The latest news from the USF St. Petersburg – College of Education.

Pinellas County Schools STEM EXPO at USFSP

Pinellas County STEM Expo was held at the University of South Florida St Petersburg campus on April 25, 2015.  The College of Education hosted this event, that culminated over 2300 students, families, and business partners.

The event showcased more than 150 student projects, from 90 different elementary and middle school students in the district.

Pinellas County Schools STEM Academies are designed to take a problem-solving approach to learning, by instilling inquiry-based and cooperative learning, career exploration and interdisciplinary instruction.

Check out this video of the STEM Expo:



College of Education received National Accreditation

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Education recently earned reaccreditation for seven years under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning. Read more

Graduate students present their research



The Spring 2015 Graduate Research Gallery Symposium, held in Harbor Hall on Monday, April 20, 2015 displayed the work of  32 of USF St Petersburg College of Education Graduate students.

The research was presented by Master Level students in the Educational Leadership Development, Exceptional Student Education, Reading, and Math and Science Education programs.

The  Graduate Research Gallery Symposium is a  capstone experience where our graduate level students work towards providing improvement efforts to schools and provides evidence of the students ability to positively impact student achievement.

The students who participated in this research symposium are part of the Spring 2015 Graduating class and this was the capstone project of their programs.





Educational Leadership Course Passes Quality Matters (QM) Review


Congratulations to the Educational Leadership Program in the  College of Education for having their first online course, Educational Leadership, successfully pass a Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review.


This online course is a collaboration of  Dr. Olivia Hodges,  Associate Dean of the College of Education and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, and Karla Kmetz, Instructional Designer of Online Learning at USFSP.


Quality Matters (QM) is a peer review process that certifies the quality of online and hybrid courses. Courses that are certified receive national recognition. To learn more about Quality Matters, click here.

Invitation to South Africa

Dr. Alejandro Brice, Professor at the College of Education, has been invited to present and collaborate in the Health Communication Research Unit at the University of Witwatesrand, Johannesburg, South Africa during the Fall 2015 semester.

Following, he has been invited to present as part of a panel on bilingualism issues, at the South African Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Alex Brice

Dr. Alex Brice, Professor of College of Education

“This is a great opportunity for research, teaching, and hopefully beginning student exchanges,” states Dr. Brice.

The Health Communication Research Unit is a multidisciplinary research group concerned with the unique challenges of cross-cultural, cross-linguistic communication in health care contexts. Their research aims to inform policy and provide practical guidelines for training with the health professions, in line with current health care reform in South Africa and the constitutional rights of its citizens.

If approved for his Fall 2015 sabbatical, Dr. Brice plans on accepting the invitation and beginning his research with the Health Communication Research Unit.

Education Student to continue her studies in London

Education student, Kylie Rolle’s has been accepted to continue her education abroad at the University of London’s Institute of Education for Comparative Education.

She will graduate in Fall 2014 from USF St. Petersburg, with her Bachelors of Science in Education in Elementary Education (K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (K-12) with endorsements in Reading and ESOL.

Kylie Rolle presenting her final  project

Kylie Rolle presenting her final project at USFSP

Rolle’s will attend the one year program in January, which she will work on receiving her Masters in Comparative Education.

“I feel very honored to be able go on to study at the Institute of Education. I could not be making this huge move without all of the professors, staff, and faculty at USFSP, states Rolle’s. I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given, and I am thankful for everyone at USFSP who was there to help me.”

The University College in London Institute of Education is a world-leading school for education and social science. Founded in 1902, they currently have over 7,000 students. The program takes an international look at educational policy as it relates to specific cultures and societies.

“After I get this degree, I would like to begin working full time as a teacher in England. Ultimately, I would love to work at an international school somewhere in Western or Northern Europe, states Rolle’s. I think my bachelors degree coupled with this masters program will make me a good candidate for teaching at an international school. Right now I am just happy to be starting a new adventure.”

Professor, invited as Keynote Speaker in Chile, 2015


Dr. Alejandro Brice, Professor at the College of Education, has been invited as a Keynote Speaker at the II Congreso Internacional de Trastornos de la Comunicación (II International Congress of Communication Disorders) to be held at the University of Talca, Chile.

This event is sponsored by the (a) XXI Congreso Chileno de Fonoaudiología (21st Chilean Speech-Language Pathology Congress); and (b)Asociación Española de Logopedia, Foniatría y Audiología e Iberoamericana de Fonoaudiología (the Spanish Association of Speech-Language Pathology and Ibero-American Speech-Language Pathology).

Dr. Brice will be presenting in November 2015.

His presentation will be in both Spanish and English.

A Future Teacher and Teacher Educator Critically Reflect

Professor Cynthia Leung of the College of Education and former Honors Political Science student, Mrs. Jacky Hicks collaborated and published their paper in the International Journal: Writing and Pedagogy, which will be published in a special issue on children’s writing in Winter 2014.

The paper, which is entitled “Writer Identity and Writing Workshop: A Future Teacher and Teacher Educator Critically Reflect” reflects on the student’s 2nd grade experiences with writing workshop and identify the features of this teaching method that led to Hicks development of a writer’s identity.

I am very happy that we can have a paper in this journal and especially happy that the editor thinks it is a “memorable article, states Professor Leung.

The International Journal: Writing & Pedagogy seeks to provide a new forum for discussion and dissemination of knowledge focused on both writing and the teaching of writing. It is innovative in being both international in scope and in spanning across all levels of education, from K-12 through doctoral level.

Ms. Jacky Hicks, former USFSP Political Science major

Ms. Jacky Hicks, former
USFSP Political Science major

Hicks, is a graduate in Political Science at USF St Petersburg with a double minor in English and Journalism. She is currently teaching high school literature and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in creative writing and literature at USF Tampa.