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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

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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. For student teachers this year, the experience has been very different. Most area schools are … 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

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

New UK College of Education Faculty Bridge Divides for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

By Amanda Nelson A diverse group of new faculty recruits to the University of Kentucky College of Education are making an impact in areas where needs are among the greatest and resources are often lacking. They will join distinguished researchers and educators who are addressing some of the most pressing … Read More

Writing the Book That Hadn’t Been Written, a Q&A With Mariama J. Lockington

Growing up as a Transracial adoptee in a multiracial household, Mariama J. Lockington scoured library shelves for books with covers that featured someone like her. Yet few of the protagonists were someone with whom she could identify, and none seemed to reflect her experience growing up as the Black daughter … Read More

Associate Dean Seeks to Break Through Barriers With 1st Handbook of STEM Education Research

University of Kentucky College of Education Professor and Associate Dean Margaret Mohr-Schroeder has dedicated her career, in part, to breaking down silos. For more than a decade, Mohr-Schroeder has worked to remove barriers in order to facilitate authentic, hands-on educational opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively known as STEM. … Read More

Ed Leadership Blog: Trends in Teacher Leadership

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. Teacher leaders, principals, school technology … Read More

June 19: UK Professor Joins CNN Personalities for WarnerMedia’s Juneteenth Discussion on Coping and Healing

University of Kentucky College of Education faculty member Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons will join CNN political commentator Van Jones and CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez for an online discussion on coping with and healing from the psychological chains of Juneteenth to today. The talk, Building Resilience: The Path to Moving Forward, … Read More

June 17 Online Talk: UK College of Education Dean Discusses Public Education

University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig will discuss his research in education policy, with a focus on equity and inclusion, during a Network for Public Education video conference at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. The discussion will be hosted by Diana Ravitch, president of the Network … Read More

Graduate Student Named 2020 Clark Scholar

University of Kentucky College of Education doctoral scholar Derek T. M. Daskalakes was selected for the 2020 Class of Clark Scholars, one of the most well-respected graduate student seminars, held each year at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. The seminar is sponsored by the association’s Division A and … Read More

Undergraduate Research Opportunity With Pay, Apply By May 22

Undergraduate students interested in working as a STEM Education research fellow have just a few more days to apply. The application deadline is Friday, May 22. Molly Fisher, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of STEM Education, was awarded a three-year renewal of a $378,159 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) … Read More

Before ‘Zoom’ Became a Noun: Wilma Klein Was Kentucky’s Distance Learning Pioneer

While video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet are the talk of 2020, Kentucky students have been using technology to learn at home for 63 years. Wilma Howard Klein is the “grandmother” of distance education. The University of Kentucky College of Education alumna conducted the first instructional television program … Read More

Register Now to Level Up Skills in Professional Learning Series

The University of Kentucky College of Education is launching a new Professional Learning Series. Open to anyone, the series is designed to help participants level up their skills in a selection of self-paced and live workshops—all online this summer. When participants successfully complete a workshop, they will earn a digital … Read More

15 College of Education Students Earn a Place on SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll

A total of 15 University of Kentucky College of Education student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Winter Sports Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Honor Roll, announced recently by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. Overall, UK had the fourth-highest number of honorees in the league at a total of 66. The 2020 … Read More

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Chair Named Journal Editor

The University of Kentucky College of Education’s Dr. Heather Erwin has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. Her four-year term will start in July as incoming editor-in-chief for the first two years of her appointment and as editor-in-chief the following two years. Among her dozens … Read More

New Health Promotion badges offered this summer

For the first time, the University of Kentucky College of Education will offer digital badges students can earn fully online as they invest in their well-being and build professional skills. Digital badges can be used on a resume, social media, email signature and other ways to signify additional study in … Read More

Coronavirus Closings Create New Opportunities, Challenges for Student Teachers

Sydney Harper was on her final leg of student teaching when the semester was turned upside down. Kentucky schools, like most across the nation, were closing their doors to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. “It didn’t seem real. I kept telling myself that we’d be back in … Read More

