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NEW YEAR new approach

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year! Similarly to our PK-12 partners, the college has adapted and pivoted to respond to the continuing pandemic. Following UToledo's Keeping Campus Safe plan, our class schedule looks very different with 37% of our courses face to face, 36% of our courses following a remote (synchronous) delivery platform, while 27% of the courses are fully distance (asynchronous) learning. Masks and social distancing are the new norm in Gillham Hall. We are all in this together and appreciate how well our students have adjusted to the many changes on campus.  If we can help with anything, please drop us a note at
Kicking off the semester, Dr. Krise leads professional development with our student of our first opportunities to implement the Rocket Restart safety measures.

FRESH FACES new colleagues 

We are happy to introduce you to the new faculty and staff who have joined the college.  Natasha Johnson, PhD, has joined the Department of Teacher Education as an Assistant Professor. Her expertise is in science education and she recently completed her doctorate at the University of Georgia. Michael Toland, PhD, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Herb Innovation Center. He comes to us with the rank of professor from the University of Kentucky. Colleen Lazar began her roll as Director of Development for the college of education, through the UT Foundation. Shirley Michel has joined our team as the secretary in the college's Office of Student Services. She has worked at UToledo for 19 years. Finally, Monica Condon (not pictured) is our new secretary in the Department of Educational Studies.  Welcome to the family!

BUILDING COMMUNITY college-wide (and beyond)

Activism. Antiracism. Awareness.  The worldwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, have resulted in a sea change in public attitudes regarding racial and social injustice..... a change that begins at home. 
Dean Witte and a group of concerned students are leading the college to create an academic climate of awareness, sensitivity, and advocacy. In that effort, special monthly college conversations have been scheduled to keep the dialogue and actions moving forward throughout the academic year.  These college-wide meetings are unique because they are inclusive of faculty, staff, and students.  At the initial dialogue, on Sept. 4, over 80 individuals participated. Notable thanks to Dr. Sammy Spann, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, for joining our conversation. We encourage all of you to join in when we get together next on Oct 30.  Look for the link in your rocket email!

CONGRATS GRADS proud alumna

Congratulations to our May graduates! Special thanks to alumna Dee Weik, president of Carpets by Otto, who featured our graduates with rotating tributes on a billboard late last Spring! Images of our proud Rockets were soaring over I-475 in Holland, OH.  In case you missed it, a few are provided below.

GOOD NEWS great respect

Have you heard?  Below is an update of some of the outstanding accomplishments of members of our JHCOE family:

ELECTED - Dr. Revathy Kumar, professor of educational psychology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Read more. 

AWARDED - Sophia Ostrosky, middle childhood education major, was awarded a scholarship from the Ruth Roach Foundation. 

PUBLISHED - Dr. Sakui Malakpa, professor of special education,  has released his latest novel, Black Professor, White University.  

SHOWCASED - Dylan Smith, art education major, was featured on a local news cast for his activism through art. Watch video. 
The Judith Herb College of Education Alumni Affiliate is your link to your alma mater. This autumn a few events are planned to encourage you to show your Rocket Pride and build unity with your fellow alumni.  Upcoming activities include Coffee with Dean Witte on Sept. 19 and Apple Picking on Sept. 24.  Click here for more information.  
Sept. 7 - No classes, Labor Day
Oct. 16 - Pass/No Credit grading option due
Oct. 16 - Registration for spring term begins
Oct. 30 - Special College-wide meeting 
Nov. 13 - Application for Spring graduation due (Undergradaute students)
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