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North Central College education faculty earn award for top paper

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North Central College education faculty earn award for top paper

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Oct. 8, 2010—North Central College associate professors of education Maureen Kincaid, Nancy Keiser and Kristine Servais were recognized at the American Institute of Higher Education’s 5th International Conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 29-Oct. 1, for presenting the conference’s top paper.

Their award-winning paper will be published in the American Journal of Educational Studies. The paper titled “Using a Collaborative Leadership Model in a Teacher Education Program” addresses the advantages of collaborative rather than traditional leadership in teacher education programs and higher education.

Their paper is dedicated to the memory of Lora Tyson, associate professor of education, who was instrumental in the movement to a collaborative leadership model. It was selected from a two-person blind review for a journal that accepts just 25 to 30 percent of papers submitted. The North Central faculty were recognized and presented with a plaque at a reception Sept. 30 at the conference.

Tyson, 58, of Naperville, a former chair of the education department at North Central College, died in 2008 after battling cancer.

Kincaid and Servais reside in Aurora, Ill., and Keiser resides in DeKalb, Ill.

North Central College offers undergraduate degrees in elementary education, secondary education, reading and English language learning, as well as art education, music education, health education and physical education. The College offers a master of arts degree in education, with emphasis in curriculum and instruction or educational leadership and administration.

North Central’s rigorous education program exceeds state requirements by requiring 150 hours of classroom field study at all levels while the state requires just 100 hours. North Central’s department of education is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, which uses National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards to assess the programs offered at North Central College.