Department of Educational Leadership September 30th, 2019 - Volume 35 Issue 1 - Fall 2019

New Faculty and Chair, Christie Magoulias

This fall, UIS welcomed Dr. Christie Magoulias to the department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Magoulias entered UIS as a tenured Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and was elected Chair of the Educational Leadership department in September. Dr. Magoulias spent the past 12 years at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois where she was the Director of the School of Education and Associate Professor of Education.

Dr. Magoulias earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Millikin, a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her research interests include leader influence on school culture, trauma‐informed care, Resiliency Theory, children’s experiences represented in literature, the teacher shortage and recruitment of male teachers, and assessment.

Dr. Magoulias states that she is excited to be part of the Educational Leadership department at UIS in part because of its stellar reputation. “UIS is known for the caliber of its Educational Leadership alums who are serving as leaders of schools and districts across the state. I am thrilled to be part of this team and leading EDL forward for the many years to come.”

She says that her undergraduate students gave her a nickname about a decade ago that ‘stuck’ – Dr. Mags. “The nickname started while I was teaching a study abroad course and we were traveling through China for over two weeks together. You become very close in that kind of travel course and soon they started calling me Dr. Mags. It stuck, and I love it. It always makes me smile.”

Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family which includes 3 active sons! Between soccer, swimming, cross country, track, and more soccer, they like taking spontaneous no-reservations-no-plans road trips that lead to great adventures across the country.

"Obstruction, Reflection, Transition"

Three new sculptures on campus by California-based artist Lisa Williamson.

New Faculty, Kerry Cox

Dr. Kerry Cox may be a familiar name to our current students and alumni. Dr. Cox has been an adjunct in Educational Leadership since fall 2017 and accepted the position of Clinical Assistant Professor and joined the department full-time. Dr. Cox retired as Superintendent at Carrollton School District in May 2019. Dr. Cox holds a doctorate in education from Illinois State University. Her research interests include gifted education, school leadership and PH-12 Educational Policy. Outside of work, she enjoys fitness and exercise, gardening, and fishing.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Karen Swan Stukel Distinguished Professor

Swan, K. (2019). Social construction of knowledge and the community of inquiry framework. In I. Jung (Ed.), Open and distance education theory revisited: Implications for the Digital Era. Singapore: Springer, 57-65.

Swan, K., Bloemer, W., Bogle, L., Day, S. & Newman, L. (August, 2019). Using gap analysis to identify courses impeding student progress. Madison, WI: Distance Teaching and Learning Conference.

Swan, K., Bloemer, W., Day, S., & Bogle, L. (April, 2019). Using predictive analytics to support student success at the course level. Toronto, Ontario, CA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

Swan, K. (March, 2019). Social presence in online learning. Syracuse, NY: Open SUNY Summit.

Swan, K., Bloemer, W., Day, S., & Bogle, L. (February, 2019). Gap analysis: Smart strategies for identifying courses impeding student success. Anaheim, CA: Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting.

Swan, K., Bloemer, W., Bogle, L., Day, S. (April, 2019) Digging deeper into the data: The role of gateway courses in online student retention. Paper presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto.

Licensure Requirement Change

Passed Wedneseday, August 7th, 2019

Public Act 101-0220 eliminates the requirement of a test of basic skills for teacher candidates to receive a Professional Educator License. Public Act 101-0220 takes additional steps to address the statewide teacher shortage through clarification that student teachers may be paid and stating teachers in Evidence-Based Funding Tier 1 districts are to be reimbursed for edTPA test fees, subject to appropriation.

Student Reminders

  • Approval Request forms for EDL526: Principal Internship I & EDL531: Capstone I need to be turned into Jennifer May in BRK 377 by the end of the semester. Forms can be found on the EDL Website under forms or in the box by the EDL Office (BRK 377).
  • Spring 2020 Registration is starting soon! Check with your advisor so you will be ready to register when your time comes. If you have any questions about registration, contact the Office of Records and Registration at 217/206-6174 or by email at registrar@uis.edu
  • Student Immunization Reminder! Immunization records must be submitted and in compliance by the 10th day of classes in the fall/spring semesters to avoid the late processing fee of $35. Without the proper documentation you will not be able to register for classes. If you have any questions, the Health Services Office can be reached at 217/206-6676.

