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Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations MS

Alumni Spotlight header for Yvette Prinsloo Franklin.

Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

Franklin earned an MS with the Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations program in 2008 and went on to earn her PhD with the Learning Environments and Educational Studies program in 2012. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa she now lives in Lenoir City, TN. We asked her to reflect on past experiences with EPC and discuss where she’s at now. Read her responses below.

Yvette Prinsloo Franklin at graduation.

Current Occupation

Adjunct Faculty at two regional state universities:

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN – Lecturer for Learning Environments and Educational Studies Program
  • Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN – Instructor for Department of Educational Research and Foundations
Awards and Accomplishments Earned as a Student
  • Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education – A graduate certificate may be earned by successful completion of a series of specific courses. A candidate for a graduate certificate program must be a fully admitted graduate student who has satisfactorily completed the minimum requirements for a certificate as described in the Graduate Catalog. (2010, University of Tennessee)
  • Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni – Officially called the “Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni of Maryville College,” the recognition is for “any alumnus/alumna who has, within 15 year of his/her graduation of Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.” (2009, Maryville College)
Accomplishments since Graduating

For me, the greatest professional and personal accomplishment since receiving my MS and PhD from UT has been continuing to be active in my field in a diversified way while balancing a rich family life and community service commitment. I have been thrilled to publish and present and just as excited to share my passion for education with graduate students, young learners, and schools and parents seeking educational guidance.

Recent Publications/Presentations
  • Franklin, Y. P. (2014). Virtually (un)packing your backpack: Educational philosophy and pedagogical praxis, Educational Studies, 5(1), 65-86.
  • Franklin, Y. P. (2011). Journey into critical consciousness, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, 24(4), 46-49.
  • American Education Studies Association Conference 2015 (panel presentation, San Antonio, TX)
  • American Education Studies Association Conference 2013 (paper presentation, Baltimore, MD)
  • American Education Studies Association Conference 2011 (panel presentation, St. Louis, MO)
  • Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society Conference 2011 (paper presentation, Dayton, OH)
  • Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference 2010 (poster presentation, Cedarville, OH)
  • American Educational Research Association 2009 Conference (invited to present paper, San Diego, CA)
  • Mid-South Educational Research Association 2008 Conference (paper presentation, Knoxville, TN)
Personal Interests

I volunteer tutor a wonderful fourth grade boy 12-15 hours a week and do pro bono curriculum and professional development for a local private school. I also teach a class at my church one morning a week.

My greatest delight is my family – a busy doctor husband, three children, four chickens, and a golden retriever! We enjoy traveling, working hard, and serving together!

Yvette Prinsloo Franklin and young boy.

What sold you on this program?

What sold me on the graduate program in Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations was the synergy found between the disciplines of anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, as well as multiculturalism, ethnography, and other critical theories that helped me find a way forward as a teacher. As a South African, and then transplanted southern-American, educator faced with student achievement gaps, diverse populations I felt ill-equipped to engage, and social justice concerns, the program helped develop me professionally by connecting social foundations theory to my practice life.Β  Now I teach in Cultural Studies and Social Foundations of Education within higher education helping other teachers apply vital theory to their own practice life.

What do you think was the most rewarding/challenging about this program?

The most rewarding part of this program is the personal attention and mentoring I received from my advisor, professor Barbara Thayer-Bacon. She helped me adjust to life as a graduate student juggling a family. An excellent teacher, I enjoyed her classes immensely and the community spirit that was fostered. Additionally, I was encouraged and supported to publish and present and this meant a great deal coming from a woman who has published many books, been all over the world to present her work, and is a well-respected scholar in our field.

Is there anything else you would like to say as an alumna of this program/department?

Whenever I come back to campus – after wishing there was more parking πŸ˜‰ – I always feel like I am coming home as I walk the department hallways. This is a special place where educators, counselors, and researchers converge to share and grow. We alum are just basking in the reflected light of the scholars and educators gathered here to help us on our way. They are who deserve the real spotlight!

Yvette Prinsloo Franklin on shoreline.

Synthia Clark and Christine Tidwell after receiving EOD training certficiates.

Staff members Synthia Clark and Christine Tidwell attended the Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) Certificate Celebration on Monday, February 1st. Clark received certificates in Communication and Customer Service. Tidwell received a certificate in Customer Satisfaction.

Certificate Celebration_1“I love learning and I’m so thankful to be working in a department that values and supports employees who want to improve themselves.”

Clark has been employed at UT since 2013 and has worked with EPC since 2014. She serves as program secretary for six programs –Β  Adult Education, Applied Educational Psychology, Adult Learning, Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement, and School Psychology. She also works in the main office, has taken over as webmaster for the departmental website, runs the EPC Facebook page, and does some photography and marketing for the department.

Certificate Celebration“I’m just glad to work for a department and college whose leaders believe in continuing education opportunities.”

Tidwell has been employed at UT since 2003 and worked with EPC since 2007. During this time she has also earned certificates in Communication and UT Leaders: Lighting the Way – Part 1 Supervisory Certification.Β  Tidwell serves as departmental support for three programs – Cultural Studies of Educational Foundation, Instructional Technology, and Learning Environments and Educational Studies. She also serves as the department’s textbook and timetable coordinator and provides support for the curriculum review council coordinator.

