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  • Doctor of Education Students Win Research Awards

    November 21, 2014 - Several Doctor of Education students from Union University’s Germantown, TN campus recently presented at the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA).  Two of the students, Lauren Balentine and Kirkland Hamilton, were recipients of awards for their presentations.  Aszure Brown, Kristal Carey, Patricia Hervey, and Jonathan Grissom also presented their research.

  • Doctor of Education Alumna Named Director of Schools for Humboldt City Schools

    Dr. Versie HamlettAugust 5, 2014 - Dr. Versie Hamlett has been appointed to serve as the Director of Schools for Humboldt City Schools, located in Humboldt, Tennessee.  Dr. Hamlett earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Union University in 2008, and she has held a variety of positions in education in the Jackson, Tennessee area.

  • School of Education Alumnus Selected to Serve as College President

    Dr. Dwaun J. WarmackJuly 3, 2014 - Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack has been chosen to serve as the new president of Harris-Stowe State University.  Dr. Warmack earned his doctor of education degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education from Union University’s School of Education in 2011.

  • Union University School of Education Alum Serves as First Superintendent for Germantown Municipal School District

    Jason ManuelApril 28, 2014 - Jason Manuel, an alum of Union University’s Graduate School of Education, was unanimously selected to serve as the first superintendent of the newly formed Germantown Municipal School District. The district is located in the Memphis-area suburb of Germantown, Tennessee. Manuel earned his Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Union University in 2009.

  • Former Union Education Major Named Teacher of the Year

    Elizabeth BecraftApril 17. 2014 - Elizabeth Becraft, a 2009 graduate of Union University’s Teacher Education Program, has been named as Teacher of the Year for Anderson Early Childhood Center.  Becraft has worked at the early childhood center as a Kindergraten teacher for the past four years.  Anderson Early Childhood Center is located in Haywood County, TN.

  • Higher Education Alumna Publishes Article Based on Dissertation Results

    Dawn TolbertMarch 12, 2014 - Dr. Dawn Tolbert, a graduate of Union University’s Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree program, continues to excel as an educator. Her recent submission of a paper to Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory and Practice has been accepted for publication. Her paper, An Exploration of the Use of Branding to Shape Institutional Image in the Marketing Activities of Faith-Based Higher Education Institutions, is scheduled for publication in the August 2014 issue of the related journal. The article is based on Dr. Tolbert's dissertation, which was completed as part of the requirements toward earning her Doctor of Education degree at Union University. 

  • Education Alumna Nominated as Project Fellow for Harvard’s Project Zero

    Heather FisherMarch 11, 2014 - Dr. Heather Fisher has been nominated to serve as a project fellow at Harvard University for the Project Zero Summer Institute.  The nomination means that she is being considered for a position to lead study group sessions and provide relevant assistance for those who participate in the Harvard Project Zero Conference.  Being selected for such a position would also mean that she would be considered a faculty member at Harvard University.

  • Hendersonville Ed.D. Student Contributes to Building a Positive School Climate

    Bradley MeyersFebruary 11, 2014 - Bradley Meyers is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student on Union University’s Hendersonville, TN campus who is helping to make a positive difference in the high school where he works. Meyers is an Academy Coach at Hunter’s Lane High School, where he manages all academy efforts, including teacher training, student placement, and dual enrollment offerings.

  • Union University Ed.D. Alumna Speaks About the Human Brain on Television and at Global Think Tank

    Oct. 16, 2013 - Dr. Megan Salemi is a graduate of Union University’s Doctor of Education degree program, having completed her studies on Union’s Germantown, TN campus. Salemi was recently featured on WREG News Channel 3, Memphis’ CBS news affiliate. Salemi spoke about the human brain and how kids learn, as she was promoting a technology think tank, a gathering of 500 educators from around the globe who met in Memphis last week.

  • Union School of Education Alumna Selected as Teacher Fellow

    June 26, 2013 - Lea Ann Atherton, a 2002 Bachelor of Science graduate in Elementary Education, and a 2006 Master of Education (M.Ed.) alumna of Union University’s School of Education, was recently selected to be an inaugural member of Hope Street Group’s Kentucky Teacher Fellows. Atherton was one of 21 educators selected from among highly competitive candidates to offer teacher opinions about educational reform efforts.

  • Union University M.A.Ed. Graduate Appointed to Tennessee's Reward Schools Ambassador Program

    Danielle RingoldFeb. 5, 2013 - Danielle Ringold, who completed her graduate studies in Education on Union University’s Germantown, TN campus, was recently appointed to Tennessee’s Reward Schools Ambassador Program. This accomplishment means that Ringold has been recognized as someone who understands current educational demands, particularly in relationship to data analysis.   Ringold teaches social studies at Kingsbury Middle School, located in Memphis, but with this new honor, she will be helping other teachers understand how to analyze data to improve student achievement.

  • Former Union University Education Major and Graduate Student Becomes Statewide Teacher of the Month

    Darlene PalmerOct. 31, 2012 - Darlene Palmer is a graduate of Union University, having obtained both an undergraduate and two graduate degrees in Education from Union’s School of Education. For October 2012, Palmer was named Tennessee Education Lottery’s statewide Educator of the Month, an honor earned from the votes of students, parents, and others on the awarding agency’s website. Palmer has been teaching for over 20 years, and is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher at Bells Elementary School in Bells, Tennessee. Palmer has taught both Title I and Kindergarten at Bells.

  • Union Graduate Cedric Gray Honored as Oakland News Reader’s Choice Man of the Year

    Dr. Cedric GrayApril 9, 2012 - Dr. Cedric Gray, a 2004 doctoral graduate of Union University’s School of Education, was recently honored with the Oakland News Reader’s Choice Man of the Year Award. He was recognized for his remarkable contributions throughout his career as an educational leader as well as in his current role as superintendent of Fayette County Schools.

  • Union University M.Ed. Graduate Students Implement Community Involvement with Dr. Counts

    March 16, 2012 - Every student enrolled in Dr. Murphysteen Counts’ Community Involvement for School Improvement course recently implemented an education-related community service project. Projects ranged from tutoring basketball students to assisting with the implementation of a school-based movie night for students’ families. Dr. Counts, an Associate Professor of Education, teaches on Union’s Germantown, TN campus, and she sees value in the course for the contribution it makes to the larger educational community. To this end, she states, “In order to see the desired outcomes of school improvement, teachers must include parents as well as the broader community in the instructional process. In this course, students research and discuss issues that impact this process and reflect upon the sensitivity needed to increase parental and community involvement in schools.”

  • Union University Doctoral Student, Carla Cushman, Authors New Book

    Carla Staton CushmanFeb. 29, 2012 - Union University doctoral student, Carla Staton Cushman, Ed.S., and Nina Jones Morel are co-authors of the forthcoming book entitled: How To Build An Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity. Carla is the director of the Sumner County Teacher Center in Gallatin, Tennessee, and a coaching champion. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher and has served as a middle school assistant principal and principal. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Union University in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Carla is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

  • Union University Doctoral Student Nominated for Technology Award

    Christie RodgersFeb. 22, 2012 - Union University doctoral student Christie Rodgers has been nominated for the David Pickler Technology Award. The Shelby County School (SCS) System award annually recognizes educators for innovative uses of standards-based technology integration projects. The focus of the award is to honor practical, technology-based ideas that can be shared with other teachers, while also recognizing educators who regularly use technology to enhance instruction.

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