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Department of Adolescent and Adult Education


Name: Ellen V. Whitford

Position: Professor


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Educational/Professional Credentials

Doctor of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

            Major: Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, 1989.


Master of Education, Arcadia University

            Major: Reading, 1980.


Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Delaware

            Major: English, 1968.


Post doctoral study:  Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management, July 2007.

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

January 2011 - Present: Professor, College of Education, Armstrong Atlantic State University

July 2006 – January 2011:    Professor and Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA

July 2004 – June 2006: Professor and Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

July 2000- July 2004:   Professor and Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut

August 1995 -- 2000: Associate Professor and Chair, Education Department, Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies. Salisbury University, Salisbury Maryland

August 1989-1995:  Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, Assistant Chairperson, Education Department

1975 – 1989:  English Teacher, Reading Specialsst Central Bucks High School East, Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

1980 – 1989:  The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Secondary Education and Administration

1988 – 1989:  William Paterson College. Patterson, New Jersey, Adjunct Facility, Department of Educational Leadership

Professional Experiences in Detail:


July 2006 – Present     Professor and Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA


                                     Armstrong Atlantic State University, part of the University System of Georgia,  includes over 7,000 students and 290 full-time faculty.  Programs are offered at the Associate, Baccalaureate and Masters’ degree levels and include majors in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Allied Health, Teacher Education, and Technology.  Armstrong Atlantic State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Representative Accomplishments include:

                                     Development of the University Strategic Plan

                                     Establishment of a Faculty Senate

                                     Conducting a salary study and analysis that resulted in the addition of $400,000 to the faculty base salaries, bringing all salaries within 92% of the 2008 CUPA average

                                     Reorganization of the Academic Structure of the university including formation of new Colleges of Liberal Arts and Science and Technology and restructuring of Enrollment Management

                                     Establishment of an Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

                                     Reorganization of the budgeting process to achieve transparency, consistency and collaboration



July 2004 – June 2006

Professor and Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, CT 06050



Central Connecticut State University, part of the Connecticut State University System (CSU), offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, advanced certificate, and doctorate levels. Within the CSU system, CCSU is identified as Connecticut's premier learning- centered public university "With Center of Excellence in Technology and International Education, In Fall 2005, CCSU enrolled 12,315 students in 86 programs of study offered in five schools.


As Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs I provide leadership for all the academic activities of the University, including: development, evaluation, and assessment of academic programs; the recruitment, selection, tenure and promotion of faculty; and the recruitment, admission, and retention of students. Through a process of collaboration among deans and the faculty senate, I provide leadership for strategic planning and resource management, including the oversight of a $135 million budget. As a member of the President's Executive Committee, I work with senior campus leadership to assure an emphasis on teaching and learning as a priority of the University. I represent Academic Affairs at meetings of the Board of Trustees of the University System as well as the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. I represent the University in working with alumni, the community, local schools, and the legislature. I work with Human Resources and Collective Bargaining groups to assure compliance and cooperation with union agreements. In the absence of the President, I serve as acting President. The positions that report to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs include: Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Business, Dean of Education and Professional Studies, Dean of Graduate Studies, Registrar, Director of the Library, Director of Admissions, Director of Institutional Research, Director of the Center for International Education, Director of Continuing Education, Director of Financial Aid, and two Associate Vice-Presidents for Academic Affairs.


Representative Accomplishments as Interim Provost include:


  • Provided leadership support for achieving licensure and accreditation of new B.S. programs in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Biomolecular Science, and an interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry; supported applications for new masters programs in Italian, Anthropology, and an MAT.
  • Led the process to achieve full accreditation of the Doctor of Education program in Educational Leadership. Supported the successful effort to achieve legislation to allow full authority for the CSU to offer the Doctor of Education Degree.
  • Fostered linkages between Academics and the CCSU Center for Business and Technology Development to achieve business outreach and external funding
  • Initiated activities for program assessment and supported ABET and AACSB program accreditation initiatives.
  • Reallocated resources to the Schools to support faculty research and travel; supplemented budgets to support additional needs in Arts and Science, Technology, and the Library.
  • Successfully advocated for additional funding for faculty lines to support Liberal Arts and Sciences with the result of adding ten new faculty lines, one new Associate Dean position, and a new laboratory technician position.
  • Initiated and provided oversight for Strategic Planning and Enrollment Management.
  • Participated in state, system, and campus initiatives to secure over $1.25 million in federal funding
  • Initiated data-based decision making related to faculty resources and academic programs.


