Kinesiology professor named to scientific journal editorial board

Brian McFarlin, co-director of the University of North Texas Applied Physiology Lab and director of the International Sports Medicine Federation Collaborating Center of Excellence, has been named one of five editors for the journal METHODS.

METHODS is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research on techniques in the experimental biological and medical sciences. McFarlin, a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, is one of only three Americans named to the editorial board.

“Getting picked to be a METHODS editor is a big deal,” McFarlin said. “This is a premier journal and, as you noticed, there are very few editors involved. The only other American is from the University of Michigan. This is huge that they would pick someone from UNT and consider that person on par with a faculty from Michigan. That aside, I am excited to contribute to a very significant journal in a meaningful way that will allow me to shape future science efforts.”

The editor-in-chief of the METHODS editorial board if Kenneth W. Adolph from the University of Minnesota and Niles Walter from the University of Michigan also serves on the board. Other editors are from Korea, France and England.

McFarlin previously served as a guest editor on the editorial board for the past three years. In his new role, he will oversee the development of concepts for upcoming special issues.

METHODS is indexed in PubMed, Web of Science, and has an impact factor of 3.802.

McFarlin also noted that METHODS isn’t focused on exercise physiology or sports medicine, which makes his inclusion even more significant.

“They are a strictly biological methods journal,” McFarlin said. “Traditionally exercise physiology isn’t considered part of that, so being apart of this journal gives me some translational exposure as well that is not common in our field of study.”

College of Education professors conferred Emeritus status

Three UNT College of Education professors were conferred Emeritus status during this academic year: Sue Bratton, Lyndal M. Bullock and William Marc Cutright.

Sue Bratton, Professor Emeritus

Sue Bratton, a professor in the College of Education, joined UNT in 1994 as an assistant professor in the College of Education. She was tenured in 2001 and promoted to full professor in 2010. Over the past 24 years, she has taught graduate courses with student evaluation scores consistently above the department mean — in a department with mean scores consistently above the college mean and in a college with mean scores nearly always above the university mean. 

As an author or co-author, Bratton has published more than 19 books, 29 book chapters and 31 national and five state journal articles. She procured 12 national, 24 state and 17 local external grants totaling over a half million dollars. As lead- or co-presenter, she presented 114 national, five regional and 27 state refereed conference presentations and 57 national/international, 44 regional and 27 state-invited professional presentations. Most of her publications, presentations and grants involved her mentorship of graduate — mostly doctoral — students. 

She served as chairwoman for more than 30 completed counseling PhD students and served on the dissertation committees of dozens more. For 10 years, she directed the counseling program’s Child and Family Resource Clinic and, since 2004, she has directed the program’s world-renowned Center for Play Therapy, overseeing several conferences each year, regularly publishing academic resources for researchers, and hosting international scholars. She has been honored with 17 national, one state and 12 local professional awards. 


Lyndal M. Bullock, Regents Professor Emeritus

Lyndal M. Bullock, regents professor in the College of Education, joined UNT in 1978 as an untenured full professor in the College of Education. He was tenured in 1981, remaining at the rank of full professor. In 1991, he was given the status of Regents Professor and he maintained this status until his retirement. 

During his tenure at UNT, he engaged in numerous scholarly activities including a significant number of refereed publications, leadership roles at the national and international levels through various professional association and regular invitations to present at national and international conferences. He also generated in excess of $16 million of external funding to facilitate research, program development, and support of graduate scholars. In addition to coordinating the specialization area of emotional/behavioral disorders in the Department of Educational Psychology and serving as principal investigator for numerous external grants, Bullock consistently taught a full teaching load, initiated recruitment plans for potential scholars, and served as faculty advisor and mentor to a large number of graduate scholars. 

Bullock served as the major advisor and dissertation chairman for 78 doctoral scholars during his tenure at UNT. In addition, he established a scholarship in the Department of Educational Psychology to help support the dissertation research of doctoral scholars majoring in special education.


