Dean of Irvin School of Education Receives Coveted Award
Dr. Pam Williford Helps to Set the Standards All Teachers Must Meet in Texas
Dr. Pam Williford has been an active member of the Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education for more than a decade.
The longtime member and dean of the Irvin School of Education at Hardin-Simmons University was recognized for her years of service during the annual conference in San Antonio with the TACTE Leadership Award.
The annual conference is sponsored by the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) of which Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE) is one of 19 organizations which are part of this large consortium.
TACTE is comprised of deans of schools of education in independent and state colleges and universities in Texas. The primary goal of TACTE is to promote quality teacher education.
The State Board for Educator Certification, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board work closely with TACTE to ensure teacher preparation entities are providing effective teachers for the children in our state. There are approximately 75 deans who are members of TACTE. TACTE is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
"It's a wonderful honor," Williford says referring to the award. "It truly is humbling to be voted for by my peers in this state organization to receive the award for leadership!"
Williford has been an active member of TACTE since 1998 and served as president of TACTE last year.
She recently testified before the State's House Committee on Education on behalf of TACTE, she regularly represents TACTE to the Texas Education Agency, and also served on the CSOTTE Board during the 2008-2009 school year.
Williford has worked on various sub-committees that deal with legislative concerns, teacher certification issues, and coordination of professional education efforts among other state level education organizations such as TEPSA, TASSP, and TACS.
Most recently, she assisted the Education Testing Service with the review of reading standards for the EC - 6 Generalist and later with standard-setting for the Texas Examination of Educators.
Williford is also a member of ED-ICUT, a state organization of deans of schools of education at independent colleges and universities and has served as treasurer for three years.