Global Perspectives in Education Research

Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Matthews Hall 209

PDF flyerIntercultural and Bilingual Education in Peru: A Study with Indigenous Communities in the Amazon

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Presented by Dr. Dina C. Castro
Professor of Education and Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education

Presented By the Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education & Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education

Please join us for lunch and conversation!

 

K-12, higher education leaders to grapple with taboo topics at UNT conference

What: The 33rd annual Educational Leadership Conference at the University of North Texas. This year’s theme, “Crucial Conversations on Equity and Excellence,” will feature talks, presentations and interactive group activities designed to bring issues such as race, faith and sexual orientation to the forefront of education conversations and initiatives. 

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 (Wednesday).

Where: UNT's Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.                    

Register: Deadline is Oct. 31 (Monday). $150 for general registration. $75 for a currently enrolled UNT student or employee. Register and get information at http://www.coe.unt.edu/conferences/2016-education-leadership-conference.

Parking: Parking permits for the special event zone of Lot 20, located across the street from the Gateway Center, are included with registration.

Media: To reserve parking and press passes, contact Monique.Bird@unt.edu or 940-369-7782 by Oct. 28 (Friday).

Race and ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, faith and ableness – topics often described as too taboo for conversation – will be the subjects of the 2016 Educational Leadership Conference at the University of North Texas. The longtime annual event fosters thought around learning topics that can create large-scale change in educational institutions.

“We really wanted to take on concepts that are typically deemed undiscussable,” said Miriam Ezzani, assistant professor of teacher education and administration in the UNT College of Education. “After all, our students in K-12 education and higher education represent these differences in our classrooms.”

In a twist, this year’s conference, which usually targets leadership in the primary and secondary school systems, will also feature discussions of interest to K-12 teachers, as well as collegiate educators, administrators and instructors.

“It’s an opportunity for teachers and faculty to learn alongside leaders in K-12 and university institutions,” said Ezzani. “We anticipate this conference to be a springboard for deeper discussion on these topics when participants return to their schools, districts, programs, departments and colleges.” 

This year’s keynote presenters, Randy Lindsey and Ray Terrell, are two of the most prolific writers and presenters on diversity and cultural proficiency in the nation, said Ezzani. The pair will engage the audience with interactive activities on topics that can be hard to talk about – with the idea of increasing understanding, appreciation and valuing of differences and diversity. Ultimately, the goal is to close gaps in education and to build organizational support and large-scale initiatives that create access and equity for students.

The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 (Wednesday) at the UNT Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Register and get information online at http://www.coe.unt.edu/conferences/2016-education-leadership-conference.

The conference is sponsored by the UNT Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the College of Education, the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, and the Educational Leadership Program.

 

Story by UNT News Service 

Counseling professor wins Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award

By Raquel Talamantes

Amanda Giordano, an assistant professor in the UNT College of Education’s counseling program, has received the 2016 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award. This award recognizes those who show fantastic progress in the early stages of their academic career in the areas of research, service and teaching.

“Considering that [Giordano] is still early in her career as a counselor educator, I am delighted that both her extensive accomplishments and her promising future are being recognized by a major professional counseling association,” Jan Holden, department chair of counseling and higher education, said.  “Her membership on the counseling program faculty not only serves our students and profession so well, but also contributes to the program’s nationally ranked stature and to the College of Education’s excellent reputation.”

Giordano specializes in addictions counseling and religious/spiritual issues in counseling. She also teaches courses about addictions counseling, diversity issues in counseling and counseling theory.

“I think these courses are really important, and I feel very honored to teach them,” Giordano said. “My goals as an educator are to help counseling students foster a better understanding of addiction in order to cultivate empathy for those with chemical or process addictions, and to help counseling students identify and overcome racial/ethnic biases or preconceived notions they may harbor about groups of people. It is very rewarding to be a part of those processes.”

A large portion of Giordano’s work involves research. She conducts research studies that explore collegiate substance use, sexual addiction, the association between religion/spirituality and addiction, and religious coping. During her five years at UNT, Giordano has gathered a six- to eight-member Addictions Counseling Research Team consisting of UNT master’s and graduate students and other UNT colleagues. During their three years together, they have published four studies and are currently working on a fifth.

In addition to working, teaching and conducting research studies, Giordano also serves as a board member and treasurer of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) and serves on two editorial review boards for counseling journals.

“I have been able to meet some amazing people in the counseling field through these service positions,” Giordano said. “Also, at the local level, I have been able to provide diversity training to non-profit organizations that are working to enhance race relations in the community.”

