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Recognitions, March 11

The first half of March brings; an Assistant Vice Chancellor recognized as and SEC Trailblazer; the Dean of the UT College of Nursing elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; two students from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) received highly competitive fellowships.

Dean Shea Kidd Houze Recognized as SEC Trailblazer

In honor of Black History Month, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) recently highlighted 14 noteworthy African American leaders who “embody the spirit and drive the month represents.” Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Shea Kidd Houze was selected for her many years of experience in higher education and her work in compassionate care and student engagement.

The honorees were from varying disciplines including student affairs, academics, enrollment, and athletics.

“Daily, I navigate multiple marginalized identities, and it speaks volumes to be a part of a conference that recognizes our contributions and nuanced challenges,” Kidd Houze said. “So much of my job focuses on cultivating spaces where students feel they matter and belong, and this was one of those moments where I got to feel that, too.”

Dean Niederhauser to Represent UT on Nursing Colleges Board

Victoria Niederhauser, Dean of the UT College of Nursing, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

AACN, founded in 1969, is the national voice for academic nursing. With a membership of more than 800 schools, AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, assists schools in implementing those standards, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

Niederhauser joined the College of Nursing in 2011 and during her tenure has demonstrated her commitment to improving access to education, advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives, and creating innovative solutions to address challenging issues in nursing education.

She is an active participant in AACN and has served on several committees, as a new dean mentor, and as a leader of the U.S. News & World Report rankings advisory group.

Two ELPS Student Receive Highly Competitive Scholarships

Gresham Collom and Misti Jeffers from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) have received highly competitive fellowships from the ECMC Foundation, which works to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds through the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University.  The ECMC Foundation only awarded 20 fellowships across the nation.  These fellowships focus on research to enhance and strengthen postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) and to improve student success.