Clemson University President James P. Clements has chosen faculty and one staff member from the College of Education to participate in the inaugural Clemson University President’s Leadership Institute. The institute is designed to provide education and training to hone and develop skills needed for leadership success and advancing Clemson University.

College faculty and staff involved in the institute include Michelle Cook, Leigh Haltiwanger, Winston Holton and Jean McKendry.

Cook has been involved in science education at Clemson University since 2006, when she when she joined the university as an assistant professor. She was appointed associate professor of science education in 2012. Her research interests include representations in science education, environmental and informal science education and science teacher professional development.

Haltiwanger a senior lecturer in the College of Education, has taught courses in secondary education, coordinated Clemson’s MAT program and Tigers Teach Noyce Scholarship Program, and supported student teachers since 2011. She was recently named interim executive director of field and clinical partnerships and outreach for the college.

Winston E. Holton is the field coordinator for the College of Education’s Call Me MISTER program. During his tenure in the position, Call Me MISTER has increased its South Carolina partnerships from four institutions to 20. Holton oversees this network of institutions, directly supervises the Clemson cohort and both coordinates and directs the seven-week Call Me MISTER summer internship that prepares 30 to 40 participants while serving nearly 400 youth each summer. He has conducted numerous workshops, seminars and panel discussions on a number of topics related to youth culture and has taught Human Growth and Development as an adjunct professor. Holton also serves on the advisory board for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. He serves on the education council for the United Way of Pickens County and currently is a member of Leadership Pickens County.

McKendry currently serves as coordinator of grant development and interdisciplinary collaborations for the Center for Research and Collaborative Activities, an integral part of the Division for Collaborative Academic Services that serves both the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and the College of Education. McKendry, a geographer by training, draws upon 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C. working in positions with higher education, federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations. She previously served as senior researcher with the American Association of Geographers.

The program begins August 9 at the Clemson Outdoor Lab with a two-day retreat. The retreat serves to outline the intent and structure of the institute and introduce participants who will be actively involved in institute activities for the next 10 months.

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