Giordano said her award is testament to the UNT counseling program’s commitment to junior faculty success.

“You always wonder how you can repay those who invested so much into your professional development, and I think winning an award like this is a real testament to the mentorship I have received along the way,” Giordano said. “It acknowledges the dedication of those who have trained, taught, inspired, and encouraged me thus far. I am very grateful for the men and women who have devoted their time, energy and wisdom into my career and I hope they see this award as their recognition too.”

Giordano will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting at the 2016 SACES conference in New Orleans at noon October 7.

Message from the dean and college news roundup - Fall 2016

Dr. CombesGreetings!

Fall is here, and that means the UNT College of Education is in full swing!

For those of you who didn’t see our summer e-newsletter, I am Dr. Bertina Combes, and I’m serving as interim dean following Dr. Jerry Thomas’ retirement in July. I am the college’s associate dean for academic affairs and research, and I also teach courses in Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology. This fall marks my 27th year at UNT, coming to Denton after spending three years at Texas Tech University. I have two children who attend UNT, Ashley, a junior, and Julius, a sophomore. My mother, Dr. Gladys Hildreth, recently retired from UNT, having taught in the area of Development and Family Studies.

As you can see, I am deeply committed to UNT on many levels. I will continue to endeavor to ensure our students get the learning experiences they need to forge successful careers and our faculty receive the support they need in the classroom and in their research.

The college has so much to be proud of, especially our amazing students and alumni like Cecilia Joyce Price, Krystal Johnson and Nydia Sanchez.

Our faculty continue to impress as well, with four winning UNT campuswide Salute to Faculty Excellence awards this fall!

I’m immensely proud to be part of the College of Education at UNT, and I hope you are too. If you have suggestions about news or events you’d like to see from the college, please drop us a line at coe.alumni@unt.edu. And if you would like to support the college by making a gift, please visit www.unt.edu/givenow or contact Keturi Beatty at Keturi.Beatty@unt.edu or 940-891-6860.

Bertina H. Combes, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Professor

Curriculum & Instruction master’s goes online

The UNT College of Education’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, which aims to give current educators the skills they need to pursue leadership roles at the campus and district level, is now available almost completely online.

Program advisor Mei Hoyt said the program’s move to the web opens it up to more educators who are looking to expand their career opportunities.

“The program is designed for current teachers, but it’s often difficult for them to get to campus for classes,” she said. “Online we can offer more flexibility without compromising the high-quality education our students need.”

The program offers three concentrations: literacy, bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL), math, or a specialization in a select area of the student’s interest. Hoyt said students take 10 total courses — four core, four in the chosen concentration area and two electives — in addition to completing an online portfolio.

“Our students will gain critical digital literacy skills and research-based learning at an affordable cost,” Hoyt said. “We also work with students individually and try to cater the program to their needs.”

21st Annual Higher Education Law Conference

Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:00am to Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:00am

As the premier conference on higher education law in Texas, the Texas Higher Education Law Conference provides college and university professional in the public and private sector, and attorneys who advise them the most current information on important developments in such areas as student legal issues, first amendment rights, technology dangers, FERPA and free speech areas to name a few.

See the conference website for more details.

HDFS Internship and Career Fair

Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 12:00am

Career Center
Chestnut Hall

Interested in a career involving children and families? Do you enjoy helping people?

Explore over 30 agencies in the DFW area! Come join us to learn more about internships and working with community and social service organizations focused on bettering the lives of children and families.

10th Annual Doctoral Student Association Conference

Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Matthews Hall

The University of North Texas Doctoral Students Association will host its tenth annual Pathways for Success conference from 8am to 1pm Saturday, October 1, in UNT's Matthews Hall. You can register online.

 Conference Flyer

Calvin Nite

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Contact Info
Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-D
Phone: 
940-565-3533
Email: 
Calvin.Nite@unt.edu

Dr. Nite joined the University of North Texas as an Assistant Professor in Spring 2017. He previously held positions at Georgia Southern University and Texas Tech University. He completed his PhD at Texas A&M University in 2011. His research primarily draws from institutional theory and escalation of commitment theory to understand sport organizations and their decision-making processes. Most of his work has been situated within the context of intercollegiate athletics in the U.S.

Refereed Journal Articles

Nite, C. (accepted). Message Framing as Institutional Maintenance: The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Institutional Work of Addressing Legitimate Threats. Sport Management Review, 1-40.

Nite, C., & Bopp, T. (2015). Conflicting prescriptions for ‘ethical’ leadership in complex institutions: Perspectives from U.S. collegiate athletic administrators. Leadership, 1-20. DOI: 10.1177/1742715015605878.

