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July 23, 2003

Birmingham-Southern professor chosen for national teacher accreditation board

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Rusty Kirkpatrick, associate professor of education at Birmingham-Southern College, recently was nominated to serve on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Board members are enlisted to fulfill a major role in the NCATE accreditation program and are a critical point of contact for institutions seeking accreditation.

Having just completed an intensive week of board training in Akron, Ohio, Kirkpatrick will serve the NCATE Board of Examiners for a three-year term beginning this fall. During the term, she will participate in a five-day site visit each semester.

Kirkpatrick received her nomination to join the board from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. She also has served as the NCATE coordinator for the BSC Division of Education whose program is reviewed by NCATE every five years.

NCATE is a professional accrediting organization for education schools in the U.S., which is composed of teachers, educators, and policy makers.

A graduate of Birmingham-Southern, Kirkpatrick joined the BSC faculty in 1989. She received both her master's and doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.



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