Governance of the Professional Education Programs
Although programs in NAU PEP are dispersed university-wide, they are connected by a common vision. The vision is to develop educational leaders who create tomorrow’s opportunities for young people through programs and work with PK-12 schools. NAU PEP faculty and leadership are committed to offering learner-centered programs that foster candidate success and integrate early authentic field experiences.
The NAU PEP Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council serves as an advisory committee to the Associate Dean of the College of Education & Professional Education Programs regarding concerns and needs of the programs.
NAU Professional Education Programs (PEP) Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council
Approved 10/2/2019 by NAU PEP Coordinating Council
The Coordinating Council representatives are comprised of administrative representatives, program leadership/faculty representatives, and ex officio members as defined below.
The Coordinating Council representatives are comprised of the associate dean or their designee from each college with an initial teacher preparation program(s). Given the workload required of this council in relation to participation with initiatives and substantial communication to PEP faculty, a representative needs to be able and willing to commit the necessary time and leadership. Meetings are held monthly from September through May, and additional work outside of meetings is required based on initiatives agreed upon by the Council.
Program leadership/Faculty representatives
The NAU PEP Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council has initial teacher preparation program leadership and faculty representatives based on the chart below related to program completer count for the past three academic years. There are a total of six program leader/faculty representatives. The term for each program leadership/faculty representative is for three years. Each college will determine their own process for selecting these representatives. A rotation will be established to ensure continuity among the membership. The individuals selected must have teaching or program coordination responsibilities for an initial teacher preparation program.
# of Program Leader/Faculty Representatives based on the following chart:
0-50 = 0
401-800 = 2
801-1200 = 3
1201-1600 = 4
In addition to these 11 members, the Associate Dean of the College of Education & Professional Education Programs serves as the chair of the council. Decisions regarding policies or issues presented to the Council will be determined by consensus by the Administrative and Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives.
The NAU PEP Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council will also include ex officio members. The ex officio members (or their designee) are encouraged to be active participants in the Council by providing insight and perspective related to proposed or existing policies and issues that arise. Ex officio members include:
- Dean, College of Education
- Dean, College of Arts & Letters
- Dean, College of Engineering, Forestry, & Natural Sciences
- Dean, College of Health & Human Services
- Dean, Graduate College or designee
- Executive Director, Advising
- Chair, Education Department, NAU Yuma
- Director, NAU Professional Education Programs (PEP)
- Senior Data & Reporting Analyst, NAU PEP
Chair & administrative support
The NAU PEP Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council will be chaired by the Associate Dean of the College of Education & Professional Education Programs. The NAU PEP Administrative Associate will provide support for the Council in terms of scheduling meetings, facilitating the development of the agenda, taking and distributing minutes, and developing the minutes into a newsletter for faculty and other stakeholders.
The charge of the NAU PEP Initial Teacher Preparation Coordinating Council is to:
- Serve as an advisory committee to the Associate Dean of the College of Education & Professional Education Programs regarding concerns and needs of the programs.
- Oversee the implementation of unit level programmatic decisions, including decisions related to accreditation, AZ certification rules, and student teaching.
- Oversee successful implementation of programs’ assessment plans.
- Oversee successful implementation of the units’ quality assurance system, including supporting the formal, biennial review of data, and writing and presentation of data analysis, findings, and recommendations.
- Take leadership role in presenting and facilitating at 1 to 2 meetings annually with stakeholders.
- Volunteer to serve, as needed, on state related committees or initiatives NAU is invited to participate on.
- Participate in annual events such as the NAU PEP Career Fair and the annual University Supervisor meeting.
- Oversee policies related to the funding items for University Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers.
- Assess and oversee policies regarding the fairness and appropriateness of faculty workloads in relation to supervision of student teachers.
- Consider appeals from candidates regarding professional education programs’ requirements or policies.
- Participate in decisions regarding the selection, design and implementation of information technologies for PEP programs.
- Serve as main contact for communicating information to college leadership, faculty, and/or students.
AY 2022-2023: Current Membership
Christopher G Griffin (CAL)
Program Leadership/Faculty Representatives
Sandy Davis (CAL)
Rick Stamer (CAL)
Shadow Armfield (COE)
Pradeep Maxwell Dass (CSTL/COE)
Anthony Osborn (COE)
Pamela Powell (COE)
Jeffrey Hovermill (CEFNS)
Scot Raab (CEFNS)
Holly Aungst (HHS)
Kortney Zesiger (HHS)
Christopher Boyer (CAL)
Ramona Mellott (COE)
Russell R Prust