WTAMU Professor honored by Chancellor

Hunter Fithen

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Feature Story. Art by Chris Brockman.

Feature Story. Art by Chris Brockman.

Dr. Ashley Campbell, associate professor of Education at WTAMU, was named to the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators.

“I feel honored and humbled to be named to the Chanacellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators,” Campbell said. “We have so many excellent teacher educators at WTAMU. I feel fortunate to be a part of this faculty.”

The Chancellor’s Academy recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education and highlights the role of the A&M System in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas.

Campbell is one of five faculty members in the Texas A&M University system named as a 2013 recipient of the honor. Each received a $1,000 stipend, a commemorative medallion and a certificate. Campbell and her fellow recipients will serve on the selection committee for future nominations and will be asked to present at the Chancellor’s Summit on Teacher Education in the fall.

“Dr. Campbell is certainly deserving of this award,” Department Head of Education Amy Andersen said. “She is a dedicated member of the education faculty who is both tough and fair.”

Among the faculty in the College of Education and Social Science at WT, Campbell’s interaction with students is even more inspiring as her teaching methods go beyond the classroom.

“Dr. Campbell does a great job working with our students,” Andersen said. “She cares about them and wants them to succeed at the University but also after graduation. Seeing the way she interacts with students both in and out of the classroom shows her passion and commitment to our education students.”

Campbell joined the WT faculty in 2005. Her research interests include pre-service teachers’ understanding of the nature of science and gender equity in science. She is the author of numerous articles and has presented papers both nationally and internationally.

“I feel that WT teachers are good at what they do,” freshman Bilingual Education major, Robin Bryan said. “They are organized and have a lot of experience backing them. With so many people from WT being recognized, it makes the school stand out, and it’s nice to know that I’m receiving an education from top notch educators.”

Other students are fond of the teaching methods used by certain WT professors, and appreciate the opportunity to learn with hands-on experience.

“I definitely think WT professors are good at what they do,” freshman Communication Disorders major, Marissa Fretz said. “I have had some great professors who really seemed to care about their students and did a great job teaching the material. I’ve even had professors who took the time to take the class on field trips to learn outside of the classroom,”

Campbell encourages students pursuing a similar career path to seek out a strong mentor to help guide them.

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WTAMU Professor honored by Chancellor