And the award goes to …

Tom Smith
Tom Smith

As the annual spring awards and honors season blooms in the days leading up to commencement, several members of the College of Education family – including students, faculty and staff – are stepping into its bright spotlight.

Their well-deserved applause is coming from various corners of the university and externally.

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Tom Smith, professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, is one of NIU’s two Presidential Teaching Professors for 2017.

Smith was honored April 20 along with fellow PTP winner Jeanette Rossetti (School of Nursing) and other recipients of the university’s top awards for teaching, research and engagement.

Established in 1991, the Presidential Teaching Professorship designation recognize outstanding faculty who have demonstrated that:

  • They instill and develop in students an intensity of interest in and an appreciation for the value of the subject.
  • They apply rigorous standards to student performance, inspire students to become the best and stimulate student growth.
  • They command respect and esteem as a teacher.
  • They demonstrate extraordinary commitment to students and their welfare.
  • They explore and develop effective instructional methods and technologies.
  • They work actively with students, faculty, and administrators to improve undergraduate and/or graduate education at NIU.

Presidential Teaching Professors receive budgetary support and release time for the enhancement of his or her teaching skills. After four years, each is designated a Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Watch the Huskie Spotlight during the coming year for a closer look at Smith.

Tom Smith (third from right) celebrates April 20 with his colleagues.
Presidential Teaching Professor Tom Smith (third from right) celebrates April 20 with his colleagues.

 

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Steve Builta
Steve Builta

Steve Builta, director of Technology Innovation and Learning Services in College of Education Technology Services, is the recipient of the Supportive Professional Staff Council Outstanding Service Award for 2017.

Builta, who joined NIU in 1992, is a former president of the SPS Council.

The council provides a means of communication among SPS on campus. It also is a vehicle for articulating the interests and concerns of SPS employees to other constituents of the university community.

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David Carroll
David Carroll

Three graduate students in the NIU College of Education are recipients of Part Time Dissertation Completion Fellowships from the Graduate School.

David Carroll, doctoral student in Curriculum Leadership: His dissertation, titled “The Reciprocal Effects of Band Instruction and Text Reading Strategies among Beginning Band Students,” is one of only a few studies in the country to use a causal experimental design involving band students.

Carroll’s doctoral committee is comprised of Elizabeth Wilkins, chair; David Walker, committee member; and Mary Lynn Doherty, committee member (School of Music).

Kristy Herrell
Kristy Herrell

Kristy Herrell, doctoral student in Educational Psychology: Her dissertation, titled “Exploring the Role of Urban Early Career Teachers’ Perceptions of School Context on Their Feelings of Teacher Efficacy,” is providing a teacher’s eye view of what is effective in mentoring and induction practices for new teachers.

Herrell’s doctoral committee is comprised of Lee Shumow and Daryl Dugas, co-chairs; Hide Shimizu; committee member; Elizabeth Wilkins, committee member; and Elisa Shernoff, non-NIU faculty committee member.

Michael Schnaper
Michael Schnaper

Michael Schnaper, doctoral candidate in Adult and Higher Education: His dissertation, titled “A Program Evaluation for the Probationary Firefighter Training Practices of the Rockford Fire Department,” is one of only a few studies in the country that addresses firefighters training from experiential learning using a qualitative evaluation design.

Schnaper’s doctoral committee is comprised of Jorge Jeria, chair; Laura Ruth Johnson, committee member; and Scott Peska, committee member.

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Marion Friebus-Flaman and Julie H. Lam
Marion Friebus-Flaman and Julie H. Lam

Two graduate students in the NIU Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations are winners of the 2016-17 James V. and Dorothy B. Moon Scholarships.

Marion Friebus-Flaman, director of Language Acquisition in Naperville CUSD 203, and Julie H. Lam, assistant director of Secondary Education in Oswego CUSD 308, were among the six Illinois educators chosen by the School Administrators Foundation for Education Board of Trustees.

Established by James V. Moon, a distinguished educator and superintendent in Illinois, the Moon Scholarship provides grants to assist individuals in the pursuit of graduate study that leads to improved competency in superintendency.

Applications are judged on good scholarship, potential for contribution to the quality of K-12 education in Illinois, evidence of strong communication skills, letters of support and more.

Recipients are required to contribute to the further development of the superintendency in Illinois for two years following completion of their degree program in which they accepted payment of tuition, fees and/or textbook expenses on their behalf.

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