College of Education
"We offer challenges and opportunities that will prepare you for a life of inquiry
and professional development that will enhance the quality of life for every citizen."
Dean Richard L. Hayes
Discover USA College of Education
The College of Education is one of nine colleges and schools of the University of South Alabama. Founded on February 1, 1967, the College has a total annual budget exceeding 14 million dollars and supports 85 different programs leading to six distinctive degrees. The College is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its educator preparation programs are accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education.
Realize Your Potential to Change the World
Our purpose is to prepare highly-qualified professionals who are committed to meeting the educational needs of our community, state, and nation in an international context that demands a literate citizenry equipped with the tools to be effective in the 21st century - critical thinking and problem-solving, entrepreneurship and economic literacy, interpersonal communication, multicultural competence and global awareness, teaming and collaboration, and proficiency in the use of information and technology to communicate effectively with others.
Welcome New Faculty at College of Education
Dr. Mitchell Woltring
Mitchell Woltring is a new professor in the HPELS Department with an expertise in sport management. He is from Wisconsin and received his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He received both his Master’s degree in Sport Management and his Ph.D. in Human Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Professionally he has spent time working for the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Middle Tennessee State University Baseball, the New York Mets Baseball Club, and has spent time coaching high school baseball in Wisconsin and Tennessee. He spent two years at Middle Tennessee State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant where he served as the lead instructor in courses such as Administration of High School and College Athletics, Sport Tourism, Youth Sport Programming and Administration, and The Sport Agent – a course he created. He lives in Mobile with his wife Sarah, who is a high school Spanish teacher, and their dog Lambeau. Mitchell and Sarah are both avid Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fans, with Mitchell’s family having season tickets to the Green Bay Packers.
Dr. Ronald Styron
Ronald A. Styron, Jr. is a new professor at the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education. Dr. Styron has served as K-20 instructor and administrator. He has served as principal investigator for $3,000,000 in grant awards from United States Naval Research Laboratory, United States Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Greater New Orleans Leadership Center. He has been recognized as a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Principal, St. Tammany Parish School Board Principal of the Year, Greater New Orleans Leadership Center Fellow, Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction, and Louisiana Department of Education Regional Principal of the Year. He has collaborated with leadership and academic scholars including Grant Wiggins, Tim Waters and Larry Michaelsen. He has published 43 refereed publications, conducted 73 professional presentations and presented 67 instructor and administrator training sessions. His research interests include leadership, technology applications, and innovative instructional practices. He has taught face-to-face, blended, and online courses including Administrative Approaches to Technology, Advanced Organizational Theory, Careers in Education, Consensus Building and Decision Making, Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship, Educational Resources Development and Management, Instructional Supervision, Principal as Manager of Resources, Public School Finance, Research in Educational Administration and Supervision, Seminar in Higher Education Program and Curriculum Development, Special Problems in Educational Administration, Writing Successful Grant Proposals and Theories in Educational Organization and Administration.
Megan O'Neill - Fulbright Distinguished Award Recipient
Jessica M. Harlan - Senior Evaluation Specialist in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation at the Johns
School of Medicine
Meet Our Faculty
Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
"I like to set an environment where we are exchanging information and ideas, we are working together; I learn from my students, they learn from me, and we learn from each other."
Dr. Peggy Delmas
Department of Professional Studies
"I believe we have to sort of tear down the walls of where we are and really go out and see what types of things we can do to help our community..."
Dr. Joe'l Lewis
Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Studies
"If you combine all of the things we have here..., it becomes a nice mix for students to actually see what they are learning in the classroom and experiencing it out there at sport and recreation events."
Meet our Summer 2014 Daniel Foundation of Alabama Scholarship recipients: