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March | 3.9.2020
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Save the Date | Faculty & Students
LLC Alumni Speaker
Inaugural Women's History Symposium | March 25th
2020: The Year of the Black Woman Through a Historical Lens will be an event you don't want to miss. To see the full flyer and symposium details, please click here.
2020 Great Florida Teach-In Job Fair
Students who have recently graduated or are graduating soon can now register for the annual job fair hosted by the Florida Department of Education.

Date: April 27th
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Florida Hotel; Orlando, FL

For registration directions click here
To learn more about the Florida Teach-In event click here
International Food and Cultural Awareness Festival 2020
ATTENTION Student Scholarship Portal is Now Open

The scholarship application window is April 1 through May 29, 2020, please encourage your students to apply.

Visit our website or the foundation site to learn more. There will be an essay component and an area where students will need to request recommendations. Please encourage this in each of your classes.
TMCF's 2020 Teacher Quality and Retention Program
The application for the Thurgood Marshall Fund for Teacher Quality and Retention Program will close on Sunday, March 15th.

To be eligible for this program students must:
  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Junior, Senior, Graduate Student during the 2019-2020 school year
  • Either enrolled full-time at any four-year HBCU or a member-school alumnus
  • Education or STEM Major
  • Available to attend the 10-day summer institute in Houston on July 12-22, 2020

Link to apply click here
Link to program overview click here
Link to informational session recording click here
Mandatory Freshman Seminar | COE

Please share the upcoming events for the mandatory freshman seminar. All COE Freshman are required to attend at least one of the informational sessions. These are required from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Pizza With A Purpose | Chat with Cheese
March 25th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
GEC A209
Popcorn and Pop In
Tuesday, April 14th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GEC A209
Staff Spotlight of the Week | Ms. Temecia Shelton
Here are a few highlights from our staff member of the week Ms. Temecia Shelton!
How do you see your role in the College of Education?
I play an important role in the College of Education because my position aligns with Strategic Priority 1: Exceptional Student Experience, Strategic Priority 3: High Impact Research, Commercialization, Outreach, and Extension Services, Strategic Priority 4: Transformative Alumni, Community, and Business Engagement, Strategic Priority 5: First-Class Business Infrastructure, and Strategic Priority 6: Outstanding Customer Service. In addition, my position supports the College of Education’s STRIKE Vision Plan by aligning to the strategic initiatives of the University, increasing the teacher pipeline by partnering with school districts: locally, state-wide, and nationally, by building trust and transparency internally and externally with our core partners, by working closely as a key partner with FAMU DRS and surrounding county schools to identify the needs of the educational community, and by partnering and engaging with stakeholders in the community, state, and nation.
I serve as the liaison between the College of Education and school districts; collaborates and plans with school districts to create pipeline partnerships beneficial for all stakeholders. I also serve as a Cabinet Member for the Sabal Palm Community Partnership School of which the FAMU COE is a core partner in this initiative and the membership on this and various other community partnership school committees is instrumental in the success of the Community Partnership School MOU. Additionally, I am responsible for coordinating field placements for student internships and for coordinating field placements for observation and practicum students. I also maintain an active database for the FDLE security background clearance information on undergraduate and graduate field experience students. Lastly, I created a professional development resource webpage for school-based cooperating teachers assigned to supervise student interns; build and maintain the DRF program/folders necessary for student internship in TaskStream each semester; plan and coordinate all Office of Field Clinical Placements seminars, professional development days, and other key events; facilitate partnerships with stakeholders to create pipelines for engagement, recruitment, and retention; and meet with new and existing school and community stakeholders for feedback on best practices and collaboration opportunities.
What is one of your favorite student interactions this year within the COE?
I recently helped a student problem solve an issue she was experiencing by helping her to look at the issue from a different perspective and by doing so she was able to come up with her own solution.
What do you like to do in your leisure time?
Is there such a thing???!!!
What is a unique skill you have that no one would ever guess about you?
I am uniquely skilled at prioritizing and multitasking.
News and Noteworthy
Acceptance of Paper
Compliments to Dr. Jerry Holt whose paper will be used for presentation at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society for Florida Literature conference in St. Augustine on March 20th . The acceptance paper is titled Coming of Age in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' The Yearling and John Calvin Rainey's  The Thang That Ate My Grandaddy's Dog.
Special Thanks | CAEP Conference, New Orleans, LA

Thank you to Dr. Sarah Price, Dr. Endya Stewart and Mr. Wei Gu for attending the CAEP conference this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. They will be representing our college and institution.
Student Success & Engagement
FAMU COE LLC Scholars Prepare to Meet Howard School of Education Scholars in Washington, DC
Our College of Education, Living Learning Community will be exposed to history, scholarship and service during our upcoming trip to Washington, DC. Dr. Ameenah Shakir and the LLC Scholars will travel April 7th-10th. During the scholarly excursion they will meet Howard University School of Education Scholars, tour the National African American History Museum, visit Prince George's County Schools and perform a service-learning project.
Mayor John Dailey Visits COE Scholars for an Evening of Civic Engagement
Last week, our Living Learning Community Scholars and our Florida Fund for Minority Teaching Scholars convened for a civic engagement impact lecture with Mayor John Dailey. The students learned about the importance of municipal government and how the city of Tallahassee operates in various areas. Thank you to Dr. Ameenah Shakir, Dr. Chris Daniels (CSSAH), Ms. Barbara Wynn, Mr. Frantzley Moise, and Ms. Ronica Walker for your leadership and planning of this remarkable evening of engagement.
Faculty Engagement | Research and Service Opportunities
Florida History Day 2020- Call for Judges
The 2020 Florida Historic event is currently looking for staff and graduate students to judge student competitors (grades 6-12) to represent Florida at the National History Day Competition. Judges can volunteer on either May 3rd or May 4th at Tallahassee Community College.