Student Teacher Blogs About Experience in Spain During COVID-19 Closures

Student teachers at the University of Kentucky College of Education are facing new challenges and opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The education majors doing part of their student teaching overseas had to make quick pivots to their plans. In this blog Bea Randolph, a senior studying STEM Education, opens up about … Read More

Student Teachers Practice Virtual Interviews with K-12 School Leaders

Student teachers at the University of Kentucky College of Education are putting finishing touches on their resumes and setting their sights on teaching positions for the fall. This year’s job interviews may be happening virtually, as most of the U.S. is under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To … Read More

Ed Leadership Blog: Becoming a Digital Leader, Overnight

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. Faculty members in the Educational Leadership Studies department at the University of Kentucky College of Education blog about topics to advance your career. … Read More

May 1 Online Talk: How To Select Sample Sizes for Research Studies

Are you a University of Kentucky faculty member or student designing a research study? Want to know how to be sure it has adequate sample sizes to determine the minimum meaningful effect size? Register for a free, online talk by Dr. James Peugh, research associate professor and quantitative psychologist at … Read More

April 24 Coffee Chat: Supporting Young Children’s Communication Skills to Prevent Challenging Behaviors

Parents home with young children during the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to connect with experts for practical advice. Dr. Justin Lane, a University of Kentucky College of Education associate professor of special education, will be part of a live chat to offer practical strategies for parents to use at … Read More

Live Coffee Chat: Supporting Children’s Language and Preventing Challenging Behaviors at Home

Parents home with young children during the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to connect with experts for practical advice. Dr. Justin Lane, a University of Kentucky College of Education associate professor of special education, will be part of a live chat to offer practical strategies for parents to use at … Read More

Q&A: Impacts COVID-19 Will Have on K-12 Education

Amid school closings to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, educators are grappling with keeping student learning on track. University of Kentucky faculty who direct the Center for Next Generation Leadership at the UK College of Education provide professional development and support for school leaders as they transform schools to better prepare students … Read More

Apply Now: Full Scholarships Available for Special Education Master’s

The University of Kentucky College of Education is offering full tuition in-state scholarships and a $5,000 per semester stipend for students earning a Master of Science (M.S.) in Special Education (moderate and severe disabilities) in the UK Advanced Preparation Teacher Leader Program in Special Education. The Training InterdisciPLinary Educators to … Read More

Pandemic Sends Students Struggling With Math Online for Help From UK Research Team

Fayette County Public Schools students began earning credit at home through the state’s non-traditional instruction (NTI) program this week, in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Education are using video-conferencing technology to connect with students from a Lexington … Read More

Grant Helps Teachers Implement Next Gen Science Standards

Helping science teachers find new ways to reach students is at the core of a National Science Foundation grant Dr. Lin Xiang received last semester as part of her work with the Alliance for Science Educators. The grant was awarded to a lead institution, California State University, East Bay, and … Read More

Erwin Named Editor of Physical Education Journal

Dr. Heather Erwin has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. Her four-year term will start in July as incoming editor-in-chief for the first two years of her appointment and as editor-in-chief the following two years. Among her dozens of published works, Erwin has appeared in … Read More

Kinesiology Professor Authors New Textbook

Students majoring in kinesiology-exercise science at the University of Kentucky often begin their program with a course that provides a brief history of physical activity and an introduction to modern issues in sport. In the years Dr. Jill Day has been teaching it, she has never found a textbook spanning … Read More

Teaching Accessibly Online (and enjoying it!)

Blog written by Allison Levine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Originally published by the American Counseling Association I have been teaching online and using online supplements in my teaching for 5 years now. In fact, I have the privilege of working in the first online rehabilitation counselor education program in the country. … Read More

Social Media Campaign Offers Way to Thank Teachers

Although the 2020 Teachers Who Made a Difference ceremony has been cancelled to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you still have an opportunity to express how a teacher made an impression on you. Record a short video holding up signs with kind words about a teacher or talk … Read More

Advice for Parents: Talking to Kids about COVID-19

By Candice N. Hargons, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology In these unprecedented and trying times, most of us are having to manage our own fears and concerns about how we want to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for those of us who are parents, … Read More

Wilson Awarded Multicultural Concerns in Rehabilitation Professions Fellow Credential

University of Kentucky College of Education faculty member Dr. Keith B. Wilson has been awarded the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns Fellow Credential. The award recognizes and honors those who contribute to multicultural concerns in rehabilitation professions through research, education, practice, and leadership. Wilson is a professor of rehabilitation … Read More

How UK College of Education Students Are Completing Field Experiences During COVID-19 Closures

What happens when K-12 schools and universities pause traditional instruction in the middle of students’ required field experiences (such as student teaching) in response to COVID-19? Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, professor & associate dean at the University of Kentucky College of Education, is blogging about the behind-the-scenes work faculty are doing … Read More

College of Education Graduate Programs Rise in Rankings

University of Kentucky College of Education graduate programs are on the rise, climbing 14 spots to break the top 30 among public institutions and 43rd overall among all education graduate programs in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings released today. “Our highest-ever ranking shows … Read More

Study Focuses on Helping Fourth Graders Make Well-Constructed Online Arguments

Dr. Narmada Paul is passionate about helping students gain the skills and motivation needed to make a difference in their communities. She believes that teaching students to be responsible citizens in the digital world is one way to encourage civic engagement in learners. “A lot of civic engagement is already … Read More

Crystal Receives Rehabilitation Education’s Highest Honor

The National Council on Rehabilitation Education has selected Dr. Ralph M. Crystal for the 2020 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award. Crystal will accept the award during the council’s spring conference in San Diego, California in April. It is the highest honor an educator can attain in the field of … Read More

Exercise Science Students Learn Physical Demands of Police, Fire Jobs

Students who want to become exercise scientists or high-performance coaches with collegiate and professional teams often take courses with Dr. Mark Abel during their studies at the University of Kentucky. Recently, Abel’s students got a glimpse of physically demanding careers outside of the sports and fitness realm. They took part … Read More

College of Education Grad Students Play Role on Baptist Health Research Team

Students at the University of Kentucky College of Education are contributing to research in a surprising field – health care. In recent years, Baptist Health Lexington created a fellowship to recruit doctoral scholars to be part of an in-house research team at the hospital. “We found students with a data … Read More

Center for Next Generation Leadership Developing New UK Dual Credit Program

Digital technology is putting a new perspective on courses for high school students. With the University of Kentucky’s new dual credit program, taught by both high school teachers and UK professors, students can earn both high school and college credits. Through the new program at the university, juniors and seniors … Read More

Ed Leadership Blog: Equity, Cultural Responsiveness, Care, and the Education-Community Cycle of Service

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. Current and aspiring teacher leaders, … Read More

Nominate a Teacher Who Made a Difference

Would you like to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life? Here is a wonderful way to provide a recognition that teacher will never forget. For the 22nd year, the University of Kentucky College of Education is hosting an event for members of the public to honor … Read More

Feb. 11: Continuing the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Discussion: Gender and Equity

A symposium featuring speakers focused on gender and equity in education will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the University of Kentucky College of Education (Taylor Education Building auditorium). The event is sponsored by the UK College of Education Inclusiveness Committee. Featured presentations include: Collaborating as … Read More

Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Symposium Examines Toll of Mass Incarceration

A two-day symposium at the University of Kentucky will connect academic and community voices on issues surrounding mass incarceration. Organized by the UK College of Education, Punishing Trauma will examine the impact and consequences of punishment and surveillance on children, families, and communities. “Punishing Trauma looks at the systemic effects … Read More

UK Education Online Programs Ranked Among Top in Nation

Two University of Kentucky College of Education master’s degree programs are among the top 20 in the nation, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. UK’s special education online master’s program is 14th, and the teacher leadership online master’s (listed by the magazine as … Read More

