PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Dr. Fredda Carroll has been named Dean of the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). With twenty-five years of service as an assistant professor, associate professor and professor spanning three universities, she has had administrative experience as Assistant to the Dean for Diversity at Arkansas State University (ASU), and has been awarded tenure at ASU and UAPB.
Carroll served 10 years as coordinator of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) activities in the unit at UAPB and led faculties in receiving national recognition from their Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) through NCATE. During her tenure at UAPB, she had the opportunity to spearhead three successful NCATE accreditation decisions including the last site visit completed in November 2012. She also served as a SPA program reviewer for the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and represented UAPB at NCATE where she served as an NCATE Board of Examiners (BOE) member since 2001. Recently, ACEI and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) re-nominated her for a three year term to the Board of Examiners ending in 2017.
“My experiences in education have deepened my understanding of educational issues, as well as strengthened my beliefs on the pivotally important role of education in our future,” said Carroll. “These experiences have also given me ample opportunities to acquire skill in communicating these effectively both inside and outside the university.”
A graduate of Arkansas State University (BSE, MSE) and the George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (Ed.D), Dr. Carroll has served on many college and university committees including the Graduate Council, Curriculum committee, and Committee on Committees. Through the UAPB School of Education Advisory Committee and visits with local superintendents and principals, discussions have centered on innovative projects, research and scholarship to address the complex issues facing individuals, families, schools, and communities.
Central to her success has been a willingness to understand and bridge diverse perspectives, develop positive relationships and enlist commitment to a unifying mission. Dr. Carroll experienced high levels of cultural, linguistic and racial diversity in the United States and has led cultural experience tours in Europe. In 2008, she was recognized by the Native American Caucus for contributions to the field of multicultural education at the national conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Lately, program development and improvement have been the most rewarding aspects of her career. She is currently developing new programs in the School of Education to meet state and national standards. Development of the new programs will be based on faculty expertise, standards-driven and include more rigorous writing and research activities for candidates in advanced programs. The partnership with adult education has resulted in expanded opportunities for the citizens of Jefferson County to increase educational growth by obtaining a GED. In 2014, the School of Education will become a GED testing site for the new online exam according to Carroll. This past June, the unit entered into a partnership with Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. This partnership has the potential for faculty exchanges, shared classes, student research, and graduate assistantships for candidates.
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