to walk away from her full-time job. Still, she dreamed of going to graduate school to expand her career by becoming a behavior analyst. Now, as a master’s trained, board-certified and licensed behavior analyst, Hesley is providing a … Read More

UK Ranks Among Nation’s Best Online Programs in Education

The University of Kentucky College of Education is No. 14 in the nation and the top-ranked school in Kentucky for earning an online master’s degree in education. In the specialty ranking section, UK’s online master’s program in special education is ranked at No. 7 in the nation. The “2022 Best … Read More

Spring Research Conference Proposals Due March 1

College of Education students with research in the proposal, in-progress, or completed stages are invited to present at the annual Spring Research Conference. This event provides students an opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their work, as well as their presentation skills. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate … Read More

New Grant Helps Train Early Childhood Educators and Applied Behavior Analysts Collaboratively

The University of Kentucky College of Education has received $1,250,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to provide tuition support to students pursuing interdisciplinary training in the applied behavior analysis and interdisciplinary early childhood education (IECE) master’s degree programs. “Students from both programs will learn side-by-side to collaborate … Read More

Ranking of Nation’s Top Public Influencers in Education Features UK College of Education Dean

The 2022 ranking of the nation’s top public influencers in education features University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig. The Rick Hess Straight Up Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, published annually by the American Enterprise Institute, is designed to recognize scholars who use their work to move ideas … Read More

College of Education Alumna Named Scott County Elementary Teacher of Year

Submitted by Renee Holmes, Community Education Director, Scott County Schools University of Kentucky College of Education alumna Carla Prather is the Scott County Schools Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Prather is a kindergarten teacher at Anne Mason Elementary School. As the winner of the Anne Mason Elementary Teacher of … Read More

Podcast Features Faculty, Alumni Responding to Tornadoes

As news broke early Saturday about the level of devastation caused by tornadoes in Western Kentucky, the University of Kentucky College of Education community began to reach out to one another. “The first thing that morning, our dean emailed us to check on us and to check on our students … Read More

College of Education Dean’s Essay Featured in Public Education Book

A newly released book, “Public Education: Defending an American Cornerstone,” features a chapter by University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig. Edited by David Berliner and Carl Hermanns, the book’s contributors focus on the essential roles that schools serve in society. The essay by Vasquez Heilig, “Scrutinizing … Read More

Counseling Psychology Students Show Research Making an Impact

Two counseling psychology students at the University of Kentucky College of Education gained experience sharing their research during the UK GradResearch Live! competition. The program challenges students to find ways to share their research succinctly and engagingly with a non-specialist audience. Rayven Peterson took second place in the pre- Three-Minute … Read More

Thelin’s Book Ranks in Forbes’ Top 10

University of Kentucky College of Education professor John Thelin’s book “Essential Documents in the History of Higher Education,” 2nd edition, made Forbes’ list of Best Higher Education Books of 2021. Thelin, a regarded authority on the history of higher education and public policy, presents a rich collection of primary sources … Read More

Winter Intersession Courses Offered

The College of Education has a number of Winter Intersession options to help students fulfill a UK Core requirement, take an elective, and more. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor and register soon. Winter 2021-22 courses in the College of Education include: EPE/EDP 557-203 – Gathering, Analyzing & … Read More

UK Early Childhood Experts Instrumental in Developing AEPS-3

By Amanda Nelson The latest edition of a widely used tool for teaching and assessing preschool children was developed with the help of a University of Kentucky professor with extensive experience in early childhood education and the support of the UK Early Childhood Lab. UK College of Education’s Jennifer Grisham, professor in … Read More

Q&A: Melinda Ickes Discusses Importance of Tobacco Prevention

By Grace Colville November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, the American Cancer Society names the third Thursday of the month as The Great American Smokeout — a day when people who smoke across the country take the first step toward a healthier life. According to the American Lung … Read More

New 2021-22 Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholars Bring Diverse Perspectives to Research

      Nelson O. O. Zounlome, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Educational, School and Counseling PsychologyDr. Zounlome (he/him) is a first-generation college student, child of immigrants, and native of South Bend, Indiana. He is also a former McNair Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, Herman B. Wells Graduate Fellow, and Counseling … Read More

