Clemmer College of Education News


2014 ETSU Education Career Fair: April 4, 2014

D.P. Culp Center - Ballroom (Right) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For job fair Info, including Employer Registration, contact Ruth Wilbanks, Information Research Technician II ( Phone: (423) 439-4441, (423) 439-4450 Fax: Fax: (423) 439-6176


ETSU alumnus Trey Harris named Virginia Music Educator of the Year

JOHNSON CITY – Trey Harris, an alumnus of East Tennessee State University, was recently named the Virginia Music Educator of the Year by the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA).

Harris is band director at Basset (Va.) High School, where his band program has earned the title of Virginia Honor Band.

This program has consistently received top honors, including superior ratings achieved by the symphonic and concert bands at the Virginia District Concert Assessment and other festivals.  The Symphonic Band was selected to perform at the VMEA state conference in 2013.  The Bassett Marching Band has won seven consecutive Virginia State Championships and has placed as high as second in the nation three times; this band has also won over 40 Grand Championships in Virginia and surrounding states and has been a Bands of America Grand National Semifinalist multiple times.  In addition, the Bassett Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion Ensembles have been successful in competitions from the local to national levels.

Harris has chaired District VI of the VMEA and serves as a clinician, judge, conductor and marching band visual designer across the country.  He was a staff member of the All-American Marching Band for two years and wind track director for the Western Carolina University Summer Music Symposium for three years.  He has also been part of many podcast recordings on The Marching Roundtable.

Harris graduated from ETSU in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in music with a concentration in instrumental music education.  The Elizabethton native is a graduate of Elizabethton High School.  Earlier this year, he was named the Henry County Teacher of the Year, Region VI Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the Virginia Department of Education's 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year.  He also received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence in 2013.

"Teaching young people every day is the challenge I live for and fully embrace," Harris said.  "If there is a greater profession, I am not aware of it.  I have faith my students can change the world when they leave my classroom.

"Throughout my career, I have lived off of one philosophy in the band room: 'Don't tell students what we are doing is difficult; just tell them it is what we expect.'  I have found the average student will strive to do what I expect ... and the superior student will even go above my expectations.  State championships will be forgotten in time; making a difference in a student's life will not."


Dr. Rosalind Gann recognized as one of the 2013 Notable Women of ETSU

JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 30, 2013) – East Tennessee State University faculty members Drs. Amal Khoury and Rosalind Gann are the 2013 recipients of the Notable Women of ETSU awards sponsored by the university's Women's Studies Program.

The awards and colloquium highlight the expertise and accomplishments of women academicians at ETSU; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, research and projects generated by women faculty; and identify women faculty whose work advances understanding of women and their lives.

Gann is an associate professor within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education.  Her work in literacy and reading practice spans five countries and three continents.  Her nomination states that she recently developed a local community outreach project for English Language Learners (ELL).  This program serves Hispanic single parents looking to improve their careers and economic status.  Gann has also worked in the Czech Republic, where she initiated a similar ELL program to help provide learning assistance for young mothers wanting to re-enter the Czech workforce.

As her nominator wrote, "She is a champion of those whose voices are often not heard as much as they should be." As a result of her efforts, Gann received the university's Distinguished Faculty Award in Service in 2012.  She is also the recipient of multiple state and national grants on reading improvement and content area reading practices.

For more information, contact the ETSU Women's Studies Program at (423) 439-4125 or .


100% Online Program in Human Services

The 100% online program in Human Services will launch for Fall 2013 enrollment and will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.). This degree is designed to provide a human and behavioral science background for persons interested in entering professions such as counseling, case management, program administration, and similar endeavors. Human service practitioners work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental issues and processes. Students often select the Human Services bachelor's degree program in preparation for a master's degree program in counseling in order to become licensed, professional counselors, especially in school, marriage and family, community agency, and college/university settings. For more information visit the Bachelor of Science in Human Services site at