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22 Things That Happened in the College of Education in 2022

The NC State College of Education had another extraordinary year in 2022, from reaching new highs in the US News & World Report rankings to our faculty, staff, students and alumni being recognized for their impactful work. As 2022 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on 22 outstanding moments from our college this year. 

Transformational Scholarships Program Announces Inaugural Cohort of Scholars

Sixteen students from across Eastern North Carolina have been selected to join the inaugural cohort of the NC State College of Education’s Transformational Scholarships Program, which provides scholarships totaling $40,000 over four years to promising high school students from Eastern North Carolina who will return to the region to teach after graduating from the NC State College of Education.

Faculty Receive National Recognition for their Work

Several College of Education faculty members were honored in 2022 with prestigious awards that recognized their contributions to teaching and research. These awards include:

College of Education Welcomes Five New Faculty Members

Joining Maria Coady on the College of Education faculty this year were four scholars who will help champion the college’s mission to advance the greater good by improving educational outcomes for all learners:  Professor of Learning Design and Technology Florence Martin, Assistant Teaching Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education Terri Tilford, Assistant Teaching Professor of Adult and Lifelong Education Pooneh Lari  and Instructor in STEM Education Mariam Elias.

Students Gain Experience Through Award-winning Work

Monica Meza in a classroom in Prague.

Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education spent 2022 engaging in work to prepare themselves for future careers in education and receiving national awards and recognitions for their efforts and research. These include: 

students at commencement

College of Education Welcomes 586 New Alumni in
Class of 2022

Sold-out Crowd Celebrates During Educator Appreciation Day Football Game

Hiller Spires Retires After 35 Years with the College of Education

Hiller Spires, who is nationally recognized for her innovative research and approach to K-12 education, particularly as related to digital and disciplinary literacies, retired in June after a 43-year career in education, including over 35 years at NC State’s College of Education. Spires joined the College of Education as an assistant professor in 1986 and was promoted to full professor in 1998. She was the founding director of the Friday Institute from 2002 to 2006.

Hiler Spires at graduation surrounded by students