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News and Events

On Tuesday, May 23rd, Dr. Endya Stewart (Interim Associate Dean) and Ms. Temecia Shelton (Director of P-20 Partnerships) met with representatives from Zumbi dos Palmares College. Zumbi dos Palmares College is a historically Black institution in Sao Paolo, Brazil that was founded in 2004.  The institution offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Business, Journalism, and Education. The group met to discuss a potential partnership with the College of Education and Zumbi dos Palmares’ Pedagogy (Education) program. More

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Auman, Associate Professor of Department Elementary Education, and Florida State University colleagues, Alysia Roehrig (EPLS), and her co-PIs, Jeannine Turner (EPLS), Tamara Bertrand-Jones (ELPS), who recently received a one million dollar IES (Institute for Education Sciences) grant.  This five-year grant is intended to enable Alysia and her team implement a program that they have entitled PURPOSE (Partners United for Research Pathways Oriented to Social Justice in Education).

Congratulations to Dr. Rufus Ellis, Director of FAMU SMART Academies, on receiving an additional $67,080 for the program. The increase results in the largest amount received in a single year over the eight-year period of funding.  Outstanding work Dr. Ellis!

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Mitcham, Associate Professor of Counseling Education, who has been appointed to serve as a Board Member of the Florida Center for the Partnership of Arts Integrated Teaching (FC-PAinT). As a member of the Board, Dr. Mitcham will help shape Arts Integration in education in the State of Florida.  Her work is important to honor the goals of Senate Bill 1004:344.  Also, please check out the April/May 2017 edition of Tallahassee Woman, as Dr. Mitcham is a contributing writer.

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca J. Blankenship, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Director of TESOL Programs, on becoming a finalist for the FAMU Faculty Teaching Innovation Award! Dr. Blankenship was recognized at FAMU Founders' Day Convocation. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Blankenship supervises student interns, conducts college-wide professional development, and is a member of the Faculty Senate. The College of Education salutes you on this tremendously well-deserved recognition!

Ms. Jaffa Williams, a Mathematics Education major within the College of Education, has been appointed to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Advisory Committee of Student Members for the 2016–2017 school year. Out of the scores of applications received, Jaffa’s was considered as “the most outstanding among them.” In this role, Jaffa will represent the interests of 50,000 NEA Student Program members. The Advisory Committee of Student Members is responsible for actively promoting student membership on college campuses and recommending strategies to increase student membership and engagement while creating a seamless path from student membership to active membership. The Committee is also responsible for a community service project at the NEA Representative Assembly, and assisting in the planning and delivery of the annual Student Leadership and Professional Development Conference.
Mr. Orlin St. Surin and Ms. Veyondra Christmas have been selected as Mr. and Ms. College of Education for the 2016-2017 academic year. Orlin is an Elementary Education major from Ft. Myers, Florida. Orlin currently serves as the President of the FAMU chapter of the Student Florida Education Association. Also, he works as a tutor in the Candidate Empowerment Center where he provides support and guidance for his fellow students within the college. Orlin is a firm believer in scholastic achievement as he has been on the Dean’s List every year since he started the university. Veyondra is an Elementary Education major from Miami, Florida. She is a dedicated scholar as she is a member of a number of honors organizations, and she has repeatedly been on the Dean’s List and/or Honor Roll. Additionally, she is committed to the field of education and shows her passion for the field by volunteering at a number of schools in the local community. Both Orlin and Veyondra exemplify our motto, “Excellence with caring.”

Applications for Mr. and Miss College of Educationare now being accepted. Please download the application and submit it.
FAMU Smart Academy Grant Awarded by Florida Department of Education. More

International Travel by Olaves. More

News from the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. More

Dr. Patricia Green-Powell, FAMU Professor to Deliver Keynote Address on the Future of HBCUs at MSU. More

Philicia Morgan of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Jamaica in Education, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. More

The UC Santa Barbara–Florida A&M University Partnership welcomes four students selected for the 2013 UCSB–FAMU Educational Evaluation Research Scholars Program. More..

