Save the Date: Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) 60th Annual Conference

From Thursday, October 10, 2013 through Saturday, October 12, 2013, USF Sarasota-Manatee under the leadership of co-chair, Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, and the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE), will host the 60th Annual Conference of the SRATE.  This year’s theme is Teacher Effectiveness:  Brilliance in the Making and celebrates SRATE’s Diamond Anniversary.  The conference will be held in the Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus with hotel accomodations available at the Hilton Garden Inn next door to campus.  For more information, visit or or contact Dr. Byrd-Blake at (941)359-4534 or

Dr. Jody Lynn McBrien Receives Engaged Scholarship Research Award

Dr. McBrien was recently recognized for her outstanding research in the field of engaged scholarship by the Florida Campus Compact.  Over the past 3 years, McBrien has done research on the war-affected town of Lira, Uganda.  The people in this Northern Ugandan area suffered from over 20 years of war with the Josephy Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), forcing most residents into ill-equipped internally displaced people’s camps. “Research is critically important in higher education, both in serving the global community of scholars and policymakers and in serving our students,”  McBrien said.  “It is what separates teaching and learning in community colleges and state colleges from research universities.”