William Cutright, Associate Professor Emeritus

William Cutright, associate professor in the College of Education, joined UNT in 2007 as an associate professor in the College of Education. Cutright focused his scholarship on the advancement of higher education in Africa, and in 2016 he was named a Fulbright Scholar to conduct this work in Uganda, supported by a UNT Charn Uswachoke grant.

Cutright's direction of the annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference, held at UNT each spring, is a substantial contribution to UNT and the higher education profession. First under his co-directorship, then under his sole directorship, the Page 283 of 299 conference draws an average of 250 higher education administrators each year from across Texas who seek to learn the most current information regarding legal aspects of their jobs. The conference has regularly generated more than $30,000 after expenses each year. Of this amount, Cutright has allocated at least $20,000 to support Higher Education student scholarships. 

Additionally, Cutright’s student evaluation scores were excellent. In a program that has one of the highest doctoral production rates at UNT, Cutright is tied with another faculty member for chairing the most dissertations to completion — at least 19 since 2010 when the department began keeping our own records. He has also served on numerous additional dissertation committees of completed doctorates.

College of Education Recognized for National Excellence in Educator Prep

The University of North Texas’ College of Education has received accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for the school’s educator preparation programs.

The fall 2017 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 101 the total number of providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards—rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. Since then, 46 other providers have been added to the list.

“As one of the many teacher preparation programs at UNT, we are proud that the Teach North Texas Program is not only accredited by CAEP but is also nationally recognized by our professional organizations, the National Science Teachers Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association for Middle Level Education, for preparation of middle and high school, science and mathematics teachers,” said Pam Harrell, associate dean for administration and assessment in the UNT College of Education and co-director of the Teach North Texas Program. “The value of continual self-assessment and evidence-based analysis helps us to maintain a clear focus on the centrality of grades 4-12 learners as we examine our effectiveness as educators using rigorous standards designed to elevate the profession.”

The College of Education was an early adopter of the new CAEP standards for accreditation. Previously, the college was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which has been replaced by CAEP.

CAEP accreditation covers about 30 educator preparation programs coordinated by the College of Education. The college coordinates these programs across seven of the colleges and schools at UNT

The focus of the CAEP review was on the quality of curriculum and coursework, the college’s collaborative relationships with partner school districts where students do their clinical practice and follow-up with graduates to ensure they are effective teachers in the schools and districts where they are employed.

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP president Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

If a program fails to meet one of the five standards or required components under the standards, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in less than two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard. Providers, seeking first-time accreditation, that do not meet one or more of the standards are denied accreditation.

"These providers should be very proud of the work they are doing. The profession has set a high bar with the CAEP Standards, and earning CAEP Accreditation validates the work educator preparation providers are doing to meet those standards,” said Kim Walters-Parker, Chair of CAEP’s Accreditation Council and high school teacher in Versailles, Kentucky. “Candidates in CAEP-accredited programs are investing in programs designated as nationally accredited for educator preparation.”

UNT's College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,500 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments — counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT is one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors, health professionals and other school professionals in Texas. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.

UNT shares SUCCESS with English language learners and families


The first year of a $2.7 million grant that gets University of North Texas’ College of Education working with teachers of English language learners in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District is in the books with a little help from Dean Randy Bomer.

The Title III National Professional Development Project SUCCESS is a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education awarded to Rossana Boyd, director of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Education Program, as principal investigator and Ricardo Gonzalez-Carriedo, associate professor, as co-principal investigator. Both work in UNT’s Department of Teacher Education and Administration.

The partnership is about to wrap up the first year of the project benefiting 70 Latino families and about 100 English learners through the Latino Family Literacy Project.

Dean Bomer and Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD’s former Superintendent Bobby Burns recently handed out bilingual books for home libraries to parents participating in the project at a special event at Central Elementary School in Carrollton to celebrate the program.

The program’s focus is on working with parents on ways to help their children with literacy and biliteracy development and to establish a reading routine at home with their children.

