Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dean’s Welcome To The New Academic Year!

Greetings, and welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year!  I hope you are getting off to a good start with all of your courses and responsibilities for the upcoming Fall semester.

As you enter the new academic year, I want you to be aware that College of Education faculty, administrators, and staff are working very hard to ensure that you graduate with a degree, license, and/or endorsement that positions you for success in your career as a teacher, counselor, or leader.  Evidence in support of this claim can be found in many places, but these four recent developments really make the case:
  • In late July, the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs were granted accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and its stamp of approval is a key indicator of program excellence and quality.  
  • In early August, the Reading, Early Childhood, and Secondary Science, English, Math, and History programs earned national recognition from their respective professional organizations.  National recognition is earned when programs meet rigorous national standards, and it is the first step toward continuing national accreditation for the College of Education.  
  • In mid-August, the Language and Literacy Program officially hired Erin Mackinney as an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education.  Erin just earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, is fluent in Spanish, and will teach online and face-to-face courses on bilingual and multicultural education for students enrolled in our initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.
  • Over the summer, the College of Education oriented all of its student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors to a new edTPA assessment that will be completed this year.  This new assessment will become mandatory for teacher licensure starting in Fall 2015.  Our pilot implementation this year will help us to prepare students for success in the future.
I also want you to know that we are absolutely committed to providing you with the best possible climate for learning and study.  Toward this end, we have opened the “round room” in the main office in Schaumburg to all students for use during the normal business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The round room has several Windows computers that you can use to check email and complete course assignments.  In addition, the college is installing two new computers--one Mac and one Windows--in the Student Resource Center on the 8th floor of the Gage Building.  The Student Resource Center has comfortable chairs, tables for writing, and a small curriculum library; it, too, is now open to all students during normal business hours.  Last but not least, the college is preparing for the transition to Tk20 in Fall 2015.  This new assessment management software will replace TaskStream, and students will be able to use it for free in the future to submit assignments and other artifacts required by their programs.

The above developments are important, and represent the core values and priorities of the college; however, to achieve our goal of helping you to make an impact within your chosen profession, we need to do more.  Here are just a few of the ideas for additional college-wide improvement that faculty, administrators, staff, and a small group of talented alumni and community partners discussed last week at our annual fall retreat:  
  • Expand special education training and knowledge of new approaches for creating positive environments for diverse learners. 
  • Enhance the capacity of students to understand and work effectively within complex institutions and socio-economic structures.
  • Instill critical agency and an openness to feedback and self-improvement.
  • Provide more opportunities for students and faculty to engage with communities and practices that are innovative, forward-looking, and embedded in a rich social justice commitment.
Over the next several weeks, I will write again to share our progress with respect to the development of a plan to implement these and other strategies for college-wide improvement.  Perhaps more importantly, I will write to solicit your input and feedback on our emerging ideas and plans.  I hope you will respond proactively to my invitations. Your input is vital not only for your own personal knowledge and career preparation, but also for the experiences of Roosevelt University students yet to come.

My best wishes for a very successful new semester and school year.  Enjoy!

Thomas Philion
    Interim Dean

Book Signing in Oak Park

You’re invited!

As you may know, College of Education adjunct faculty member, Nancy Sindelar, published Influencing Hemingway in June. Nancy is inviting all interested faculty and students to a book signing at the Hemingway birthplace home, 339 N. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, on Thursday, September 18 (sold out) or Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.  

Attendees should feel free to bring a friend, spouse or significant other. After a short presentation, there will be refreshments and the opportunity to tour the restored Hemingway birthplace home.  The event is free, but please use the link below for additional information and to register. You don’t need a book to attend, but books currently are available on Amazon.com and also will be available at the signing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

RU Writing Center Seeks Paid Tutors

The Roosevelt Writing Center will soon be hiring new peer tutors for the upcoming academic year.  Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education are especially welcome to apply for these positions.

The Writing Center offers students a unique employment opportunity that allows them to contribute to student learning while also developing their own teaching experience and knowledge.  Please note that interested candidates do not need to feel they’ve “mastered” writing; in fact, many tutors report that their own writing skills improve as a result of their experiences in the Writing Center.  The best candidates are students who are interested in furthering their own and others’ learning, and who are thoughtful and engaged students.

Interested students can apply through eRecruiting beginning August 15, or can contact Mairin Barney, Associate Director of the Writing Center, for more information.  Her email address is embarney@roosevelt.edu.

The Writing Center also accepts faculty recommendations for tutors.  Please consider recommending students who might be a good fit for a position in the Writing Center by contacting Mairin Barney at embarney@roosevelt.edu. 
There are 3 different types of positions available: 
·         Lead Tutor: Graduate students or upper-level undergraduate students with previous Writing Center tutoring experience; lead tutors are responsible for peer tutoring, mentoring staff tutors, and designing and leading in-class workshops and small group exercises.  Lead tutors must work 10-12 hours per week in the Writing Center, attend a monthly meeting, and participate in Composition program events.  Pay rate: $9.25 per hour.

·         Staff Tutor:  Any student who has completed the University Writing Requirement (English 102); staff tutors are responsible for peer tutoring and leading small group exercises.  Staff tutors must work 8-10 hours in the Writing Center and attend a monthly meeting.  Pay rate: $8.25 per hour.

·         Volunteer Tutor:  Any student who has completed the University Writing Requirement (English 102), who has limited availability, but wants the experience of being a peer tutor.  Volunteers are unpaid and must work at least 3 hours per week in the Writing Center.

Friday, July 25, 2014

College Retreat Scheduled For August 19

I am pleased to announce that the Annual College of Education Fall Retreat will be held on August 19, from 10-4, in Gage 700, at 18 South Michigan Ave.  All faculty, students, staff, and alumni are invited to attend the morning session of this event.

The morning session will consist of a conversation with alumni and educational partners/allies about the state of education and counseling today in the Chicago area.  Panel participants will be asked to respond to this question: What are three key issues or needs that teachers, counselors, and leaders studying at RU need to be aware of as they enter their professions?  We’ll then explore different perspectives on these issues and needs, as well as different ways of responding to them.

The afternoon will consist of faculty meetings with a focus on our college's 1 year and 5 year strategic goals, as well as the goals of programs for the upcoming year.  

Please do attend the retreat from 10 - noon if you would like to participate in the morning conversation.  The event is free.  If you are a student or alum and you do decide to attend, please send a quick email to Sabrina Elms at selms@roosevelt.edu so we can make sure we have enough chairs available for all.

I look forward to seeing many of you on the 19th!

August 2014 Calendar of Events

The College of Education is preparing to share key dates and events throughout the upcoming academic year with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  Here is a list of the key dates and events so far for August 2014.  Look for more information in the future, and contact Sabrina Elms at selms@roosevelt.edu if you have an event that you would like to add to our calendar.

Events especially for students are highlighted in yellow.


10:30 - noon
Meeting with Program Directors
Gage 700
4-5 p.m.
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
Go To Meeting

Late morning
ECHD RTT Grant Meeting
Gage 700

Student Teaching Orientation - Chicago
Gage 700

15 & 18
New Faculty Orientation
TBD & Gage 801

Student Teaching Orientation - Schaumburg
SC 707

COE faculty retreat
Gage 700

2-3 p.m.
First Year UG Orientation - Chicago

New adjunct orientation

4-5 p.m.
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
Go To Meeting

Chicago Convocation
 Aud. Theater

11-12 p.m.
Transfer Orientation, UG Chicago


Classes start

6 -7 p.m.
Ed.D. New Cohort Welcome
WB 1215

4-5 p.m.
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
Go To Meeting

30 - 1

Labor Day Recess