Professor Helps Lead American School Health Association

Dr. Elizabeth Whitney’s contributions to the field of school health have been recognized by the American School Health Association (ASHA). She recently advanced to fellowship status with the organization and will serve on its 2020 board of directors. Whitney, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education … Read More

Think Humanities Podcast Features Thelin

University of Kentucky College of Education professor John Thelin weighed in on topics impacting American higher education, past and present, during episode 114 of the Think Humanities podcast. Hosted by Bill Goodman, the Kentucky Humanities Council produces the podcast for people who love history, philosophy, culture, literature, civic dialogue, and … Read More

UK Researcher’s Study Focuses on Painful Hip Condition

Written by Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky researchers are in search of answers for those who suffer from a painful hip condition known as Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS). A study in the January issue of Clinical Biomechanics helps shed light on the short-term outcome of anthroscopic surgery for the condition. … Read More

WUKY Radio Airs Interview with UK College of Education Dean

University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig recently talked with WUKY radio’s Tom Godell to share his vision for the future of the college, which has nearly 3,000 students in more than 70 graduate and undergraduate programs. Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning leader, teacher, and researcher. He … Read More

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Professor, Alumni Receive Honors

A faculty member and four alumni from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky College of Education have been recognized for contributions to their fields. The Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) named: Heather Erwin, chair of the Department of Kinesiology … Read More

Doctoral Student Wins Award for Contributions to Adult Literacy Research

Lyudmyla Ivanyuk, a doctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky College of Education, won the Literacy Research Association’s 2019 J. Michael Parker Award for contributions to adult literacy research. She will graduate this month with her D.Ed. in Literacy Education. Ivanyuk’s study focused on understanding how context and genre shape … Read More

UK Sport and Exercise Psychology Student Selected for Role with New Journal

Travis Scheadler, a Sport and Exercise Psychology master’s student in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, was selected as the first junior associate editor for the Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology Research. The journal is sponsored by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. … Read More

Ed Leadership Blog: Changing Standards for School Leaders

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. Teacher leaders, principals, school technology … Read More

Forbes Names UK Professor’s Book One of Year’s Best

Forbes lists University of Kentucky College of Education professor John Thelin’s book, A History of American Higher Education, 3rd edition, as one of 2019’s best books covering American higher education. The article was written by Michael T. Nietzel, a former UK faculty member and administrator. “Scholars of higher education have … Read More

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Professor Recognized for Helping Students Conduct Research, Apply to Grad School

University professors like Dr. Marilyn Campbell know their students well, give them opportunities to be part of their research, and provide mentorship on everything from personal issues to graduate school applications. As a lecturer at the University of Kentucky College of Education, Campbell ensures students have a chance for hands-on … Read More

Researchers and Students Helping Curb Vaping Trend

Dr. Melinda Ickes, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, recently wrote an opinion piece published in the Courier-Journal and a blog featured on the Youth Engagement Alliance for Tobacco Control website. Ickes described #iCANendthetrend, an evidence-informed prevention program developed by researchers and … Read More

Can Racism Break Hearts?

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons is not interested in glossing over the intricacies of racism. She is using science to take a deep dive into conversations about whether racism exists, who is most impacted by it, and what it means to be racist. Her thoughtful exploration of racism has helped springboard … Read More

Crowdsourcing Campaign Raises Money to Help Two Local Schools

The University of Kentucky College of Education’s crowdsourcing campaign to help enrich learning at two local schools has been fully funded. Faculty, staff, students, and friends of the college gave to support students at Fayette County’s two Promise Academies, Harrison Elementary and William Wells Brown Elementary. The district is taking … Read More

Elementary Education Through a Social Justice Lens

Sometimes life’s most important lessons are the least expected. But perhaps that’s the point. Just ask Laura Yost. Yost became a teacher when she graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Education. However, she didn’t imagine the most important lessons she would someday impart would come, in many ways, … Read More

Three College of Education Students Take Top Honors at Thesis Competition

Three graduate students from the University of Kentucky College of Education took top honors at UK GradResearch Live!, a research showcase and Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. All are studying in the college’s Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. This is the second year in a row for a … Read More

