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Standing Committees

AACTE has seven standing committees, with charges and work that align with the strategic goals of the Association. The committees consist of a maximum of seven members, including a liaison from the Board of Directors, and each has at least one AACTE staff representative. Anyone employed at an AACTE member institution is eligible to serve a 3-year term as a committee member. For more information about the committees’ work, or if you are interested in serving on one, contact Sandy Monroe at

2020 Standing 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? Nominate yourself or a colleague by May 29 to serve on an AACTE standing committee.

AACTE is currently seeking applications from volunteers to serve on the following standing committees:

  • Global Diversity
  • Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Meetings and Professional Development
  • Membership Development and Capacity Building
  • Professional Preparation and Accountability
  • Research and Dissemination


All faculty, staff, and administrators from member institutions are eligible to serve on a standing committee. Candidates must not have served in the same capacity during the past 3 years.

Timing and Term Commitment

Committee appointments will be approved by the AACTE Board of Directors in early fall. Those appointed will serve a 3-year term beginning March 1, 2021, and will meet at least once face-to-face each year. Additional meetings may be held by conference call or online forums.

The call for nominations closes May 29, 2020.

Click here to start an application for a standing committee.

Standing Committees/Members

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: Michael Putman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2021)
Board Liaison: Reyes Quezada, University of San Diego (2020)
Lucrecia Tripp, Auburn University (2022)
Nilufer Guler, Avila University (2022)
Winifred Nweke, Clayton State University (2022)
Andrea Lewis, Spelman College (2021)
Karen Ramlackhan, University of South Florida (2022)
Maria Gross, Azusa Pacific University (2021)

Staff LiaisonsJacqueline Rodriguez and Caitlin Wilson

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: Trish Parrish, Lindsey Wilson College (2020)
Board Liaison: Mary Murray, Bowling Green State University (2020)
Raymond “Donny” Lee, Harding University (2021)
Allan Clarkson, Western Governors University (2021)
Larry Daniel, University Texas Permian Basin (2022)
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Staff LiaisonDeborah Koolbeck

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: Lara Luetkehans, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2020)
Board Liaison: Dale Elizabeth Pehrsson, Clarion University of Pennsylvania (2022)
Jon Clausen, Ball State University (2021)
Toni Stokes Jones, Eastern Michigan University (2021)
Liz Kolb, University of Michigan (2022)
Guy Trainin, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2020)
David Slykhuis, University of Northern Colorado (2022)

Staff LiaisonCaitlin Wilson

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: Kimberly White-Smith, University of LaVerne (2020)
Board Liaison: Patricia Alvarez-McHatton, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (2022)
Sheila Moore,University of Central Florida (2020)
Rene Roselle, Sacred Heart University (2021)
Raymond Francis, Central Michigan University (2020)
James Jackson, Howard University (2022)
Bonnie Beach, University of Southern Indiana (2022)

Staff Liaisons: Linda Minor and Matt Wales

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)
Shandra M. Claiborne-Payton, Virginia State University (2022)
Teresa Clark, Murray State University (2020)
Kim Tobey, NACCTEP (2022)
Jennifer Kampmann, South Dakota State University (2020)
Brenda Strassfeld, Touro College (2021)
Carolyn Hopp, University of Central Florida (2020)
Margaret Grogan, Chapman University (2022)

Staff LiaisonsMeghan Grenda and Gloriatine Jones

Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability

Charge: The Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability is charged with providing leadership in the development of professional consensus on standards, assessment, and practice in educator preparation. The Committee advocates for evidence-based accreditation, licensure, certification, and program approval to strengthen both preservice preparation and the greater profession of education. This work includes –

  • Overseeing the design and implementation of technical assistance related to professional standards and practice
  • Supporting initiatives that strengthen linkages among the professional standards for educators, professional educator preparation programs, and student learning
  • Advising AACTE on other issues pertaining to professional preparation and accountability

Chair: Joseph Lubig, Northern Michigan University (2020)
Board Liaison: Jacob Easley II, Touro College (2022)
Christine Gorowara, University of Delaware (2022)
Etta Hollins, University of Missouri, Kansas City (2021)
Maria Roberts, University of Nevada (2022)
Bernard Oliver, Valdosta State University (2022)
Lena Walton, Alabama A&M University (2020)

Staff LiaisonCaitlin Wilson

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: Todd Goodson, Kansas State University (2020)
Board Liaison: Stephanie Knight, Southern Methodist University (2022)
Janeula Burt, Bowie State University (2022)
Nai-Cheng Kuo, Augusta University (2020)
Anita Welch, Ball State University (2021)
Brian Barber, Kent State University (2022)
Kabba Colley, William Paterson University (2020)

Staff Liaisons: Jacqueline Rodriguez