Scholarship Information

FAFSA for academic year 2019-2020 is now open! - Our Federal School Code is 009333.

Financial Aid: A Guide to Financial Aid

Financial Aid Eligible Certificates: Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Endorsement; Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language; Graduate Certificate in Legal Aspects of Education; School Superintendent Endorsement;

Scholarships & Institutional Financial Aid

UIS Institutional Scholarships: Database Search

Educational Leadership: John E. Erickson Memorial Scholarship

Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver: Click here

Please feel free to contact Financial Assistance, if you have any questions: 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu

Graduation & Testing Information

Fall 2019 Graduating Students

Graduates who wish to indicate their intent to graduate must submit an online Graduation Application via Student Self-Service (https://apps.uillinois.edu/ - “Graduation” tab) by:

  • Fall 2019 Graduates - October 7, 2019

Instructions regarding the Graduation Application can be found online at http://www.uis.edu/registration/forms/. Students should contact the Office of Records and Registration for any additional information. (217–206–7730 or registrar@uis.edu)

EDL students with questions can also contact the EDL Office at 217/206-6306 or by email: edl@uis.edu

MAE students with questions can also contact the MAE Office at 217/206-7516 or by email: masterinedu@uis.edu

Degree Audits: It is recommended that all students review their degree audits before they graduate. The online Degree Audit System can be accessed by visiting www.uis.edu/registration and clicking on Enter Degree Audit System.

Registration for the Principal Exams

Click on the following link: www.icts.nesinc.com

Department Information

Faculty & Staff

Christie Magoulias, EdD: EDL Chair and Professor

Len Bogle, EdD: EDL/MTL Associate Professor

William Phillips, EdD: EDL Associate Professor

Karen Swan, EdD: EDL/MTL Distinguished Stukel Professor

Kerry Cox, EdD: Clinical Assistant Professor

Vickie Cook, PhD: Research Professor, EDL and Executive Director for Online, Professional and Engaged Learning.

Brian Schwartz, JD: Adjunct Professor

Hattie Llewellyn: Adjunct Professor

Laurie McWard: Principal Internship Supervisor

Maureen Talbert, EdS: Principal Internship Supervisor

Ryan Williams: MAE Coordinator

Jennifer May: Office Support Specialist

Drew Van Weelden: Graduate Assistant

Dayle Rebelsky: Graduate Assistant

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Calendar

Fall 2019

  • August 26, 2019, Monday – Full-Term and First-Half Classes Begin
  • September 2, 2019, Monday – Labor Day, Campus Closed
  • October 18, 2019, Friday – Fall Break
  • October 19, 2019, Saturday – Mid-Point
  • November 4, 2019, Monday – Beginning of 11th week; no prorated cancellations
  • November 15, 2019, Friday – Spring Cancellation Deadline
  • November 28-29, 2019, Thursday-Friday – Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 9-14, 2019, Monday-Saturday – Finals Week
  • December 14, 2019, Saturday – Semester Ends

Spring 2020

  • January 13, 2020, Monday – Full-Term and First-Half Classes Begin
  • January 20, 2020, Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Campus Closed
  • March 7, 2020, Saturday – Mid-Point
  • March 8-14, 2020, Monday-Friday – Spring Recess
  • May 2, 2020, Saturday – Last Day of Classes
  • May 4-9, 2020, Monday-Saturday – Finals Week
  • May 9, 2020, Saturday – Semester Ends/Commencement

Educational Leadership Department

University of Illinois Springfield

  • Address: One University Plaza, MS BRK 377, Springfield, IL 62703
  • Phone: (217)206-6306
  • Fax: (217)206-6494
  • Website: www.uis.edu/edl/

Master of Arts in Education Program

University of Illinois Springfield

  • Address: One University Plaza, MS BRK 377, Springfield, IL 62703
  • Phone: (217)206-7516
  • Website: www.uis.edu/mae/

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