July 2000- July 2004   Professor and Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut


The School of Education arid Professional Studies enrolls over 3.000 students in degree programs. Organized into eight departments (Educational Leadership, Counseling and Family Therapy, Nursing, Physical Education, Reading, Social Work, Special Education, and Teacher Education) the school serves schools, hospitals, and other agencies in the greater Hartford region. Programs are offered by 68 tenure track faculty and approximately 52 part-time faculty. Programs in Nursing, Athletic Training, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Social Work are nationally accredited; the professional Teacher Education programs hold NCATE accreditation. The School has formal partnerships with seven Professional Development Schools as well as a High School Consortium and is fortunate to serve urban and suburban schools in settings that are rich in diversity. As Dean, I promoted high standards of quality in all our programs with a specific emphasis on the areas of assessment, technology, and diversity.


Representative Accomplishments as Dean include:


·         Initiation of the Doctor of Education degree program in Educational Leadership, including activities to promote changes in Connecticut law and the university mission to allow the granting of the Ed.D. degree. This new doctoral program at CCSU was the first of its kind in a public comprehensive university in Connecticut and represented transformational change for the University.

·         Addressed the challenges of assessment and internal accountability through development of a unit assessment system, data management system, and program evaluation model based on analysis of assessment data; provided professional development for faculty to develop performance assessments, to design rubrics, and to develop program portfolios; developed reward structures for faculty that take into consideration the time and skill necessary for scoring assessments and aggregating data.

·         Met the challenges of external reporting accountability that include: Title II reporting, State Assessments, Connecticut Beginning Educator Support and Training Program assessments, and teacher quality demands established through No Child Left Behind legislation.

·         Achieved and/or maintained national accreditation for all programs in the school, including: NCATE, CCNE, AAMFT, CAHEP. Received national recognition for all programs in teacher education through specialty area review.

·         Led Strategic Planning by involving the faculty in ongoing reflection and

·         Secured External Funding –

o   Acquired $1,118,000 for technology through aPT3 grant, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology. I wrote this grant and served as project director. Program outcomes included professional development for faculty, enhanced uses of technology in field experiences, and development of electronic portfolios by teacher candidates.

o   Supported faculty to develop funded grants for state, national and international grant-funded projects.

·         Led Strategic Planning by involving the faculty in ongoing reflection and discussion of the mission of the School, its priorities and goals, and allocation of resources to achieve strategic goals. Set new directions aligned with changing demands and university strategic plan. I also served on the steering committee for university strategic planning.

·         Engaged in Community Outreach

o   Promoted the school, faculty, and students through the media.

o   Supported formal partnerships with seven Professional Development Schools; established informal partnerships with K-12 schools in the area with an emphasis on diversity and continuity in collaboration.

o   Established consortia with K-12 districts and schools for internships, practica, and off campus programs professional development.

o   Fostered the development and maintenance of International Programs through grants, programs abroad, and student exchanges.

o   Promoted communication among teacher education institutions.

o   Guided community and university activities to promote diversity through the Center for Multicultural Research and the Dean's Leadership Institute.

o   Engaged in activities with CCSU Alumni, the CCSU Women's Forum, and the Alumni Board to promote the School of Education and Professional Studies.

·         Legislative and Policy Initiatives

o   Served on legislative commission and blue ribbon panel related to the teacher/administrative shortage in Connecticut. Participated in the legislative process and monitored legislation related to issues affecting higher education.

o   Worked with the state department of education for development and implementation of policies, applications for external funding, and development of certification regulations.

