College of Education Health and Human Sciences News

VolsTeach Program Establishes Endowed Scholarship for Students

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An innovative program at UT that prepares math and science majors to be teachers has established an endowed scholarship for students, thanks to the generosity of two donors. Molly Schaeffer, of Nashville, a senior majoring in mathematics, is the first recipient of the Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship through the VolsTeach program.

Alum Will Be Working on the Sidelines at Paralympic Games in Sochi

Pate with the Paralympic flame in a photo taken at a disability sport conference at Coventry University in Coventry, England, just before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Alumnus Joshua Pate has studied the Paralympic Games for years. This winter, for the first time, he’ll experience them firsthand as a volunteer. He’ll work as a news reporter for the Paralympics, which will be held March 8 through 15 in Sochi, Russia. Pate received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2002 and his master’s in journalism and electronic media in 2004.

Making an Impact: CEHHS Spotlights Raynor, Skinner

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Hollie Raynor and Chris Skinner from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences are working side by side with students to do research that is improving health and education in our community and beyond.

UT Seeking Entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II Children’s Book

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Your writing could be featured in the second volume of an interactive children’s electronic book that will be produced by UT. The university’s Rocky Top Institute is accepting entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II. The contest will run through February 28. The short stories should translate the meaning of Rocky Top from the author’s perspective.

Early Learning Center Hosts Multiple Open Houses this Spring

The UT Early Learning Center for Research and Practice will host open houses this spring for families interested in kindergarten. Families have the opportunity to meet program staff, tour classrooms, and learn about the center’s curriculum and philosophy. The first open house will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at the center’s 1206 White Avenue location. A second will take place on Sunday, February 2.

UT Researchers Offer Diet, Fitness Advice for Santa

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Holiday season left you feeling chubby, tired, and stressed out? Just imagine how Santa must feel. Chelsi C. Wolz, a nutrition research associate, offers some diet and fitness tips to help the jolly old elf—and other holiday revelers—ring in the New Year with a new attitude.

UT Receives Grant to Increase Deaf Education Teachers in Appalachia

UT is helping to expand educational opportunities for deaf youngsters in the Southeast and rural Appalachia. The UT Center on Deafness has received a $1.25 million federal grant to increase the number of deaf education teachers in the region. The program, the Tennessee Education of the Deaf Personnel Preparation Project, is now accepting applicants with coursework to begin in January.

UTRF Licenses Faculty Company That Addresses Adult Illiteracy

A faculty-owned business that created a test to assess a teacher’s ability to teach adults how to read was one of four startup companies licensed by the UT Research Foundation in fiscal year 2013. Psychoeducational Associates—formed by Sherry Bell, Steve McCallum, and Mary Ziegler in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—markets educational assessment tools, including the Assessment of Reading Instructional Knowledge-Adults (ARIK-A).

Report: UT Teacher Training Program Grads Consistently Outperform State Peers

The university’s teacher training program consistently produces graduates who outperform other teachers in the state, according to a report released today by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The program also is one of Tennessee’s top four producers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers, areas of critical need for the state, according to the 2013 Report Card on Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs.