University of Evansville

School of Education Newsblast

August 2013

Class and People News

Welcome Dr. Parkison!


Be on the lookout for a new face lurking around the University of Evansville School of Education. Welcome to Dr. Paul Parkison, our new School of Education department chair. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Wabash College, and he received a Master of Science in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. He completed a post-baccalaureate program at Belmont University to receive his teaching license, and earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis.

Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Dr. Parkison served as the chair of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Southern Indiana. His primary research interests include education policy analysis and teacher identity formation and maintenance.

Originally from Muncie, IN, Dr. Parkison lived in Tennessee for 15 years before arriving in Evansville in 2004. Dr. Parkison taught high school social studies and coached football and wrestling at Cheatham County Central High School. After three years, he moved to W. O. Inman Middle School in Paris, TN where he taught 8th grade American History and reading while coaching football and girls' basketball. Dr. Parkison's wife, Missy, works as the Outreach Manager for Historic New Harmony. They have two children: daughter Cassidy is a junior theater major at the University of Evansville, and son Sam starts at Bellarmine University as a political science major this fall.


Dr. Paul Parkison and Dean Lynn Penland at the School of Education Chair
Inauguration of Dr. Parkison. Hat and Inaugural Oath by Ms. Leanne Nayden.

Dr. Parkison will be teaching EDUC 320 - Teaching Strategies in K-12 Schools, and EDUC 264 - Assessment, Evaluation, and Remediation of Students with Special Needs this fall. He is committed to helping candidates learn to use data/evidence to inform instructional planning and curriculum development.

Regarding his new position at the University of Evansville, Dr. Parkison says, "I am excited to join the UE and School of Education community. I have had the opportunity to work with many people here over the past nine years and have always been impressed with the commitment to relationship-based and transformative education for ALL students. I look forward to being part of the community."

We're glad you're here!!

Welcome, Ms. Lombardo-Graves!


Another new addition to our School of Education is Mary Lombardo-Graves, Assistant Professor of Special Education. Ms. Lombardo-Graves has been at Northern Illinois University for the past three and a half years working as a clinical coordinator, instructor, and supervisor for the special education initial certification program. Prior to her position in higher education, she was a special educator at the middle school level for eleven years.

She is currently completing the doctoral program at NIU where she is conducting her research on mentoring at the pre-service level and special education teacher self-efficacy. Ms. Lombardo-Graves says that it has been her dream to continue her education and she is enjoying her doctoral journey.

She cherishes her time with family and friends. She has two children attending college and playing division Division II hockey. She enjoys being outdoors and spends most of her limited free time camping. She loves animals and she and her husband are looking for a home with some acreage to bring their dogs and horses home to Evansville as soon as possible.

This fall, Ms. Lombardo-Graves will be teaching EDUC 201 - Introduction to Special Education, EDUC 204 - Teaching Students with Mild/High Incidence Disabilities, and EDUC 205 - Clinical Practicum I - Mild Intervention, Elementary Level. Regarding her new position at the University of Evansville, she says, "I am so excited to call myself a member of the UE family!"

Congratulations, Alex!


Congratulations to Alex Dryer, a classical studies and social studies education major who has received a study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's most selective academic honor society. Alex will use the $1,000 grant to spend the Spring 2014 semester at Harlaxton College. There, she will continue work on her capstone project for UE's Honors Program, which focuses on the different reactions of the Roman government towards various religious cults of the time.

Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 study abroad grants each year to U.S. undergraduates with grade point averages of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Well done, Alex!

Kappa Kappa Iota

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • President: Alyssa VanBibber
  • Vice President: Megan Lewis
  • Secretary: Stephanie Schmidlin
  • Treasurer: Kara Martyn

Dr. Knoester


Assistant Professor of Education Matthew Knoester has just had an essay review published in the American Journal of Education titled "The Flat World and Books about Education," Knoester discusses how globalization of the economy has led to an increasing amount of interest in international comparisons of educational systems. He reviews two of the most outstanding recent books on this topic.

CMOE Flyer

Other Announcements

Due Now! Application for Degree

If you are on track to graduate in May of 2014, go today to the Registrar's Office in Olmstead Hall (Room 106) and ask to complete an "Application for Degree" card. These should be submitted at least one year before your planned commencement.

If you plan to graduate in the fall of 2013 (this year) - YOU ARE LATE! Go immediately to the Registrar's Office and get that application in.

Any questions about this process can be directed to Keith Kutzler, Associate Registrar, at kk5 or 488-2603.

Important Meeting for Fall Student Teachers

All fall semester student teachers, mark your calendars NOW for August 28 at 4:00 p.m. It is the first meeting of EDUC 435 in GH 100 and the important thing to remember about this particular class meeting is that your school mentor teachers are encouraged to attend with you. Information both you and the mentor teacher will need for the semester will be presented and supervising teachers and other university contacts will be available to answer questions and address concerns.

