2016 Awards and High-Impact Work

A primary goal of TELS graduate degrees is to prepare students to be effective researchers and to develop as successful professionals in their fields. Supportive faculty and staff within the TELS department are extremely effective in helping students progress toward their degrees, and most graduate with outstanding confidence in their research skills. Our students frequently win awards and their work may be found in many academic publications and presentations, such as the ones shown here.

Boulden, D.

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Outstanding Student Paper Award 2016.

Boulden is interning with Wake County Public School System’s Data Research and Accountability Department to evaluate the Teacher Leadership Corps three-year initiative.


Travel Award for Conference Presentation (2016); awarded by the Dept. of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, N.C. State University.

Gill collaborated with Dr. John Lee to design an inquiry website on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption for the Common Reading Program at NC State University (http://justmercyinquiry.weebly.com/). This inquiry has also been posted in the IDM/C3 Teachers database where it can be accessed by over 2,000 teachers nationwide (http://idm.c3teachers.org/inquiries/1326; http://idm.c3teachers.org/dashboard).

Kerkhoff, Shea

First place winner in the Education Division at the 2016 NC State Graduate Research Symposium.

Medlock Paul, Casey

2016 J. Estill Alexander Future Leaders in Literacy Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) for her research on disciplinary literacy.

Moore, R.

Moore has been awarded the 2016 Nova Southeastern University Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design. This award honors a graduate student who has designed exemplary instructional materials.

Moore’s project is titled “Land Use e-Learning Library Project.” This currently ongoing project (http://bit.ly/landuse­library) started in early 2014 and has resulted in the development of 14 self­paced e­learning modules covering various land use regulations topics.

Moore has also been awarded the Janet B. Royster Staff Scholarship from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Employee Forum to provide assistance toward earning his doctoral degree at NC State.