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Programmatic Advisory Committees

Have you considered volunteering for a leadership position in AACTE? Lend your talent and expertise to one of AACTE’s programmatic advisory committees. Educator preparation is an revolutionizing education and combatting divisive issues threatening our nation’s education systems. AACTE is at the center of efforts to ensure that all students receive the expert instruction and support they need and deserve.

Programmatic Advisory Committees 2022-2023

Committee on Educator Diversity

Charge: The purpose of this committee is to advise the AACTE staff and Board of Directors on current trends, issues, and needed programming related to diversity in educator preparation program faculty and candidates.  The Committee is an outgrowth of the Diversifying the Workforce Topical Action Group (TAG), which will continue to operate in tandem with the new committee. Together, the committee and TAG are a powerful demonstration of the interest and commitment of AACTE members to promoting an education workforce that mirrors the diversity of the K-12 student population.

Chair: Colleen Mulholland, University of Northern Iowa (2024)
Board Liaison: Laura Alamillo, Sonoma State University (2025)

Nada Ahmed, New York University (2023)
Karen Escalante, California State University, San Bernardino (2023)
Norma Guzman, Texas A&M University – Kingsville (2024)
Kandi Hill-Clarke, University of Memphis (2024)
Katherine Norris, Howard University (2025)
Jennifer Samson, Hunter College (2025)
Yvette Latunde, University of La Verne (2023)
Tambra Jackson, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (2024)
LaRon Scott, Virginia Commonwealth University (2024)

Staff Liaisons: Nicole Dunn and Weade James

Committee on Global Diversity

Charge: The Committee on Global Diversity is charged with fostering the development of quality teaching and professional education practices that promote diversity, equity, and global perspectives that advance the preparation of world-class educators responsive to all learners. This work includes –

  • Providing expertise and leadership to help strengthen professional education programs and capacity in global diversity through the creation, promotion, and/or dissemination of related deliverables via AACTE or other approved venues
  • Advising AACTE’s global diversity initiatives

Co-Chair: Gilda Martinez Alba, Towson University (2024)
Co-Chair: Christina Wright Fields, Marist College (2024)

Board Liaison: Carole Basile, Arizona State University (2025)

Justin Coles, Fordham University (2023)
Jan Lacina, Texas Christian University (2024)
Minda Lopez, Texas State University (2023)
Tim Mahoney, Millersville University (2025)
Novea Mcintosh, University of Dayton (2025)
Lucretia Tripp, Auburn University (2023)

Staff LiaisonJacqueline Rodriguez and Brooke Evans

Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy

Charge: The Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy is charged with supporting AACTE and its membership in its advocating for the profession. This work includes –

  • Serving as the lead advocates of the AACTE membership and working to build the capacity of AACTE and its members to be the nation’s leading advocates for educator preparation at the state and national levels
  • Supporting AACTE’s government relations staff in the development of national legislative priorities and activities
  • Advising AACTE’s government relations and advocacy activities

Chair: Lisa Bisogno, Northeastern State University (2024)
Board Liaison: Anne Tapp, Saginaw Valley State University (2024)

Sonja Lopez Arnak, Moreland University (2024)
Christine Gentry, New York University (2025)
Jon Pedersen, Oklahoma State University (2023)
James Wolfinger, St. John’s University (NY) (2025)
Jennifer Young-Wallace, Jackson State University (2023)

Staff Liaisons: Michael Rose 

Committee on the Holmes Program

Charge: The purpose of the Holmes Program Advisory Committee is to advise the AACTE staff and Board of Directors on the implementation and expansion of the Holmes Program, AACTE’s signature program promoting diversity among leaders and scholars in education.

Co-Chair: Amanda Wilkerson, University of Central Florida
Co-Chair: Bianca Nightengale-Lee, Florida Atlantic University
Board Liaison:  Jesse Perez Mendez, Texas Tech University (2023)

Andrew Daire, Virginia Commonwealth University (2024)
Tiphanie Gonzalez, State University of New York, Oswego (2024)
Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe, Ohio University/Holmes Council President (2023)
Bianca Nightengale-Lee, Florida Atlantic University (2023)
Rhonda Porter, Albany State University (2024)
Shanita Pettaway, Columbus State University 2025
Amanda Wilkerson, University of Central Florida (2025)

Staff Liaison: Weade James

Committee on Innovation and Technology

Charge: The Committee on Innovation and Technology is charged with developing the Association’s classroom reform and technology agendas related to PK-12 and postsecondary education. This work includes –

