Nancy Nelson named Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education

NelsonThe College of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Nelson will now serve as the Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education after more than four years as chair of the Teacher Education and Administration department.

"Nancy Nelson was an excellent chair leading several successful improvements – combining of PhD programs, hiring of numerous faculty and improving dissertation quality," said Dr. Jerry Thomas, dean of the college.

Nelson led the Teacher Education and Administration department since 2009, and she previously held positions at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Louisiana State University, the College of William and Mary, and Carnegie Mellon University.

In her new role as Meadows Chair, Nelson will focus her attention on educational issues associated with linguistic and cultural diversity, academic writing in global context and the dynamics of intercultural communication. She will continue to teach courses in language and literacy studies and curriculum studies.

"I am most appreciative to UNT and the Meadows Foundation for this honor and for the opportunity to engage more fully in my targeted educational initiatives," she said.

Nelson is collaborating with the Secretariat of Education in Jalisco, Mexico on international research projects and will be one of the faculty members from the UNT community to participate in the Faculty Abroad Seminar in Mexico in spring 2014. She has presented keynote addresses at a number of international conferences, including meetings held in Italy, Norway and Mexico, and has held leadership roles in seminars in Costa Rica, New Zealand, Norway and Spain. Nelson also contributes her expertise in curriculum development to local and international projects sponsored by UNT Sustainability.