Only about half of the parents speak English with Spanish being the dominant language at home.

Parents worked with the teachers at the schools for 10 weeks learning how to teach reading to their children in English and Spanish at home.

UNT also recruited 15 students pursuing teaching certification in bilingual education and English as a second language education to participate in professional development on how to develop culturally responsive lessons, alternative assessments, and how to use the state’s English language proficiency standards. They worked with 15 teachers in grades PreK-2 from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD to help plan and implement activities to guide Latino parents on how to help their children with literacy and biliteracy development.

“(UNT students) received scholarships to pay for tuition and fees for five courses, and they participated in 20 hours of professional development. These included working with the CFBISD teachers to teach families how to read to their children in English and Spanish,” Boyd said.

Boyd described the program as a unique opportunity for UNT students who normally don’t get to work with parents and community members until they are teaching. It also helps expose those students to parents for whom English is not their native language.

The grant also provided professional development to 20 content and dual language teachers, and six 3rd grade English Language Arts teachers. These last started their professional development through a literacy course offered by Janelle Mathis from the College of Education.

Boyd said they plan to repeat the same activities in year two of the project starting Sept. 1.

“But one activity that will be implemented in the fall for the first time by a cohort of 3rd grade teachers participating in a quasi-experimental study is small group instructional interventions for ELs struggling to read,” Boyd said. “Our evaluation team led by Dr. Darrell Hull, also from the College of Education, will collect student baseline reading performance data. They will use it to find out if after the teachers implemented the interventions the improved instruction for ELs resulted in higher student academic outcomes.”

Planting seeds of future science discoveries

UNT's Science Summer Academy, a collaboration between the BioDiscovery Institute, the College of Engineering and the College of Education, introduces secondary ELL students and their science teachers to new plant research being conducted at the university.

Stephen Waddell

Visiting Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Daniel Heiman

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Dan Heiman is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education in the Department of Teacher Education & Administration and joined the faculty in 2018. His research focuses on issues of social justice, equity, and critical pedagogy in Two-Way Bilingual Education contexts and their implications for the preparation of future bilingual teachers. He has published in the International Multilingual Research Journal, Review of Research in Education, and was a collaborator on Abriendo Brecha: Antología Crítica sobre la Educación Bilingüe de Doble Inmersión, the first edited book in Spanish about critical processes in Two-Way Bilingual Education. His dissertation, Two-way Immersion, Gentrification, and Critical Pedagogy: Teaching Against the Neoliberal Logic, earned first place in the Bilingual Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He was a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in El Paso, Texas and teacher educator at the University of Veracruz (México) before receiving his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialty in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, while also earning a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican-American and Latin@ Studies from the University of Texas, Austin in 2017.

Tran Nguyen Templeton

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Tran Nguyen Templeton, EdD is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies. Dr. Templeton joined the faculty in 2018 after completing her doctorate with the support of an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Templeton is interested in young children's agency and socio-emotional development, as well as their identity construction as told in and through their own visual images. In her research and teaching with pre-service teachers, she considers the ways that adults conceptualize curriculum for young children in response to dominant and critical discourses of childhood. She has been a teacher of very young children, as well as children and youth with special needs since 2000. From 2006 to 2010, she served as the founding Program Director of Colegio Monarch Guatemala, the first therapeutic school for children with neurological differences in Central America. As a refugee from Vietnam, Dr. Templeton went on to earn her B.S. in Human Development from the University of Texas at Austin, Ed.M. in Teaching & Learning from Harvard University, and Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

UNT Alum David Vroonland named 2018 Region 10 Superintendent of the Year

Dr. David Vroonland was recognized as the 2018 Region 10 Superintendent of the Year during a special ceremony near Austin on June 26.

A Tireless Champion for Students and Teachers

In the corner of Rossana Boyd's office in Matthews Hall sits a black tube that contains a banner trumpeting her win as the UNT Foundation Outstanding Lecturer at last year's Faculty Excellence Awards.