Welcome to the 2013: A Year in Review issue of the Spectrum magazine for the College of Education and Human Development. We are gearing up for the Spring 2014 semester, and 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 university, we re¬main committed to innovative research that responds to the needs of the communities we serve, while also generating new knowledge that plays a critical role in informing the policies and practices of educators, counselors, and health professionals. Also essential to achieving our mission is our commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to work respectfully, creatively, and collaboratively with diverse populations, often within rapidly changing and unpredictable contexts. 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.
While no single publication can capture the full range and quality of activities in which our students and faculty are currently participating, this issue provides a sampling of some of the 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 respective fields of study. Also highlighted in this year’s Spectrum is our new Center for the Well-Being of Military Families.
We are constantly growing and refining our programs, and we appreciate your continuing support of our efforts, particularly at a time when public education, regardless of the national context, is facing enormous challenges.
Betty M. Merchant
Dean of the College of Education and Human Development