Turner recognized as leading expert in mathematics teacher education

Associate Professor Erin E. Turner was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award, one of just three such awards across campus each year. The award acknowledges outstanding mid-career faculty who are leading experts in their fields. One of the reasons Turner received the award was due to the transformative innovations she has advanced in mathematics teacher education with the support of major national grants and noted publications. The honor is accompanied by a $10,000 award to continue her work.


Longtime friend, supporter, and alumna Naomi Karp, who received an honorary degree from the college in 2010, was honored with the Leadership Award from the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children. For 20 years, she served in the U.S. Department of Education, 10 as director of the Early Childhood Research Office. Today, she leads a First Things First early childhood professional development grant at United Way of Tucson.

Cooper Receives Green Fund Award
Water Droplets on Leaf

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning got a boost when it was awarded $26,000 from the UA Green Fund. The award will be used to provide UA students with opportunities to participate in educational experiences in environmental learning both on the main campus and through community outreach at the center, which is located 20 minutes west of campus in the Tucson Mountains. Each year, the Green Fund awards up to $400,000 to support projects that make the UA a more sustainable place to live, work, and learn.

Celebrating Shirley Fisher
Shirley Fisher with Wilbur

Friends, family, and former students both near and far came to honor Director of Field Experiences Shirley J. Fisher for all she has done for the college, the community, and the more than 3,300 UA student teachers she placed in nearly 250 schools — via some 165,000 emails and 4,000+ school visits/meetings! (It would be hard to even begin to estimate the number of lives she touched as both a principal and teacher in Flowing Wells School District. Let's just say the number is, well, overflowing.) 

Prestigious Fellowship for our Faculty Three Years in a Row

Assistant Professor Sara Tolbert was selected as a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. This is the third consecutive year a UA College of Education faculty member has been chosen for this honor, which is among the most prestigious for early career educational researchers. The fellowship comes with a $70,000 grant to encourage fellows to pursue critical education research projects. The primary focus of Tolbert's research is to improve science learning opportunities for underserved students.

Fastest in the World!
Barry Roth

Associate Professor of Practice Barry Roth came in first place (age group 60-64) in the 800 freestyle, swimming the race in just a few seconds over 10 minutes. And, yes, that was the best time in the world in his age group! He also made the top 10 in 50, 100, and 400 freestyles. Where do the rankings come from? The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) compiles and ranks times from meets held all over the world. Roth also was quoted in the April issue of Swimming World Magazine.