Six faculty recognized for their contributions to the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences
As the spring 2011 semester concluded, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences retired six individuals. They were honored for the years of services to both WKU and to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Those retiring included Dr. Retta Poe, Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Dr. Leroy Metze, Director of Educational Technology; Dr. Roger Pankratz, Assistant to the Dean; Dr. Vicki Stayton, Professor in the School of Teacher Education; Dr. Elizabeth Cooksey, Professional-in-Residence within the School of Teacher Education; Dr. William (Bill) Pfohl, Professor in the Department of Psychology; and Dr. Luella Teuton, Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education.
Dr. Retta Poe
Dr. Poe came to WKU in 1974, joining the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She taught psychology for 10 years, left for 2 ½ years to teach at an institution out of state, then returned to stay in January 1987. During her time as a full-time member of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Poe taught a variety of courses, including introduction to psychology, personality theories, psychology of women, and graduate courses for the clinical psychology concentration of the MA in Psychology. She also was the coordinator of undergraduate advising in psychology for 13 years. Most of Dr. Poe’s scholarship has been in the areas of teaching and advising, and she is presently a Consulting Editor for the journal, Teaching of Psychology.
After serving three years as Assistant to the Dean for Curriculum Development in the
CEBS, Dr. Poe became the full-time CEBS Associate Dean for Academic Programs in 2003.
During her nearly 35 years on WKU’s faculty, she has served on many committees, councils,
and task forces, most notably the Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee, Academic Council,
Advisory Council for the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching, Undergraduate
Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, Campus Advisors Network, and Committee on
Credits and Graduation. From 2001-2005, she co-chaired the University’s successful
application for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Poe will be participating in the University’s transitional retirement program, so she will continue to work part time on tasks related to curricular revision, admissions, and advising in the College.
Dr. Leroy Metze
Dr. Leroy Metze began his career at WKU in 1970 as Assistant Professor of Psychology.
He became Associate Professor in 1975 and Professor of Psychology in 1977. In 1982,
Dr. Metze became the Director of Educational Computing for the College of Education
and Behavioral Sciences, and in 1992, the Director of Educational Technology. He served
in this capacity until his retirement. In 2000, Dr. Metze received the University
Distinguished Professor Award. Throughout his tenure at WKU, he received over $3 million
in grants to help the University and P-12 faculty use technology in their instruction.
He is the co-author of the textbook Methods of Psychological Research which was published
in 1979. He has published multiple articles and given many presentations on electronic
portfolios and accountability systems as well as on teaching with technology.
Dr. Roger Pankratz
Roger Pankratz came to Western in 1974 as an Assistant Dean in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. In 1985, he was promoted to Associate Dean and served in that role until 1993. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Pankratz was on leave from WKU to serve as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Institute for Educational Research that conducted evaluation studies of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA) programs in Kentucky schools. In 1997, he returned to the WKU campus to work part time and direct two major grant programs: the 1999 – 2005 Renaissance Partnership for Improving Teacher Quality (involving eleven universities) and the 2009 – present Teacher Quality Partnership with the Jefferson County Schools. Other key grant programs developed and directed by Dr. Pankratz were: (1) Design of a New Regional Educational Laboratory, (2) Training of Kentucky Teacher Internship Assistant and Assessment Teams, (3) Development of Teacher Assessments for Kentucky’s Career Ladder Program, and (4) Teacher Education Model Program (TEMP) for elementary teachers.
During his years at WKU, Dr. Pankratz was awarded more than $10 million of grants for innovative educational programs.
Dr. Pankratz provided leadership in Kentucky’s 1990 school reform effort and served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Performance Assessment. In 1992, he was given the University Award for Public Services and in 1994, the Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Dr. Vicki Stayton
Dr. Stayton began her career at WKU in 1989 as Associate Professor within the Department of Teacher Education. Her area of expertise is in interdisciplinary early childhood education. She became Professor within the Department of Teacher Education in 1995. Throughout her career at WKU she has held several positions within the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Stayton served as Assistant Director and Professor of Integrative Studies in Teacher Education from 1996-1997, Head and Professor of the School of Integrative Studies in Teacher Education from 1997-2000, and Professor and Assistant to the Dean/Coordinator for Grant Development from 2000-2002. She is the author of multiple books, journal articles, and manuals. She served on a variety of committees both within the University and within the community. Dr. Stayton was the 2005 recipient of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Joseph P. Cangemi Award for Excellence in Leadership in Psychology/Education, the 2003 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Public Service Award, and is a WKU Distinguished Professor.
Dr. Elizabeth Cooksey
Dr. Elizabeth Cooksey began her career at WKU in 1994 as a Professional-in-Residence within the Department of Teacher Education, now the School of Teacher Education. Dr. Cooksey’s expertise is English/language arts education. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the WKU/University of Louisville’s cooperative doctoral program in 2000. She is a member of multiple professional and academic associations, including Kappa Delta Pi, the Alliance for Multicultural Educators, and the National Council for Teachers of English.
Dr. William (Bill) Pfohl
Joining the Psychology Department in 1979, Bill Pfohl helped to set up a School Psychology training program after its establishment as an Educational Certification in 1978. Bill has been involved in the field of psychology at the local, state, regional, national and international levels and has served on state committees to write policy and regulation. He has been elected president for school psychology organizations at the state (NY & KY), national, and international levels.
In the past 15 years, Bill has focused on school violence and crisis intervention training for school psychologists in the US and internationally. Currently, he serves as chair of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists.
In 2010, Bill received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of School Psychologists; and, in 2002, he was awarded the Joseph P. Cangemi Award for Excellence in Psychology and Education at WKU. He received the WKU CEBS Public Service Award in both 2002 and 2011.
Bill’s future plans are to continue national and international efforts to train school psychologists in crisis intervention.
Dr. Luella Tueton
Dr. Luella Tueton began her career at WKU in 2005 as an Assistant Professor in the area of Library Media Education. Dr. Teuton’s areas of expertise include collection development, automation, and library marketing. She has published multiple publications in professional journals and has presented both domestically and internationally on library marketing.
Dr. Leroy Metze, Dr. Retta Poe, and Dr. Roger Pankratz pictured at their retirement
Dr. Elizabeth Cooksey pictured with Director of the School of Teacher Education Dr.
Sherry Powers as she receives her retirement gift
Dr. Vicki Stayton pictured with Director of the School of Teacher Education Dr. Sherry Powers as she receives her retirement gift