HBCU Deans of Education Rethinking How to Make Teaching a Major Attraction - Higher Education: SAN FRANCISCO — One of Dr. Lillian Poats’ pet initiatives as dean of Texas Southern University’s College of Education is a book club in which students, faculty and staff read an agreed-upon book about urban education or minority school children and informally meet to discuss it.
“What’s great is that the book club has gotten us talking to each other instead of each of us going into our offices and closing our doors,” Poats said. “This has started a dialogue around our students and helps them better understand what it means to become a teacher working with minorities.”
Another successful TSU strategy in recent years, Poats said, has been group training in mobile technology for faculty who were not yet using smartphones and tablet computers. “Some faculty have grandchildren who could work phones and iPads, so we needed to get the faculty up to speed,” she said.