Spotlight 7-26-2006

  • Tom Carpenter, associate director of the Graduate College, and Gail Westerlund, management analyst in the college, recently gave a presentation at the annual CollegeNET conference in Portland, Ore., on setting up and maintaining a merged online graduate application. The pair, quipped Carpenter, “intend to market the presentation as a holistic cure for insomnia.”


  • Mary I. Dereshiwsky and Gary L. Emanuel, associate professors of educational leadership, and Bill Wright, department chair of educational leadership, presented their paper, “Supporting Faculty Members at a Distance: A Formative Evaluation of Telementoring of Part-time Educational Leadership Faculty” at the fourth annual International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications in Orlando, Fla., last week.


  • Gary Martin, professor of educational leadership, will begin a five-year term as executive director of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, beginning Aug. 4.In this role, Martin will serve as a member of the National Policy Board of Educational Administration, along with the executive directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the University Council for Educational Administration and the National School Board Association.

    Martin was also recently appointed to serve on the Board of Reviewers for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


  • Five representatives from the Gateway Student Success Center—Tammy HarrisonKelley HornSriyanthie McCabe, Lela Montfort and Mikhael Star—will present “The Career and Academic Advisor: Evolving for 21st Century Needs,” at the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers conference in Seattle in December.The session will address the increased opportunities of delivering career counseling and career services created by the blended model of Career and Academic advising as it is offered at NAU’s Gateway Student Success Center.Participants will “walk away with possibilities for infrastructure reorganization, ideas for increasing student contact and traffic through the academic year and throughout a student’s academic career, the benefits of becoming part of the academic circle on campus, sample marketing materials and a new network with colleagues using new models,” said Eileen Mahoney, director of the center.