UVM Hosts Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Conference.
- By Robert L. Biral
On October 5- 7, UVM hosted this year’s “convening” of CPED, a nationwide effort comprised of over 50 colleges and universities at strengthening the education doctorate, the Ed.D. For three days, the Davis Center’s Maple Ballroom was a buzz with activity as CPED members gathered from all over the USA, including Hawaii. Meetings, workshops, and panels filled the space, as CPED members undertook the work of building upon its ambitious agenda, which it started in 2007, when the project was first initiated.
On Wednesday, the 5th, Dean Fayneese Miller welcomed the group on behalf of the University, and the College of Education and Social Services. She praised the group for the excellent work of the project, reserving special praise Dr. David Imig, the Project Director, and Dr. Jill Perry, the Program Director, for the leadership and vision both have shown in guiding the member institutions in their efforts to redesign the Ed.D to make it stronger and more relevant in today’s highly competitive academic marketplace. She encouraged CPED to continue its good work as it enters Phrase II of its project, where it is now poised “to test, refine, and validate principles of the professional doctorate in education identified in Phase 1.”
“UVM has been a key player in the project since the beginning,” Dr. Imig said. “When we received the invitation to convene our meeting here at UVM, we immediately responded favorably. We have learned much from UVM’s program and program design, and looked forward to finding out more about its Ed.D.” And he added, “To enjoy the campus in the fall.” Dr. Imig went on to praise the College of Education and Social Services for the “exemplary job it has done moving forward on two fronts with both its newly minted PhD in Education and the Ed.D.”
Wednesday activities were highlighted by a video and panel of UVM doctoral students and local educators who presented on a model Professional Practice Doctoral program developed in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the large rural area in the northeast of the state adjoining the Canadian border. The program was designed to serve the critical needs of both teachers and students in that area, where resources are limited and travel time for teachers to come to Burlington to study made it impractical for most to do so. So UVM came to them, where a cohort of public school teachers, UVM faculty members, and students formed a network of work and study to create opportunities for access to UVM academic offerings and expertise not possible before.
Thursday evening saw CPED members and their CESS hosts enjoying a sumptuous dinner at the Burlington Country Club, all able to unwind a little from the day’s concentrated discussions to the relaxing sounds of a trio playing in the background.