Event and registration info here
More about National History Day here
Research Grants in Supporting Educational Communities
Albany State University is interested in research from undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty studying educational support in fragile communities. Please see the attached document for information concerning proposal requirements, deadlines and grant information.
HBCU Faculty Awards | Humanities Research Fellowship & Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for their 2020 Awards for Faculty program. Awards are received as research fellowship and grants that contribute to the field of humanities. Please see the attached link for detailed information about this great opportunity.
Framing and Maintaining a Research Agenda
The Center for Educational Opportunity at Albany Sate University is hosting an event to discuss the ins and outs of a research agenda. Please see attached link for further details.
Call for Papers
The Bulletin is accepting papers for their biannual, peer reviewed journal. All scholars who study issues concerning the black Diaspora and related events are encouraged to participate. The topic for 2020 is "We Want Black Studies ": Celebrating 50 years of African American Studies at FAMU. Please click the link to read the complete flyer from the Meek-Eaton Research Center.

Faculty Reminders | Important Messages
Brown Bag Luncheon Series 
The Center of Academic Success invites you to a discussion about effective academic advising.
Date: March 11th
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room B

Please click here to view the full event flyer.
Coronavirus CoVID-19 | University Update
Faculty & Staff Update
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has suspended all University-related travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan for students, faculty, administration and staff, effective immediately.
We will continue to monitor this outbreak and provide updates to the campus community as needed. There are no FAMU students or faculty currently studying or teaching in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan. 
Students and faculty involved in Study Abroad programs should contact the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) immediately for more information.
Students, faculty and staff who are planning trips for Spring Break should consult with the OIED for more advisory information at 850-599-3295.
University sponsored travel to countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 or a U.S. Department of State Advisory Level 3 or 4 will not be approved.
If you are suffering from a respiratory illness or fever please stay home. We will work with supervisors, deans and faculty to accommodate individuals who are ill. 
For further updates visit
ALL Employee Mandatory Training

FAMU Office of Ethics and Compliance Overview
 Ensure you are in compliance. Please read the documents here for information on the FAMU Code of Conduct and proper workplace ethics.

Some tips, as you navigate through the training modules:
  1. Trouble Accessing Videos?
  2. If you are having trouble accessing the videos, try copying the url and paste it into either Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
  3. Thank You Emails
  4. In addition to a certificate for each module, you will receive an email thanking you for completing the training module.
  5. Want Access to Resource Links?
  6. During this training period, you will have had access to a number of links across the modules. We have compiled all the links into the attached document for your future reference.
Affordability Counts | Textbook Affordability Program
 The Affordability Counts Day Online Conference that will be held on Wednesday, March 25 th . The conference will address measure to reduce textbook costs and make textbooks more affordable. The BOG is recommending alternative ways to lower textbook cost that should not exceed $20/credit hour. 
Visit this link to learn more.
Opportunities for Student Research & Engagement
Register NOW for the 2020 Interactive Writing Symposium at FAMU
This outstanding event is hosted through our very own College of Education doctoral student research base. Ms. Debra Lewis an Educational Leadership doctoral student is chairing the National Council for Higher Education Interactive Writing Symposium, April 3-4, 2020. Please allow your graduate students to register below or by using the QR code pictured. Graduate faculty, I am requesting you utilize this as an opportunity for your students to learn about writing outside of the classroom during this session. Also, if you would like to lead a table top session please email Ms. Lewis at

Albany State University | Graduate Student Opportunity 2020 Interactive Symposium | March 27th
2020 Interactive Symposium: Doctoral Practicum. While attendance is not mandatory, we encourage all to participate. Dates and times can be found here.
Upcoming Campus Events
30 Year Anniversary | Black Male College Explorers Program
The Black Male College Explorers program will celebrate its 30th year of service to young men across Florida. Please plan to attend and share in this wonderful celebration for the achievement of students from throughout the state and region.
June 27th and 28th, 2020
Dean's Travel Dates
Dean Watson will be out of the office on the following dates:
March 10- March 12, 2020 | National Science Foundation; Boston, MA | Cancelled Due to Coronavirus
March 18- March 23, 2020 | Personal Leave

If you need to contact Dean Watson during these times, please use the email
College of Education | STRIKE Vision Plan
S |   STRATEGIC INITIATIVES - The FAMU COE will align closely with the university vision and mission to implement programs designed to increase academic achievement across undergraduate and graduate programs. Increase the teacher pipeline by partnering with our local districts and those across the state.
T |   TRUST -  The FAMU COE will build trust and offer transparency to our internal campus community and external school and community partners. We will build programs and engage others with truthful and meaningful practices.
R |   RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION -  Recruitment and Retention | The FAMU COE will tackle the national and state teacher shortage crisis and implement new strategies to recruit and retain teacher education majors. We will grow our graduate programs and be proactive in identifying the needs and gaps in state certification and test achievement. We will create pathways for gains from our education candidates and follow them into successful careers.
I |   INNOVATION AND RESEARCH -  The FAMU COE will create innovative and immersive learning experiences for our learners will promoting a solid research agenda and providing rich research expertise. We will provide rich teaching and learning with immersive technology for undergraduate and graduate programs.
K |  K-20 SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS -  The FAMU COE will work closely as a key partner with FAMU DRS and surrounding county schools to identify the needs of the educational community and utilize our faculty, staff, and students to meet those needs.
E |   ENGAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, THE STATE AND THE NATION -  The FAMU COE will increase the number of privately funded scholarships to support our students and faculty by promoting our programs and creating forums for exposure and visibility.
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