H&S Education Advisory Committee
The School of Humanities and Sciences' teacher education programs benefit from the relationships Ithaca College faculty and staff have long enjoyed with key collaborators in our local schools.
In March 2012, the School founded its first formal H&S Education Advisory Committee (EAC) comprised of local mentor teachers, principals, and IC alumni. Members of the EAC inform decisions made by our programs by offering timely advice, feedback on program strengths and weaknesses, and information about developments in local P-12 schools/districts. Members of the EAC were invited to participate based on their longstanding relationships with the College's teacher education programs and their wisdom of practice as identified by IC teacher education faculty. Most EAC members have served as mentor teachers to teacher candidates in the program or otherwise engage in our programs. The H&S EAC meets twice per year, once each semester of the academic year.
The teacher education faculty members in the School of H&S identified the mission of this collaborative committee as follows:
- to seek the input of school-based personnel on matters related to field placements and student teaching experiences, the content of professional coursework, and the structure of the H&S teacher education programs;
- to share information about what EAC members and IC faculty are noticing about the professional qualities and skills of teacher candidates and program graduates; and
- to engage in program improvement that benefits students and faculty in schools where H&S teacher candidates are placed and hired.
Members of the H&S EAC are invited to serve a two-year term.