Education Policy Center Brown Bag Lunches, to facilitate conversations with College of Education faculty. Recent speakers have included Matt Curtner-Smith, Pat Bauch, Ken McGrew, Steve Katsinas, Miguel Montero, and Daisy Arredondo-Rucinski.
Education Policy Center Lecture Series Launched, Dr. Paul Hubbert, Executive Secretary of the Alabama Education Association, spent a day with UA/COE that included a faculty luncheon meeting, a private meeting with Dean McLean, and a public lecture that received excellent coverage from local and state print and television media (November 2007). Dr. Wayne Flynt, the celebrated noted historian of the state of Alabama, made a similar lecture in April of 2008, and in January 2009, Kettering Foundation President and former UA President David Mathews lectured. In December 2010, Dr. Gerald Johnson, Director of the Capital Survey Research Center lectured. Due to a lack of funding invested by the College of Education, this program was discontinued in 2011.
Co-Chair, Ad-Hoc Committee for the Next Steps for the Implementation of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Curricular and Student Engagement, EPC Director Katsinas and CCS Dean Carolyn Dahl were appointed co-chairs by Provost Judy Bonner and Vice President for Community Affairs Samory Pruitt to write this follow-up report following successful service in co-chairing the University of Alabama’s application committee to obtain Foundation designation. The original submission was made in September 2008 and awarded in December 2008. The follow-up report to implement recommendations was distributed to UA Campus constituencies in the Fall of 2009.
Faculty Book Discussions, The Education Policy Center, as an extension of its brown bag lunches, has organized its third annual book discussion group. The first in 2009 was Gene Glass, Pills,and Magnetic Strips (IAP, 2009). The second session discussed Louis Menand. The third in 2011 dealt with Diane Ravitch’s provocative new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. In 2012, the theme was Wayne Flynt's autobiography. In 2013, Zachary Schrag’s Ethical Imperialism, The Rise of Institutional Review Boards, was reviewed. This led to a Statement of Concerned approved unanimously by College of Education Faculty at the April 2013 Faculty Meeting.