Message from the dean and college news roundup - Summer 2016


Thank you for taking time to read the summer 2016 UNT College of Education newsletter! It's my first newsletter as interim dean of the college following Dean Thomas' retirement. He leaves very big shoes to fill, but I know that by working together with our excellent faculty, staff and students, I'll have no trouble continuing the college's reputation for providing the best educational experience in North Texas.

Now, a little bit about me: 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. I earned my Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas and my M.Ed. in Supervision and Administration at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. This fall I will begin 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 UNT College of Education is as busy as ever this summer, with several faculty members traveling internationally to conduct their research. Dina Castro, our Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, is back in Peru, where last summer she visited a remote community in the Andes to meet with indigenous Quechua-speaking schoolchildren (we'll have a story about this year's trip in our next issue). Rossana Boyd, a principal lecturer and leader in our bilingual education program, and Nancy Nelson, our Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education, traveled to Guadalajara in May with other COE faculty and students to solidify a 15-year relationship between UNT and the Secretariat of Education for the State of Jalisco, Mexico. Read more about their adventures here.

Our COE students are doing some fantastic things right now too. Like Nydia Sanchez, a Higher Education doctoral student who won the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-17. She is the first UNT student to ever win the award! And Krystal Johnson, a KHPR master's student, teamed up with KHPR faculty members John Collins and Scott Martin to bring Girls in the Game, a mentorship program designed to empower young girls, to Denton this spring.

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