Your gift makes a difference in four key areas.
Philanthropic gifts play a crucial role in the progress and continuing success of the College of Education. Accomplishing our vision to become the preeminent education program in the country depends on the continued and generous support of our alumni, friends and corporate stakeholders. Giving to the College, at any level, is a wonderful way to say thank you for an outstanding education, transformative experiences and a great network of friends.
HOW DONOR CONTRIBUTIONS MADE A DIFFERENCE:
Faculty chairs, professorships and fellowships build the reputation of the school and are evidence of strong commitment to academic achievement helping the College of Education recruit, retain and reward outstanding faculty. In addition to providing year-round salary incentives for our most productive College of Education faculty, these endowments provide for support staff, research assistance, conference travel and continuing education allowances.
- Endowed chairs are awarded to deans, department chairs and superior faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts and research.
- Endowed professorships are awarded to outstanding faculty members to reward and enhance scholarly efforts.
- Endowed faculty fellowships support excellent teaching faculty regardless of rank or tenure, including visiting scholars in residence.
Professor, Director, Center for STEM Education
Dr. James P. Barufaldi is the Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor and has served as Director of the Center for STEM Education since 1980. The Center supports activities that enhance P-16 teaching and learning of science and mathematics. These activities are data-driven and informed by research conducted at the Center, state, national, and international levels. He also serves as Principal Investigator of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science Teaching (TRC).
Being awarded the Hinojosa Regents Professorship has helped Dr. Barufaldi play an active role with the TRC and attract human and financial resources to continue his work with underserved populations of students. Through the TRC, more than two million students across Texas have benefited from the professional development provided to more than 33,000 STEM teachers. The Texas Education Agency, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Shell, AT&T Foundation, and The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation fund the TRC, a $10M - $15M annual operation. Currently a $1.8M TRC grant from the NSF is focusing on science instruction for young children, predominantly underserved children and teachers in private, public and Head Start schools.
Barufaldi helped develop the science curriculum for the UT Elementary School before it opened in 2003, and he spent the summer conducting teacher workshops on the “Five E” (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) instructional model to teach science. Barufaldi describes the model as a constructivist “hands-on, minds-on guided discovery of science. The teacher is a facilitator and doesn’t just dispel information.”
To learn how you can make a gift to support faculty, contact Stacey Oliver at (512) 471-8178
To compete with peer institutions for the best students, we must offer competitive undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.
With the rising cost of education across the U.S., scholarships help ease the anxiety our undergraduates and their families face about how to pay for school, allowing students to focus on their coursework and participate more fully in extracurricular programs that will enhance their personal development.
Graduate students are indispensable to the research and education process at a great research university like UT Austin. These students mentor undergraduates, push the limits of research and bring new ideas and challenges to traditional beliefs. Fellowships provide graduate students with funding that enables them to pursue their own education and research objectives on a full-time basis, free of other responsibilities.
Benjamin R. Pollack
Powers Fellow and Doctoral Student in Kinesiology
Ben Pollack is pursuing his Ph.D. in Kinesiology in the College of Education. Receiving the Powers Fellowship affords Ben the flexibility to conduct research, broaden the scope of his curriculum, and be a part of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center family. He is grateful for the opportunity he has here to take classes that are most valuable to him while also planning his dissertation, contributing to Stark Center events, and assisting with the publication of Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture. All of that would not be possible without the help of the Powers Fellowship.
Ben is examining the history of the fitness industry, with emphasis on physical culture and entrepreneurship. He hopes to identify factors that drive success and failure in the industry as a whole. He strongly believes that understanding the historical, economic, and cultural trends of physical fitness can help us combat rising healthcare costs in the United States. In particular, his goal is to establish a comprehensive framework for gyms of any size and scope to contribute to physical education and fitness participation programs while remaining financially viable. He plans to research and write about Gold’s Gym, the largest commercial fitness chain and one of the best-known and most important sports landmarks in the world. Gold’s Gym was the first to broaden awareness of bodybuilding and physical culture in the 1960s, and has helped millions of people discover fitness and redefine strength in their lives. Its history has crucial lessons for many Americans struggling to improve their health and fitness today.
To learn how you can make a gift to support students, contact Stacey Oliver at (512) 471-8178
Research and Programs
Research and program support provides funding for research centers, special seminars and symposia, guest lectures, teaching excellence awards and other unique educational experiences for students and faculty alike. Such activities would not be possible without private support from alumni and friends of the college.
Texas Child Study Center
In 2008, Dean Justiz asked longtime College of Education supporters Jeanne and Mickey Klein to seed a new initiative being spearheaded by CoE professor Kevin Stark. With that gift from the Kleins, the Texas Child Study Center (TCSC), the first formal collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center, was established to meet the mental health needs of the youth of Central Texas. In addition to providing comprehensive evidence-based mental health services in both hospital and outpatient settings, TCSC trains future pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists and advances the science of mental health services through research. TCSC is internationally-recognized for state-of-the-art treatment programs for trauma victims, parents of children/adolescents with behavioral disorders, obese adolescents and their families, as well as for providing social skills training for children with autism spectrum disorders and cognitive remediation for children with ADHD. TSCS has distinguished itself in the field as a leader in the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders and is recognized for designing what is now considered the gold standard for the psychological treatments of children with depressive and anxiety disorders.
Since its inception, TCSC has become a valued and trusted resource within Austin’s pediatric healthcare community—providing families with holistic services that address both the physical as well as psychological and emotional effects of injury, cancer, disease and other medical disorders. Through their work at the TCSC, CoE faculty and students are receiving invaluable experience —pushing the boundaries of knowledge, developing novel treatments and establishing new protocols as they work alongside clinicians to serve the mental health needs of children and young people in Central Texas.
To learn how you can make a gift to support research and programs, contact Stacey Oliver at (512) 471-8178
Facilities support assures that students and researchers always have access to the latest technology and best classrooms, laboratories and learning spaces. These funds also provide for repair and upkeep, ensuring appropriately maintained surroundings for our students. Facilities support funds the “behind the scenes” work of the College of Education, providing for technology infrastructure upgrades as well as enhancements to the public face of the college.
The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports
The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports was founded by UT faculty members Terry and Jan Todd who began collecting materials about physical culture and sports well before their arrival at The University of Texas in 1983. Their collection, known as the Todd-McLean Collection, was housed at UT for many years, but was open to researchers only on a limited basis because of their lack of space and staff support. A desire to see this major research collection housed in more suitable quarters, and to utilize the resources of the collection for museum exhibits about the history and benefits of exercise and sports, resulted in a search for funding to build a world-class facility dedicated to scholarship in the fields of physical culture and sports. Major gifts from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation and Joe and Betty Weider, have covered the costs of the Stark Center construction and allowed us to open the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center to support scholarly research and to educate the public.
To learn how you can make a gift to support facilities, contact Stacey Oliver at (512) 471-8178