News and Events
Dean Ridley gets diversity award for Promise Neighborhood
by Robert Stein | October 16, 2018
Scott Ridley, dean of the College of Education, was honored Monday for his efforts to improve diversity and inclusion.
Citing community-university partnerships started during Ridley's tenure – including the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN) – the Texas Tech Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion awarded him the Inclusive Excellence Award.
Companion Science Animal Researchers Earn Pair of Grants From National Institutes of Health
by George Watson | October 16, 2018
Alexandra Protopopova and Nathaniel Hall, faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, have established themselves as two of the most prominent companion animal science researchers in the U.S. Their work with dogs has brought about results that have increased the adoptability of shelter dogs and shown the techniques that most aid in that endeavor.
Now, they are turning their attention to how dogs can affect human health as well.
Texas Tech remembers instructor after losing her life in car accident
by Victoria Larned | October 10, 2018
Texas Tech University is remembering one of their own, 48-year-old Casey Herrin, who lost her life in a car accident near Coleman County on Monday.
Herrin was an educator at Lubbock ISD before joining the College of Education at Texas Tech in 2013.
"I think Casey was an educator with a big heart for kids. She realized the impact a great teacher can have on a kid's life, and she wanted to bring that enthusiasm to people who were going to be teachers," said Doug Hamman, department chair of teacher preparation for the College of Education, and Herrin's long-time colleague.
Professors Earn Grant to Help Develop Reflective Engineers
by Amanda Bowman | October 5, 2018
Jeong-Hee Kim, professor of curriculum studies and teacher education, is part of a team of Texas Tech University researchers that earned a $500K grant to find ways to help engineers become more creative problem solvers.
The interdisciplinary team recently received the grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its three-year project that will allow it to research, develop and teach an elective course for engineering graduate students.
Texas Tech salutes educators on World Teachers' Day
by Robert Stein | October 5, 2018
The influence of a great educator can stay with a student forever.
In recognition of the importance of excellent educators, Texas Tech University College of Education celebrated World Teachers' Day. Observed annually on Oct. 5, the day is dedicated to appreciating, assessing and improving educators around the globe. It's also an opportunity to discuss issues facing the profession.
The college on Friday heard from community leaders, who shared their admiration and spoke about the difference great teachers have made in their lives.
Texas Tech launches online doctoral program in education policy
by Robert Stein | October 2, 2018
Texas Tech University is using the latest digital technology to push educational policymaking forward with a doctoral program accessible to students regardless of geographic location.
This year, the College of Education launched a fully online, four-year Ph.D program in Educational Leadership Policy. The degree is one of just a handful of fully online doctoral programs in the nation. Prospective students can apply online.
Texas Tech receives $475K grant to host autism trainings across Texas
by Amanda Castro-Crist | October 1, 2018
The Texas Tech University Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research, part of the College of Education, was recently awarded $475,000 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to expand their Autism Training Workshop Series on Functional Behavior Assessments.
The funding, which is a renewal of a previously awarded grant from the THECB's Autism Grant Program, will allow the university to partner with Texas Education Service Centers to take the workshop out to autism specialists and educators across the state.
#DegreesOfImpact: 103-year-old alumna, educator witnessed Texas Tech's beginnings
by Glenys Young | October 1, 2018
Born in 1915 in Lubbock, Catherine Royalty was 10 years old when Texas Technological College opened its doors.
"I went to Texas Tech during the Great Depression, so the students did not have cars," she said. "I walked to school and back every day from about Avenue Q and 19th Street."
After graduating, Royalty, who is Lubbock's oldest living veteran, served in World War II in the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve. She returned to Texas Tech after the war to earn a master's degree in journalism and education, and she went on to spend more than three decades as an educator.
3 College of Education faculty join Teaching Academy
by Robert Stein | September 28, 2018
Fostering excellence in teaching is the name of the game in the College of Education.
So it may not be surprising that the college was well represented in the latest class of inductees for the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, which recognizes and promotes outstanding teaching.
Raymond Flores, Shirley Matteson and Fethi Inan were among 14 inductees from across the university who were honored at a Thursday ceremony on campus.
College of Education seeks to expand rural educator pipeline
by Robert Stein | September 28, 2018
Texas Tech University has been at the forefront of a new statewide effort to improve the talent pool for rural schools, which often struggle to recruit and retain high-quality teacher educators. This year it became one of 25 institutions in Texas – and one of just three universities – to receive a new, $411,000 state grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) specifically created to address the shortage.
Leaders from 30 school districts across the state recently gathered at Texas Tech to learn innovative ways to address teacher shortages at schools in rural areas. The College of Education showcased its accelerated teacher preparation program developed with the TEA funds and sought to share tips with Texas school districts on how they could create similar programs or partner with the university.