WCU ADVISORY COUNCIL TO TACKLE
STATE'S TEACHER SHORTAGE ISSUES
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo has formed the Chancellor's Advisory Council for Teacher Supply and Demand, a new initiative designed to assist Western North Carolina educational institutions in their efforts to address a statewide teacher shortage.
The advisory council is charged with providing recommendations to Bardo about issues related to the supply and demand of teachers and other professional educators in the state of North Carolina. The committee will meet regularly to develop ideas and strategies to help ensure that N.C. children have competent, qualified and caring teachers.
The committee will include representatives from Western, the public schools and WNC community colleges. It is will be chaired by Michael Dougherty, dean of Western's College of Education and Allied Professions.
“All of us need to do everything we can to make sure that the students in our schools are taught by highly qualified teachers,” Bardo said. “I see the Advisory Council as a group of knowledgeable experts in the area of teacher preparation. I will rely on their expertise to help guide Western's initiatives related to supplying qualified teachers for our schools and helping them remain in the classroom and be successful in the profession.”
Dougherty said he expects the council will examine a variety of local, regional and state issues related to teacher supply and demand.
“For example, one of our initiatives is to work with school systems in our region with a ‘Grow Your Own Teacher Program' in which Western and a school system work together to help community members receive preparation in teacher education and then return to their own communities to teach,” Dougherty said.
Members of the advisory council are Donna Peters, superintendent of Rutherford County Schools; Jeanette Hedrick, superintendent of Cherokee County Schools; Rodney Shotwell, superintendent of Macon County Schools; Roger Metcalf, director of the Western Regional Educational Support Alliance; Sue Nations, superintendent of Jackson County Schools, and Sharon Morrissey, vice president for instruction at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Western representatives on the council include College of Education faculty members Carol Burton, Dale Carpenter, Ben Coulter, Janice Holt, Ruth McCreary, Dave Strahan, Beth Tyson and David Westling; Dianne Lynch, assistant to the chancellor; Harold Williford of the mathematics faculty; and Phil Cauley and Lynn Milner of the Office of Admissions.
For more information on the advisory council, contact Michael Dougherty at (828) 227-7311.