·         Addressed Fiscal and Workforce Realities

o   Maintained quality and standards in the face of an increasing shortage of teachers, nurses, and school administrators. Took an informed, proactive position to provide alternate routes to certification.

o   Guided faculty and staff through critical reductions in operating budgets, part-time faculty budgets, as well as difficult layoffs of faculty, clerical and maintenance staff.

o   Managed administrative and faculty concerns during extensive renovations of buildings and classrooms.

·         Promoted a university-wide emphasis on integrated and engaged learning emphasizing collaboration among Arts and Sciences and the Professional Schools. Engaged in scholarly activities and collaboration with my fellow deans. Operated within a shared governance process that includes participation from all schools.

·         Emphasized the importance of recruitment and retention of faculty and administrative staff

o   Met the competitive challenge of recruiting new faculty within the context of salaries, teaching loads, reduced budgets, potential layoffs, and increased costs. Fostered diversity and provided mentorship for new and non-tenured faculty.

o   Encouraged the development of university leadership through selection of administrative faculty with the knowledge, skills, and appreciation for data collection, data management, report writing, accountability measures, and focused, specific attention to detail; nurtured and developed faculty leadership within the school.

·         Encouraged a Student-centered environment with an emphasis on the importance of quality in student advisement and positive interactions with students and parents. Secured funding for recruitment and retention of minority students to pursue careers in teaching.


1995 – 2000                Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland

                                    Chair, Education Department,

                                    Associate Professor ofEducation

                                    Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies,

Management of a budget of over $1,300,000; supervision and evaluation of 26 full time faculty and over 40 adjunct faculty; strategic planning; projecting of staffing needs and adjunct/overload budgets; oversight of grants, curriculum revision, new program development; assuring departmental compliance with NCATE and Maryland State Department of Education program approval standards with emphasis on diversity, technology, and assessment; teaching graduate courses in Master of Education and M.Ed. in School Administration, including School Law, Leadership and Change, Research, Supervision of Instruction.


1989 – 1994                Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Maryland

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, Assistant Chairperson, Education Department (1992 - 1994), Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in teacher education and school administration.



Professional Accomplishments at Salisbury University:


·                     Initiated NCATE accreditation process and led the process for initial accreditation for the Education Department at Salisbury State University.


·                     Administered the Education Department budget of $13 million; managed foundation accounts and grant budgets. Participated in budget planning for the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies.


·                     Supervised and evaluated 42 FTE faculty; 26 full-time and 61 part-time/adjunct.


·                     Developed the faculty evaluation model for the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, a performance based, portfolio model focusing on the Boyer/Glassick model of Scholarship Assessed. This was used school-wide for faculty in Education, Physical Education, and Social Work Departments.


·                     Prepared annual and periodic reports related to faculty work load, part-time and overload staffing, minority recruitment, and faculty non-instructional productivity.


·                     Prepared NCATE curriculum folio for successful approval by the Educational Leader Constituent Council (ELCC).


·                     Co-authored the Conceptual Framework and Category I, NCATE Institutional Report for the Design of Professional Education Programs at Salisbury State University.


·                     Developed and implemented a process for strategic planning for the Education Department and engaged faculty and other stakeholders in long-range planning.


·                     Conducted human resources strategic planning. Prepared rationale and documentation to increase tenure track faculty lines in the department by five additional faculty; successful in increasing diversity in faculty; coordinated the search processes.


·                     Participated on the University task force for Enrollment Management


·                     Wrote funded grants for the initiation and development of multi-district, regional Professional Development Schools.


·                     Developed a strategic plan for departmental use of technology; increased faculty resources for technology.


·                     Participated in STEP (Standards Based Teacher Education) the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)/Council for Basic Education (CBE) project to promote K -16 curriculum alignment with national standards.


·                     Planned workshops to develop faculty skills in performance assessment.


·                     Collaborated in partnerships with K-12 schools as well as 4-year and 2-year institutions of higher education.


·                     Served as program director of graduate programs in Education with responsibilities for scheduling and staffing of courses, evaluation of staff: admission of students, monitoring program and student certification requirements.


·                     Chair of the Salisbury State University Graduate Council; revised the organizational structure for governance of graduate study; developed policy and provided curricular oversight for graduate programs (1991-1998).


