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Ashland University Establishes Center for Teaching Excellence

Ashland University Establishes Center for Teaching Excellence; Ribbon-Cutting Set

Ashland University has established a new Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) that will cultivate the growth and learning of faculty, advancing their development as teacher-scholars by providing and coordinating support, resources and collaborative programs.

The CTE was established earlier this year through the joint efforts of the Faculty Senate Faculty Development Committee and the Office of the Provost, with support from numerous individuals across the Ashland University community.

Ashland University Sets Academic-Themed Visit Days for Summer

Ashland University Sets Academic-Themed Visit Days for Summer

The Ashland University Office of Admissions has partnered with all academic departments on campus and will provide interactive Summer Visit Programs that will allow prospective students to investigate the college majors and careers that they are considering.

“The summer 2015 visit days are set up to allow prospective students to experience Ashland University in a number of ways, including spending time with faculty and current AU students as well as asking questions of admissions representatives,” said W.C. Vance, director of admissions. “These programs are more comprehensive than traditional campus visits because of the heavy academic and career component.”

AU College of Education Faculty and Students Attend Conference

AU College of Education Faculty and Students Attend Conference

A number of Ashland University College of Education faculty members and students attended the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Annual Conference held in Columbus on April 13.

Nine Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), attended the event. These students were Kayla Hungerford, Kaitlyn Aukerman, Alyssa Haynes, Sara McCune, Ariana Ortiz, Brittany Hennes, Haley Ingle, Lauren Doyle and Hunter Aims.

Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Education Partners with Edison Elementary School

Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Education Partners with Edison Elementary School

Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Education has entered into Memorandum of Understanding agreements with Edison Elementary School in Ashland that will benefit both the elementary students and pre-service teachers at AU.

“The mission of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University is to ensure that graduates will transform students, schools and society,” said Dr. Linda Billman, interim dean for the Schar College of Education. “As such, the Schar College of Education aims to develop partnerships with local schools and districts that benefit both students and pre-service teachers.”

Ashland University Now Test Site for Ohio Assessments for Educators

Ashland University Now Test Site for Ohio Assessments for Educators

The Schar College of Education at Ashland University is now a test site for the Ohio Assessments for Educators Tests. “The test center, which is open to the public, is located in 113 and 114 Schar College of Education, and it allows students to sit for these specific tests,” said Mitch Slater, AU’s Test Center administrator.

Beginning in September 2013, the Ohio Assessments for Educators tests began to replace the Praxis II tests as the required Ohio educator licensure assessments. According to Slater, the Ohio Assessments for Educators tests assess the content-area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licensure or adding a new licensure area.

AU to Sponsor Harry Potter Special Event

Ashland University to Sponsor Harry Potter Special Event

A Harry Potter Book Night Celebration for children in grades 2 through 4 will be held on Feb. 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Ashland University’s Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education Building.

This national Potter event is sponsored by AU’s College of Education early childhood teacher education program and run by student volunteers. Free fun activities related to the Harry Potter book series will be conducted. To add to the ambiance of the event, the dress code for the event is wizarding robes or other character outfits.

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty members were honored during the University’s 29th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 30. The program recognizes faculty or staff whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Award recipients are Dr. Theodore Avtgis, chair and professor of communication studies; Chuck Bryant, instructor of finance; Brenda DeHaan, professional instructor of nursing; Dr. Emily Hess, visiting instructor of history/political science; Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology; Terri Jewett, professional instructor of early childhood education; Dr. Joe Mackall, professor of English; and Dr. René Paddags, assistant professor of political science.

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