Dr. Terrell Peace honored by Kappa Delta Pi

Dr. Terrell Peace, Huntington University Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Teacher Education, has been awarded the Dr. Thomas E. Musselman Award for Service Excellence by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP).

With this award, KDP recognizes Peace’s substantial contributions of service and strong dedication to the ideals of the Society and the education profession.

“The opportunities I have had with Kappa Delta Pi for the last 17 years have played a large role in my own development as an educational professional, and I am thankful to have been associated with such a quality organization and honored to be recognized with this service award,” Peace said.

Created as part of Kappa Delta Pi’s Centennial Celebration and presented biennially, the prestigious award is one of three Founders Awards that pay tribute to the visions today.

Dr. Thomas E. Musselman (1887–1976) was president of the Illinois Education Club at the time the club was exploring the possibility of merging with other clubs on a national level. He helped ensure that the ideals of coeducational membership and scholarship as an educator without regard to any racial, religious or other restrictions were upheld. By adhering to these ideals, the club did not merge with other fraternities, but became a national honorary education society, Kappa Delta Pi.

The Founders Awards will be presented at the closing banquet of the 2015 Biennial Convocation. The convocation will be held on October 22 through October 24 in Orlando, Florida.

“I became a member of Kappa Delta Pi in 2000 at the same ceremony that Huntington's Omega Psi Chapter received its charter from Kappa Delta Pi, International,” Peace said. “I have been chapter counselor since that time and have had the privilege of working with hundreds of gifted HU Teacher Education students as they worked to develop themselves into dedicated professionals. The Huntington chapter has sent delegates to every Biennial Convocation since its inception and has received numerous awards from the national organization. I have also had the privilege of being involved in several different ways with the national KDP office. Currently, I am chairing a joint task force between the Association of Teacher Educators and Kappa Delta Pi, which is doing some research on what kinds of help first year teachers need.”

Peace joined the Huntington University Education Department in 1998 after teaching at the graduate level in Texas for 11 years. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at HU, Peace is active in a number of state and national professional organizations including the Association of Teacher Educators, Kappa Delta Pi and The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He has held leadership positions in these organizations and made numerous presentations at their national conferences.

Peace served as President of the Association of Teacher Educators 2010-2011. In 1995, he was a co-author of “The Teaching Ministry of the Church.” Recent publications include contributions to “Racism in the Classroom (ATE/ACEI 2002)” and “Affective Teacher Education: Exploring Connections Among Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Peace’s current areas of interest and investigation include differentiated instruction, neuroscience applied to learning, misguided educational reform, and leadership. 

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million. Using a variety of programs, services, and products, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.