·                     Developed the Master of Education in School Administration and Supervision Program, Salisbury State University. Served as program director responsible for scheduling and staffing of courses, evaluation of staff, admission of students, monitoring program and certification requirements. Program meets national Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and State of Maryland standards.


·                     Developed the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program, a collaborative program offered by Salisbury State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


·                     Project Director, Shore Future Summer Career/Mentor Project, Salisbury State University.


·                     Developed and Coordinated the Institute for Community and Educational Development, Salisbury State University.


·                     Co-Director, Student Literacy Volunteers, Federally funded grant, U.S. Department of Education.


·                     Coordinated the educational and training services for the Lower Shore Revitalization Program, $950,000 Federally funded grant, U.S. Department of Labor and Maryland Department of Employment and Economic Development.


·                     Supervised contractual agreement to implement “Shore Future” grant from Maryland Higher Education Commission and Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium. Coordinated in-service projects, student field activities, and a student-volunteer tutoring program.


·                     Developed and administrated the STEPP mentoring program for middle school students in conjunction with the Lisa Kolodny Memorial Fund, a community volunteer project.


·                     Participated in Collective Bargaining unit, Central Bucks Education Association.


·                     Developed and conducted training programs to teach skills in writing observation reports to school administrators.


·                     Wrote funded grants for survival skills programs; organized educational programs in reading, study skills, writing, and critical thinking.


·                     Developed and Taught: Graduate courses in School Administration, including: Introduction to Public School Administration, Supervision of Instruction, Seminar in Curriculum Development, Leadership and Change, Group Dynamics in School Administration, .American Public School Law, Internship in Public School Administration, The Principalship. Graduate Courses in Teacher Education: Advanced Seminar in the Teaching of Reading, Reading in the Content Areas, Social, Historical Philosophical Foundations of Education, Introduction to the Middle School, Composition and Curriculum, Research Seminar, Literacy and Community Involvement.


·                     Maintained consistent ratings of "Excellent" in teaching based onstudent evaluations.

Intellectual Contributions

Intellectual Contributions

A. Professional Publications


Hyman, R.T and Whitford, E.V. (2000). Title VII and the First Amendment: Did the School District or Teacher Win? Legal Issues in Education Practice: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century. Education Law Association.


Hyman, R.T. and Whitford, E.V. (1999). The Law and Sound Supervision: Two Sources to Guide Teacher Evaluation. IllinoisState SchoolLaw Quarterly, 19 (3), 81-118.


Whitford, E.V. and Anderson, Brenda. (1997). Educational Reform in Hard Times: Forging a Collaborative Partnership in Teacher Training. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. ERIC Document No. ED 405 334.


Tossey, M.G. and Whitford, E.V. (1995). Dorchester County: Even Start Program Evaluation 1992 - 1993 and 1993 - 1994. Dorchester County-Board of Education. Cambridge, MD: ERIC Document No. 385 354.


Whitford, E.V. (1995). Graduate Programs Task Force. Academically Speaking. Salisbury State University.


Whitford, E.V. & Beaubien, S.A. (1994). An intergenerational approach to literacy education: Implications for curriculum. Focus on Education, 14-18.


Whitford, E.V and Hyman, R.T. (Fall 1992). Maryland's regional battle over corporal punishment. The Last Resort, 21(1), 12.


Whitford, E.V. (1992). Influencing students' attitudes toward cultural diversity through cooperative learning. Focus on Education, 18-21.


Whitford, E.V (February, 1992). A thinking curriculum for college teaching. Academically Speaking. (Available from Salisbury State University, Salisbury, :MD 21801).


Hyman, R.T. and Whitford, E.V (1990). Strategic discussion for content area teaching. In W. Wilen (Ed.) Teaching and learning through discussion. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 127-146.


Whitford, E.V. and Hyman, RT. (1990). Supervising student teachers: Expectations, value conflicts, and wrinkles. Focus on Education, 19-26.


Whitford, E.V and Hyman, R.T. (1990). Training noncareer teachers. Adult Learning, 1(7), 24-27.


