Mark Joyce accepts position as Adams State Teacher Education Chair


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Building leadership and designing programs are two of the strengths Dr. Mark Joyce brings to his position as the Adams State College Teacher Education Department Chair.

"My first priority is to begin to build a cadre of leaders for each program emphasis," Joyce said. "Throughout my career, I have designed and built accredited teacher education programs and equipped faculty leaders and teams to deliver them."

His previous experience includes professor of education, director of post baccalaureate licensure, coordinator of elementary education, director of teacher education, registrar, interim president, interim dean of academic planning and evaluation; and teacher/principal in self-contained, departmentalized, multiage and non-graded K-8 schools. "I have been a faculty member and responsible for various levels of administration in six institutions, including Adams State," Joyce said

Provost Michael Mumper said Joyce is a wonderful addition to the campus. "Mark Joyce brings the experience, energy, and temperament to be an outstanding department chair. We all look forward to working with him to further strengthen our Teacher Education Department."

Joyce received his doctorate in education in elementary education from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.; his master's in education in school administration and Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

"I encourage students who want to become teachers to think larger, to think what it is to become a professional educator," Joyce said. "Education is a licensed profession. Profession educators are licensed to design, deliver and assess the effectiveness of instruction designed to close the gap between a learner's current level of performance and a specified target performance. They need to stay focused on that work as part of a larger professional team."

Joyce said he likes to look at out-of-field for inspiration and bring back and adapt to use in teacher education. He spent a year sabbatical studying the best training practices in business, industry and the military. "I was interested in finding practices that could be adapted to the design of intensive (12 month) post baccalaureate licensure programs. Historically, teacher education programs have been strung out across five or six semesters and two fallow summers. That flies in the face of everything we know about building competence and expertise and transferring and applying learning to field based practice."

He said his current and longstanding teacher education interests include the use of threaded discussions to support the transfer and application of learning into field base practice; the importance of visual literacy - the ability to visually represent and comprehend visually represented information and ideas; and the power of the arts to teach."

Joyce has experience in designing online forums to support the transfer and application of learning, mind-mapping for schema building, learning object design, assessment system design, and instructional design.

"Well-designed curriculum or programs, deliver a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts," Joyce said.

Joyce and his wife, Glennda, have three adult, married children. He enjoys working in clay, wood, wire, and paper, out-of-field reading, design thinking and playing in a brass brass choir, when possible.

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By Linda Relyea