Huntington, Ind.— Dr. Terrell Peace, chair of the Department of Education at Huntington College, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Teacher Educators. He will assume his leadership duties with the national professional organization in February 2001.
Dr. Terrell Peace serves as director of teacher education at the four-year, Christian, liberal arts college. Before joining the Huntington College faculty in 1998, Dr. Peace taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he was an associate professor of education and chaired the Foundations of Education Department. In addition to university teaching, he has taught K-6 math and science. Dr. Peace is co-author of The Teaching Ministry of the Church, published in 1995.
Dr. Peace has long been an active member of the Association of Teacher Educators, chairing the ATE Learning Styles division from 1995-97, and serving as a member of the national planning committee.
“One of the most important issues facing ATE is the restoration of faith in and respect for the teaching profession,” Dr. Peace said. “It is ironic that at a time in our history when there is such an expanding need for classroom teachers, the lack of confidence in public education makes it increasingly difficult to recruit and keep quality teachers and teacher candidates.”
“I believe that ATE must make a concerted effort to demonstrate excellence in everything we do. The proponents and the critics of education and teacher education must somehow get past their differences and get on with determining what is best for kids,” added Peace. “It is of great importance to me that I be part of a profession and part of a professional organization that will do everything in its power to equip teachers who will be competent and caring individuals to whom we may entrust the instruction of our children.”
The Association of Teacher Educators was founded in 1920 and is the only national, individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based teacher educators. ATE members represent over 650 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems, and the majority of the state departments of education. The ATE office is located in the Washington, DC area where it represents its members' interests before governmental agencies and educational organizations. In addition, ATE has two voting seats on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and has representation on the ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education.
Dr. Peace is a native of Easley, South Carolina. He is the son of Claude Peace and the late Ruby Peace. He graduated from Easley High School in 1969 and Clemson University in 1973.
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