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., Melton, E. N., & Bouchet, A. (2015). Locating universities within the phases of escalation of commitment to intercollegiate athletics. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 7(1), 87-107.

Hutchinson, M., Nite, C., & Bouchet, A. (2015). Escalation of commitment in United States collegiate athletic departments: An investigation of social and structural determinants of commitment. Journal of Sport Management, 29(1), 57-75.

Nite, C. & Singer, J.N. (2014). ‘We want to develop Christian athletes’: Creating a climate for spiritual development in athletics. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 8(1), 1-18.

Nite, C., Singer, J.N., & Cunningham, G. B. (2013). Addressing competing logics between the mission of a religious university and the demands of intercollegiate athletics. Sport Management Review, 16, 465-476.

Nite, C. & Underwood, S. J. (2013). Integrating geographic information systems (GIS) into sport business research and practice. International Journal of Revenue Management, 7(2), 95-104.

Nite, C., & Singer, J.N. (2013). An examination of sport management doctoral programme research requirements. Educate, 13(2), 24-35.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2012) Qualitative Inquiry: Quality Research for Connecting with and Affecting Change in Sport Populations. Qualitative Research Journal, 12(1), 88-97.

Nite, C. (2012). Challenges for supporting student-athlete development: Perspectives from an NCAA Division II athletic department. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 5, 1-14.

Nite, C. & Bouchet, A. (2011) Trust: The foundation of effective teams. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 26, 278-284.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Nite, C. (2012). Intercollegiate Athletics. In G. B. Cunningham & J. N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd ed.). Center for Sport Management Research and Education: College Station, TX.

Nite, C., & Hutchinson, M.(2012). Sport and religion. In G. B. Cunningham & J. N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (2nd ed.). Center for Sport Management Research and Education: College Station, TX.

Nite, C. & Hutchinson, M. (2011). Challenges of division II athletic department and student-athlete development. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82(1), A81.

Nite, C. & Bouchet, A. (2011). Escalation of commitment applied to the history of intercollegiate athletics. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82(1), A81.

Nite, C. (2011). San Antonio Spurs. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C. (2011). Texas Rangers. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C. (2011). Dallas Mavericks. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C. (2011). Trash Talk and Celebrations. In L. E. Swayne & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nite, C., & Hutchinson, M.(2010). Sport and religion. In G. B. Cunningham & J. N. Singer (Eds.), Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity. Center for Sport Management Research and Education: College Station, TX.

National and International Presentations

Cohen, A., & Nite, C. (2017). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Challenges of experiential learning in sport management classes. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Denver, CO.

Nite, C., Washington, M., Ige, A. (2016). Always in a fight: The institutional work of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA.

Nite, C., & Washington, M. (2016). Institutional entrepreneurship to avoid change: The NCAA’s institutional maintenance strategies. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Orlando, FL.

Melton, E. N., & Nite, C. (2016). Empowering champions or erecting roadblocks for social change: A multilevel examination of factors that facilitate and inhibit athlete activism. College Sport Research Institute (CSRI), Columbia, SC.

Nite, C., & Washington, M. (2015). From change agent to maintenance agent: The evolution of the NCAA as an institutional entrepreneur. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Ottawa, ON.

Nite, C., & Hutchinson, M. (2015). The framing of O’Bannon v. NCAA: The institutional work of the NCAA. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Ottawa, ON.

Nite, C., Bopp, T., & Powell, C. (2014). Profiling ethical leaders in intercollegiate athletics: Perspectives of athletic administrators. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Pittsburgh, PA. **Graduate Student Collaboration**

Hutchinson, M., Nite, C., & Bouchet, A. (2014). Escalation of commitment in United States collegiate athletic departments: An investigation of social and structural determinants of commitment. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Pittsburgh, PA.

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., & Melton, E. N. (2014). Locating athletic departments within the four phases of escalation of commitment. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Columbia, SC.

Powell, C., & Nite, C. (2014). A legal examination of the NCAA’s policies regarding athletes’ rights to retain agents. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Columbia, SC. **Graduate Student Collaboration**

Osueke A., & Nite, C. (2014). Examining issues of membership and leverage in non-professional labor unions: Perspectives from college athletes. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Columbia, SC.  **Graduate Student Collaboration**

Lochbaum, M., & Nite, C. (2013). East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood: Explanation, Initial Data, and Search for Cross-Cultural Partners in Understanding Motivation and the Meaning to the Self of Physical Activity Pursuits. Paper presented at the JOINT 7th SELF Biennial International Conference
and ERAS Conference 2013. Singapore.