EPC Facebook page.

Carrie Ann Bailey
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning

Nicholaus TJ Barajas
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Tiffany Paige Brooks
PhD in Counselor Education

Allison Enders Hunt Buck
PhD in School Psychology

Lauren Elizabeth Bussey
PhD in Counselor Education

Brittany Ann Carstens
PhD in School Psychology

Carly Ann Chwat
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Corey Alan DeHart
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Kevin Lee Fowler
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Linda K. Gehron
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Melanie Carol Hamilton
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Martha Lynn Henry
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Amy Carol Howell
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Caroline Marie Jacquett
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Chandra Ann Johnson
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Kayla Chelsea Knoll
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Debra Suzette Lee
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Susan Lynn Long
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Stephanie Leanne Moskal
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Judith S. Norton
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Niranji Anuradha Pathirage Dopa Pathirage
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Cynthia Noblin Perry
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Brittany Lynn Pollard
PhD in Counselor Education

Colin Christopher Quillivan
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Alessandra Joy Rhinehart
PhD in Counselor Education

Stracee Evette Robinson
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Hailey Keegan Sands
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Jessica Schilling
MS in Counseling – Rehabilitation Counseling

Janel Marie Seeley
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning

Sultana Aaliuah Shabazz
PhD in Education – Learning Environments & Educational Studies

Tiffany Leigh Shaw
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Lisa A. Shipley
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

Heather Anne Stewart
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Collaborative Learning

Kelly Michelle Strickland (posthumous)
MS in Education – Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

Mary Elizabeth Swiatek
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Kellee Renee Vess
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning

Lauren Ashley Wade Walsh
MS in Education – Instructional Technology

*If you are one of the graduates listed above and would like to have your photo added to our EPC Graduates Facebook album, then please email your picture to Synthia Clark sclark41@utk.edu.

**If you were an Educational Psychology and Counseling student who graduated during this time frame, yet have unintentionally been omitted from this list, please send your name, degree, and major/concentration to Synthia Clark sclark41@utk.edu. We will add you to the list after receiving this information from you and confirming your graduation status.

AESA Critics’ Choice Awards are decided annually by a committee who recognize and raise awareness of outstanding recent scholarship pertinent to the field and members of AESA.

Thayer-Bacon AESA Awardβ€œI’m very excited and proud to know my work was finally recognized in this way by my colleagues in my field of study.”

The books that earned the AESA Critics’ Choice Awards are:

Democracies Always in the Making: Historical and Current Philosophical Issues for Education by Barbara Thayer Bacon

Education Feminism: Classic and Contemporary Readings by Barbara Thayer-Bacon, Lynda Stone, and Katharine Sprecher

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Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations

Caitlin is currently seeking her MS in Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations. Originally from Maryville, Tennessee she received her BS in elementary education at Berry College and came to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2015. We asked her to reflect on some of her past and current experiences. Read her responses below.

Accomplishments

Adult English as a Second Language Teacher
University-Assisted Community Schools program at Pond Gap Elementary School

Once a week, I teach an adult ESL class to speakers of other languages in the community. Each week, students choose topics in grammar, vocabulary and life skills, and we spend the class learning and practicing those skills. We share stories, questions, language, and sometimes food!

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Current Occupation

English as a Second Language Teacher
Amherst Elementary and Pond Gap Elementary School in Knoxville, TN

I travel between my two schools each day to teach kindergarten through fifth grade English Language Learners. I work with students from all over the world, with proficiency levels ranging from nearly native speakers to newcomers that have just arrived in the US. Each of my students receives an hour of English instruction in reading, writing, listening and speaking in order to help them succeed in the mainstream classroom. I have a fantastic group of students who are eager to learn and grow despite the many obstacles they face in their lives. They are truly an inspiration!

Personal Interests

I believe one of the most exciting parts of my job is the possibility for travel! I have traveled to India and Costa Rica, and hope to travel and teach more during the summers. I also enjoy any kind of music and arts event, preferably outdoors. Camping, hiking, traveling, music and art are some of my favorite ways to find balance in work and school. I’m also learning that there are many talented musicians and artists to enjoy right here in Knoxville!

Future/Vocational Goals

While I am still unsure of my long-term vocational goals, I am particularly interested in social justice publications and organizations related to education. I am also open to the possibility of teaching and researching abroad.

What sold you on this program/university?

When I began researching possible programs, my interests aligned closely with the themes in the CSE program, and I was directed to Barbara Thayer-Bacon, professor, here at UT. She graciously met with me one evening to discuss the program. She explained that the broadness of the program would give me a chance to tailor my coursework to my passions and interests. She was also able to show me exactly what kind of classes I would be taking, and what I would need to be successful. I left feeling as if I had stepped into exactly the right place, and I believe I did!

What would you tell an incoming student who joins the program?

Your voice will be heard in this program! Students are encouraged to share ideas and learn from one another and the community. This program will also inspire you to “think outside the box” and apply your knowledge to the world outside of academia. Your ideas are valuable, and the Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations program is a wonderful place to share them.