Research Grants Available for Doctoral Students

  The Arvle and Ellen Thacker Turner Research Fund was established to provide mini-grants in support of the research efforts of doctoral graduate students in the College of Education. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to College of Education doctoral candidates who have passed their qualifying examination and are … Read More

Instructional Systems Design Program Prepared Grad for Dream Job at Salesforce

Megan Reynolds is a Senior Learning Experience Designer at customer relationship management powerhouse Salesforce. She is a graduate of the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) master’s degree program in the UK College of Education and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Educational Sciences at UK. Recently named to Learning 30 Under … Read More

UK Researcher’s New Project Aims to Help Preschool Teachers Get Quick Instruction Feedback

University of Kentucky College of Education researcher Collin Shepley has received a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop an asynchronous online training for preschool teachers in inclusive classrooms that serve children with and without disabilities. The project aims to help teachers quickly determine if their instruction is … Read More

Harley Recognized for Multicultural Research in Counselor Education

University of Kentucky College of Education professor Dr. Debra Harley has been named a 2021 recipient of the Bobbie Atkins Research Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. The award recognizes excellence in research in the rehabilitation field, with particular emphasis on research uplifting individuals with disabilities through a lens focused on multiculturalism and diversity. … Read More

UK’s Mary Tucker Wins Silver in Air Rifle Mixed Team

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky rifle star and Kinesiology major Mary Tucker has her Olympic medal as she along with USA Shooting star Lucas Kozeniesky earned silver in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mixed air rifle competition. Fellow UK star Will Shaner placed sixth overall with teammate Alison Marie Weisz. Tucker/Kozeniesky … Read More

Youth Return to Campus for UK STEM Experiences Camps

Students in second grade through high school were back on the University of Kentucky campus this summer for in-person STEM Experiences camps. The program also hosted two weeks of virtual camps, giving students the chance to take part from any location. For 11 years, STEM Experiences camps have given youth opportunities to get a sneak peak of what it feels like to learn in … Read More

‘What School Could Be Academy’ Helps Schools Leverage Pandemic’s Impact 

A University of Kentucky team is linking with a nationally-known education innovator to help educators move beyond what school was before the COVID-19 pandemic.  The UK College of Education’s Center for Next Generation Leadership is offering the What School Could Be Academy. Supported by Ted Dintersmith, a leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, the academy is open … Read More

Enroll Now in Workshop to Help Communities Address Critical Social Issues

Register now to enroll in a summer workshop offered by University of Kentucky College of Education assistant professor Dr. Kayla Johnson – a faculty member who focuses on working within communities to help address key issues impacting them. Complete the workshop to earn a digital badge from the UK College … Read More

Overseas Teaching Jobs Help Education Grads Explore, Bring Experiences Home to Students

During spring orientation for student teachers, Madison Lauer heard something she could not get off her mind. There were job opportunities in Sweden, a faculty member explained in the Zoom session full of graduating seniors. The STEM Education major from Campbellsville was unsure about making such a move, but decided … Read More

Free Workshop: Earn a Digital Badge and Professional Development Hours with Leading Voice in Racial Justice and Teacher Education

Take a free summer workshop with Dr. Cheryl E. Matias – a leading voice in racial justice and teacher education – and earn a digital badge from the University of Kentucky College of Education. Open to anyone (professionals, teachers, community members, and students), Matias’ fun and interactive workshop — Beyond the Black … Read More

‘Great Teacher’ Joseph Hammer Counsels Students Through Process to Do Good

Written by Meg Mills, UK Public Relations Six of the University of Kentucky’s passionate and accomplished educators were surprised earlier this spring by student nominators and the UK Alumni Association as 2021 Great Teacher Award recipients. Dr. Joseph Hammer is one of this year’s Great Teacher Award recipients. The UK … Read More

UK Researchers Author Book on COVID-19 Pandemic Communication

A new book, “Communicating Science in Times of Crisis: COVID-19 Pandemic,” features research and analysis from University of Kentucky faculty. Dr. Dan O’Hair, professor in the College of Communication and Information, and Dr. Mary John O’Hair, professor of educational leadership studies in the College of Education, are co-editors of the book, a first volume in a new series about the study of science communication … Read More

