NCS job

JOB OPENING: Northpoint Christian School is looking for a technology integrator/technical network specialist. Northpoint is a private Christian school right across the Memphis line in Southaven, Ms. They are steadily using more technology in the classroom and are currently beginning a three year plan to become a 21st century/1:1 school. They are mainly PC but do have several Apple devices throughout the campus. Send all inquires and resumes to the Technology Director at

IDT Doctoral Candidate Joe Sweeney Named Mississippi Teacher Corps Director

Mississippi Teacher Corps veteran Joseph Sweeney has joined the University of Mississippi School of Education faculty as director of the highly selective teacher preparation program.


Sweeney, who took the helm of theTeacher Corps on March 16, is in the midst of preparing for the program’s 26th cohort of new recruits who will undergo hands-on teacher training during the program’s summer training school in Holly Springs in June and July.

“The Teacher Corps is a great program with great people,” said Sweeney, who also serves as an instructor in the Department of Teacher Education. “It’s almost surreal to be back here, but I feel very confident we will continue to offer a valuable service to the state of Mississippi. I feel like I’m home and this is my dream job.”

Established in 1989, the Teacher Corps, which receives its primary funding from the Mississippi Legislature, is an alternate route program that prepares college graduates to teach and succeed in secondary, critical-needs schools in the state. The program provides job placement with full benefits and salary upon finishing its summer training school.

Each year, the summer school calls upon Teacher Corps alumni and UM education faculty to expose the new cohort to skills and tactics they will need as teachers in the state’s most challenging middle and high school classrooms.

“Joe Sweeney was a rising star during his time in the program,” said Mississippi Teacher Corps co-founder Andy Mullins. “He was successful as a teacher and as a graduate student and showed skill and leadership abilities from the very beginning. When the opening occurred, we immediately thought that Joe would be an excellent choice.”

The Teacher Corps, which can accept up to 35 new recruits a year, requires teachers to complete graduate coursework at UM to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction over two years. Graduates also qualify to apply for an advanced teaching license from the Mississippi Department of Education. More than 600 teachers have come through the program.

Sweeney, a native of Traverse City, Michigan, joined the Teacher Corps in 2004 and served as an English teacher at East Side High School in Cleveland. He later served as the principal for the Teacher Corps’ summer school for three years and was an adjunct faculty member in the UM School of Education, continuing his connection to the program.

Before joining UM, Sweeney was an instructional designer and faculty development coordinator at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked with faculty members in health care professions to develop and/or redesign curricula to utilize online, face-to-face and hybrid models. Sweeney has also held teaching positions at H.W. Byers Attendance Center in Mt. Pleasant, Byhalia High School in Byhalia and WinBe English School in Mie, Japan.

This spring, Sweeney expects to complete a doctorate in instructional design and technology from the University of Memphis. He also holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UM and a bachelor’s degree in English education from Michigan State University.

“We will continue to build on the great foundation that Dr. Mullins and others have built over 26 years,” Sweeney said. “We will continue to recruit good people, support them in the classroom and solidify the Mississippi Teacher Corps’ long-term and positive role in this state.”

Courtesy Andrew Abernathy, Ole Miss News Desk

Ole Miss job

The University of Mississippi – Office of Online Design and eLearning is seeking applicants for a new professional position, Accessibility Specialist, who will be responsible for assisting faculty and staff with developing instructional media content in compliance with University policies pertaining to accessibility. They will provide support for real-time and post-production captioning services for academic curricula and will develop training materials and seminars to educate instructors on accessibility solutions. For more information or to submit an application, go to (

Anne M. Klingen
The University of Mississippi
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IDT Alum and Part-time Instructor Joey Weaver Earns CPLP Credential

Joey Weaver Earns the CPLP® Credential from the ATD Certification Institute

Memphis, TN April 10, 2015 – We are pleased to announce that Joey Weaver has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® credential from ATD CI (the Association for Talent nDevelopment Certification Institute), formerly ASTD CI. Earning the CPLP certification means Joey Weaver, CPLP possesses the knowledge and skills to be a top performer in the talent development field. Becoming a CPLP provides credibility by recognizing that an individual has an overall understanding of the ten Areas of Expertise for talent development as defined by the ATD Competency Model™, and can apply this knowledge in the workplace. In general, credentials benefit individuals by providing a roadmap for professional development, enhancing performance, and broadening career opportunities. To earn the CPLP certification, Joey acquired industry-related experience, successfully passed a knowledge examination, and submitted a work product that satisfied industry standards. “The CPLP certification process is rigorous and challenging. It produces candidates with a breadth and depth of knowledge that brings significant benefit to their employers, colleagues, and clients,” says Jennifer Naughton, ATD CI’s senior director of competencies and credentialing. “Employing CPLP credential
holders brings respect to an organization’s talent development function and helps to ensure successful learning programs and organizational impact,” she adds.

