College of Education and Human Services Spotlight

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Heather Nielsen, academic advisor and professional licensure officer for the college, was recently recognized at the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award reception.  As a nominee, Heather was honored for her work projects, professional development and affiliations, and contributions to the College of Education and Human Services.  She was commended for her enthusiasm and commitment to student success.

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UIS host scholars from China for educational workshop


Recently, the College of Education and Human Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield hosted a group of Chinese scholars who came to visit looking to do some research in the field of education and observe how classes are taught in a different country. Most of these traveling Chinese scholars teach English in their home country of China, they were introduced to different methods of teaching a class that will prepare them to become well-rounded instructors.

The College of Education and Human Services provided the traveling scholars with different workshops and also had them observe a few classes by the TCS5eacher Education Program (TEP). Through this program scholars had the opportunity to sit in on classes taught by student teachers and observe the different teaching styles and methods used during the lesson.

Ping Zhang (shown on the right), a traveling scholar, was able to visit an American school for her first time. Ping Zhang traveled to Feitshans Elementary in district 186 to observe a classroom for the day. She enjoyed her experience at the elementary school and looks forward to applying what she learned here to schools in China. Overall, it was a pleasure to host a group of intelligent and talented individuals who are on their way to becoming teachers of the next generation.



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Preparing for the Classroom

DSC_1148On Thursday, December 3rd, all student teachers from UIS came together for their final campus seminar.

Their professors, Dr. Brian Kahn and Dr. Cindy Wilson, had arranged a day for them that would send them out into the profession armed with expertise and knowledge beyond what they had received in their numerous hours of course work, studying, preclinical experiences and even student teaching.

The student teachers interacted with area superintendents, consultants, and other experts on topics including interviewing, the Teachers’ Retirement System, final licensure requirements, masters’ degree programs, and teacher evaluations. Many thanks go to the day’s special speakers: Dr. Scott Day, Dustin Day, Dr. Scott Doerr, Dr. Jennifer Gill, Heather Nielsen, Rich Frankenfeld, and Gail Huizinga(pictured above). Your guidance is much appreciated!

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2015 James J. Pancrazio Scholarship Recipient

The 2015 James J. Pancrazio Scholarship for Human Development Counseling recipient, Greg Irwin, and Scholarship donor, Dr. Sally Pancrazio, standing on either side of Dr. Jim Pancrazio’s formal portrait on the third floor of Brookens.  This photograph was taken immediately following the UIS Scholarship Luncheon, held on October 28th, 2015.


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Welcome Our Newest Member

DSC_0822 reductionDr. Tiffany Nielson is happy to join UIS in the Human Development Counseling Department.  Dr. Nielson will be co-coordinating the marital, couple, and family counseling specialty.  Her interests additionally include child and adolescent counseling, mentoring, child sexual abuse, and religiosity and spirituality in counseling.

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Academic Majors Fair

On September 24th from 4:30 -6:30pm in the Lincoln Residence Hall Greatroom the Capital Scholars Honors(CAP) Peer Mentors hosted an Academic Majors Fair. Over 20 Major programs and their affiliated academic clubs came out to talk with the freshman CAP students about their programs. Each of the programs came with pamphlets and passion to share with the students. This was a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the purpose and application of each major. As part of the event students were given “bingo” sheets to help encourage them to learn about all the majors , not just the ones they think they would like to know about. After the sheet was filled out the students received a Jimmy John’s catered lunch.  The College of Education and Human Services was represented by Martin Martsch , Associate Professor of the Social Work program.Pictures of event can be viewed on our facebook page here.

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Another call for Celebration

Dr. Kay Kay McChesneyMcChesney Associate Professor of Social Work at UIS has had SAGE open accept her manuscript “Teaching Diversity: The Science You Need to Know in Order to Explain Why Race Is Not Biological” for publication.

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Pause for Recognition

We received word today that as of September 1st the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Concentration of our Human Services Department has been reaccredited by the Illinois Certification board as a Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program. This is a difficult process that calls for the program to be reevaluated every three years. Our Faculty and Staff continue to work hard to ensure the programs offered are of the best quality to equip UIS students for engaging the world around them. Just an example of  leadership lived in the everyday that produces great results. Thank you and congratulations to  Dr. Carolyn Peck and her faculty for  all of their hard work resulting in this achievement.IAODAPCAlogores

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Camp Invention

Our own Drs. Cindy Wilson and Vicki Childs from TEP helped teach at Camp Invention! This week long summer camp for kids teaches students problem solving skills in the science, technology, education and mathematics fields. Read and see more about the summer program here.…/top-…/stories/vid_23335.shtml

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MSS Ceremony Pictures

Have you visited our Facbook page recently? Check it out now to see all of the photos from Project Midstate Student Support (MSS) Graduation, Induction, and Scholarship Ceremony! Here are a few, but go to to see them all!

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