Three College of Education Faculty Named to Society for Teaching Excellence- January 27, 2012
College of Education faculty members Andrea Flower, Keryn Pasch and Detra Price-Dennis have the unique honor of being chosen for the inaugural cohort of the University of Texas at Austin’s newly created Society for Teaching Excellence.
The School of Undergraduate Studies and Academy of Distinguished Teachers launched the Society last fall. Its goal is to sustain a fellowship among newer faculty who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and to give them regular opportunities for discussion and interaction with members of the Academy.
Annually, each Academy member and department chair will be invited to nominate one assistant professor who has demonstrated an early commitment to teaching. Society members serve two-year terms.
Dr. Flower is an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on positive behavior support, classroom management, assessment, and behavioral disorders. Her main research interests are the development and implementation of secondary level interventions that will improve quality of life for youth who have or are at high risk for emotional and behavioral disorders and who are exhibiting challenging school behavior.
Dr. Pasch is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education and her research focuses on the social, personal and environmental influences on the health of children and adolescents. Her specific areas of interest are obesity and substance use.
Dr. Price-Dennis is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s language and literacy studies program. A former elementary school teacher and literacy consultant, she studies transformative literacy pedagogies that optimize learning for all students. She’s particularly interested in the sociopolitical and sociocultural aspects of literacy learning and engagement among elementary and middle school students.