Erwin, Swan Named to Teaching Innovation Institute

University of Kentucky College of Education professors Dr. Heather Erwin and Dr. Kathy Swan have been named to the second cohort of the Teaching Innovation Institute at UK’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Erwin is professor and chair in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Swan … Read More

Vasquez Heilig Named to Hispanics in Higher Education Board

University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig has been appointed to the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Board of Directors. His three-year term begins July 1. “This is something I know would make my grandmothers proud, so I am serving in their memory. Since their … Read More

Sport Psychology’s Cormier Named Top Early Career Practitioner

Marc Cormier’s passion for helping students as a sport and exercise psychology practitioner and faculty member at the University of Kentucky is evident on playing fields and in the classroom. His dedication is being recognized by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology with the 2021 Early Career Practitioner Award. Cormier … Read More

K-Ready Camp Helps All Children Prepare for Kindergarten

Provide your child the opportunity to learn kindergarten-readiness skills at the 2021 K-Ready Camp, a service provided by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Behavioral Supports through the College of Education. Designed for children age 4 to 6, campers will learn kindergarten-readiness and friendship skills in an inclusive, diverse, … Read More

Sport and Exercise Psychology’s Cormier Wins UK Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Marc Cormier is a 2021 recipient of the University of Kentucky’s Outstanding Teaching Awards. Cormier is a faculty member in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. There, he prepares master’s and doctoral level scholars in the Sport and Exercise Psychology program for careers in … Read More

Doctoral Candidate Tackling Black Health Disparities

By Elizabeth Chapin Jardin Dogan says her clinical practice and own life experiences have inspired her research, which is helping to eliminate mental, social and sexual health disparities for Black people. The counseling psychology doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky’s College of Education counsels people who are experiencing mental … Read More

Register Now for Education and Civil Rights for the New Decade

The University of Kentucky College of Education is offering a community resource on the journey for racial equity through a new conference, Education and Civil Rights for the New Decade. The virtual conference features some of the nation’s most influential thought leaders during two days of sessions, Friday, May 7, … Read More

Register Now for Implicit Bias Virtual Symposium

University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig will lead participants in a free implicit bias virtual symposium at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. The Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties is hosting the event to offer tools to confront, reduce, and eliminate this … Read More

Online-Only Medical Appointments Create Disparities During Pandemic

People with disabilities already experienced disparities in medical care, but the rapid shift to online-only medical appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic created additional barriers for many, according to a paper published by University of Kentucky College of Education faculty in the ACTA Scientific Medical Sciences journal. “Using technology to connect … Read More

National Educational Research Meeting Features UK College of Education Faculty, Students

The work of University of Kentucky College of Education faculty and students will be showcased at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting. Taking place virtually this year, April 8-12, the event provides a platform for the ideas and data shaping education practices and policies and connects leading thinkers … Read More

Beyond Play: A New Perspective on Gaming

Can gaming make kids smarter? A new undergraduate class planned for Fall 2021 will explore how gaming – from digital to board games – can be applied in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. SEM 343 – Gaming in STEM Education is for a wide range of students, whether … Read More

Supporting Our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Communities

The University of Kentucky College of Education stands with those who have been targeted by racist, xenophobic actions directed towards Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities across the nation. As our UK College of Education community processes the ongoing violence, bigotry, and discrimination perpetrated on those of Asian, Asian … Read More

Helping Students Process Racial Trauma

As anniversaries of the tragedies that sparked nation-wide protests against systemic racism approach, faculty members with the Education and Civil Rights Initiative in collaboration with the NAACP, based in the University of Kentucky College of Education, are sharing information to aid school personnel in helping students process racial trauma and … Read More

Innovative Doctorate Focuses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Development

A new, innovative doctoral specialization at the University of Kentucky College of Education will prepare scholars for diversity, equity, and inclusion senior leadership roles in higher education settings and related fields. The Ph.D. in Studies in Higher Education Specialization in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be housed in the Department … Read More

UK College of Education Initiative with NAACP Creates New Opportunities for Vincent to Pursue Equity, Access

