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Programmatic Advisory Committees

AACTE currently has eight Programmatic Advisory Committees, with charges and work that align with the strategic priorities of the Association. The committees consist of a maximum of seven members, and each has a liaison from the AACTE Board of Directors and at least one AACTE staff liaison. Anyone employed at an AACTE member institution is eligible to serve a 3-year term as a committee member. The Holmes Program Advisory Committee also includes several student members. For more information about a committee’s work, or if you are interested in serving on one, please contact the committee’s staff liaison.

2020 Advisory Committee Nominations

Your association wants you! Are you ready to become a leader in the national educator preparation community, or do you know someone who is? The AACTE Board of Directors recently created two new advisory committees and is seeking dedicated members to help lead these committees.  Nominate yourself or a colleague by August 7, 2020.

AACTE is currently seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on the following committees:

Advisory Committee on Educator Diversity

The purpose of the committee is to advise the AACTE staff and Board of Directors on current trends, issues, and programming related to diversity in educator preparation program faculty and candidates. The committee shall provide recommendations and feedback for program improvement that may pertain to:

  • culturally sustaining recruitment and retention strategies
  • evaluation of recruitment and retention strategies
  • faculty professional development
  • candidate learning communities
  • fundraising and development
  • DEI initiatives and related projects


To establish this committee, seven members will be appointed to one-, two-, or three-year terms.

All faculty, staff, and administrators from member institutions are eligible to serve. To ensure that the committee reflects the experience and expertise of minority-serving institutions in preparing diverse educators, two positions on the committee are reserved for nominees from minority-serving institutions.

Timing and Term Commitment

Committee appointments will be approved by the AACTE Board of Directors in early fall. Those appointed will serve beginning during the 2021 AACTE Annual Meeting.


Holmes Program Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Holmes Program Advisory Committee is to advise the AACTE staff and Board of Directors on the Holmes Program. The committee shall provide recommendations and feedback for program improvement that may pertain to:

  • program activities
  • fundraising and development
  • program expansion and sustainability
  • program evaluation
  • opportunities for Holmes students


The membership of the committee includes:

  • the current Holmes Council president
  • a National Association of Holmes Scholar Alumni member
  • a master’s program coordinator
  • a doctoral/post-doctoral program coordinator
  • 3 at-large members

Faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students at AACTE member institutions who meet one or more of the criteria listed above are eligible to serve. To establish this committee, seven members will be appointed to one-, two-, or three-year terms.

Timing and Term Commitment

Committee appointments will be approved by the AACTE Board of Directors in early fall. Those appointed will serve beginning during the 2021 AACTE Annual Meeting.


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Note that nominations have already closed for 2021 appointments to the other advisory committees.

Programmatic Advisory Committees 2020-2021

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

Chair: Karen Ramlackhan, University of South Florida (2022)
Board Liaison: Patricia Alvarez-McHatton, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (2022)

Justin Coles, Fordham University (2023)
Maria Gross, Azusa Pacific University (2021)
Andrea Lewis, Spelman College (2021)
Minda Lopez, Texas State University (2023)
Winifred Nweke, Clayton State University (2022)
Lucretia Tripp, Auburn University (2023)

Staff LiaisonsJacqueline Rodriguez and Nicole Dunn

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: Larry Daniel, University of Texas Permian Basin (2022)
Board Liaison: Mary Murray, Bowling Green State University (2021)

Lisa Bisogno, Northeastern State University (2021)
Allen Clarkson, Western Governors University (2021)
Raymond “Donny” Lee, Harding University (2021)
Robert Nava, Montana State University (2022)
Jon Pedersen, University of South Carolina-Columbia (2023)
Jennifer Young-Wallace, Jackson State University (2023)

Staff Liaison: Jacqueline Rodriguez
Staff Liaison
Ward Cummings

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: Liz Kolb, University of Michigan (2022)
Co-Chair: David Slykhuis, University of Northern Colorado (2022)
Board Liaison: Dale Elizabeth Pehrsson, Clarion University of Pennsylvania (2022)

Jon Clausen, Ball State University (2021)
Lisa Dieker, University of Central Florida (2023)
Michael Mcvey, Eastern Michigan University (2023)
Robert Moody, Fort Hays State University (2023)

Staff LiaisonsJacqueline Rodriguez and Jackie Cantow

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: Vacant
Board Liaison: John Henning, Monmouth University (2023)

Bonnie Beach, University of Southern Indiana (2022)
Curtis Cunningham, John Brown University (2023)
Loury Floyd, North Carolina A&T State University (2023)
Ray Francis, Central Michigan University (2021)
James Jackson, Howard University (2022)
Sheila Moore, University of Central Florida (2021)

Staff Liaisons: Matt Wales and Linda Minor

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: Loleta Sartin, Middle Georgia State University (2021)
Board Liaison: Gaetane Jean-Marie, University of Northern Iowa (2022)

Richard Blackbourn, Mississippi State University (2023)
Margaret Grogan, Chapman University (2022)
Shandra M. Claiborne-Payton, Virginia State University (2022)
Anitra Hampton, Miles College (2023)
Kim Tobey, NACCTEP (2022)
Brenda Strassfeld, Touro College (2021)

Staff LiaisonsMeghan Grenda and 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 –

  • Serving as the advisory board for the Journal of Teacher Education, advising both the member editors and the publisher as needed and assisting AACTE in the periodic recruitment and selection of new editors
  • 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: Anita Welch, Wayne State University (2021)
Board Liaison: Stephanie Knight, Southern Methodist University (2022)

Brian Barber, Kent State University (2022)
Janeula Burt, Bowie State University (2022)
Minaz Fazal, New York Institute of Technology (2023)
Erica McCray, University of Florida (2023)
Tracie McLemore Salinas, Appalachian State University (2023)

Staff Liaisons: Weade James and Jacqueline Rodriguez