Piece of $1.4 Million
Grant Could Shape Future of Teaching
It was announced last year
that the UH College of
Education will share a $ 1.4
million grant from the Texas
Education Agency to improve
teacher education in area universities.
"In early 1991 the
opened up competition for funding," said Kip
Tellez, a coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UH.
"The department submitted a proposal, but
we didn't win the
grant until this
year," Tellez said.
Dean of the UH
College of Education Judith
Walker de Felix
said, "In 1991 the
TEA determined that UH fell
within a region that did not demonstrate the highest need for
funding, so Texas A&M and
Prairie View A&M got the
UH's winning proposal
titled PUMA (Pedagogy for Urban and Multicultural Action)
outlined a different approach to
teacher education that would
place student-teachers in a
hands-on, school-based education program.
Walker de Felix said she
hopes to implement the PUMA
program in place of the current
teacher education program,
RITE, or Reflective Inquiry
Teacher Education. "Right now,
people think there's too much
will soon become
classroom theory and not enough
actual field work being done in
teacher education. PUMA would
blur the distinction between
theory and practice," Tellez said.
PUMA will employ a
"portfolio" approach, one in which
student teachers will be able to
save and evaluate
the principles and
theories they apply
in an actual classroom setting. "It
will be sort of like a
'teacher-ed summer camp," Tellez
emphasis on technology in teacher
education was another decisive factor in UH receiving the grant. At
least one-half of
the grant is being
dedicated to implementing technological approaches
in teacher education.
"We not only have to work
harder, we have to work smarter.
Technology in education must
come in three ways: instructional,
managerial and communicative,"
Tellez said. An electronic mail
system is being considered so communication between teachers and
students can be improved.
PUMA differs from RITE
in its cooperative learning approach — more like a teaching
"hospital." This school-based approach will give student-teachers
the opportunity to do their student-teaching on a particular campus, and at the same time have
the benefit of sharing experiences
with other student-teachers.
— Vicky Tickell
Albert Tijerina, full time student and staff member of the Learning
Resources Center, transfers film to video. Photo by Gary Sapone
William D.H. Georgiades, Dean College
Photo by Mark Lacy
iioger Eichorn, Dean Cullen College of Engineering.
Photo by Mark Lacy
Mentor Program Begins,
The field of engineering has
long been characterized
as a male-dominated industry. The College of Engineering, however, took steps to
alleviate that image.
The college developed a
mentor program that will grow
over the next several years and
serve all incoming freshmen,
according to Dion Mclnnis, Director of Engineering External
The Engineering Mentor
Program was the brainchild of
Siddika Demir, a
senior civil engineering major.
"For the first
year, the target is
said. She noted
that by the senior
year, there are
only a few women
in the upper-level
organizers emphasized that
they are not trying to further
fragment the student population.
The program will
eventually be expanded to include
all incoming freshman, regardless of gender.
"There are a lot of fields
in engineering where women
barely exist," said Mclnnis. "A
woman in engineering is a
ground-breaker." By offering all
incoming female freshmen the
opportunity to pair up with a
mentor in industry, the college
hopes to change that. "Freshman to professional — that's the
magic," Mclnnis said.
Busy year in
plan to retain
were active members in the mentor program, which was near the
college's goal of 25 percent (28 of
the 114 female freshmen engineering students).
To foster a solid mentor-
mentee relationship, participants
receive an informal newsletter that
announces upcoming social events
and ideas. Mentors were recruited
from small businesses, as well as
from large corporations like Texaco
— a company that responded aggressively by providing 11 mentors.
while, the College
of Engineering got
another boost: a
grant from the National Science
The project funded
by the grant was
Managing Pollution in Chemical
Refining Industries. The project
was a joint venture
between the College of Business Administration and
the industrial engineering department of the College of Engineering, and the two schools shared
the grant money.
"The end result of this
project will be a guidebook on how
to evaluate and identify environmental costs so that they can be
allocated back to the activities that
generate those costs. The book will
be available through the NSF,"
said Beth Beloff, project director
and co-principal investigator.
—Edward Puffin I Scott McGregor
Women Wanted for