Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Congratulations TPTE Faculty and Students!

On April 13, 2017, the University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate held their annual awards breakfast. Sponsored by Chancellor Beverly Davenport and held at Neyland Stadium’s Tennessee Terrace, this event honored the University’s top graduate and professional students. TPTE would like to congratulate each of our students and faculty members who participated and received well deserved recognition at the ceremony including Tam’ra Kay Francis and Eric Moore who served on the planning committee. You can find photos of the event at the GSS Facebook page.

TPTE Associate Professor of Elementary/Language Arts Education, Dr. Colleen Gilrane, was honored as the GSS Staff of the year. This award recognizes University of Tennessee staff who go beyond their required job duties to ensure that graduate students feel welcome and matriculate successfully. Congratulations Dr. Gilrane!

First year doctoral student Mary Jo Krile (Special Ed/Deaf Ed/Interpreting Ed) and doctoral student Vincent Price (Teacher Education/English Education), were each honored with the “Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching” award. GSS presents this award to graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate extraordinary performance in teaching. Mary Jo and Vincent were two of only twenty-four Graduate Assistants from the entire University who earned this award.

TPTE doctoral student Joel Runnels received the “Excellence in Graduate Research award.” GSS presents this award to graduate students (Masters, Ph.D. or Professional) who have received national and/or international recognition in their fields and show professional promise in their areas of research and creative achievement. Congratulations Joel!

 At the University’s first Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) held last week as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, Vincent Price won the competition with his presentation entitled “Not Only . . . But Also: Blending the Binary Approaches of Teaching Black Literature.”

Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and now has been widely adopted at universities around the world. The competition challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their thesis or dissertation to an audience unfamiliar with the topic. Students had three minutes to explain their research and could use only one image or slide. You see Vincent’s presentation and the entire competition here.

Congratulations TPTE Alumni!

Congratulations to TPTE alum August Askins and to one of TPTE’s mentoring teachers (Shannon Tufts) from Lenoir City on being recognized as 2016-2017 SCORE fellows! SCORE Selects 49 Teachers for the 2016-17 Tennessee Educator Fellowship.

Jessica Stewart, TPTE Art Education Alumna has been named one of the 2016 Knox County Schools Teachers of the Year! Jessica is a 4th year art teacher Christenberry Elementary School. We hope you enjoy this article and video from the Knoxville News Sentinal about how Jessica encourages her students to explore and create art that is personal. Christenberry Principal Melissa Johnson calls her an exceptional educator.

At the Third Annual TPTE Recognition Ceremony, held October 4th, 2016, TPTE presented alumni with The TPTE Outstanding Alumnus/a Award. The awards are given to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of education and/or interpreting as indicated by one or more of the following: dedicated and distinguished teaching or interpreting; distinguished record of scholarship or creativity; and distinguished record of outreach and service in education and/or interpreting. The recipients for 2016 were Dr. Tammy Bowlin (Jefferson County Schools); Ms. Michel Swafford (Tennessee School for the Deaf), and Dr. Elaine Vaughan (Oak Ridge Schools).



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