School Department News

Tradition Campus

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 1:48pm
For the second consecutive year, the William Carey University School of Education has been awarded a $90,000 grant for teacher quality improvement under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The grant will fund a Teacher Leader Institute at the Tradition campus in Biloxi during June. Twenty teachers from partnering school districts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will attend the institute as students in the university’s educational leadership program. Funds from the grant will be used to pay a stipend to participants as well as their tuition for the institute.
The goal of the institute is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. The institute will provide opportunities for participants to analyze data specific to their core subjects and schools in order to improve their instructional practices to the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants will also prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools.
Title II grants, which are awarded in Mississippi by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, focus on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Twelve grants were awarded in the state this year.
In order to be considered for a grant, an institution had to partner with a local education agency, such as a school district, and submit a project adequately addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards by assisting teachers in adopting the new standards. Priority consideration was given to projects partnering with high-need agencies in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.
Carey hosted the first Teacher Leader Institute in June 2015 at the Hattiesburg campus. Eighteen teachers from the Forrest County, Covington County, Marion County, Wayne County, Lamar County, Petal and Hattiesburg school districts attended the inaugural institute.
For more information on the Teacher Leader Institute, contact Dr. Noal Cochran, assistant professor of education, at (228) 702-1841 or by email at
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:38pm
William Carey University will hold General Registration Day for the spring trimester at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi on Feb. 18.
Admissions, business and financial aid personnel will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Hattiesburg campus and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Tradition campus.
General Registration Day offers new students the opportunity to meet with admissions personnel and faculty advisors, visit key offices, register for classes and tour the university. The 10-week spring term begins on Feb. 22 and continues through May 4.
Prospective students who are unable to attend General Registration Day can contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor and a campus tour.
Students should apply online at before attending General Registration Day. Course schedules and other information is available online. For more information, contact the admissions office in Hattiesburg at (601) 318-6103 or at the Tradition campus at (228) 702-1775.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 9:35am
Seventeen works by William Carey University art students have been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, a contest held annually among both public and private universities and colleges throughout the state.
The works were selected by the competition’s juror, Richard Doubleday, an assistant professor of graphic design at Louisiana State University. Works selected for the competition will be on display from February 13 through March 18 at the Arts Center of Mississippi, which is located on East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson. Award winners will be announced during the opening reception at 2 p.m. on February 13.
Carey students selected for the competition include Donnia Adams of Hattiesburg; Nikki Ainsworth of Laurel; Zina Brown of Hattiesburg; Chance Cherry of Waynesboro; Sunny Couch of Biloxi; Anne Guille of Long Beach; Tina Mason of Gulfport; Kaitlyn McKee of Vancleave; Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi; Nykeshia Swaw of Biloxi; Rick Wilemon of Hattiesburg; and Destini Willis of Hattiesburg.
The selected works may be viewed online at
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:26am
Thirty-eight William Carey University students were inducted into the Mississippi Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society on January 14.
The inductees include Briana Bass of McComb; Mitchell Blair of Wellington, New Zealand; Allison Blair of Jay, Florida; Taylor Brewer of Gulfport; Sarah Bush of Ellisville; William Collins of Newton; Amber Cutrer of Picayune; Aubrey Daniels of Mobile, Alabama; Joshua Deaton of Seminary; Meghan Gagliano of Hattiesburg; Erica Gladrosich of Richton; Kaitlin Gipson of Hattiesburg; Sara Golson of Collins; Brittany Gunn of Lena; Alicia Harris of Sandy Hook; Rachel Hickman of Poplarville; Kaitlin Hyde of New Braunfels, Texas; Sara Jolley of Hattiesburg; April Jowers of Mobile; Prashant Karki of Itahari, Nepal; Mikaela Killingsworth of Hattiesburg; Benita Lang of Hattiesburg; Cara Larsen of Poplarville; Ryan Lewis of Mobile; Mary Hannah Lott of Hattiesburg; Ryan Lott of Pearl; Taylor Mason of Ocean Springs; Juliana Oswalt of Hattiesburg; Madison Peyton of Hattiesburg; Rachel Rayburn of Wiggins; Ashtyne Reid of Carson; Devin Sanford of Taylorsville; Joshree Shrestha of Kathmandu, Nepal; McKayla Strebeck of Seminary; Chamapuwa Tinago of Harare, Zimbabwe; Bethany Truhett of Meridian; Lydia Ulrich of Moss Point; and Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama.
Membership in the society is limited to no more than 10 percent of the junior, senior and graduate class members. Carey students must have at least a 3.70 grade point average on the 4.0 scale to qualify for membership.
The chapter’s 2015-2016 student officers are Joseph Goss of Picayune, president; Bethany Truhett of Meridian, vice president; and Sara Golson of Collins, secretary. Advisors are Dr. Read Diket, chair of the Department of Art; Dr. Randall Harris, professor of biomedical sciences; Dolores O’Mary, administrative assistant for language and literature; Dr. Everett Roark, director of the Master of Biomedical Sciences program; and Dr. Thomas Richardson, chair of the Department of Language and Literature.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:19am
William Carey University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a leader in Mississippi and in the United States in providing excellent online graduate education programs.
Carey is ranked number 25 on the 2016 Best Online Graduate Education Programs list, which was released on December 12 and ranks 267 institutions from across the country. Carey also tied with the University of Mississippi as the state’s top school in the rankings.
“The ranking is a great acknowledgement of Carey’s commitment to providing strong online programs in education both now and in the future,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education.
Programs are scored in five categories, including student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. Carey received a total score of 80 in the 2016 rankings. In the 2015 rankings, Carey received a score of 56 and placed number 142 on the list.
Dr. Barry Morris, associate professor of education, said the rankings jump can be attributed to a number of improvements in technology and to the education school’s growing cohort program.
More than 200 online students participate in 15 cohort programs spread throughout the state. The cohorts meet weekly and allow participating students to collaborate on assignments and learn from each other, he said.
“Our cohort program keeps our graduation rate high, which helps us to improve our ranking,” said Morris. “The cohorts give support to our online students and enable them to work with others to succeed in completing their programs.”
The education school, which had a record enrollment of 1,270 students in fall 2015, is already working on ways to improve its ranking in 2017. New online programs, cohort groups and delivery methods for course content are being planned, said Morris.
“We are looking to add three or four new online programs in the coming months, along with new cohort groups in the state,” he said. “We are also looking to expand our online delivery methods through live-streaming and video-streaming technologies.”
The school’s online graduate offerings currently include Master of Education degrees in the areas of elementary education, secondary education, and mild and moderate disabilities; the Specialist of Education degree in instructional leadership; and the Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership.
For more information on online graduate education programs at Carey, call (601) 318-6600 or visit