Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Spectrum, the magazine for the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD). As we wind down the fall semester, faculty, staff and students are deeply engaged in the educational process, enthusiastically working with a wide range of community partners, and making important contributions with respect to teaching and learning, health and wellness.
As we continue to pursue our goal of becoming a Tier One research university, we remain committed to innovative research that responds to the needs of the populations we serve. This involves not only contributing to the knowledge base that informs our thinking about the various challenges facing today’s educators, counselors, and health professionals but also preparing our students to deal creatively and effectively with changing conditions and unpredictable events in the world around them.
While no single publication can capture the full range and quality of activities in which our students and faculty are currently participating, in this issue we provide a sampling of some of the representative work that we do. The articles demonstrate our commitment to local, national, and international research, teaching, and service. As reflected in the Spectrum, our faculty members continue to distinguish themselves and our college by being elected to influential leadership positions in their national professional organizations. The networks associated with these organizations provide valuable opportunities for our students to interact with experts in their various fields of study. Also highlighted in this year’s Spectrum are two of our outstanding alumni who are currently making an impact on the great San Antonio Community.
This past year brought a number of changes to the College, one of the major ones being the reorganization of the Research Service Centers. COEHD now has a dedicated team housed on the second floor of the Main Building whose purpose is to help faculty with facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations to generate ideas of research, provide administrative expertise in developing high quality proposals, and support sponsored programs to achieve research objectives.
As we look forward to 2013, we are excited about bringing in a new nutrition and dietetics program that will be accepting students this upcoming fall and we will be welcoming a number of new faculty to our ranks in a number of departments.
We are constantly growing and refining our programs, and we appreciate your continuing support of our efforts, particularly at a time when public education is facing enormous challenges, both here and abroad. We are deeply conscious of the responsibilities we bear as educators and are unwavering in our commitment to serve others through excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Betty M. Merchant
Dean of the College of Education and Human Development
Getting to Know
As the eldest of six children, Betty Merchant was born in Rouses Point, New York, a small village located on the shores of Lake Champlain, at the intersection of the Canadian and Vermont borders. Her mother, Lucille, earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics, and infused her children with a love of learning.