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July 11th, 2011 Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Professor delivers keynote address at Nordic research conference

Professor Nancy Nelson, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, delivered the keynote address that opened the 2011 Nordic Research Conference on Reading and Writing in Stavanger, Norway. Her address, titled “The Reading-Writing Nexus: Research Directions,” was presented on May 30 to conferees, who included educators and researchers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The Norwegian hosts were the University of Stavanger, the National Centre for Reading Education and Research and the National Centre for Writing Education and Research. During the three-day conference, which included symposia and papers in four languages, Nelson also conducted a workshop for doctoral students and experienced researchers on “Text Analysis in Reading and Writing Research.”

Alumni elected President-elect of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology

Dr. Richard E. Watts, distinguished professor and director for Sam Houston State University’s Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counseling Education, was recently elected President-elect of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). A doctoral graduate of UNT’s Counselor Education Program (1994), Watts has published three books and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters specifically on Adlerian psychological theory and counseling practice. In addition, he has been invited to teach Adlerian theory and practice in Turkey (2005), Romania (2010) and Switzerland (2011).

The purpose of NASAP is to promote the knowledge, training, and teaching of the core concepts of Adlerian Psychology by:

   • Encouraging research and scientific inquiry in the application of Adlerian Psychology.

   • Expanding the availability of counseling, psychotherapy, parent education and family
     enrichment programs based on Adlerian Psychology.

   • Publishing journals, books and other materials which promote Adlerian Psychology.

   • Developing a network of local and regional organizations across Canada and the United
     States who are affiliated with the Society.

   • Developing and supporting training centers, institutes and other educational opportunities.

   • Networking with other groups, associations, and schools of thought in the field of psychology
     and education.

Adlerian concepts are used creatively today  in education, community programs, business and the arts, as well as in psychology and other mental health programs. For more information about NASAP, go to the following link:

College of Information

Learning Technologies

Alumni from the applied technologies & performance improvement and computer education & cognitive systems – we want to hear from you! Keep in touch with us on Our page also includes quick links to all of our social networks! Contact if you have any questions, or just so say hello!

Library and Information Sciences

The Department of Library and Information Sciences participates each year in the Library Journal Placement Survey. The survey provides information on the placement of master’s graduates in positions following the completion of their degree program.

The results of this annual survey are published in the late fall issue of Library Journal. Results provide national data on placements, salaries, and types of positions, programs, employers, and schools of library and information studies.

The heart of the survey is the form for responses from graduates. Your can find the  web-based forms at The password for student access is LISgrads. It is case sensitive. 
All information is treated confidentially and anonymously. Only aggregate data is published. We have no interest in identifying individuals. For previous reports, click here . The deadline for survey participation is August 12, 2011.

The College of Information appreciates your participation in this crucial industry survey. Feel free to contact us with any questions or to just say hello to your alma mater.

Mayborn School of Journalism

A New Generation

In an era where pundits bemoan the death of journalism and the impossibility of being published, three Mayborn Conference alumni are out to prove them wrong. Brantley Hargrove, Paul Knight and Mike Mooney are living inside their own stories, showing what can be accomplished through determination, hard work, and a little Mayborn magic. Not only are all three veterans of the conference, but they are UNT Mayborn School of Journalism graduates and members of the very first Archer City Writers Workshop.

Brantley Hargrove, one of 2010’s Ten Spurs winners, took the concept of Archer City further than most. He decided to abandon journalism and work as a ranch hand. Eventually, he returned to his first love and became a reporter in Wyoming. Later, he worked for the Village Voice Media newspapers New Times in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Nashville Scene. He has recently accepted a position with the Dallas Observer, part of Village Voice Media.

Paul Knight is joining the staff of Texas Monthly. After graduating from UNT, where he spent two years as the editor-in-chief of the North Texas Daily, Paul was burned out and turned his back on journalism. Attending the first Archer City Writers Workshop changed his mind. He became so enthused that he helped George Getschow set up the first Mayborn Conference. Now, he’s back in Texas, living inside the continuing story.

Mike Mooney is one of this year’s conference speakers, an honor bestowed upon him because he can write, and write well. He certainly knows how to live inside the story, engaging in a form of immersion journalism that seems hair-raising. He began at The Dallas Morning News before moving to the Ft. Lauderdale New Times. Like his colleagues, Mike is also returning to Texas, where he will become the first ever staff writer for D Magazine.

School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management

Stephanie Wild Gieselman, a 2010 graduate of UNT’s master’s program in merchandising and director of merchandising for JuJuBelle, delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Fashion Group International (FGI) Career Day. This annual educational outreach program is designed to connect students with opportunities in the lifestyle industries of fashion, beauty, home and retailing. More than 1,200 students attended the event, which featured industry leaders such as Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, VOGUE, American Intercontinental University and Calvin Klein.

Gieselman’s presentation, accompanied by a fashion show and resource fair, highlighted the meteoric success of the direct-selling jewelry company which is headquartered in Denton, Texas. Jessica Kemp, founder, co-owner, and 2006 graduate of UNT’s home furnishings merchandising program, is the visionary behind the product concept of interchangeable fashion jewelry, offering unlimited ways to create new and exciting looks for customers.

In less than 10 months, the company has grown from 20 recruits to 104 independent consultants in 12 states. Joined by two business partners, Maureen Morphew and Brenda Wells, Kemp inspires passion in all of her consultants. “We empower women to define their freedom through their ability to customize products,” says Kemp.

Beyond good design, JuJuBelle’s success is grounded in sound merchandising principles. Gieselman brings to the mix more than 10 years of retail experience holding buying/product development positions with Michaels, Sally Beauty and Wisteria.  Her current responsibilities with JuJuBelle include inventory control and planning, sourcing and product development, and talent management. 

Gieselman is motivated by JuJuBelle’s innovative and challenging business model. “I am continually inspired by the product concept and the unlimited opportunities for professional advancement,” says Gieselman. “We have a wonderful message and opportunity for students who want to chart their own future.” For these two UNT graduates, there is one simple mantra for success; Get Your JuJu On!

Toulouse Graduate School

Toulouse Graduate School hosts Summer Research Seminar

The Toulouse Graduate School hosted a week-long Summer Research Seminar in June for 22 advanced undergraduates interested in research and attending graduate school. The participants, including Texas and area states current McNair scholars, attended lectures by UNT faculty on the importance of research, research methods and ethics in research and other topics, and visited with faculty in their research areas.  Cultural activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area added to the event introducing some to their very first art exhibit and major league baseball game.

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