Message from the Associate Dean
Welcome to the spring edition of the College of Professional Studies Alumni Newsletter. In this edition, we would like to introduce you to a few of our graduate programs, to a few of our graduate students who are accomplishing great things, and to the graduate support services we offer that truly make us one-of-a-kind.
COPS is very proud to announce that along with the many graduate programs already available, we are now offering 100% online master’s and doctorate degrees in Instructional Technology. These flexible programs allow busy professionals to take the next step in their careers by earning advanced degrees from a reputable, accredited university on their own time. Our competitive tuition and up to 90% waivers on out-of-state fees can put these desirable programs within your reach. These offerings are taught by the same experienced, caring faculty who teach on campus.
Our Doctoral Support Center provides doctoral students with APA and dissertation formatting reviews and statistical analysis assistance. Our Community Outreach Research and Learning (CORAL) Center offers graduate students the opportunity to conduct research that makes a real impact in the community through partnerships with not-for-profit agencies. The UWF CORAL center also offers SPSS training and certification, Research & Rigor seminars, and multiple opportunities to collaborate and network with faculty, other graduate students, and alumni.
We hope you enjoy the stories below, and encourage you to contact us should you have any questions. And remember, RSVP now for the 2013 COPS Alumni Social taking place on Tuesday, April 30 at the UWF Conference Center. It’s a chance for all COPS alumni to come back to campus, see your former instructors and network with peers. We sincerely hope you can attend this fabulous event to celebrate the successes you have all achieved!
Dr. Karen L. Rasmussen,
Alumni Spotlight: Jeffery BaugusOn any given school day, you are likely to find Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year, Jeffery Baugus, singing with his eighth graders at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Or maybe he will be wearing tin foil accessories and rapping about multiplying binomials in his Algebra I classes. Baugus is not afraid to push the boundaries of traditional teaching techniques. In fact, he flips a few of them right over.
Baugus earned a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of South Alabama in 2004. In 2010 he completed his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UWF. “My favorite instructor was Dr. Charles Aplin,” said Baugus. “He taught a majority of the courses I took and was one of those teachers who made you want to come to class each night.” Dr. Aplin creates a relaxed, student-centric atmosphere in his classroom, often reading aloud children’s books that relate to the content he is teaching. “I found the experience soothing and thought provoking,” recalled Baugus. “I often try to connect difficult material to elementary material to achieve the same effect.”
Alumni Spotlight: Colleen GlaudeColleen Glaude received her Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology (IT) from UWF in 2012. She is now Dean of IT and a teacher at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Ga. She has been a teacher for over 20 years, and conducts seminars and presentations nation-wide to assist educators in implementing effective technology programs.
Glaude is using the skills she learned at UWF to change the way students learn. “The IT program's content provided me with a strong foundation,” said Glaude. “I use what I learned to help me design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional solutions to the organizational performance problems that I face on a daily basis.” Glaude also gives credit to the IT program at UWF for improving her communication skills. She learned to use a variety of technological tools to connect with clients, end-users, and her peers. “What I valued most was how the program prepared me for the ethical conflicts that are found in my profession,” added Glaude. “I learned how to work effectively with others to accomplish difficult projects.”
Criminal Justice Graduate Student Paula LannesIn December 2012, Paula Lannes graduated from UWF with her master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Paula dreams of being accepted into a PhD program in Criminal Justice so that she can become a university professor and continue to research topics that she believes are important and interesting.
During her graduate program at UWF, Paula had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in research on child pornography cases. She and her mentor Dr. Matt Crow, chair of the Department of Justice Studies, conducted research and presented it at the Southern Criminal Justice Association’s annual meeting in the fall of 2012. They presented their work, “Sentencing in Child Pornography Cases” at a poster presentation at the conference. For Paula, this experience was invaluable as she prepares for her future goal of earning her PhD. She and Dr. Crow are now preparing the manuscript for publication, and she knows that publishing research will be helpful as she applies to graduate school.
UWF CORAL Center
The journey to earn a doctoral degree is arduous. It tests the resolve of even the most dedicated graduate students, and demands a significant investment of the student’s time and effort. Thankfully, it is a journey that does not have to be undertaken alone.
The Community Outreach Research and Learning (CORAL) Center, located in Room 112 of Building 86 on the main UWF campus, is the creation of Dr. Carla Thompson, associate professor in the Department of Research & Advanced Studies (RAS) and director of the CORAL Center. Approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2007, the center replaced the older Educational Research and Development Center (ERDC) that had been inactive since 2002.
“When developing the concept, I felt it needed to be different than the ERDC,” said Dr. Thompson. “I knew that the country was moving towards increasing community engagement.”
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RSVP Now for the 2013 COPS Alumni Social!
Mark your calendars and RSVP today for the 2013 COPS Alumni Social, taking place Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30-7:00 in the UWF Conference Center. This yearly event is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and instructors.
The schools and departments in COPS will show off their recent and ongoing successes through displays and demonstrations, many of which highlight our commitment to incorporating the newest technology and instructional practices.
The Social will also feature an awards ceremony, where we will recognize the many successes of our alumni and the impacts they are making on their their professions, their communities, and the world.
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