College of Education Health and Human Sciences News

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.

Faculty, Staff, Alumni Invited to Participate in Judging Wines of the South Contest

The UT Wines of the South competition is back this year and for the first time, the average consumer will have the chance to be a judge. Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate in the event, which will begins at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the UT Conference Center. The discounted price is $49.

All in the Family: Grad Follows in Mother’s, Grandmother’s Footsteps

When Andrea Sams graduates today, it will be more than a personal achievement. It will be a family tradition. She is the third generation of women in her family to earn their degrees from UT. Sams graduates from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Her grandmother graduated in 1953 with a master’s degree in family relations and child development. Her mother earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1983.

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Complete FUTURE Program, a First for UT

Meredith Schlandt thought having a college experience would never be possible for her until she came to UT. Through the FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program, she was able to audit nursing and public health courses and other classes of interest. Schlandt, 21, of Clinton, Tennessee, and seven other students with intellectual disabilities and autism have completed FUTURE and will earn a postsecondary certificate. They are the program’s first graduates.

Math, Science Teacher Preparation Program to Graduate First Class

Sarah Eakes majored in biology with the intent to attend pharmacy school. But during her junior year at UT, she decided to try out VolsTeach, a program that prepares math and science majors to be teachers. She apprenticed in a middle school classroom “and I loved it,” she said. “I was sold after that.” Eakes and seven other students will graduate this month as part of VolsTeach’s inaugural class.