2021 News


Faculty and Doctoral Students Present at the International Society for Educational Biography


Sandra Guzman-Foster, PhD, associate professor, Jeff L. Neal, Patrick Tumwine, Deborah A. Quinones, Doletha J. Thomas and Christopher B. Thomas, doctoral students in the Graduate Studies Program at the Dreeben School of Education, presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the International Society for Educational Biography (ISEB) in partnership with the Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Conference.

St. Clair and Poole Co-publish Article on Teaching Ethics


Norman St. Clair, PhD, professor and director of the Graduate Studies Program, and Deborah Poole, PhD, alumna of the Graduate Studies Program, co-published “Exploring and Developing a Comprehensive Teaching Model for Graduate Ethics,” in Teaching Ethics at The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.


Faculty Member Chairs National Intellectual Freedom Award Committee


Ann D. David, PhD, associate professor of Teacher Education, chaired the 2021 Intellectual Freedom Award Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a national organization devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. The Intellectual Freedom award is given to individuals and organizations who advance the cause of intellectual freedom.

Dean of Education Receives Award at Texas Teacher Education Conference


Denise Staudt, Ed.D., dean of the Dreeben School of Education, has been awarded The Joyce Hardin Service Award by the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (TACTE) at the Consortium of State Organizations for Teacher Education’s annual Fall Teacher Education Conference. The Joyce Hardin Service award is presented annually for outstanding service to TACTE and the education profession.


New Book Chapter Explores Online Learning and Faculty Collaboration


Dr. Lucretia M. Fraga (left), associate professor of Teacher Education, and Dr. Susan Hall (right), professor and director of Center for Teaching and Learning, along with Kathy Bottaro (bottom left), director of Instructional Technology Services, co-authored the chapter “Shifting to Online Learning Through Faculty Collaborative Support” in a new book titled eLearning Engagement in a Transformative Social Learning Environment, recently published by IGI Global.

Dreeben sees impressive pass rate of TExES


The UIW Dreeben School of Education (DSE) has reason to celebrate! Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) pass rates have been released, and in the 2020-2021 academic year, 99 percent of DSE students who took the exam received a passing grade. The exams test both content and pedagogy knowledge. Texas law requires that educators pass the appropriate exam to become certified to teach in Texas classrooms.

Meet our newest faculty member: Dr. Chunling Niu


The Dreeben School of Education would like to welcome Chunling Niu, Ph.D., Ed.D., assistant professor of Education, as the newest faculty member in the Graduate Studies Department. She is teaching courses this Fall in Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis, Program Evaluation Theories and Methods, Academic Writing for Research, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education, and Contemporary International Issues.


Education Faculty Featured in Military Families Magazine


Dr. Ashley S. Love, associate professor of Education, was interviewed by the Military Families Magazine for their article “The New Look of Learning: Virtual, In-Person, or Hybrid – How to Decide What is Best for Your Child This Fall,” a story on pandemic parenting and back-to-school plans for learning.


Faculty Member and Doctoral Student Co-publish Chapter in New Book


Sandra L. Guzman Foster, PhD, associate professor in Education, and Alyssa S. Cortes-Kennedy, a doctoral student in the Dreeben School of Education, co-authored “Engaging Graduate Students During a Pandemic: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration in Emergency Remote Learning” a chapter in a new book titled the Handbook of Research on Barriers for Teaching 21st-Century Competencies and the Impact of Digitalization.

Call for Third-Party Comment


On November 4-5, the University of the Incarnate Word will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Team is soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by the University of the Incarnate Word. All comments must be submitted by October 6, 2021, through the AAQEP website. Read the news story to leave a comment.



2021 Doctoral Graduate: Elizabeth Silva Shares Her Story


Elizabeth Silva ’21 M.Ed. graduated from the Graduate Studies Program at the Dreeben School of Education. She earned a Master of Education degree with a concentration in School Leadership. Learn more about Elizabeth and her determination to pursue a degree at UIW.

2021 Doctoral Graduate: Deborah Poole Shares Her Story


Deborah Poole ’21 PhD graduated from the Graduate Studies Program at the Dreeben School of Education where she earned a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Evaluation. Learn more about Deborah and her perseverance to pursue a doctoral degree.


2021 Honors Convocation


The Dreeben School of Education is celebrating its annual Honors Convocation online by recognizing outstanding students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Education Faculty Deliver National Presentation


Three faculty members from the Dreeben School of Education, Drs. Sandra L. Guzman-Foster, Deepti Kharod and Joan Labay-Marquez, co-presented “Alleviating Compassion Fatigue: Tools for Teaching in Tumultuous Times” on April 11 at the 9th Annual Conference of the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy. The workshop was designed to help alleviate stress, particularly in today’s climate of social, political and religious divisiveness, by invoking compassion. Presenters shared tools to help detect and alleviate inner and outer stressors.


Dr. Norman St. Clair Joins US Technical Advisory Group


Norman St. Clair, PhD, professor of Education and director of the Graduate Studies Program, has been invited to join the US Technical Advisory Group of the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 304 Healthcare Organization Management, an independent organization working to advance international common standards among nations.