Vanderslice honored with Jane Morse Service Award by Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Cameron University’s Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences,  has been named as the 2009-2010 recipient of the Jane Morse Service Award by the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE). Vanderslice was unanimously selected to receive this award by a vote of the representatives of the 22 schools, colleges, and departments of Education in the state of Oklahoma.

Ronna Vanderslice“Cameron is fortunate to benefit from Dean Vanderslice’s leadership and commitment to teacher education,” says Dr. John McArthur, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We congratulate her on receiving this distinguished accolade from her peers.”

Dr. Vanderslice is a staunch advocate for high standards in teacher education and supports this belief by serving in many leadership roles both at the state and national level. She has lent her expertise in accreditation by serving as the chairperson of the Program Review Advisory Board for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Education as well as providing training for other institutions in the program review process. She serves as a national Board of Examiners member for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and from this experience has provided guidance to OACTE and the Commission for Teacher Preparation in the drafting of the state and NCATE partnership agreement as well as serving as a state accreditation team chair and trainer.

In addition, she reviews national programs for the Council for Exceptional Children and presents on special education issues nationally. Each summer she organizes and manages a summer camp program for children with exceptionalities in southwest Oklahoma.

Vanderslice joined the Cameron faculty as Project Director for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in June 2006. She was named Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences in July 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in reading education and a doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Tech University as well as a master’s degree as school counselor from East Central University. She also holds 18 Oklahoma teaching certificates.

In 2005, Vanderslice was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry as a board member for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She was appointed to the Teacher Competency Review Panel by the State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents Minority Teacher Recruitment Center Advisory Committee. Vanderslice was also nominated for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and 2006 and has been listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who of American Women.

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August 6, 2010

PR# 10-146