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WCE Professor Kathleen Roney Receives National Award

Monday, November 10, 2014

WCE Professor Kathleen Roney

Kathleen Roney, middle grades professor at the Watson College of Education, has been recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education award from the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NaPOMLE). The award was announced at the business meeting of NaPOMLE during the national conference for the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) Nov. 7 in Nashville.

This award recognizes outstanding practitioners in higher education who have made a significant impact and contribution to middle level education at the local, state and national levels.

Roney has over 30 years’ experience in teaching and administration at the elementary, middle grades, secondary and higher education levels. She joined the middle grades faculty at the Watson College of Education in 2003.

Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean of the Watson College of Education, said Roney is very deserving of the honor.

“Kathy has been in the Watson College for almost a dozen years and during that time she has dedicated herself to the preparation of outstanding teachers for young adolescent students. She has helped us to develop exceptional middle level education programs, both undergraduate and graduate, and at the same time she has contributed significant research and journal editing to the field,” he said. “To be honest, it comes as no surprise that she has been honored with this prestigious national award.  We are very fortunate to have her with us as a faculty colleague, teacher, mentor and scholar.”  

Kathy Fox, chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education at the Watson College, agreed.

“Dr. Kathleen Roney is known by her colleagues and students alike for being an extremely conscientious and purposeful professional,” Fox said. “One cannot know Dr. Roney without knowing she is a middle school advocate! Since coming to WCE, she has increased the visibility of middle school education as a specialty area, attracting students to the field with her strong message of ‘This is a special age of child that deserves special attention.’"

The National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NaPOMLE) was chartered in 1997 as an affiliate of the National Middle School Association, which was renamed the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) in 2011. AMLE is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15. NaPOMLE was established to provide a forum for middle level educators at the university level to share information and ideas, and to network with one another to the benefit of the middle grades movement.