Whitford, E.V. (1989). Skills workshops can be successes. The School Administrator, 8(16), 40.


Whitford, E.V (1989). A collegial approach for staff development. Focus on Education, 57-63.


Whitford, E.V., Farber, R., and Hornberger, T.R (1989). Five questions every principal should ask when observing a basal reading lesson. Focus on Education, 46-52.


Whitford, E.V. and Hyman, RT. (October 1989). Rutgers train the trainers program: Teaching noncareer prospective teachers how to teach. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Atlantic City, NJ. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 311 309).


Whitford, E.V. and Hornberger, T.R. (October 1986). Do your tests measure up? Here's a checklist to find out. Journal of Reading, 78.


Hornberger, T.R. and Whitford, E.V. (January 26, 1986). How do your children's study skills rate? The Times, D1.


Hornberger, T.R. and 'Whitford, E.V. (September 1984). Interested in tutoring? International Quarterly, 58.


Whitford, E.V. and Hornberger, T.R (Spring 1984). Computer games make reading fun. Whole Earth Software Review, 109-110.


Whitford, E.V. and Hornberger, T.R. (1984). Basic skills in the college library: people, books, and machines. ERIC ED 233 739.


Hornberger, T.R. and Whitford, E.V. (Fall 1983). The language of computers can be fun and games, part II. Computers, Reading, and Language Arts, 35-37.


Hornberger, T.R. and Whitford, E.V (Summer 1983). The language of computers can be fun and games, part 1. Computers, Reading, and Language Arts, 49, 50.


Whitford, E.V and Hornberger, T.R. (October 1983). Students' suggestions: teach us study skills. Journal of Reading, 71.


Hornberger, T.R. and Whitford, E.V. (October 1982). Cash in on video games. Journal of Reading, 72, 73.


Whitford, E.V (1981). Survival Kits. Potpourri, Southland Council of Teachers of English, 4.


Whitford, E.V. and Hornberger, T.R. (October 1981). Coping with survival: how can you help them after graduation? Journal of Reading, 67, 68.

B. Professional Presentations


The University Faculty: Head of the Class for Global Education.with Beth E. Barnett, The British Council, Going Global 2012 International Conference, March 13-15, London, UK.


Removing Obstacles to Develop a Summer Undergraduate Research Program. American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, July 31, 2010, Chicago, IL.

The Chief Academic and Chief Business Officer: Achieving Collaboration and Transparency in Budgeting,with Mr. David Carson. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual meeting. December 7, 2009, Atlanta, GA.

Changing Responsibilities:  Learning and Faculty Roles.With Beth E. Barnett, by invitation. Association of American Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal, Pre-Conference Workshop; Sponsored by American Council of Academic Deans. April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA.


Where’s the Money?  CAO and CFO Balancing the Budget.  With David L. Carson. American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, February 7, 2009, Savannah, GA


Invited Panelist, Career Decisions, 2008 ACE-Georgia Women in Higher Education Conference, November 7, 2008, Clayton State University, Morrow. GA.

Internationalizing Teacher Education and Leadership: Sam Sharpe Teachers College, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Central Connecticut State University. With Cecile Walden.  American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 58th National Conference, January 29, 2006, San Diego, CA.


Collaborative Leadership for Policy Development: AACTE-Connecticut. With Richard Schwab, James Ritchie, Cynthia Dubea. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 57th National Conference, February 24, 2005, Washington, DC.


Leadership and Design of Authentic Assessment Systems. With Susan Pease, Paulette Lemma, and Zdzislaw Kremens. Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting; Sponsored by American Council of Academic Deans. January 27, 2005, San Francisco, CA.


Commencement Address, Mico Teachers College, Kingston, Jamaica, January 16, 2005.


Commencement Address, Sam Sharpe Teachers College, Montego Bay, Jamaica, January 15, 2005.


Administrative and Academic Collaboration to Develop Intentional Learners. With Susan E. Pease. Association of American Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal Educating Intentional Learners: New Connections for Academic and Student Affairs, November 13, 2004, Philadelphia, PA.


