Supports & Opportunities
Clemmer College offers students a variety of supports including internal supports such as scholarship opportunities, support initiatives, and retention support. Additionally, Clemmer College offers other supports from the Tennessee Department of Education for current students, alumni, mentor teachers, and ETSU supervisors.
Clemmer College Student Supports
Student Support Initiative System: Initial and Advanced Level Programming
The Student Support Initiative is designed as a retention service to assist students who may be experiencing academic, personal or financial difficulties. This system recognizes that our students are our greatest assets and with mentorship and adequate support, we may be able to retain students who may otherwise not be successful in our educator preparation programs.
Monitoring Requirements for Continuance in Educator Licensure Programs and Provision of Necessary Supports
- Program advisors communicate with advisees at least once a semester to ensure students are making adequate progress with their programs of study. Advisors not only attend to the coursework needed to fulfil the degree but also note progress on GPA, Teacher Admission Test Scores, and Praxis examinations.
- Program faculty connect students with the Educational Technology Resource Center to provide assistance with technology needs (e.g., laptop, cameras, internet hotspots).
- Program faculty communicate with the Director of Student Success and the Office of Student Success to identify students who are experiencing additional challenges (e.g., needs related to mental health, belonging, socio-economic, academic, technology) impacting progression. The Director and/or Office reach out to students for support and connect students with necessary resources.
- Program faculty communicate with the Director of University Advancement for Clemmer College to identify students who may have a financial need to continue in their program. Financial support may come in the form of purchasing textbooks, Livetext, food, housing, tuition support among other need areas.
- Program faculty complete Care Reports on students with issues (e.g., stops attending class, homeless, ill, abuse, loss, nonresponsive) that warrant concern.
Assessment of Professional Dispositions
- Students’ dispositions are regularly assessed across their programs and feedback is provided to students for both areas of strength and areas of concern.
- Students who demonstrate professionally unacceptable behavior that is ongoing or severe enough to warrant a formalized meeting, through faculty or supervisor evaluation through the Educator Disposition Assessment or other departmental procedures, will be referred to the departmental Student Support Initiative Team.
- The departmental Student Support Initiative Team will evaluate the severity of the professionally unacceptable behavior. The team may take one of the following actions to support the student:
- Student is issued a Notice of Concern detailing the professional disposition issues and departmental expectations.
- Advisor meets with the student to discuss the professional disposition issues.
- Call a disposition meeting in which discussion would focus on the behavior that was observed, reasons why the behavior is professionally unacceptable, and a plan for future professional performance. The plan should clearly define expectations, goals for achieving the desired behaviors, and the role that the student as well as the faculty will play in support of the plan. The plan should outline a timeline including a check-in date to assess progress. All persons involved with the student should be invited to attend (e.g., instructors, advisor, supervisors, program coordinator, Director of Field Experiences and Residency).
- Possible resources or supports integrated into plans may be Disability Services; ETSU Counseling Clinic; Bucky’s Pantry; Student Health Clinic; ETSU Public Safety; Office of Equity and Inclusion; online trainings on professional skills and knowledge; Writing Clinic; Student Academic Support Specialists (undergraduate and graduate); time management strategies; regular advisor/supervisor check-ins; Adult, Commuter, and Transfer Services.
STRIVE (Students Teaching and Representing Inclusive Values and Excellence)
The program, called STRIVE (Students Teaching and Representing Inclusive Values and Excellence), is available to all students of color in the Clemmer College. The program will match freshmen with sophomore, junior or senior students of color who will serve as a mentor for the next year. After that year, mentees will become mentors to the next class of students, bringing the program full circle.
“The freshman year is certainly a time of transition for students as they develop a sense of belonging, and this can be especially challenging for students of color,” said Jessie Wang, director of student success in the Clemmer College. “We know that if we can retain students from the freshman to sophomore year, they will be better poised to persist to graduation.”
“Pairing them with a mentor who is also a person of color will help them build an important connection with someone who may have had similar experiences and learned how to navigate them."
“Our mentors may be asked for advice on which classes to take, but we also want them to feel comfortable engaging in deeper conversations, such as how to ‘take up space’ as a person of color in a predominantly white classroom,” she said.
A unique aspect to this program is that STRIVE students will then take what they learn and teach ETSU faculty, staff, and students on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, reversing the role of learner and teacher. “We have just as much to learn from our students as they have to learn from us, especially on this topic,” Wang said.
Wang added that the goal is to empower students to speak up on topics of equity and inclusion and to play an active role in teaching cultural competency skills to others, not just here, but throughout their career and life. The program aims to provide an extra foundation of support to students of color, but also “to move our community forward together,” she noted.
STRIVE is open to all students of color who will be freshmen in degree programs in the Clemmer College this fall. For more information about participating in STRIVE, contact Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clemmer College Funding Opportunities
The Ned H. Brown & Ted H. Maxwell Graduate Travel Award Endowment is to provide travel funding for a graduate student enrolled in the Educator Preparation Program in Clemmer College.
This award has been established by ETSU alumni Dr. Lee Brown, Class of 1984 and Mrs. Theresa Brown, Class of 1984. This award honors their fathers, Reverend Ned H. Brown, Class of 1952 and Mr. Ted H. Maxwell, Class of 1959 and is an ongoing project of the Brown and maxwell families. The purpose of this award is to provide travel funding assistance for presenting research at a national or international conference. The recipient(s) of the travel award shall be selected by the Clemmer College Educator Preparation Program Committee. The Committee shall not consider gender, race, ethnicity, or GPA in the the selection process. It must be solely on the merit of the research. The Committee shall the number of awards and the value of each, depending on the funds available but not more than $1,000/year. This fund will not be used for administrative costs.
The Clemmer College Educator Preparation Program Committee shall consider the following criteria in awarding the stipend.
The applicant(s) must be:
a current graduate student in the ETSU Clemmer College Educator Preparation Program;
traveling to a national or international conference (no regional or local meetings);
presenting their research (not for attendance at the conference only).
How to Apply
Complete the Ned H. Brown & Ted H. Maxwell Award Application and email it to Dr. Chambers, Associate Dean of Educator Preparation.
Emotional Support Line Adds Text Message Capability
Tennessee’s Emotional Support Line for Pandemic Stress now has the capability to offer free and confidential mental health support via text message.
Tennessee healthcare workers, first responders, and all Tennesseans working in education, including educators and district and school administrators and staff, dealing with feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, or depression related to work can now call or text the Emotional Support Line at 888-642-7886 from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. CT / 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. ET daily.
TDOE Job Opportunities
TDOE Job Opportunities
Tennessee Department of Education launched three initiatives to support districts and schools in filling critical vacancies. The online job board highlights openings for available district positions and offers this tool to help fill critical educator vacancies. Utilize the links below to access these recruitment initiatives.
The TN Substitute Teacher Jobs Connection provides a central location for interested applicants to discover substitute teaching opportunities in the state’s schools and districts.
The TN Education Job Board highlights openings for available district positions and provides district contact information. This Board also includes a list of feature jobs that have been identified as critical vacancies. District information is updated on a regular basis as submissions are received.
The TN Teacher Jobs Connection serves as a central location for interested applicants to connect with teaching opportunities in the state’s 147 districts. Any educator interested in a new teaching role in Tennessee is welcome to submit their information to the department through the form.