Multimedia Center Name Change

Multimedia Center Graphic

Due to a generous gift from a former chair of the UE School of Education, the Multimedia Center (GH 243) has been renamed in honor of the donor, Dr. Earl M. Tapley, and his wife, Ruby J. Tapley. The complete new name is "The Earl M. and Ruby J. Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center" or "Tapley Center" for short.

Earl Tapley served as department head of the education department from 1957 to 1968 and dean of the School of Education starting in 1968. In 1984 he was named director of UE's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Although Ruby Tapley passed away a number of years ago, Dr. Tapley will be celebrating his 100th birthday with his family in Tennessee in November. His generous endowed gift to the School of Education will ensure the continuous growth and renewal of this vital resource in the College of Education and Health Sciences.

Student Background Screening Blitz 2013

The "Student Background Screening Blitz 2013" is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Wallace Graves Hall 243, Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center.

There will be Barada representatives on campus both days to assist you in initiating the background screenings.

Please note the following information:

  • Payment options: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. NO CHECKS

  • Come prepared to provide Barada Associates with UE Student ID Card for identification purposes

  • Personal Information to be provided on Barada's online form includes:

    • Full name
    • Any other last names used
    • Date of Birth
    • Social Security Number
    • Permanent address
    • Previous addresses to cover the past 7 years
    • Driver's license number
    • State issuing the driver's license


  • First-time Barada Background Check (Package 1A): $35.00
  • Renewal Barada Background Check (Package 1B): $26.00

If you have any questions regarding the Background Screening Blitz, contact Jeannette Oakley at jo29.

Volunteer Opportunities

Plaza Park Family Literacy Night

Plaza Park

Plaza Park International Prep Academy will be hosting a Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, September 10 from 6-7:30 pm to help promote reading & literacy with their families and in the community. They would LOVE for UE School of Education students to be involved! This is a great opportunity and would look great on a resume. Please contact Marlene James, Plaza Park teacher and winner of the Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year Award, if you are interested in assisting them. Her email address is:

Cedar Hall Community School

Cedar Hall Community School

The 21st Century Site Coordinator at Cedar Hall Community School is looking for volunteers to come to Cedar Hall in the afternoons and work with small groups of students in reading. Because the 3rd graders take IREAD in the spring, the Coordinator wants to focus on that age group.

is program will run twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays). There are typically about 20 to 25 students that enroll for that age group. UE students would come in on those two days and pull groups of 3 to 5 third graders to work on fluency and comprehension. The program runs 12 weeks in the fall semester, and doesn't begin until the week of September 16th.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Mallory Wambach at Cedar Hall Community School by phone at 435-8223 or by email at

Employment Opportunities

Need Extra Cash? Be a Tutor!

Requests are coming in for tutors in the Evansville community. All School of Education students are eligible to be tutors, with a base pay of $20.00 per hour. If you are interested in being considered for tutoring or childcare positions, complete the following form and send it and a copy of your 2013 Barada background check summary to Jeannette Oakley, Director of Education Services, at jo29, or drop them by the Tapley Center, GH 243. When tutor requests come in, Jeannette will contact appropriate School of Education students/tutors, and pass along pertinent contact information. The tutor will then contact the parent and set up times and meeting locations. The Tapley Center may be used for tutoring sessions (until 8:00 p.m. M-Th), or other common meeting areas on campus may be used (Ridgway University Center, Bower-Suhrheinrich Library, etc.). The most common requests are for middle school or high school science or math, but other requests are frequent. Feel free to contact Jeannette with any questions regarding the tutoring/childcare program.

Tutoring and/or Childcare

If you are interested in tutoring and/or childcare for the fall, 2013 semester, please complete this form and return it to Jeannette Oakley, GH 243, or attach to an email and send to jo29. Include a copy of your Barada background check summary, which is also required in the tutoring program.

  • Name:
  • Phone number & email address:
  • Major:
  • Minor:
  • Subjects comfortable tutoring:
  • Grade levels comfortable tutoring:
  • Experience tutoring?
  • Are you interested in childcare?
  • Do you have access to a car?

The average rate of pay for tutoring is $20.00 per hour; however, what you are paid is ultimately between you and the parent. If you have not had a background check done for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact me about completing that requirement.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Jeannette Oakley
Director, Education Services and Tapley Center

All NewsBlast items should be submitted to Jeannette Oakley, Director of Education Services and Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center, by the 15th day of each month for inclusion in that month's issue. Items may be submitted by hard copy to GH 243 or Jeannette's mailbox in the School of Education (GH 304), or by email to jo29. Items should include:

  • Special events in classes
  • Individual achievements by faculty or students
  • Guest speakers of interest
  • ISEA or KKI events and workshops
  • Free tutoring needs

Photos are always welcome!

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