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January | 1.21.2020
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Diversifying the Teaching Profession - An Invitation to Participate & Sponsorship for your Aspiring Educators
Interested applicants, please register for the 16th Annual Student FEA Leadership & Professional Summit which will also host the first Teachers of Color Summit. Network with educators from across the state as we tackle diversity in the teaching profession.
This year FEA is sponsoring 20 aspiring educators. The sponsorship is for the full weekend conference and applicants can use the attached link to register. 
Faculty News and Updates
Graduate Faculty Orientation | Dr. David Jackson
Dr. David Jackson will join us January 23rd from 9-11:00 AM in GEC 305A! Please plan to attend!
Information, updates, and opportunities will be shared in our upcoming Professional Development with the School of Graduate Studies and Research. If you are a faculty member in the College of Education and are interested in becoming graduate faculty, please plan to attend even if you are not currently appointed graduate faculty. Continental breakfast will be served.
Spring Opening Meeting
See you for our college-wide meeting on January 28th at 2PM
We will have an informative work meeting to kick off the year. Some of the highlights will focus on new programs, faculty positions, cost efficiency, student recruitment and retention, and student success initiatives. An agenda will be provided at the start of the new year. Location to follow.
MLK Convocation | An Inspiring Celebration
Last week, January 16th, the MLK Convocation Ceremony took place in Gaither Gymnasium. Audience members heard a musical selection from the FAMU Gospel Choir and a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by the Brownsville Preparatory Institute students. President of the Tallahassee Chapter of NAACP, Adner Marcelin, gave an invigorating speech. His theme of "silence is not an option" was used to motivate our community to take action and be present in the legislation and politics that affect our lives day in and day out. Convocation ended with an oratorical presentation of I Have a Dream and the FAMU Alma Mater. Thank you students, faculty, and staff of the COE for your attendance. We truly stood out as a team and were well represented. We are always proud to demonstrate our college unity.
FAMU Day at the Capitol | February 6th
Members across the institution will represent FAMU at the FAMU Day at the Capitol. Our college will have three representatives to share some of our points of pride with state legislators. We look forward to updating legislation with new information about our outstanding students and faculty.
Florida State University School High School Scholars in African American History Course Present for MLK Convocation
Ms. April McGriff an alumna from FAMU co-organized a collaborative visit with other teachers at Florida SUS to bring students enrolled in the African American History Course to our campus. The student feedback and engagement related to the event underscored the enthusiasm and passion the group had for learning more about civil rights and African American history.
Spotlight on Innovation & Research
Recently Published Research Article | Dr. Samuel Platt
Best compliments to Dr. Samuel Platt for the publishing of his co-authored article. An Examination of Stories: How Cross-Cultural Communication Might Lead to Healthier Relationships and Peace across Cultures: A Case Study, attempts to uncover how our world may benefit from more cross- cultural communication . Thank you Dr. Platt for your research contributions.

COE Co-Partners with SAET and Leon County Schools to Host VEX Robotics Scrimmage at FAMU
This past Saturday, January 18, our college
had the pleasure of working with the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology at the VEX Robotics Competition Regional Scrimmage. Competitors were able to demonstrate their STEM abilities in a fun and engaging environment. The COE proudly supports our youth taking on the challenge of studying STEM. Over 20 teams competed from across the region. Thank you to Dr. David White (COE VEX Coordinator), Dr. Vanessa Pitts-Banniseter (Department Chair) and Dr. Samuel Platt (VEX Competition Judge) for giving of your time and talent to make this event a success!
Faculty Recognition | Community Activism and Achievement
Congratulations, Dr. Patty Ball Thomas! In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leon County recently celebrated the 100th Year of Women's voting rights and empowerment. On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, during the Leon County MLK annual celebration and in honor of the 100 year celebration of Equal Rights for Women. Commissioner Bill Proctor recognized our own, Dr. Patty Ball Thomas by presenting an Excellence in Service Award as President of the Capital City Democratic Women’s Club.
International Focus | FAMU Alumni Teaching in China
Two Elementary Education Graduates Teach Abroad
Congratulations to Miss Courtney Wright and Miss Tiffany McClary (former MissCOE) are currently teaching in China at the Canadian International School Kunshan. We are so proud of them and recognize their global impact overall. We want to continue to inspire and teachers to demonstrate their skills across the world!
Items Needed | COE Efficiency
Course Syllabus & CV Updates

Faculty, please ensure your updated course syllabi and curriculum vita are updated and provided to your department chairs. We want to ensure the dean's office has access to the instructional impact we make on our student success.
Office Hours
Esteemed faculty, we have received a reminder to place office hours outside of your office and abide by them.
Please do not only post, "Office Hours by Appointment". Select times and days that are in congruence with your classes and student convenience. The Provost's Office has sent a directive to ensure that students and parents do not call and complain that faculty are not available.
Thank you so much for being awesome! I appreciate you all being available.
Faculty Reminder | President's Recruitment Tour This Week

Just a note to faculty, Dean Watson will be out of the office this Thursday, January 23rd for the Jacksonville, Florida recruitment tour. This falls in line with the ST R IKE Vision Plan for our college. We look forward to focusing on recruitment and retention!
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 25-27, 2020 | Event Details to Follow
FAMU DRS | Superintendent's Corner
January Newsletter
Please read more about the new items and academic updates from FAMU-DRS. Read more here.
NASA STEM Fellowship Opportunity | Please Share
Fellowship Details
​NASA Office of STEM Engagement released the  NASA Fellowship Activity 2020

Call for Proposals -- NASA Fellowship Activity 2020
NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSE) opened a call for graduate research proposals on December 23, 2019. The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH20ZHA001N: NASA Fellowship Activity 2020 is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is designed to support OSE objectives and provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. The program details and requirements are outlined in the solicitation document.
To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must be U.S. citizens or a national who hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2020. Candidates must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2020, and intend to pursue a research-based Masters or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

Proposals are due February 21, 2020.

For full program details, visit:  2020 NASA Fellowship Activity . An informational webinar about this fellowship will be presented on January 8, 2020 and February 5, 2020 – time to be announced. The telecom number is 1-844-467-6272, and the passcode is 549325. The information to join the meeting via the web will be posted on the solicitation webpage once the information is available.

Questions concerning these program elements may be directed to Vandhana Lal at  NASA.fellowships@nasaprs.