Early in his legal career, Gregory Vincent realized one of the greatest challenges of being a civil rights attorney. His involvement in a case could help set new legal precedents, but he could not go back and prevent the harm to a person that had already been committed. In his … Read More

College of Education Faculty Participate in Summit for Civil Rights 2021

Faculty from the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative in collaboration with the NAACP participated in the Summit for Civil Rights 2021 — First 100 Days Briefing. The online event was designed to provide U.S. leaders with research and analysis on issues impacting racial justice and … Read More

UK Faculty, Students Contribute to National Cancer Prevention Workshop

An educational session airing Thursday, Feb. 4 during the National Cancer Prevention Workshop will feature expert information from University of Kentucky faculty and students. The workshop is typically an event on Capitol Hill that educates students and legislators and provides continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, and public health professionals. The … Read More

Rankings Place Dean Among Top Education Policy Influencers

An annual ranking of the U.S. scholars most influential in shaping education practice and policy once again includes University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig. Vasquez Heilig has consistently been ranked among the top public influencers in the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. The 2021 edition was released … Read More

UK College of Education Online Programs Rank Among Top in Nation

The University of Kentucky College of Education climbed 45 spots to No. 15 in the nation in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs rankings. The college is the top-ranked Kentucky school in the report. “Our meteoric rise took place during a challenging year, as we faced … Read More

New Study to Provide First In-Depth Look at Hip Pain in Patients With Marfan Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have received a $100,000 grant from The Marfan Foundation to assess how patients with Marfan syndrome develop hip pain. The study will be conducted by Mary Sheppard, an assistant professor of family medicine and surgery in the UK College of Medicine, and Michael Samaan, … Read More

Enhance Your Spring 2021 Semester with Face-to-Face Courses

Interested in face-to-face courses? The College of Education has a number of traditional in-person as well as hybrid offerings for the Spring 2021 semester, including several engaging fitness-focused courses to contribute to a healthy lifestyle as you begin the new year. The list below is a sampling of courses offered … Read More

Literacy Professor Creates Support for K-12 Teachers

University of Kentucky College of Education Professor Janice Almasi has received funding from the Kentucky Department of Education to support teachers implementing the Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading and Writing. Almasi is the Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. To coordinate the … Read More

December Grads Include Three Uniquely Trained to Help Special Education Students with Communication Needs

Among December’s University of Kentucky College of Education graduates are three students who completed a program uniquely preparing school personnel who work with students with moderate and severe disabilities. Though not typically trained together, a grant UK received from the U.S. Department of Education allows teachers in the special education … Read More

Alumna’s Star-studded Classroom Brightens Zoom Sessions for High Schoolers

A school year like no other became the perfect chance for Whitney Walker to take her social studies classroom to the next level at Lafayette High School in Lexington. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walker’s classroom had been a marvel. Nearly every inch was covered with souvenirs, maps, retro … Read More

Doctoral Student Selected for Jackson Scholars Network

Rasheed Flowers, a University of Kentucky College of Education doctoral student, has been selected to participate in the University Council for Education Administration’s (UCEA) Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network. The Jackson Scholars program was created to provide a support system for graduate students of color and to help increase the … Read More

New Study Focuses on Hip Osteoarthritis Among Farmers

The demands of farming put agricultural workers at high risk of developing hip osteoarthritis. Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Education are looking at why this happens and will develop methods to optimize hip health. The pilot study, funded by the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury … Read More

UK Education Doctoral Scholar Publishes Comics to Help High School Students

As a high school chemistry teacher, Christopher Preece has watched struggling students start to grasp science concepts through reading comic books. While pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky College of Education, Preece is taking a closer look at what makes comics a useful educational tool, dissecting exactly … Read More

Hargons Elected to American Psychological Association Board

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons has been elected to the board of directors for the American Psychological Association (APA), the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S. As one of the board’s 16 members, Hargons, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky College of … Read More

College of Education Project Receives $3.2 Million for Opioid Use Research

The University of Kentucky College of Education’s Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins has received a $3.2 million grant to conduct one of the nation’s first studies on nonmedical prescription opioid use among Black Americans. The funding, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will help fill a dire need for data on … Read More

