News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2015 June
New Faculty Member
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Candice Moench (rhymes with "lunch") will join our department this fall as an Associate Professor of Education. Her PreK-12 teaching experience was in elementary and middle schools in Illinois and Michigan; and her teacher preparation experience has included programs in Michigan and Montana. Dr. Moench's office will be on the Bismarck campus. Please do offer her a warm welcome when you have the opportunity to meet her in the coming months.
Information from the Provost
Updated Advising-Related Forms
As of June 19, the Office of Academic Records has updated two forms and created a third that you may have occasion to use when advising students:
Collaboration with Minot State University
On June 16, Dr. Olson and I met with faculty and administrators from MiSU to continue discussion of how we might work together to help teachers in southwestern ND earn master's degrees. MiSU is drafting a memo of understanding that will propose that MiSU accept all 15 credits of graduate coursework from DSU (see EDUC 501 through 541 here) toward completion of an M.Ed. at MiSU (see their concentration options here). Further details of this collaboration will be addressed in future conversations. (And later this month, we hope to learn whether DSU's request to offer an M.A.T. degree has been approved.)
Expanded Roles for Current Adjunct Faculty
Next academic year we will conduct searches to fill the two open education faculty positions in our department. In the meantime, we are grateful for the expertise of Ms. Darla Hoffmann, Ms. Pam Reep, and Ms. Pam Krueger to help us teach. Ms. Hoffmann and Ms. Reep already serve as university supervisors but this upcoming year will co-teach some courses for us, too. Ms. Krueger taught for us this past year and will expand not only her teaching assignment but also her advising and coordination duties on the Bismarck campus (the latter in collaboration with Dr. Daniels).
Information from the Dean
The Office of Institutional Research and Planning has created reports related to spring semester (1530 term) grades. Please review them (below) and be prepared to discuss them in August. The reports allow us to see how our own course grade distributions compare to those of others in our department, our college, and the university as a whole. This key for interpreting the reports was included with the reports themselves:
New Status with Bismarck/Mandan REA
The Missouri River Educational Cooperative (MREC)--the Regional Education Association (REA) that serves south-central ND--notified me that they will no longer be charging DSU a membership fee to belong to MREC. Instead, DSU and other universities and colleges will be considered collaborating partners in providing PreK-12 professional development and assistance with grants, and partners won't be assessed membership fees. See their new brochure (below) for more information.
MREC is to the Bismarck/Mandan area what the Roughrider Education Services Program (RESP) is to the Dickinson/southwest ND area. We already work with RESP to provide PreK-12 professional development through the West River Teacher Center (WRTC) here at DSU.