2016-2017 Samford University Catalog 
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2016-2017 Samford University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education

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Jean Ann Box, Dean, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Diana Cheshire, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Jo Beth Newton, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
H. Elizabeth (Betsy) Rogers, Chair, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
J. Maurice Persall, Chair, Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor, Educational Leadership
Kristie B. Chandler, Chair, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Life Education
Karen J. Birkenfeld, Chair, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Leslie Sturdivant Ennis, Graduate Director of Admissions, Professor


The mission of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education is to guide, develop, and challenge students, academically, professionally, personally, and spiritually to prepare leaders who will positively influence and shape society. The School strives to provide the highest quality Christian education led by a dedicated faculty and staff committed to student success.


The vision of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education is to be known as one of the leading institutions for intellectual and spiritual development through teaching, scholarship, and service that will positively impact local, national, and global communities.


The Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education seeks to demonstrate the following values:

Faith - We demonstrate Christian faith in our daily lives.
Respect - We treat all with respect and fairness.
Honesty - We promote honesty and integrity.
Service - We commit ourselves and our talents to serve God and humankind through generosity of spirit and caring.
Collegiality - We collaborate with one another to maximize knowledge, skills, and experiences.
Scholarship - We promote intellectual rigor, reflection, and thorough preparation.
Learning - We confirm that learning is a life-long commitment.
Distinctiveness - We affirm Samford’s commitment to quality education and to distinctive practices and programs.

Strategic Principles

  1. We will ensure a culture of excellence.
  2. We will obtain the funding necessary for teaching, scholarship, and service to accomplish our mission.
  3. We will offer innovative programs and practices that enhance the educational experience, promote creativity, and prepare students for graduate study and careers.
  4. We will support faculty and staff with professional development to assure current and best practices.
  5. We will provide resources, such as time, technology, materials, and facilities, to optimize the learning environment.
  6. We will promote greater awareness of the accomplishments of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.
  7. We will evaluate programs and practice through assessment and evidence of excellence.
  8. We will fulfill our professional responsibilities in a manner consistent with our Christian faith.



Departments and Program Offerings


Curriculum and Instruction

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Educational Leadership

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Human Development and Family Life Education

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Teacher Education

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