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Programmatic Advisory Committees

Programmatic Advisory Committees 2023-2024

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.

Co-Chair: Norma Guzman, Texas A&M University – Kingsville (2024)
Co-Chair: Kandi Hill-Clarke, University of Memphis (2024)

Board Liaison: Laura Alamillo, Sonoma State University (2025)

Taryn Brown, University of Florida (2026)
Tambra Jackson, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (2024)
Amanda Morales, University of Nebraska (2026)
Colleen Mulholland, University of Northern Iowa (2024)
Katherine Norris, Howard University (2025)
Jennifer Samson, Hunter College (2025)
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)

Judith R. Cruzado-Guerrero, Towson University (2026)
Novea Mcintosh, University of Dayton (2025)
Michael Putman, University of North Carolina – Charlotte (2025)
Shea Kerkhoff , University of Missouri Saint Louis (2026)
Lin Wu, Western Oregon University (2026)

Staff Liaisons: Brooke Evans and Weadé James

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, Alliant International University (2024)
Christine Gentry, New York University (2025)
Alan Sebel, Touro University (2026)
Desha Williams, West Chester University (2026)
Reginald Williams, South Carolina State University (2024)
James Wolfinger, St. John’s University (2025)

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: Gladis Kersaint, University of Connecticut (2024)

Charles Barnes, Rowan University (2025)
Daniel Gutierrez, Virginia Commonwealth University (2024)
Tiphanie Gonzalez, State University of New York, Oswego (2024)
Rhonda Porter, Albany State University (2024)

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

Chair: Lorrie Webb, Texas A&M University San Antonio (2025)

Board Liaison: Marcie Wycoff-Horn, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2025)

Laurie M Bobley, Touro University (2026)
Michael Kennedy, University of Virginia (2025)
Punya Mishra, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University (2026)
David Slykhuis, Valdosta State University (2024)
Guy Trainin, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2026)

Staff Liaison: Brooke Evans and Weade James

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: Jennifer Waddell, University of Missouri, Kansas City (2024)

Board Liaison: Loury Floyd, University of North Carolina – Pembroke (2026)

Teresa Banks, University of Memphis (2024)
Kelli Carney, Northeastern State University (2025)
Tori Colson, University of Southern Indiana (2026)
Molly Gerrish, University of Wisconsin – River Falls (2026)
Audrey Lensmire, Augsburg University (2026)
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

Co-chair: Rochonda Nenonene, University of Dayton (2024)
Co-chair: Sara Skretta, University of Nebraska Lincoln (2025)

Board Liaison: Loleta Sartin, Mercer University (2025)

Larry Daniel, University of Texas Permian Basin (2026)
Thomas Koballa, Mercer University (2025)
Jessica McLees, University of South Carolina Upstate (2025)
Clay Smith, East Carolina University (2025)

Staff Liaisons: Chris Martin

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: Nicolas Hartlep, Berea College (2024)

Board Liaison: Stacey Edmonson, Sam Houston State University (2024)

Anne Cash, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2026)
Conra Gist, University of Houston (2024)
Timothy Goodale, Elizabeth City State University (2026)
Olivia Modesto, Texas A&M University – Kingsville (2026)
Jim Van Overschelde, Texas State University (2025)
Shelbie Witte, Oklahoma State University (2025)

Staff Liaisons: Weade James