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College of Education and Social Sciences Accomplishments

Recent Accomplishments

Graduate Program in Social Work (MSSW) earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Undergraduate Program in Social Work (BSW) earned reaffirmation of accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).


WTAMU Teacher Preparation Program admitted to Pre-Candidacy and submitted Preconditions Report to The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP).


Implemented new Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree program in Criminal Justice.


WTAMU student research journal, Politics, Bureaucracy and Justice referenced by Library of Congress, EBSCO Host & Ulrichs.


Established Williams Reading Room and Children’s Literature Collection. Currently, engaged in the development of scholarships, endowed professorship and distinguished lecture series enhancing the initiative in language and literacy.


Continued and expanded WTAMU Community Partnership for Learning Disabilities. Hosted second internationally recognized speaker, continued monthly parent/community education workshops and implemented resources website. Currently, seeking establishment of WTAMU Center for Learning Disabilities. Engaged in $5.7 million external fund development plan.


Delivered first Honorable Debra McCartt Conference in Public Service to university and external community.


Developed and implemented University-wide International Student Mentor Program with 23 initial mentoring relationships formed.


Developed and implemented refugee ESL tutoring project in partnership with Catholic Family Service Refugee Resettlement Program.


Dr. Ashley Campbell named Helen Piehl Professor of Education and named to TAMU System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators.


Dr. Robin Capt was awarded $95,000 Improving Teacher Quality Grant by the THECB.


Dr. Anand Commissiong authored new book - Cosmopolitanism in Modernity: Human Dignity in a Global Age.


Dr. Jenifer Kunz authored new book – THINK: Marriages and Families.


Dr. Suzanne Monroe selected as Texas Ambassador by the International Board of Books for Youth and served as a Visiting Scholar to the Worlds of Words International Children’s Literature Collection, University of Arizona.


Dr. Keith Price recognized internationally as Death Penalty expert.


Researchers Keith Price, Susan Coleman, Tim Atchison, Gary Byrd and graduate student Tomi Dillon completed 13 mock juries in their continuing study of capital jury decision-making.


Dr. Conn Thomas named Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences and Director of the WTAMU Community Partnership for Learning Disabilities.


Dr. Judy Williams named Director of the Williams Reading Room and Children’s Literature Collection.


Undergrads, Colton Risinger and Brandy Roberts, selected as Representative Mac Thornberry Interns.


Mark D. Williams, Graduate of WTAMU Alternative Certification Program Named 2013 Brock International Prize in Education finalist for development of The Amarillo Tourism App: Where to Eat, Sleep, Play - the first professional app created by high school students in America.


WTAMU undergraduate students in Education were selected to attend the National Association for Gifted Children Conference and visit the famed Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, Georgia.


Undergraduate and graduate Social Work and Education students completed international field experience in Turkey and India through COESS Go Global initiative.


Students Jake Splawn and Audra Thurman were recipients of Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards. Mr. Splawn presented at the TAMU System Pathways Conference in Corpus Christi.


Graduate student in Social Work, Nicole Shields, authored a grant application for a Lubbock agency which resulted in an award of $1.6 million for palliative care.


The School Psychology program opened two new internship sites – Friona, TX and Greeley, CO and new practica sites in Tulia and Dimmitt, TX.


Senior Social Work students conducted annual Social Work Program Conferences with 320 students attending.


Twenty students completed internships in Criminal Justice at 15 area agencies.


Thirty-five graduate students in Social Work completed 16,500 hours of field work in over 29 area agencies.


Undergraduate students in Social Work completed 31,610 hours of field work and conducted a needs assessment of the refugee population in Amarillo.


West Texas Family and Community Services served over 1,722 individuals and families.