New $1.2 Million Grant Prepares Early Childhood Educators, Applied Behavior Analysts

The University of Kentucky College of Education has received a $1.2 million grant to uniquely prepare school personnel who are in high demand – preschool teachers and applied behavior analysts. The grant will cover tuition for two cohorts of master’s students in the college’s Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and Applied … Read More

Newly Funded Study Explores Differences Among Charter, Private, and Public Schools

Two University of Kentucky researchers are working with faculty at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Washington-Bothell to uncover how school voucher programs — and more broadly, school choice — impact long-term student outcomes, such as high school graduation rates and college enrollment. The team has received … Read More

Golden Wildcat Reunion

It has been 50 years since the class of 1969 graduated from the UK College of Education. Some returned to campus to become initiated into the Golden Wildcat Society. They met for an induction breakfast in October at Kroger Field’s Woodford Reserve Club, followed by racing and lunch at the … Read More

Shared UK, UofL Grant Addresses Special Education Faculty Shortage

The University of Kentucky College of Education and University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development have received a $2.3 million grant to help ease the growing shortage of special education faculty at institutions of higher education. The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special … Read More

Donations Sought for UK College of Education Project to Support Promise Academies

A project to enrich learning at two local schools has launched on Big Blue Crowdfunding. It will help the University of Kentucky College of Education’s efforts to support students at Fayette County’s two Promise Academies, Harrison Elementary and William Wells Brown Elementary. The district is taking extra steps to ensure … Read More

Meet UK College of Education Faculty Tackling Issues Impacting Health and Learning

The University of Kentucky College of Education is home to dozens of faculty members who conduct cutting-edge, transformative research and facilitate the translation of that research into practice. UK College of Education students, faculty, staff, and alumni work together to address significant education and health-related issues in the Commonwealth and … Read More

UK Alumnus, High School Teacher Seeks to Change Narrative for Kids

Oct. 5 is World Teachers’ Day — a day to celebrate educators who make a difference in students’ lives. For one educator, recognition of the need for more diversity in the classroom led to his calling. Evander Harris, a University of Kentucky College of Education alumnus, received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Centre … Read More

Thelin Publishes New Edition of Higher Ed Book

John Thelin, a University Research Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, has just published the third edition of “A History of American Higher Education.” This new edition features an additional chapter, “Prominence and Problems: American Higher Education,” which goes into detail about … Read More

Oct. 14: How to Become a Counseling Psychologist

Interested in becoming a counseling psychologist? The University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology will host an online Q&A session from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. If you are considering graduate training and careers in counseling psychology, this session will introduce you … Read More

Sept. 26: Webinar for Grad Students Interested in Educational Administration

Dr. Jayson Richardson, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational Leadership Studies, is co-hosting a webinar for graduate students who want to get involved in University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) program centers. The centers focus on topics such as technology leadership, ethics, the superintendent, … Read More

To Google or Not To Google: When to Research Your Symptoms Online

Written by Kristen Mark, Ph.D., associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. The department offers a certificate and bachelor’s and doctoral degree options in Health Promotion. We all dread the first sign of illness. Is it a cold or the flu? Sore … Read More

Rehabilitation Counseling Student Wants Career with Meaning

Arsène Kabeya has a knack for remembering important dates. He recalls that on December 6, 2018 he submitted his application for graduate school at the University of Kentucky. That same day, he went to a post office and mailed his application for U.S. citizenship. Kabeya was not sure how he … Read More

Students Learn About Disabilities and Communication

A new program at the University of Kentucky is uniquely preparing school personnel who are in high demand – those who work with students with moderate and severe disabilities and intense communication needs. Special educators and speech-language pathologists typically are not trained in the same program. A grant from the … Read More

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium Covers Critical Education Issues

Some of the brightest minds in the field of education spoke at the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium in September. The group of distinguished speakers focused on research surrounding issues in education. “These talks are informing our ongoing conversations and work in these vital areas,” … 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