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New associate dean, department chairs for McKay School of Education

Dean K. Richard Young of Brigham Young University’s David O. McKay School of Education has announced three new administrative appointments.

Charles R. Graham was recently appointed as a new associate dean in the McKay School of Education.

Graham received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from BYU in 1994. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, completing a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1997.

In 2002, he earned a doctorate in instructional systems technology from Indiana University. During his time in Indiana, Graham worked for the Center for Research on Learning and Technology and helped to develop the Learning to Teach with Technology Studio, an online professional development environment for K-12 teachers.

Graham joined the McKay School faculty in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. Graham coordinates the Teaching with Technology courses for pre-service teachers at BYU and has taught graduate courses in instructional technology foundations, research in distance education, computer support for collaborative learning and qualitative research methods.

From 2006 to 2008 Graham was a board member of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology, which plans an annual conference for public school teachers from across the state of Utah. He has also been involved in grant work to bring professional development to Utah inservice teachers through the SciencePlus program and the Nebo Technology for New Teachers program.

Graham's research interests focus on the effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. His work in the area of technology integration and blended learning environments (combining face-to-face and online instruction) has resulted in dozens of publications including the Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs. He has also presented keynotes and workshops on blended learning nationally and internationally, including in China, Singapore and Australia.

• After serving as an associate dean for more than a year, Nancy Wentworth is now the new chair of the Department of Teacher Education in the McKay School of Education, replacing Winn Egan.

As chair, Wentworth is responsible for assisting faculty in developing programs to prepare early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers.

Wentworth’s top priority is to continue restructuring the elementary education program, a project already in process. “The faculty is committed to creating a pre-service program which blends the theories and practice of teaching so that our candidates are well prepared to engage students in learning,” she said.

Wentworth received three academic degrees from the University of Utah: a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1971, a master’s degree in education in 1973 and a doctorate in educational studies in 1993, the year she joined the faculty of the McKay School of Education. Her research focuses on integrating technology into mathematics education and teacher education.

While at BYU she has received several grants to fund research in using technology to enhance learning. More recently, as part of her responsibilities as associate dean, Wentworth took the lead in compiling, presenting and representing the school’s accreditation report to the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Sterling Hilton was appointed chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations in the McKay School of Education.

Hilton received his bachelor’s degree in economics from BYU in 1987. He continued his studies at BYU to earn two master’s degrees: one in political science and one in statistics. Several years later he earned a doctorate in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University.

He returned to BYU in 1996 as a statistics professor until transferring in 2003 to the McKay School of Education, where he teaches and conducts research in quantitative design and analysis. Hilton focuses on statistics education, K-12 math education, biostatistics and clinical trial methodology.

BYU’s Educational Leadership and Foundations Department offers a master’s program that prepares students for subsequent state licensure in administration, and a doctoral program with a somewhat broader focus, encompassing more levels of academic administration.

For more information, contact Roxanna Johnson at (801) 422-1922.

Writer: Roxanna Johnson

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