Three professors receive research grants

Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce professors Dr. Madeline Justice, Dr. Vanessa Huse and Dr. Brent Donham were recently awarded grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for upcoming research projects.

Justice, A&M-Commerce head and professor of education leadership, claimed a sub award from the U.S. Department of Education through the Texas A&M University System for the "School Leadership Program." The award is a Leadership: Education and Develop (LEAD) grant, which is a result of a partnership between eight universities in the A&M System and 44 high-need school districts.

The program addresses the need for effective principals and assistant principals, and provides solutions that will streamline recruitment, selection, training, and the retention of school administrator candidates.

"Texas A&M University-Commerce has an exceptional track record for graduating extraordinary school leaders," Justice said. "We are please to collaborate with school districts and other system universities to continue making a positive difference in the lives of students. This grant provides us with an opportunity to partner with school districts to help educate the students in the state of Texas."

Donham, A&M-Commerce head and professor of industrial engineering and technology, received his grant for the "2010 Engineering Summer Program (ESP)," which is part of the Engineering Recruitment Program. The summer program provides the opportunity to place a greater emphasis on engineering careers through a variety of activities during camps (M2T2), including robotics, guest industry speakers and a tour of L-3 Communications in Greenville.

"Grants like the ESP, along with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives the department is involved with are needed to not only recruit students to A&M-Commerce's engineering program, but also to increase the number of engineers, which is a critical need locally, and at the state and national level."

Huse, a mathematics instructor, received the grant for "Measurement in the Middle Grades," a Teacher Quality Grant Program. The award will be used for teacher training for middle school mathematics in the Athens area.

"I have been conducting teacher training grants for the past 22 years, and ten of those at A&M-Commerce," Huse said. "The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board allowed us to request extra funding for more teachers in the summer of 2010. The additional funding this year will allow us to train more teachers."