Message from the Dean and College Highlights - Fall 2014

ThomasDean's Corner

This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on our amazing achievements and to remember that our strength comes from the support of friends and alumni like you. Thank you for investing in our students and for staying in touch with us throughout the year.

Over the past three years, we’ve received more than $8.5 million in gifts and pledges from alumni and friends. Wow! Our students continue to achieve national recognition and receive awards for their accomplishments. We have had hundreds of articles published by faculty and have received $3 million in external funding of 25 grants last year. We graduated 1182 students last year, and 47 of those earned Ph.D. degrees and 25 earned Ed.D. degrees.

Thanks to you, we’ve been hard at work improving our programs and launching some exciting new initiatives. With your support, we’re expanding our international student teacher exchange program to Costa Rica and England; we’re launching new online master’s level courses in bilingual and ESL education; and have created an accelerated master’s path for our development and family studies undergraduate students, the first program of its kind in the college.

Over 34 countries are represented by our student body of more than 4,000, and again this fall, our college has two of the most popular undergraduate majors on campus: teacher education (interdisciplinary studies) and kinesiology. According to the Texas Education Agency, we are one of the top university producers of teachers in Texas. And our graduate programs continue to grow stronger each year.

Our success is driven by hardworking students, dedicated faculty and staff, support from local public schools and committed alumni and friends like you. We are proud to be part of a major public research university focused on providing the best educational experience in Texas and fueling the North Texas region.

Please make your year-end gift in support of our scholarships and exciting initiatives today. Visit or contact Keturi Beatty at or 940-891-6860.

Thank you!

Jerry R. Thomas, Ed.D.
Dean and Professor

College Updates


The North Texan
Alumni, students and faculty were highlighted in the Fall 2014 issue of The North Texan alumni magazine. More


Outstanding faculty recognized during Salute to Faculty Excellence Week
As part of UNT’s Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, the College of Education recognized faculty who received awards from the college and university throughout the past year at a special reception on September 23 at the UNT Alumni Center. President Neal Smatresk, Debbie Smatresk, Christy Crutsinger, Vice Provost for Faculty Success, Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations, Communications and Marketing, and Cathy Bryce ('91 Ph.D.) joined Dean Jerry Thomas at the College of Education Salute: Nacho Ordinary Faculty Appreciation & Recognition Reception to recognize the honorees. More


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Recruiter available for classroom visits
Contact Ashton Brown to learn more about how you can help your students consider a career in teaching, exercise and health science, and development and family studies at UNT's College of Education. More



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Our noteworthy accomplishments, scholarships and programs are supported by generous donations from committed alumni and friends like you. Please make your gift to the college today or contact Keturi Beatty (940-891-6860) to learn more about giving opportunities. Thank you!

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