August 2018

A Message from the Interim Dean

Tracy Morris

Dear Alumni and Friends,  

One of the wonderful things about working at a University is the annual cycle of beginnings and endings.  I am marking a particularly significant beginning this year as I assume my role as interim dean of the WVU College of Education and Human Services. In this capacity, it was my great pleasure to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to Allen Hall this month. 

Semester transitions provide perfect opportunities for reflection. Recently, my thoughts have turned to how each of us—regardless of profession—are engaged in a form of teaching: The way we interact with others teaches what we value.   

At CEHS, we value opportunity, inquiry, collaboration, engagement and responsibility, core principles that we impart to our students and realize through our interactions with the individuals, communities and families we serve. In this season of transition and new beginnings for the College, I can assure you that we remain committed to our values and focused on our land-grant mission to serve the state of West Virginia.  

What values shaped you during your time as a CEHS student? What visions do you have for the College’s future? I look forward to hearing about them in the coming year.  

Warm regards,     

Tracy L. Morris, PhD 

Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Services 


Faculty Spotlight: Sara Anderson

Inspired by living in the Mountain State, Sara Anderson of the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development is studying what works and what doesnin social and educational policies that affect children and families, particularly in rural areas.

Student Spotlight: Anne Roth

Growing up, Anne Roth always knew that she wanted to be a teacher.

“Even in high school when everyone was trying to decide what they wanted to do in college, I just knew teaching was the right path for me,” Roth said.

Faculty Spotlight: Tiffany Mitchell Patterson

In today’s heated political environment, social studies educators across the nation are challenged with a far greater task than teaching students to remember the names of world leaders or the dates of important events. They are charged with demonstrating the power of civil discourse, affirming diverse histories and experiences, and building safe environments for students to share their opinions.

According to Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, PhD, CEHS’ new assistant professor of social studies education, this responsibility implores educators to teach students to understand and embrace viewpoints beyond their own.

Student Spotlight: Meg Sorrells

Incoming freshman and recent Hurricane High School graduate, Meg Sorrells, is excited and optimistic for her first year at CEHS. Sorrells, who plans to major in speech pathology and audiology, is one of only five incoming WVU freshmen to receive the prestigious Foundation Scholarship.  

“I am so thankful for this opportunity,” Sorrells said.  

Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Stansbury

CEHS alumna and fourth-grade teacher Kristin Stansbury works to build community in her classroom through innovative techniques for engaging her students in STEM fields. Through curriculum that incorporates the principles in garden-based learning and technologies like the GigaPan camera, Stansbury provides opportunities for hands-on projects to enrich her students’ classroom experience.  

“These projects are exciting because they create more meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students who can then can apply that knowledge in real-world scenarios,” Stansbury said.  

CEHS remembers Betty Schoenbaum

CEHS mourns the loss of Betty Schoenbaum, one of the College’s most generous donors and an advocate for the teaching profession in West Virginia.  

Schoenbaum passed away on July 31, 2018, at the age of 100 at her home in Sarasota, Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, Alex, in 1996. The couple originally made their home in Charleston, West Virginia, where Alex founded the Shoney’s restaurant chain.