The Peabody Pulse

Jan. 19, 2021

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This Week

Wednesday: MAT info session, 6 p.m., Register here


Martinette Horner wins University Teaching Award

Faculty member Martinette Horner has been named a winner of a Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. Horner is among 25 faculty members and graduate teaching assistants across the University to win a 2021 University Teaching Award. The awards are given annually to acknowledge the University’s commitment to outstanding teaching and mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students.


Patricia Harris honored as nominee for Governor’s Award

Patricia Harris, the School of Education’s director of recruitment, has been honored as a nominee for a Governor’s Awards for Excellence. Harris was one of 420 nominees from North Carolina universities and state agencies. Harris leads student recruitment efforts at the School, creating collaborations aimed at expanding the pipeline of diverse candidates for the School. She also serves as vice chair of the Carolina Black Caucus.


Students invited to MAT information session on Wednesday

Undergraduate students exploring their career and academic options are invited to an information session about the School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. The session will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. In the session, faculty and recruitment staff will describe the MAT program and answer questions about the application process. More details, including a registration link, are here:


Alumna Becca Merrill publishes article from dissertation in Review of Educational Research

Becca Merrill, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education in 2019, has published an article drawn from her dissertation in Review of Educational Research, one of the flagship journals of the American Educational Research Association. The article — Configuring a Construct Definition of Teacher Working Conditions in the United States: A Systematic Narrative Review of Researcher Concepts — was published online earlier this month. Merrill, who earned her doctorate in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement strand of the Ph.D. program, is now a researcher at Education Northwest, an education research and consulting organization based in Portland, Oregon.


Alumnus Erik Naglee named a Regional Principal of the Year

Erik Naglee (’09 MSA), principal at Page High School in Greensboro, has been named the Piedmont-Triad Region’s Principal of the Year. Naglee, who is in his third year as principal at Page High School, was named Guilford County’s Principal of the Year in October. He has been a finalist for that award twice before, once in 2017 while he worked as principal at Northwest Middle School in Greensboro, and in 2019 at Page High School. He is one of eight regional finalists for North Carolina Principal of the Year. Another finalist is School of Education alumna Elena Ashburn (’12 M.S.A., ’18 Ed.D.), principal at Broughton High School in Raleigh.


‘Carolina Together’ website updated with new resources; testing expanded today

The University’s “Carolina Together” website has been updated and redesigned to make it easier for students, faculty and staff to find information and guidance related to Covid-19 protections. The site offers informational videos and details about Carolina’s coronavirus testing program, including updates to the testing program to address the long lines experienced over the weekend. Beginning today, testing is available at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, Frank Porter Graham Student Union and the UNC Rams Head Recreation Center. Find more details in an email sent to students, faculty, and staff yesterday and here:


School of Education doctoral student annual reports due Jan. 31

Doctoral students in the School of Education are asked to complete their 2020 Doctoral Student Online Annual Report. The deadline is Jan. 31. The DSOAR website has explanatory information for completing the report. The reports allow students and faculty to share feedback with one another to improve individual experiences and doctoral programming overall.


Graduate students sought for research study

Are you a graduate student who attends an online class(es) due to COVID-19? Do you take care of at least one child in your home? If so, please consider joining a research study about graduate student experiences attending online classes while caring for children. You would be asked to complete two thirty-minute interviews (via phone) and three brief online surveys in January and February 2021. All interviews will be conducted one-on-one with the study’s P.I. Interviews and surveys will be completed during January and February, 2021. Compensation offered. If interested, please email Leah at for more information.


UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents DEI discussion for educators on Feb. 17

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on Feb. 17 a discussion entitled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Pre-Service and In-Service Educators,” led by Dana Griffin. The talk is part of a seminar series sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill cohort of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program. The theme of this year’s series is “Diversity in Schools: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial.” Additional events in the series are planned for next semester. Griffin’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler,


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

Faculty members are noted in bold, graduate students/recent graduates with underline.

Lauryn DuPree. (2020). What’s language got to do with it?: Teacher Perceptions of Giftedness in Latinx Students. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association for Gifted Children, virtual.

Gibbs, B. (2020). Keeping the Grass trimmed: Towards authenticity in the teaching of war. A paper delivered at the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for Social Studies National Conference.

Hume, K., Steinbrenner, J.R., Odom, S.L. et al. Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism: Third Generation Review (2021). Journal of Autism Developmental Disorder.


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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Jan. 27

Undergraduate programs info session

6 p.m.

Register here


Wednesday, Jan. 27

Undergraduate programs info session

6 p.m.

Register here


Sunday, Jan. 31

Doctoral student annual reports due

Details here


Wednesday, Feb. 3

MEITE Career Connections event

6 p.m.

Facebook Live


Thursday, Feb. 11

MSA Career Connections event

5 p.m.



Wednesday, Feb. 17

Teaching Fellows seminar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Pre-Service and In-Service Educators

6:30 p.m.

Email Tammy Siler for details,