Carol Higy Returns
to Lead UNCP Teaching Fellows Program
Pembroke recently hired Dr. Carol Higy as director of its Teaching
Dr. Higy has 25
years of experience in higher education and in the public schools, including
coaching, teaching and administration. Her last stop was as assistant
principal at a Cumberland County middle school.
UNCP's eight-year-old Teaching Fellows Program competes for students
from a pool of talented high school seniors, who receive a $26,000 state-funded
loans in return for a four-year commitment to teach in the public schools.
"I can pull
from all my professional experiences and utilize those skills here,"
Dr. Higy said. "I am very comfortable with recruiting prospective
Teaching Fellows because of my background in coaching."
Dr. Higy also knows
UNCP. From 1996-1998, she was coordinator of the Freshman Seminar Program,
which is a required course to orient new students to academic and university
She said returning
to UNCP is like coming home.
the faculty mentors in the program, I see people I have already worked
with," Dr. Higy said. "Having served as coordinator of the
Freshman Seminar Program, I know what students need to make it at this
The new director
has 49 students under her wing this fall and a growing program since
its start in 1994.
of the Teaching Fellows Program is to bring in the best teacher recruits
possible and to give them an opportunity to have experiences in other
areas that they would not have in general education," she said.
"The program strengthens the entire university by bringing in outstanding
scholars and building innovative programs."
Teaching Fellows are served up an enriched diet of seminars, cultural
experiences, field experiences and travel, funded by the state and UNCP.
A mentor program pairs Teaching Fellows with faculty mentors who supply
students with academic support, advisement and research opportunities.
They are also provided the use of a laptop computer.
Dr. Higy plans to expand on the mentoring concept with an e-mail program
that will match up UNCP Teaching Fellows with master teachers throughout
"The main purpose
of this new mentorship program is to allow students to take any questions
and concerns they have about certain areas of education to a teacher
or teachers already working in those fields and to develop a dialogue,"
She also plans to involve UNCP Teaching Fellows more actively in the
"I want our students to take more of a leadership role with their
own program, including recruitment," Dr. Higy said. "Our successful
Teaching Fellows are the best salesmen for our program."
Dr. Higy said UNCP's
Teaching Fellows are a talented and enthusiastic group, and the newest
recruits are doing well.
are great, and I see a great deal of potential in them," she said.
"In the few weeks since school began, I have already seen considerable
growth in our freshman class."
New Teaching Fellows arrive for orientation earlier than other students
to get to know each other and to attend seminars and sessions about
"They're very eager and extremely enthusiastic," Dr. Higy
said. "All the students in our Teaching Fellows Program are extremely
She credits previous Director Irene Aiken for building a strong program.
did a fantastic job of infusing energy into the program," Dr. Higy
said. "She put this program on the map."
Besides her duties with the Teaching Fellows, Dr. Higy will teach in
the School of Education. She is currently teaching
a graduate class in school administration and a undergraduate course
in elementary classroom management and assessment.
An Akron, Ohio,
native, Dr. Higy earned a doctorate in education administration and
a Master's in Education from the University of Akron and a Bachelor
of Science degree from Malone College in Canton, Ohio.
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