The Leadership Role of Academic Deans to Promote Engaged Learning. With Susan E. Pease, Zdzislaw B. Kremens, and Patricia Root. Association of American Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal Conference - Pedagogies of Engagement: New Designs for Learning in and Across the Disciplines, April 15-17, 2004, Chicago, IL.


PT3 in Connecticut: Technology in Teacher Preparation and Performance Assessment With Farough Abed, Nancy Hoffman, John Foshay, and William Stuart. National Educational Computing Conference 2004. New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-23, 2004.


The New Deanship: Transformational Leadership in a Public Comprehensive University.55th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, January 26, 2003, New Orleans, LA.


Preparing Educators for Integrative Teaching. With Pearl W. Bartelt. Association of American Colleges and Universities Regional Seminar on Integrative Learning, October 11, 2002, Babson College, Boston, MA.


Teacher Preparation Goes Accountable: The CCSU Professional Education Database (PED) with Susan Seider and Georgette Nemr. 54th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, February 25, 2002, New York, NY.


Connecticut Employment Summit: Strategies for Educating and Training the Labor Force in the 21st Century," presented by Center for Public Policy and Practical Politics, William A O'Neill Endowed Chair, invited Panelist, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, January 10, 2002.


Commencement Address, Caribbean Mathematics/Science Institute, Sam Sharpe Teachers College, Granville, Jamaica, July 24,2001.


"Title VII and the First Amendment: Did the School District or Teacher Win?" 46th Annual Conference of the Education Law Association, November 9-11, 2000, in Atlanta, Georgia. Hyman, R. T. and Whitford E. V.

"Maryland's STEP Initiative: K - 16 Partners Engaging the School Community in Reform of Teacher Education.” 2000 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Chicago, February 28, 2000. Whitford, E.V. (Organizer), with: Barnett, B., Rossi, G, Hinkle, D., Harriss, C., Chapman, J, and Waters, G.


"Budget Planning to Achieve Strategic Departmental Priorities." at: Academic Leadership: Creating a Climate for Success. University System of Maryland Chairpersons' Conference. With DiClemente, C. & Vukovich, L. October 29, 1999. Baltimore, MD. (By invitation)


"The SSURegional Professional Development SchoolProject." National Conference on Professional Development Schools. Towson State University. October 16, 1998. A group presentation with faculty and PDS staff.


"Educational Reform in Hard Times: Forging a Collaborative Partnership in Teacher Training" with Dr. Brenda Anderson, The Forty-ninth Annual Meeting, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Phoenix, AZ, February 27, 1997.


"Cooperative Learning: A Model for Student Success" with Drs. Doran Christensen and John Wolinski, The Eighth Annual National Student Success Conference, Wichita, Kansas, March 31, 1995.


"Cooperative Learning: Benefits and Strategies" with Drs. Doran Christensen, Charles Long, and John Wolinski, The Seventh Annual National Student Success Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 8, 1994.


"Cooperative Learning in the College Classroom" with Drs. Doran Christensen, Charles Long, and John Wolinski, National Conference of Successful College Teaching, University of Florida, Orlando, FL, February 27, 1994.


"Literacy and Community Involvement: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Service Learning" with Dr. Eugene White, National Conference of the National Society of Experiential Education, San Francisco, CA, October 29, 1993.


"Peer Evaluation, " Evaluating Teaching Retreat, School of Education and Professional Studies and the Henson School of Science and Technology, June 8, 1994.


"Shore Future Early Intervention College Preparation Program" presentation. Presented to the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Education Policy Committee, Annapolis, MD, August 13, 1991.


"Cooperative Learning at the University: Multiple Models," 'with Doran Christensen, Gerry Rossi, and Ann Taylor, IASCE International Convention on Cooperative Learning, Baltimore, MD, July 7, 1990.


"Sherlock--A Teaching Activity to Encourage Cooperation and Interdependence," Salisbury State University Conference for Multicultural Education, Salisbury, MD, May 3, 1990.


"Improving Reading Instruction through Administrators' Feedback," State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, Towson, MD, March 1990.


