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Our faculty members prepare competent, successful, caring and enthusiastic professionals from diverse backgrounds. We're dedicated to responsible service, leadership, social justice and continued professional and intellectual development in an interconnected global society.
At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom.
Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
Alumna works to broaden students' experiences while preserving their Yup'ik culture
In August 2020, Hermelinda "Hennii" Céspedes '17 & '21 and her two children, ages 7 and 2, boarded a flight to Anchorage, Alaska, from Houston for the teaching opportunity of a lifetime.
"I always felt a calling to Alaska," Céspedes said.
Dr. Straub Lands Parks and Wildlife Grant
Dr. Sarah Straub, associate professor of education studies, was awarded a $58,000 grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that will fund a science academy for up to 100 girls in the Nacogdoches Independent School District. The grant is for the establishment of the East Texas Adventure Girls Environmental Science Academy. Meant for students at McMichael Middle School, the academy will feature two excursions in the fall and two in the spring. The academy concludes with the creation of a native plant garden in Nacogdoches.
Dr. Sarah Straub
Spreading the word on literacy enrichment
Dr. Lydia Richardson presented at the 63rd Texas Speech and Hearing Association convention in Fort Worth. Her presentation addressed the benefits of literacy enrichment for pre-K students.
Dr. Lydia Richardson
Helping students learn and teach math
Dr. Mark Montgomery has combined versatile passions into a career filled with educational enthusiasm. His work to create a positive space for SFA students to learn both mathematics and effective ways to teach the subject to elementary and middle-level students earned him a 2019 Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Mark Montgomery, 2019 Teaching Excellence Award recipient
Dr. Killam elected to national council
Dr. Wendy Killam, professor in counseling, was elected to serve as a member of the American Counseling Association Governing Council as the representative of the Association for Adult Development and Aging.
Dr. Wendy Killam
Launching a nonprofit to serve girls in Kenya
Dr. Flόra Faragό founded an organization to help girls thousands of miles away in Kenya. Faragό and her colleagues launched the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Friends of the Girl Child Network. This organization provides resources to the GCN in Kenya to support and expand its operations and work on issues of gender justice.
Dr. Flόra Faragό
Exploring integrative and functional medicine
Gabriella Deleski earned a Master of Science in human sciences with a dietetics focus from SFA. Now a registered dietitian at Vitality Weight Loss and Wellness Institute in Plano, Deleski uses the integrative and functional medicine principles she learned during her dietetic internship at SFA when helping her clients prevent and treat obesity. “My education in integrative nutrition from SFA allows me to treat my patients holistically and provide them with care that is uniquely suited for them.” Learn more about Gabriella's work.
Dr. Olson Beal Selected as Congressional Fellow
Dr. Heather Olson Beal, professor of education studies, was selected by the American Educational Research Association to serve as a congressional fellow. Olson Beal headed to Washington to work alongside staff for either a congressional office or committee, where she’ll serve as an expert in education. The yearlong appointment, buoyed by an $80,000 stipend, started Sept. 1. Olson Beal will teach her SFA courses remotely during her Washington tenure.
Dr. Heather Olson Beal
School of Human Sciences alumnus receives design award
Sherine Sebastian, a graduate of SFA's School of Human Science's interior design program, and her team at Joanie Wyll and Associates Inc. received second place in the Design Ovation Awards, awarded by the American Society of Interior Designers' Dallas chapter.
During her time at SFA, Sebastian interned at SFA’s Design Center and was involved with the redesign of the School of Honors along with some other projects on campus.
American Foundation for the Blind honors SFA’s Dr. Shannon Darst
A career’s worth of experience teaching the blind and visually impaired – and preparing other teachers to do the same – was recognized at a national level for Dr. Shannon Darst, assistant professor of education studies.
Darst, along with two cocreators, received the Corinne Kirchner Research Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for a learning tool called the Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas, or VISSIT, which identifies the level of instruction a blind student needs in order to succeed.
Dr. Shannon Darst
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