FAMU officially cut the ribbon on the newly remodeled Gore Education Center on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The renovations to the Gore Education Center began in July 2011 and cost an estimated $10 million. More...

COE Students: Fall 2012 Field Clinical Experience Orientation, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Room 450 of the Al Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m.

The School Board of Orange County, Florida, announced effective August 28, 2012 that Mr. Orlando Norwood, a Florida A&M University graduate with a major in Elementary Education, will serve in the capacity of assistant principal at Meadowbrook Middle School, Orlando, FL.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson has appointed Patricia A. Green-Powell as the interim dean in the FAMU College of Education.
Robinson said the administrative change is in the “best interest of the college and university.”
“I take on this assignment with a high level of commitment to the task,” said Green-Powell. “We will work on implementing the action plan we have outlined for the College of Education. As a college, we are focused and ready to do our best to prepare our students to be leaders in their field.”
Green-Powell has served as associate dean for Student Services. She has provided leadership and management to the Center for Academic Success, Office of Student Teaching, and Field/Clinical experiences and the Title III Grant program. She also serves as a member of the Dean of College of Education Leadership Team.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from FAMU, a master’s degree and Ph.D. in educational administration/leadership from Florida State University (FSU).
She began her career in 1973 as a speech and hearing therapist with the Health and Rehabilitative Services at Sunland Training Center. In 1978, she served as an educational consultant for the Department of Education Adult and Community Education Unit and became a program director in 1982. In 1990, she became the director of the Teacher Education Center in the College of Education at FSU. In 1993, Green-Powell was appointed director of the Florida Adult Literacy Resource Center at FSU.
She commenced her career at FAMU in 1994 as the director of Student Services for the School of Business and Industry. In 1997, she became the vice president for Student Affairs at Bainbridge College and returned to FAMU in 2003 as the vice president for Student Affairs. She began her tenure in the College of Education in 2005.

Dr. Marian W. Smith, Professor of Mathematics Education, College of Education, at Florida A&M University will be inducted into the Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Alumni Hall of Fame in the category of Education. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will held on Friday night, October 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Smith is a native of Cuthbert, GA and is the daughter of the Mrs. Ida Lou Williams, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, and the late Mr. Sam Williams. She is mother of Bryan F. Smith and proud grandmother of Justin and Jillian Smith. This is Dr. Smith's 20th year at FAMU where she has earned the title of teacher of the year and advanced teacher of the year. Prior to joining the FAMU family, she was cited as the State of Georgia 6th Congressional District Star Teacher. In addition to FAMU, Dr. Smith's professional experiences were gained at the Fort Valley State University and Griffin-Spalding School System. Along with being as excellent teacher and facilitator, Dr. Smith prides in being an organizer and superb planner as evidenced in the services she has rendered as Title IX Coordinator, SACS Credentialing Chair, College of Education's NCATE Logistics and Facility Coordinator, former chair of the Elementary Education Department and former Assistant Dean of the College of Education and the list goes on. Dr. Smith received the BS, MED, PHD from Fort Valley State University, University of Georgia and Georgia State University, respectively.

A Day in the Life of a Science Camp Director

Seventh through 12th grade students living in local low-income neighborhoods are getting the chance to be scientists. FAMU Campers_Launch_Rockets and summer-camp-program

Three teachers who began their careers in Volusia County schools last summer have been selected for First Year Teacher Awards from the Futures Foundation that supports local schools. They were selected from 36 nominees, all of whom were recognized at Tuesday's Volusia County School Board meeting. FAMU College of Education graduate Kamesha Payne of Woodward Avenue Elementary in DeLand  was cited for her willingness to accept new challenges and participation in a variety of training programs to learn the best ways of accommodating children's diverse learning styles. Award

Dr. Charles Ervin, Associate Professor at the Department of Secondary Education and Foundation has been chosen to be inducted into the NC A&T Army ROTC Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

Dr. Edith Davis, Assistant Professor of Science Education at the Department of Secondary Education and Foundation received $80,000 grant money from ExxonMobil Foundation for the Summar Science Camp. Award

Christopher Johnson, one of our Elementary Ed graduates, is making a name for himself. Check out his accomplishments at this link.

