Dr. Ron W. Wilhelm - Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Dr. Ron Wilhelm and intended for Kappa Delta Pi members and other exceptional students in Teacher Education and Administration.


  1. Meet the minimum entrance and academic performance standards of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of the award;
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program;
  3. Be an active member of Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (active membership is defined as having paid annual national and local dues, demonstration of attendance at chapter meetings, and participation in chapter events);
  4. Demonstrate evidence of sustained commitment to and engagement in local community social action and/or service.



Spring 2016 Education Career Fair

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

University Union Room 314/333

Come network with employers looking to hire full-time, part-time and interns. The Career Fair is open to UNT students and alumni. Business attire is suggested, and make sure to bring your student ID and plenty of resumes to distribute!

Person-Centered Counseling Scholarship

Purpose: A fund established by Dr. Dee Ray to provide scholarship assistance for graduate students in the Counseling Education Program with demonstrated practice in person-centered counseling.


  1. Meet Minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment unless nearing completion of degree and does not need full time enrollment.
  3. Enroll as graduate student in Counseling with a demonstrated practice in person centered counseling.
  4. Submit a personal statement in support of person-centered theory.
  5. Demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial assistance as determined by completion of the FAFSA.

ORC Brown Bag Series - Publishing and becoming a productive scholar

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Matthews Hall, Room 209

The Office of Research Consulting is offering a series of discussions on improving as a scholar.

ORC Brown Bag Series - An introduction to NVivo

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Matthews Hall, Room 209

The Office of Research Consulting is offering a series of discussions on improving as a scholar. This is intended to be a hands-on event. For more information on the event and how to prepare for it, please visit the Office of Research Consulting website.

ORC Brown Bag Series - introduction to SPSS & Excel in statistics

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Matthews Hall, Room 308

The Office of Research Consulting is offering a series of discussions on improving as a scholar.

ORC Brown Bag Series - applications and making yourself marketable

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Matthews Hall, Room 209

The Office of Research Consulting is offering a series of discussions on improving as a scholar.

College to offer new public health degree program

The University of North Texas College of Education will soon offer a bachelor’s degree in public health. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the degree, helping UNT to fill a critical need in the field of health.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a need for new undergraduate programs in public health by 2020. With numerous public hospitals, health departments and non-profit health organizations, the public health job market in the North Texas region is significant, and these organizations will need future graduates to support their efforts.

"This new degree will complement the outstanding programs already offered in our Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation," said College of Education Dean Jerry Thomas. "My hope is that future UNT students will select this degree as an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of preventing disease outbreaks and epidemics."

The public health program has become the college’s seventh degree program. It will have several focus areas, including population studies and biological sciences.

"Public health careers are always in demand," said Jennifer Edwards, the coordinator of the new degree program and a health promotion lecturer. "Federal agencies say there will be a shortage of 250,000 public health workers by the year 2020. We are excited to prepare our UNT students to meet this need addressing vital public health problems like outbreaks, vaccinations and access to healthcare."

Applications are currently being accepted for the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Public Health. Classes will start in fall 2016.

For more information, contact Edwards at 940-565-2069 or Jennifer.Edwards@unt.edu.


Nauright named chair of UNT KHPR department

John Nauright, an internationally recognized and award winning scholar specializing in sports as related to culture, economics and ethnicity, has been named professor and chair of the University of North Texas' Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, housed in the College of Education.

Nauright comes to UNT from the University of Brighton in England, where he is assistant head of school and director of the Institute of Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Sport and Service Management. He also holds visiting or honorary professorships at universities worldwide, including Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), the University of Ghana, the University of the West Indies (Barbados), and Aarhus University (Denmark).

He will begin his role at UNT on June 1, 2016.

"John is known worldwide as an academic leader who is committed to research and scholarship," said Jerry Thomas, dean of the UNT College of Education. "I am confident he will help us build on our already strong KHPR department and provide a rich learning environment that benefits our students and our faculty."

In his current position at the University of Brighton, Nauright has served as the founding director of the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies, which aimed to promote the creation and evaluation of sports, leisure and tourism programs as a means to build economic strength, ecological sensitivity and cultural awareness. He helped develop the university's Master of Science degree in sports business management and an executive short course in international sport management.

Prior to his work in Brighton, Nauright served as Professor on the faculty of George Mason University, Georgia Southern University, the University of Abertay (Dundee, Scotland), and also held positions at several other universities including the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Otago (New Zealand) and Queen's University (Canada). As a consultant or visiting professor, he has worked with the University of Ghana, the government of Barbados, Shanghai University of Sport, Al-Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, and JAMK University in Finland, among many others. Nauright is the author or editor of more than 20 books, on topics including rugby, sport in South Africa, the role of sport in social and political activism, and sport and political economy.

Nauright, a native of South Carolina, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. Nauright has two adult daughters, Ashley and Lauren, and will be joined in Denton by his wife, Jenni.

COE students place in national research competition

left to right, Todd Kettler; Mattie Oveross, first place in the non-doctoral research in progress category; Luke Hurst, second place in the doctoral research in progress category; Dianna Mullet, first place in the doctoral research in progress category; and Anne Rinn-McCann.

By Mary Murphy

Three UNT College of Education students won awards in this year's National Association of Gifted Children Conference Research Competition, the biggest research competition in gifted education for graduate students in the United States, held in November in Phoenix, Ariz.    

This is the third consecutive year that UNT has placed in the NAGC Research Competition, but the first time that multiple UNT students have won. Mattie Oveross won first place in the non-doctoral research in-progress category; Dianne Mullet won first place in the doctoral research in-progress category; and Luke Hurst won second place in the doctoral research in-progress category.

Anne Rinn-McCann and Todd Kettler, both assistant professors in the college's Department of Educational Psychology, annually attend the NAGC conference. Each year, they encourage their students to come with them so they can network, learn from professionals and present their own research. This year, 14 UNT students attended, and eight UNT doctoral students gave presentations.

 "I think it's an honor for the university whenever the winners are announced and faculty from all over the country see that UNT students are doing a good job," Kettler said. "I think it builds the reputation for our program so that when our students graduate and they're applying for jobs, they come from a school with a good reputation."

Oveross said attending the NAGC conference provided a valuable opportunity to learn from nationally recognized experts in the field.

"It was exciting to hear presentations and lectures given by the founders and leaders in our field — I even met a few of the ‘greats' in person," Oveross said. "I felt great pride in UNT and my Department of Educational Psychology when I attended presentations given by my fellow students and professors. It was a wonderful experience and I plan to attend again next year."