Fall 2015: Achieving Equity in Health and Education

Letter From The Dean

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Alumni,

In the few months that I have served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, I have noticed the repetition of some very important words. joyce-alexander

Our faculty, students and staff use words like “improve, promote and foster” when describing their roles in helping to achieve equity in educational and health outcomes for all. They understand that no one can do everything, but all of us can do something to reduce these disparities.

At CEHD right now, some of us are engaged in translational research that takes new knowledge and applies it to enhance human health and educational achievement; some are discovering and disseminating best practices in teaching to help prepare the next generation of teachers who will work in the most diverse classrooms in our nation’s history; and others are creating outreach processes and programs to help improve quality of life through health, sport, and physical activity promotion. But we are all committed to help build a supportive, inclusive culture in our college, on our campus, and in our community.

Since my arrival this June, I focused on trying to understand the areas where our work truly makes an impact. Over the next year, there will be opportunities to introduce all of those impact areas. This magazine begins that process. The first theme in our work is focused on achieving equity in health and educational outcomes. The critical nature of providing each and every individual with unbiased access to the best education and information about the best healthrelated practices possible is one of the driving forces behind our teaching, research and outreach efforts.

Within these pages you will learn about individual faculty, students and staff that are dedicated to transforming lives. Whether preparing the next generation of health educators, developing evaluation tools for school educators and administrators or supporting children with disabilities, the educators and researchers highlighted in this publication inspire and challenge all of us to lead by example in promoting health and educational equity for everyone. 

In future publications, we’ll introduce you to other important themes that capture the impacts of our work. We are committed to graduating the best prepared first-year teachers; to maintaining leadership in graduating students certified to teach in the high-need fields of STEM, bilingual and special education; to equipping doctoral students for the professoriate and leadership positions of tomorrow; and to prepare all of our undergraduate students to engage in life-long learning through truly meaningful on-campus and global experiences. We appreciate those who already collaborate with us in these endeavors, and those who support our efforts through their advocacy or financial support.

I am so pleased and proud to serve as dean of the College of Education and Human Development. I look forward to the opportunity to share more of our impact themes with you over the coming year and share more about what our college is doing in the near future. Until then, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

JOYCE ALEXANDER
PROFESSOR AND DEAN
SYDNEY AND J.L. HUFFINES ’44 CHAIR
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT