College of Education Health and Human Sciences News

VolsTeach Gets New Home to Better Serve Aspiring Math, Science Teachers

First Row: Richard Rhoda, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; Polly Anna Harris, VolsTeach Leadership Council member; Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Chancellor Jimmy Cheek; Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education Health and Human Sciences; Susan Riechert, co-director of CEEMS/ VolsTeach; and Susan Benner, co-director of CEEMS/VolsTeach. Second Row: Brooke Newman, Sarah Eakes, Rebecca West and Jaclyn Waymire, VolsTeach Students. Back Row: Daniel Rose and Joel Smith, VolsTeach Students.

Aspiring math and science teachers at the university will now have better access to state-of-the-art instructional tools to promote higher-level thinking in the classroom, thanks to a new home for the VolsTeach program. VolsTeach, which prepares math and science majors to become teachers in Tennessee’s high-need middle and high schools, moved into a new space last month.

Communication 101: UT Expert Offers Tips on Talking with Children’s Teachers

As schools gear up for parent-teacher conferences, it’s important for parents to share concerns to ensure children have the greatest chance of academic success. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers suggestions to help parents navigate conversations with teachers during the conferences and throughout the school year.

Chris Skinner Wins National Psychology Award


Chris Skinner, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has received the Senior Scientist Award from the Division of School Psychology, part of the American Psychological Association. The award is the division’s highest level of recognition for excellence in science.

Take 5 for Education: Expert Offers Tips on Good Homework, Study Habits

Getting back into good homework and study habits after summer break may prove challenging for some students, but it is not impossible. Amy Broemmel, an associate professor of elementary and literacy education, offers these tips to parents to help their children transition back into school life.

Comedienne Leanne Morgan Named to 2012 Accomplished Alumni

Leanne Morgan

UT has named comedienne Leanne Morgan to its list of Accomplished Alumni of 2012. Morgan, a 1992 graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, made a name for herself in the comedy world after appearing on ABC’s “The View” and as a finalist on Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom.”

Professor Offers Quick Lesson on Making Vacations Educational

School may be out for the summer, but parents can make it fun for kids to keep learning during the break. Whether a family is taking a vacation or simply hanging around the house, it’s fairly easy—and inexpensive—for parents to keep their children engaged during the hiatus from classes, said Kristin Rearden, a clinical associate professor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Math, Science Teacher Preparation Program Lauded as State Model

VolsTeach, the program that prepares math and science majors to become teachers, is being recognized for helping to solve one of the state’s most vital education problems. Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, recently noted that the work of VolsTeach’s faculty and staff “have surpassed even the highest expectations set for this program.”

UT Honoring Five Individuals for Innovation, Leadership

The Center for Educational Leadership is recognizing five individuals for contributing significantly to education through innovative work, leadership, learning, and service. The Prometheus Leadership Medal recipients are forensic anthropologist William Bass, vice provost Sarah Gardial, architect Hansjörg Göritz, President Emeritus Joe Johnson, and Lady Vols Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt.