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College of Education and Human Services

College of Education and Human Services

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded $484,687 for the Second Chance Mentoring of Juveniles – Project PRIDE in October 2010. The principal investigator and project director is Carla Asbill and the co-PIs are Dr. Brenda Moore, Dr. Lon Johnston, Dr. Linda Openshaw and Dr. Chris Stewart.

Patsy Boshears, social work instructor, presented “Ethics: secondary post traumatic stress” at Glen Oaks Hospital in Greenville, TX. She and Dr. Linda Openshaw presented “Professional Advocacy with Undocumented Clients & Ethical Issues in Using Technology” and “Ethical Issues in the Use of Social Networking” at the Texas State Department of Health in Tyler.

Dr. Rebecca Judd, assistant professor of social work, and Dr. Brenda Moore were contributing authors to Aging in Poverty: A Call to Action, a supplement to Families in Society.

Texoma Health Foundation funded $47,892 to the Nursing Advancement & Leadership Project – Program Evaluation for January 2011 through 2012. The principal investigator is Dr. Rebecca Judd and the co-PIs are Dr. Brenda Moore and Dr. Chris Stewart.

Dr. Sandy Kimbrough, assistant professor of health and human performance, and Dr. Chris Green, assistant professor and director of the bilingual/ESL program in the department of curriculum and instruction, co-authored a paper, “The Scope of Spanish Language Knowledge by Physical Educators in Texas,” that was accepted for publication in the TAHPERD Journal. The paper was presented at the annual SDAHPERD conference.

Dr. Kimbrough also was published on for her choreography for Crazy Frog’s Axel F dance. She created software, “Certify Teacher Praxis preparation Exam Health EC-12” and “Certify Teacher Praxis preparation Exam Physical Education EC-12,” which will be used as review materials for the nationwide Praxis test. She presented her “Cardio Salsa SHAKE with Dr. K” program at the SHAAHPERD and TAHPERD conventions and her “TRoFE (TAHPERD Race on Foot Expedition) Act 3” program at the annual TAHPERD convention. She was awarded the AAHPERD Recreation Professional of the Year for the Southern Division in 2010. She was voted Vice President-Elect of the Sport and Leisure Division of SDAHPERD in 2011.

The Office on Violence Against Women funded $282,478 in October 2010 for programs to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus (2010-2012). The principal investigator is Dr. Brenda Moore and the project director is Dianna Jones.

The Texas Governor’s Office funded $110,987 for the Stop Violence Against Women Recovery Act – Project RESPECT for April 2010 through May 2011. The principal investigator is Dr. Brenda Moore and the project director is Dianna Jones.

The Lamar County Head Start renewed their annual contract for $4,000. The contract states that the county will provide mental health assessments, referrals and services to all Head Start children in Lamar County ISD. Dr. Brenda Moore is the service contractor and Brian Brumley, Title IV-E Regional Coordinator, is co-project staff.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the second year of the $186,330 grant for “‘BFF!’ Building for Futures” – Mentoring Children of Prisoners. The principal investigator is Dr. Brenda Moore and the co-PI is Dr. Melinda Schlager.

Hugh Clark, Dr. Brenda Moore, Dr. Lon Johnston, associate professor of social work, and Dr. Linda Openshaw were published in Social Work Education for their article on “Using Adjuncts in Social Work Education: Challenges and Rewards.”

Cynthia Harr and Dr. Brenda Moore presented their paper “Increasing Compassion Satisfaction to mitigate the Impact of Compassion Fatigue During Internship” at the 56th annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education.

Dr. Brenda Moore, department head of social work, was published in Quick Hits for Learning: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Educators for her chapter on “Teaching Research Skills Through Service Learning.” She presented her papers “Advancing the Profession Through Technology: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Challenges Facing Children with Incarcerated Parents” at the 34th annual Texas NASW Conference.

Catheleen Jordan, Dr. Linda Openshaw, and Janie Hickerson were published in Clinical Assessment for Social Workers: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for their collaboration on the chapter concerning children and adolescents.

Dr. Rodger Pool, director of educational leadership’s Center for Community College Education, was honored by Eastfield College during a street-naming ceremony. He served as Eastfield’s sixth president.

Dr. Henry H. Ross, interim department head and instructor for health and human performance, and Dr. Tara Tietjan-Smith presented “Sex Addiction: The Real Deal” at the 87th Annual Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention.

Dr. Henry Ross was published in Dilemmas of Black Faculty at U.S. Predominantly White Institutions: Issues of the Post-Multicultural Era for his article “Concerns of African American Faculty Employed at Predominately White, Doctoral Extensive Universities.”

Dr. Tara Tietjan-Smith, associate professor of health and human performance, received the Fall 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Leah Wickersham, associate professor of educational leadership, was awarded the Fall 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Linda Openshaw, associate professor of social work, was published in School Psychology International (Special Education) for her article “School Based Groups Following a School Disaster.” She was an invited writer for revisions and policy update for policy statement on School Violence in Social Work Speaks. She was an invited writer for chapter 9 revisions in Social Work Practice with Children. Dr. Openshaw was published in the Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought for her review of Women in Social Work Who Have Changed the World by Alice Lieberman. She had numerous presentations at national, state, and local professional conferences.

The department of educational leadership will be offering an online educational administration master’s degree starting in the summer. Students will be able to complete the master’s program in one year.

The university’s East Texas School Study Council and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) presented the annual Spring School Board Workshop in the Sam Rayburn Student Center in May. Dr. Tom Burnett, worldwide product manager for online learning at Apple and the keynote speaker, presented “Emerging Trends: Learning and the Future.”


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