  • Promoting the use of innovative strategies and technological interventions in schools and professional educator preparation contexts by gathering and disseminating information about resources and practices
  • Facilitating communication and interaction about innovations in learning and technology among educator preparation faculty
  • Advising AACTE’s innovation and technology initiatives

Co-Chair: Rachel Karchmer-Klein, University of Delaware (2024)
Co-Chair: Michael McVey, Eastern Michigan University (2023)
Board Liaison: Gladis Kersaint, University of Connecticut (2024)

Lisa Dieker, University of Central Florida (2023)
Michael Kennedy, University of Virginia (2025)
Robert Moody, Fort Hays State University (2023)
David Slykhuis, University of Northern Colorado (2024)
Lorrie Webb, Texas A&M University San Antonio (2025)

Staff LiaisonJacqueline Rodriguez and Brooke Evans

Committee on Meetings and Professional Development

Charge: The Committee on Meetings and Professional Development is charged with recommending and supporting professional development activities that strengthen member programs and build their capacity to prepare educators who can teach every child effectively. This work includes –

  • Identifying and developing themes and strands for the Annual Meeting, drafting the accompanying calls for proposals, and coordinating the proposal solicitation process
  • Verifying the Annual Meeting proposal review process, ensuring reviews are completed, and making decisions on member sessions based on reviewer feedback
  • Recommending speakers and topics for AACTE sessions during the Annual Meeting
  • Advising on topics and programming for the Leadership Academy
  • Advising AACTE regarding the professional development needs of the membership and new formats for delivery of professional development activities

Chair: Loury Floyd, University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2023)
Board Liaison: John Henning, Monmouth University (2023)

Teresa Banks, Mississippi Valley State University (2024)
Kelli Carney, Northeastern State University (2025)
Curtis Cunningham, John Brown University (2023)
Roben Daubler, Western Governors University (2024)
Jennifer Waddell, University of Missouri, Kansas City (2024)
Shelia Williams, Elizabeth City State University (2025)

Staff Liaisons: Marta Drake

Committee on Membership Development and Capacity Building

Charge: The Committee on Membership Development and Capacity Building is charged with advising AACTE around member recruitment and retention, including ongoing attention to dues structures and membership categories that best meet the needs of the Association. This work includes –

  • Participating in the design and implementation of member recruitment and retention initiatives, including the identification of timely educator preparation issues, programs, and services that can best meet the needs of the educator preparation community
  • Developing member feedback and evaluation methods to inform what programs and services would respond to current needs
  • Participating in development and evaluation of communication and marketing plans for existing and new programs and services for members and prospective members
  • Assisting AACTE staff in developing prospective member recruitment initiatives with AACTE state chapters and member institutions
  • Advising AACTE’s other membership initiatives

Chair: Teresa Clark, Murray State University (2024)
Board Liaison: Loleta Sartin, Mercer University (2025)

Richard Blackbourn, Mississippi State University (2023)
Thomas Koballa, Mercer University (2025)
Jessica McLees, University of South Carolina Upstate (2025)
Rochonda Nenonene, University of Dayton (2024)
Sara Skretta, University of Nebraska Lincoln (2025)
Clay Smith, East Carolina University (2025)

Staff Liaisons:  Gloriatine Jones

Committee on Research and Dissemination

Charge: The Committee on Research and Dissemination is charged with advising and assisting the Association in facilitating, promoting, and disseminating research that adds to the knowledge base for educator preparation, making meaningful contributions to the professional narrative, and building the capacity of the field and the Association to inform policy and practice. This work includes –

  • Administering the Association’s Writing and Research Awards, issuing an annual call for entries and reviewing applications for the Outstanding Book Award, Outstanding Dissertation Award, and Outstanding JTE Article Award
  • Advising AACTE’s other research-related initiatives

Chair: Erica McCray, University of Florida (2023)
Board Liaison: Stacey Edmonson, Sam Houston State University (2024)

Minaz Fazal, New York Institute of Technology (2023)
Conra Gist, University of Houston (2024)
Nicholas Hartlep, Berea College (2024)
Tracie McLemore Salinas, Appalachian State University (2023)
Jim Van Overschelde, Texas State University (2025)
Shelbie Witte, Oklahoma State University (2025)

Staff Liaisons: Weade James and Jacqueline Rodriguez