Governor Crist  appoints Dr. Charles Ervin, Associate Professor at College of Education, to the BOARD OF DIRECTORS, FLORIDA FUND FOR MINORITY TEACHERS INC. He was also reelected to another term, and Vice President, on the Board of Directors of the Big Bend Coalition for the Homeless. Additionally he was elected to serve as President of the STELLAR nonprofit educational consortium.

The College of Education welcomes Dr. Peggy Perkins Auman as the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Auman comes to the College from Thomas University where she served as Chair of the Division of Education. Dr. Auman also served 18 years as a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, she has held various positions in K-12 education with the Sarasota County Board of Education, Sarasota, FL. We are indeed excited to welcome Dr. Auman to the College of Education!

The College of Education’s Black Male College Explorers Program has released the first edition of the Black Papers: Perspectives in Higher Education. The publication focuses on the academic issues of African Americans. The focal point of the inaugural issue is the plight of young black males in Florida, as well as, related academic, social, economic, and historical problems surrounding Black males nationwide. The publication editor is Dr. Edward G. Tolliver, Director of the Black Male College Explorers Program. The issue features the research of Dr. Tolliver, Dr. Ghazwan Lutfi, and Dr. Rufus Ellis. The issue is in print and can also be found at

The College of Education will be hosting its annual College of Education Gallery of Distinction Gala on April 23, 2010 at the Leon County Civic Center. This event will recognize and enshrine outstanding individuals and organizations who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the advancement of access to a quality education for all.

Dr. Maria Okeke, Professor at Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department was given a plaque as the 2009 Oustanding AIDS Advocate by Students Against the Spreadof HIV/AIDS (SASHA) on 9-30-09. Dean Bell attended the award ceremony.

Dr. Gwendolyn Dixon, Associate Professor at Pre-K Primary Education Program presented at Florida Association for the Education of Young Children 54th Annual Conference September 25, 2009 in Orlando Florida. Her presentation title was ‘Early Literacy: Handwriting the Brain Way’.

Dr. Yolanda Bogan, Associate Professor at Counselor Education Program received a substance abuse and mental health grant through the Morehouse College of Medicine. She was also selected for attendance at a competitive program in spring 2009.

Dr. Mary Moore, Professor at Counselor Education Program was responsible for 14 legal briefs and for other work the Florida Board of Bar Examiners at its recent meeting in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Moore is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Tallahassee.

Mrs. Kimberly Eddington, a doctoral student in Educational Leadership will go to Europe this fall to teach for a couple of weeks.

Dr. Ada Puryear Burnette, Chair of the Educational Leadership and Human Services Department in the College of Education at Florida A&M University had overall responsibilities for four graduations for Certified Public Managers graduates in Florida. The graduations were held in Tallahassee, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. The 129 students had Orlando also participated in the meeting of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers. All of the graduations were superior and had site coordinators under Dr. Burnette's overall supervision.

At the American Academy of Certified Public Managers, Dr. Burnette received an award "In recognition and gratitude for your dedicated service as 2009 Committee Chair of the Leadership Institute" of the America Academy of Certified Public Managers in Orlando. Dr. Ada Burnette serves as one of 4 members of the Executive Committee of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (National Association of Hispanics and Latinos, National Association of Native Americans, and International Association of Asian Americans). The Association is currently accepting proposals for presentations, a refereed journal, and conference proceedings. Please write Dr. Burnette at to get information.

Ada Burnette was trained by the Florida Department of Education in a meeting in Tampa to evaluate public and private university programs in educational leadership.

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