Published on November 28, 2023 by Kameron Brown  
Education LRI in Ed

Orlean Beeson School of Education at Samford University proudly announces the release of its annual publication, Leadership, Research & Innovation in Education. The digital compilation is a testament to the vibrant tapestry of creativity, impact, and faith woven by the school's faculty, students and alumni.

This award-winning publication reflects the school's commitment to fostering a culture of continuous learning and impactful research, aligning with its mission to make a positive global impact through the combination of faith and education.

"The goal of our effort is to model continuous learning, thereby benefiting our students and the professional community and ultimately bringing glory to the kingdom of God," said Anna McEwan, dean of Orlean Beeson School of Education.

This year’s publication broadened its content to include several stories of leadership. The school’s faculty, students and alumni are continuously working to push innovative boundaries to ensure the highest quality practices in the field of education, human development and family science are positively impacting the global community.

"The type and scope of scholarship you will read about is appropriate for a teaching-focused institution and translates to the quality of teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms," said McEwan.

In this year’s publication, discover the pioneering work of Professors Amy Hoaglund and Karen Birkenfeld as they unveil a revolutionary framework for effective teaching. Their groundbreaking initiative promises to shape the future of education and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on pedagogical excellence.

Delve into the inspiring journey of distinguished alumna, Autumm Jeter, whose commitment to servant leadership has shattered glass ceilings at the State Department of Education. Her story serves as a beacon of empowerment and resilience, showcasing the transformative impact of a Samford education.

Explore the narratives of the school's outstanding leaders in the field of education. Their stories illuminate the innovative practices, impactful research, and visionary leadership that define the Orlean Beeson School of Education as a trailblazer in shaping the future of education and affirms Samford University’s recent Wall Street Journal Ranking as tenth in the nation for Career Preparedness.

"We are proud to share the stories of our incredible community – stories that exemplify the powerful intersection of faith, learning, and service," said McEwan. "We encourage everyone to explore Leadership, Research & Innovation in Education and witness the extraordinary contributions of our alumni, faculty, and students."

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.