Although Dr. Dorothy Muller is retiring after 40 years, she talks about assisting students and faculty with the same level of enthusiasm you suspect she brought to her arrival on campus in 1977.

It was a younger, pregnant new Ph.D. who arrived in Greenville with her husband in 1976. She made ECU one of her first stops and began her career with the university as a part-time adjunct professor of reading. The following year, she was on the faculty full-time--sharing her expertise on reading in content areas, a specialty which she now acknowledges as a pre-cursor to the concepts of Universal Design for Learning which she would champion through College STAR.

Muller worked directly with students until 2006, ultimately becoming Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Studies whose mission was to support distinctive education and to provide academic support services to assist students in obtaining the best education ECU had to offer. read more

College STAR News

  • Shared Learning Conference is Action-Packed!

    When conference participants arrive in Greenville poised to communicate and cooperate, you’ve got the ingredients for a highly successful 3rd annual Shared Learning Conference. First the numbers— Over 170 educators and students from three different states and 32 institutions. About 63% of participants were from campuses already involved with College Star, and the rest came to learn how they could take the knowledge back to their own academic setting. Included was faculty from colleges and universities as well as educators from the K-12 setting.

  • Dr. Sue Steinweg retires (again!) after supporting College STAR

    “Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” That’s a quote from W.B. Yeats that Dr. Sue Steinweg often uses as her email signature. It’s a fitting reminder of the work she has been doing for the past two-and-a-half years as an instructional consultant for the College STAR program. Sue has been writing online faculty development modules designed around the principles of Universal Design for Learning in order to share effective teaching practices. The modules are freely available to all on the College STAR website. It’s the latest way Sue has chosen to share her passion for learning and effective teaching. Sue’s career path is a little unconventional. After receiving her Ph.D. in special education, she spent many years home with her children. But when her husband retired from the military, she began teaching at East Carolina University. What started out as a few classes ended up as a tenured position in the Program of Special Education. In the latter part of that career she taught a number of on-line classes. She found she really enjoyed on-line teaching because it was a way to make knowledge available more broadly.

  • Using Clickers to Facilitate Student Engagement

    Using clicker questions to facilitate student engagement has been a winning strategy for Dr. James E. Collins, a chemistry teaching instructor who has been at ECU since 2002. His students have noticed and appreciated his efforts and they were cited when College STAR surveyed students last year. “The clicker questions he provides motivate me to go to class because he takes time to not only solve the problems, but also provides time for us to solve them giving us a better understanding of the topic when we go to review at home,” the student wrote.

  • Workshop Focuses on Making Course Material Accessible and Engaging for Students

    Faculty members at ASU and ECU are learning together and modifying their course designs to promote academic success for all learners, including those with learning differences. Some 50 faculty members from more than 20 different departments recently participated in a four-day workshop to learn about and implement the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and effective course design. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on neuroscience research that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. It encourages a curriculum that presents information in multiple ways to give learners various ways of acquiring knowledge, providing learners multiple ways to demonstrate what they know and using multiple ways of engaging learners to keep them interested and motivated.

  • East Carolina Embedded Lead Tutors

    College STAR supported activities were featured on the ECU homepage this week. ECU News Services published a full page feature article on the benefits of using the Embedded Lead Tutor model. Congratulations to tutors, Briana Horne, Evan Arthur and Ethan Cooper! Thank you professors David Bjorkman, John Kerbs and Subodh Dutta for mentoring our tutors and using this tutoring model. Special appreciation and recognition to Elizabeth Coghill, Director and coordinator of tutoring activities on the ECU campus. Read the complete article at ecu.edu.

  • Starfish CREW's research to appear in the winter 2014 Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

    Research conducted by the Starfish CREW at East Carolina University was accepted for publication in the winter 2014 edition of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, International Journal for Professional Educators. The title of this paper is “Adoption of an Early-Alert System to Support University Student Success”. This faculty learning community is studying the impact of an early alert system (Starfish) on ECU campus. Congratulations to authors Johna Faulconer, Jayne Geissler, Diane Majewski and John Trifilo! Read the complete article here.

  • 2013 CRLA Mid-South Region Higher Education Summit

    On Friday, October 4, 2013 professionals from across the state joined together to share trends in higher education affecting our region. Limited to 25 participants, the 2013 Summit was designed to foster dialogue between tutoring professionals in a more intimate setting. Hosted by the Pirate Tutoring Center at East Carolina University, sessions focused on two primary trends: the integration of technology in tutoring services to increase student access and implementing tutor training sessions that fosters academic community building. Summit materials and lunch was provided by the College Reading and Learning Association. As Mid-South Region Director, Elizabeth Coghill invited tutoring professionals from across North Carolina. Twenty four professionals attended representing the following institutions: UNC Charlotte, Nash Community College, Beaufort Community College, College of the Albemarle, UNC Pembroke, Methodist University, Barton College, Pfeiffer University, East Carolina University, Guilford College, and Halifax County Community College.

  • East Carolina University's Project STEPP has released a Transition Curriculum.

    Project STEPP at East Carolina University has recently released curriculum materials designed to help high school students with learning differences take one STEPP at a time to prepare for the college setting. Project STEPP, a program on the ECU campus for students with learning disabilities, provides comprehensive supports for participants throughout their college careers. In addition, the program supports incoming students during the year prior to matriculation to help them lay the groundwork for this major life transition. These transition-year resources became the foundation for the curriculum, which is freely available for teachers (and families) to use. The transition curriculum contains eight modules, each with fully developed lesson and activity plans, lecture slides, teacher notes, and student handouts. Each module centers on a specific college-related theme, such as the differences between high school and college, balancing academic and social life, organization and time management, communication, and technology. Click here to read further, and check out the curriculum resources at www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/stepp/curriculum.cfm.

  • Check out the posters from the 2013 Shared Learning Conference

    In case you missed them, here are the posters from the 2013 Shared Learning Conference in Greensboro, NC.

  • ECU Faculty Define Student Learning Outcomes Using Think, Value, Communicate and Lead

    ECU’s Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research, in conjunction with The Department of Education (Title III), and College STAR are collaborating to support 32 ECU faculty from 8 academic departments who will incorporate the Think, Value, Communicate, Lead (TVCL) Curriculum Matrix. This matrix focuses on student learning and serves as an effective framework for curriculum mapping to ensure positive student learning outcomes. Each TVCL Faculty Fellow team has agreed to become a Pirate CREW where they will map their curriculum, as a team, to align with TVCL. They will take this effort to the next level by identifying instructional practices that support the principles of UDL and students with learning differences.