Nov. 11 Applied Research Talk

The Community of Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) will host Shannon Sampson, Ph.D., and Kelly Bradley, Ph.D., as they feature their work in a talk: Creating a Structurally Sound Instrument by Utilizing Principles of Measurement Theory 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 They will discuss the origins and principles of measurement … Read More

Nov. 12 Online Discussion: Navigating Your Teens in Breonna Taylor’s America

  The University of Kentucky College of Education is hosting an online discussion, “Navigating Your Teens in Breonna Taylor’s America,” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Focused on empowering students and educators, the discussion will be streamed live on the College of Education YouTube channel. Participants are encouraged to submit … Read More

UK Prepares Next Generation of Teachers Amid COVID-19

Written by Meg Mills, UK Public Relations and Marketing  Each semester, the University of Kentucky sends education students into the classrooms of experienced teachers to observe and learn best practices for their own future classrooms. This year, the shift to online education in the face of COVID-19 required an innovative … Read More

Oct. 29 Free Webinar: Coronavirus Impact on Students and Education Systems

How can we bridge the digital and health divide for students of color during the pandemic? Expert panelists from the National Medical Association and the NAACP will share their ideas in a free webinar taking place Thursday, Oct. 29. The discussion will be moderated by the University of Kentucky College … Read More

UK Faculty Support Statewide Research Study on Pandemic Disruption

A group of high school students studying the impact of COVID-19 on their peers received guidance over the summer from several University of Kentucky faculty members and graduate students. The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, in consultation with UK faculty members Ellen Usher, Beth Goldstein and Daniela DiGiacomo, set out to gauge … Read More

College of Education Dean’s New Study Analyzes Educational Equity Issues

A unique digital media study focused on educational equity issues surrounding Teach For America has been published by University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig. The study is thought to be the first in educational policy to use a new form of research — digital ethnography — to analyze participant responses. Published … Read More

Our Mission in Wake of Breonna Taylor Case Decision

In light of today’s announcement in the Breonna Taylor case we are reflecting on our values as a college. Our mission focuses on providing leadership in the improvement of the education, health, and well-being of citizens in the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. If we do not prioritize helping to … Read More

Donors Support College of Education Scholarships on One Day for UK

Donors to the University of Kentucky College of Education raised $45,579 during One Day for UK. For 24 hours on Sept. 16, more than 50 colleges, programs, and causes at UK participated in the second annual university-wide giving day. The UK College of Education received gifts from 159 donors and … Read More

Online Version of STEM Camp Allows Expansion Across Six States

When it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic would prevent STEM camps from taking place at universities across the U.S. this summer, faculty began exploring how the limitations could create new opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school campers. During the past decade, the University of Kentucky’s STEM Camp has given … Read More

Matias Receives Mid-Career Award for Work in Racial Justice and Teacher Education

University of Kentucky College of Education professor Dr. Cheryl E. Matias has received national recognition for her work in racial justice and teacher education as recipient of the 2020 American Educational Research Association’s Mid-Career Award in Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education). “Dr. Matias has clearly become a leading voice … Read More

Donors Help Counselor Education Grad Make a Difference

Arsène Kabeya was not sure how he would afford tuition for a master’s program. In May, with the help of a fellowship award, he graduated from the Counselor Education master’s program in the University of Kentucky College of Education. “I’m the first person in my immediate family to be in … Read More

Ed Leadership Blog: Letter to a Young Teacher in 2020

Are you a school leader, or do you aspire to be one? Staying up-to-date on news and trends in your field will help you proactively lead schools. Each month, faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies blog about topics to advance your career. This month’s Ed Leadership Blog … Read More

UK College of Education Alums Lead Nation’s Aspiring Educators

Cameo Kendrick and Rachel Immerman, recent graduates of the University of Kentucky, crossed paths during their time as students in the UK College of Education. Both were passionate about education, with their sights set on leading classrooms, while also impacting large-scale change. Their chance meeting through the National Education Association … Read More

University of Kentucky Launches Civil Rights and Education Initiative with NAACP

The University of Kentucky College of Education and the nation’s largest and most preeminent civil rights organization are launching a groundbreaking collaboration. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell, UK Provost David Blackwell, and UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig have signed an agreement to develop … Read More