“As the association dedicated to the talent management profession, ATD is at the forefront providing information on the critical skills and abilities that practitioners must have to succeed in the field,” says Tony Bingham, president of ATD CI. “The CPLP credential was built to provide talent development professionals with a means by which to increase their knowledge, competence, and confidence while proving their worth to employers,” he notes.

More information about the CPLP program may be found at Additional questions should be directed to:

About ATD and the ATD Certification Institute
ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to talent development professionals. ATD started in 1944 when the organization held its first annual conference. To support members’ ongoing development in the field, ATD formed the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) to take the lead in setting professional industry standards and certifying talent development professionals.

ICL Doctoral courses in writing for the Fall

From: Mark W Conley (mwconley)
Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Doctoral courses in writing for the Fall
To: ICL List

Hello, everyone. I want to share information about two courses I am planning to teach in the Fall. These are courses I have developed and taught over the past several years and each focuses on writing at the graduate and professional levels. As the descriptions indicate, I am happy to assist students both individually or in the course itself. Many of my previous students have been international students as well as students seeking specific kinds of support for proposal writing. The courses are interdisciplinary in that students from across campus often participate. A number of my past students have published their ideas during the course. I would appreciate it if you would share this information with your students.

Mark Conley

ICL 8953 Writing for Academic Publication, Mondays 5:30

Fall Semester 2015, Dr. Mark Conley

This is an interdisciplinary course about learning how to succeed professionally with academic writing. Ongoing review of academic writing and engagement in academic writing and are central features of the course.

The course begins with a broad overview of academic writing and research. Within this broad view is the immediate issue of concern for many exiting students, how to position themselves within research communities through vita and cover letter writing. The course next shifts to understanding writing across the continuum of qualitative, descriptive and quantitative research and how to accept and provide critiques of writing. This involves writing book reviews, commentaries and reviews of studies. The course then moves from critiquing to promoting students’ own agendas through academic writing. This section includes writing practitioner and practice articles, conference, grant and book proposals and creating lines of research. Finally, the course includes teaching and service-oriented writing, such as course syllabi and programmatic kinds of writing.

Readings for the course and course assignments are tailored each semester to participating students’ interests and career trajectories. Many students have published their own manuscripts either during or following their experiences in the course. Individual instructor and peer feedback are included throughout the course.

While the formal meeting time for the course is set for Monday’s, I am also happy to meet individually with enrolled students each week in place of the course time, if you have conflicts that interfere with your attendance during the formal time.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course, please contact me. I would like to talk with you about the course and your interests. Dr. Mark Conley,

ICL 8994 Developing Proposals, Tuesday’s 5:30

Fall Semester 2015, Dr. Mark Conley

This is a course in one of the key skills in surviving in today’s world of higher education, crafting and sustaining arguments for proposals. In higher education, the skill of proposal writing is essential for dissertations, research development and grants. Successful proposals are characterized by compelling arguments that result in publication, successful funding or even social change. Proposal writing is a key to surviving or even thriving in a doctoral program. It can be make or break for tenure and promotion decisions in higher education or a successful career in business or the non-profit world. The course uses many of these real-world contexts – higher education, research, business and social change – as the meaningful contexts for successful proposal writing. The course will use live and online guest speakers to shed light on proposal writing in each of these contexts. The major project within the course will be for students to develop a proposal from beginning to end that meets with their interests and goals.

While the formal meeting time for the course is set for Tuesday’s, I am also happy to meet individually with enrolled students each week in place of the course time, if you have conflicts that interfere with your attendance during the formal time.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course, please contact me so that we can talk about the course and your interests. Dr. Mark Conley, (