Unit Leadership and Authority

Unit Provides the Leadership for Coordinating All Programs

The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education provides the overall administrative leadership for the College, which includes eight departments in the Division of Liberal Arts, two departments in the Division of Education, and four special support service areas in the Division of Education. All departments are administered by Heads. Special support services are administered by Coordinators.

The two departments within the Division of Education—Physical Education and Curriculum and Instruction—are administered by Department Heads. Each degree program within the two departments has a Coordinator, who monitors the program’s goals and objectives to ensure consistency with current professional standards.

Monthly meetings are held by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. This meeting, Council of Department Heads, is used to discuss issues and policies that affect the College.

The Teacher Education Council makes recommendations for the conduct of the teacher preparation program as well as provides coordination among the different constituencies served by the program. The Tuskegee University Governance Document (revised 2001) defines the mandate and scope of authority for the Teacher Education Council. Members of the Council are faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Education and other departments within the University, faculty and administrators from Macon County Public Schools, and students enrolled in Tuskegee University teacher education programs.

Unit’s Recruiting and Admission Practices

The Office of Enrollment Management coordinates recruitment of new students to the University. Students who request a change in major or a second major must follow the change of major process described in the Tuskegee University Academic Regulation and Procedures for Undergraduates (revised 1997). Students who seek initial admission to teacher education at Tuskegee University must meet or exceed the minimum ACT/SAT score and the minimum high school grade point average requirements as designated by the respective faculty—in this case, teacher education.

Students from other majors on the Tuskegee University campus who apply for admission to undergraduate teacher education are evaluated as if they were a seeking initial admission into the program using their academic performance on the college level. These policies are described in the current Tuskegee University Bulletin and the Division of Education Handbook. Applicants to the Division’s graduate programs—General Science Traditional and General Science Non-Traditional—follow the same procedures as undergraduates

Academic Calendars, Catalogs, Publications, Grading Policies, and Advertising

Each semester Tuskegee University publishes an academic calendar of significant events affecting academic programs.

The Tuskegee University Bulletin or Catalog is published every three years and is currently due for revision and republication. The Office of the Dean of Students issues each enrolling student a copy of the Tuskegee University Student Handbook. This handbook provides information about registration and enrollment, financial aid, resident life, counseling, career development, student life, judicial procedures, and campus safety and security. The University requires that all new students enroll in "Individual Life and Development," OREN 0100, which introduces them to University life and to the history and traditions of Tuskegee University. Each student receives a copy of the Tuskegee University Academic Regulations and Procedures.

University grading policies are described in the Bulletin and in the Academic Regulations and Procedure.

Division of Education programs are advertised through the Office of Enrollment Management, the Office of Marketing and Communications, and through College of Liberal Arts and Education and Department of Curriculum and Instruction brochures.

Candidates have Access to Student Services such as Advising and Counseling

Upon enrollment, each student in the Division of Education is assigned a faculty academic advisor from the Division. Advisors monitor and aid students in meeting the requirements for their program, assist them in choosing and registering for courses each semester, maintain updated curriculum balance sheets and grade point average spreadsheets, and submit documents related to program requirements such as those for Admission to Professional Education, and write letters of recommendation for students.

Unit advisors issue student a copy of the Division of Education Handbook and a Curriculum Balance Sheet for their major when they enter the program. This handbook supplements the University’s Student Handbook, which describes all available University-sponsored student services, including counseling services. The Balance Sheet lists all required courses in their major and the semesters in which the courses should be completed.

In EDUC 0203, "Introduction to Professional Education," students receive important advice and information regarding requirements for their academic progress in teacher education. Course materials include the Academic Regulations and Procedures for Undergraduates and the Division of Education Handbook.

Unit and Other Faculty Collaborate with P - 12 Practitioners

Unit and other faculty collaborate with P-12 practitioners in a variety of settings, including: the Teacher Education Council, the Division of Education Standing Committees, resource sharing, professional workshops, proposal writing and grant implementation.

Colleagues in Other Units are Involved in Preparation of Professional Educators

Colleagues in other University units are involved in preparation of teacher education majors through teaching assignments in the Division of Education, through committee assignments, through joint research and service projects, and through informal sharing of information related to teacher preparation at Tuskegee University.

Faculty outside the Division of Education are involved in mentoring candidates. Two English Department faculty members participate directly with preparation of English Language Arts Education majors, to include observation of student interns. A Physics Department faculty member, who holds a terminal degree in General Science Education, teaches a course in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, assists with advising of General Science Education majors, and observes student interns.

Since fall 2000, Division of Education faculty have collaborated with faculty members from Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering departments, as well as with local school practitioners, to conduct a UNCF/ Lucent Technologies supported Saturday Academy. This ACCLAIM project provides reinforcement in mathematics, science and critical thinking for high school students in Macon County, the county in which Tuskegee University is locate. A Mathematics Department faculty member served as co-principal investigator in the recent Lilly Foundation Collaborative Project that supported the unit’s Professional Development School at Deborah Cannon Wolfe Elementary School in Shorter, Alabama.

Unit Provides Other Faculty Professional Development on Effective Teaching

The Division of Education does not currently provide formal professional development activities on effective teaching. However, faculty are collaborating on a proposal with Continuing Education faculty and administrators on a proposal for a "Center for Teaching and Learning." A faculty member in the Division of Education wrote two Bush minigrants to conduct workshops that included unit faculty members and faculty outside the unit. Both workshops were funded and held during the fall semester 2002. Each workshop used nationally recognized consultants. One workshop was held on "assessment and curriculum development " and the other on "portfolio assessment." The Division of Education sponsored a summer workshop on NCATE assessment with a nationally recognized NCATE consultant. This workshop also included Division of Education faculty and faculty from outside the unit.

An internship assessment and mentoring workshop was held for unit supervisors, one faculty member from the Department of Physics, and two faculty from the Department of English. Other informative meetings with faculty from other units include planning and presenting Saturday colloquiums for high school students in the ACCLAIM project. Faculty from education, engineering, veterinary medicine, biology, agriculture, chemistry, and mathematics collaborate to make these colloquiums successful. Faculty in the Division of Education and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Science collaborated on a National Science Foundation proposal that included conducting workshops on "effective teaching" and building a strong collaboration among engineers, teacher educators, P-12 schools. Unit faculty conducted a Tuskegee University – West Alabama Learning Coalition Conference. This conference involved members from the unit’s professional community, to include community leaders, school teachers, faculty and administrators from other universities, and Tuskegee University faculty from outside the Division of Education. Faculty in the Division of Education recently received funding for a Title III sub-grant which requires collaboration among teacher education faculty, faculty from other areas, and campus administrators.