Education Honors ‘Outstanding’ Faculty

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The SHSU College of Education awarded five of its faculty members for their “outstanding” work in the areas of civic engagement, teaching, research, grantsmanship and service during their annual meeting on Aug. 21.

Recognized were educational leadership and counseling faculty members Carol Hightower-Parker, Outstanding Civic Engagement; John Slate, Outstanding Researcher; Stacey Edmonson, Outstanding Grantsmanship; and Mack T. Hines, III, Outstanding Service; as well as curriculum and instruction faculty member Bobby Ezell, Outstanding Teaching.

An associate professor in the educational leadership and counseling department, Hightower was awarded for civic engagement because of her “commitment to addressing public and global concerns in society and raising her students’ level of concern regarding societal issues,” according to awards committee chair Dianne Reed.

“A prolific writer and researcher,” since coming to SHSU in 2007 Slate, an EDLC professor, has had at least 16 referred articles in press; 22 referred articles published; one referred book chapter in press with Sage Publications and one book under construction with Sage Publications.

An associate professor in the EDLC department, Edmonson’s grantmanship award was based on the dollar amount of grants brought to the university: $2 million in funding for her department, which has funded degrees for students seeking Master of Arts degrees in instructional leadership with concentrations in special education.

Assistant professor of EDLC, Hines’ service has included mentoring elementary-school age males at the North Forest school district and organized the Kapanga Project in Hempstead, which provides African American parents with strategies for improving mathematic achievement of their children; as well as Hempstead’s Black Parents’ Forum, which provides parents the opportunity to express their views regarding strengthening partnerships with schools.

As an “outstanding teacher” in the curriculum and instruction department, Ezell, an assistant professor, was described as someone who “makes learning fun and relevant,” “exhibits dedication to teaching every day” and “unselfishly gives of himself for the betterment of SHSU,” while being “creative, enthusiastic, and caring.”