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M. & Bouchet, A. (2013). Toward predicting escalation of commitment: Normalizing determinants in intercollegiate athletic departments. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Austin, TX.

Hutchinson, M., Bouchet, A., & Nite, C. (2013). Organizational redirection in intercollegiate athletics: Resultant factors of de-escalation of commitment. NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics. Grapevine, TX.

Hall, T., Jones, C., & Nite, C. (2013). Creating value at a free sporting event: More than price? Global Sport Business Association (GSBA). Miami, FL.

Jones, C., Hall, T., & Nite, C. (2012). Examination of service quality expectations for a free sport event. Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow (SEVT). Columbia, SC.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2012). Spirituality: Considering a fourth dimension of intercollegiate athlete development. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). New Orleans, LA.

Hutchinson, M., Bennett, G., & Nite, C. (2012). University brand building in sport: Core value implementation within an intercollegiate athletics department. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Chapel Hill, NC.

Nite, C. & Singer, J.N. (2012).  Managing competing logics within an NCAA Division II athletic department. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Chapel Hill, NC.

Dixon, D. & Nite, C. (2012). The legality and feasibility of compensating student-athletes. College Sport Research Institute Conference (CSRI). Chapel Hill, NC. **Student collaboration**

Nite, C. (2012). The have-nots: Pragmatic strategies for addressing academic development. NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics. Indianapolis, IN.

Nite, C. & Balloulli, K. (2011). Brand Imagery and Athletes: Examining the Reinforcement of Stereotypes. Presented at North American Society for Sport Management Conference (NASSM) London, Ontario.

Nite, C. & Bouchet. A. (2011). Escalation of Commitment Applied to the History of Intercollegiate Athletics. Presented at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2011 National Convention & Exposition, San Diego, CA.

Nite, C. & Hutchinson, M. (2011). Challenges of Division II Athletic Departments and Student-Athlete Development.Presented at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2011 National Convention & Exposition, San Diego, CA.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2010). Qualitative research: Quality research that bridges the gap between scholars and sport populations. Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference, Tampa, FL.

Nite, C. & Singer, J. N. (2010). An examination of sport management doctoral program research requirements.  Presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference, Tampa, FL.

Funding and Outreach

Paw-a-thon 5k (2016) – Fundraising even organized and implemented by SPMT 5324 & 5329 classes. Benefitted sport management program initiatives and the Haven Animal Shelter.

Drive Against Domestic Violence golf tournament (2016) – Fundraising even organized and implemented by SPMT 5324 & 5329 classes. Benefitted sport management program initiatives and Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.

Nite, C. (2015). Incremental change as an institutional maintenance strategy: A histiography of the NCAA’s changes in governance of intercollegiate athletics. Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant.

Nite, C., Melton, E. N., & Cohen, A. S. (2015). Champions for social change: Examining how athletes influence perceptions of inclusion. Texas Tech University Scholarship Catalyst Program.

Fun & Fit Bash Spring 2015 – Event organized and executed by ESS 4355 class

Fun & Fit Bash 2014 – Event organized and executed by ESS 5329 class

Drive Against Domestic Violence Classic golf tournament (2014) – Fundraising event organized by the TTU Sport Management program (Professors and students from four different classes). Benefitted sport management program initiatives and Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.

Fun & Fit Bash 2013 – Event organized and executed by ESS 5329 class

Carol of Lights Run 2013 – Organized the participation of children from an ELPN sponsored after school program

Nite, C., Hutchinson, M., & Bouchet, A. (2012). Toward predicting escalation of commitment in intercollegiate athletics: Normalizing determinants in athletic departments. Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant.

Nite, C.(2010). Department of Health and Kinesiology Graduate Student Research Grant. Texas A&M University.

Awards and Recognition

Teacher of the Year in Sport Management – Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University (2011)

Ryan L. Olson

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-E
Phone: 
940-565-3417
Email: 
Ryan.Olson@unt.edu

Dr. Olson joined the University of North Texas as an Assistant Professor in fall 2016. He received his B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Wyoming prior to completing his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. His research interests center on the fields of Sport and Exercise Psychology, with an emphasis on implementing psychophysiological techniques, including electrocardiography (ECG) and electroencephalography (EEG), to identify neural biomarkers of disease. Specifically, Dr. Olson focuses on: 1) the effects of acute and chronic exercise for improving neurocognitive function and mental health, and 2) examining neurocognitive deficits and autonomic function in at-risk populations, especially in concussed and obese individuals.

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