"Colored Broken Squares: A Strategy for Change in Cooperation, Communication, and Interdependence,” Maryland Council of Staff Developers Annual Spring Conference, Hagerstown, MD, March 1990.


"Educational Reform," Roundtable Discussion, New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ, December 5, 1989.


"Rutgers Train the Trainers Program: From Individual to Cooperative Group," with Ronald T. Hyman, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), National Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 6, 1989.


"The ReadingDisabled Adolescent," Chapter I Parents Group Conference, Doylestown, PA, March 1987.


"Motivating Students through Study Skills," Diamond State Reading Conference, Dover, DE, November 1985.


Teaching Reading and Writing in Combination," New Jersey Reading Association Conference, Union, NJ, March 1984.


Conferences Planned and Organized:


Salisbury State Regional Conference on Middle Level Education, Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD. 3-day conference, July, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996.


"A Forum on Students At Risk,” Conference, jointly planned and co-sponsored by Eastern Shore Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, The Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium, and the Salisbury State University Institute for Community and Educational Development, March 9, 1991.


Workshop and Inservice Presentations:


"Star Power" Workshop for Equity and Diversity, East Salisbury Elementary School February 3, 1999.


"School Law for Student Teachers." Workshop for Student Teachers and Professional Development School faculty. Salisbury State University. April 9, 1998; April 16, 1999.


"Skills for Observing and Evaluating Student Teachers." Workshop presentation to the faculty of the East Salisbury Elementary School PDS. East Salisbury Elementary School. February, 1998.


"Goals and Directions for the Regional PDS." Regional Professional Development School Conference, Salisbury State University, June 22, 1998.


"The Conceptual Framework: Purposes and Components." NCATE Workshop for the Professional Education Unit. Salisbury State University, August 20, 1998.


"The Legal Rights of Students and Teachers." Presentation for the Collaborative Field Experience Program, Salisbury State University/University of Maryland Eastern Shore. October 19, 1997.


"Evaluation of Faculty in Higher Education." Dean's and Chair's Workshop, Salisbury State University August 24, 1996.


"Shore Future and STEPP-Initiatives for at-risk and minority students." Presented to Eastern Shore of Maryland Superintendents, Aspen Center, August 13, 1991.


“The Salisbury State University STEPP Program" presented to the Wicomico Rotary Club, October 1, 1992.


Graduation Speech and Awarding of Certificates to students who completed the programs in clerical training and geriatric nursing as developed by the Lower Shore Revitalization Program, Crisfield, MD, April, 1990.


Panel Member, Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Teaching and Classroom Research. Participated in Panel Discussion responding to keynote address, "Sustaining Faculty Enthusiasm" given by Dr. Nancy Scholssberg, March 1, 1991.


"Modeling and the Use of Example, " Mastery Teaching Workshop, Salisbury State University, January 1990.


"The Use of Interactive Teaching Strategies to Enhance Group Instruction," Rutgers University Train the Trainers Program, New Brunswick, NJ, Ongoing workshops from 1986 to 1989.


"A Clinical Model for Supervising Field Experiences," Staff Development Seminar for Supervising Student Teachers, Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ, September 1987.


"Skills for Writing and Collaboration," Training Workshop Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA July 1987.


"Do's and Don’ts for Effective Parent Conferences,” Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA, Teacher Inductee and Mentoring Program, November 1987, November 1988.


"How Parents Can Help Teenagers Improve Study Skills," Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA, March 1987.


"Writing across the Curriculum," "Developing Critical Thinking Skills," and "Teaching Study Skills,” Continuing Inservice Training Programs, Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA, 1984-1987.


C. Professional Organizations

Committees and Service:

Savannah West Rotary, Chair of Service Projects Committee 2008- present

Connecticut State University Chancellor Search - Fall 2005

AACTE - CT, Vice-President 2003-2005; President-elect 2005-2007

Corporator of New Britain General Hospital, New Britain, CT 2000 - 2006.

National Organization for Legal Problems of Education (NOLPE) Teacher Certification Committee, (1992).


State of Connecticut:


Connecticut Professional Teacher Standards Board (2004)

Review Committee for the Approval of Connecticut Educator Preparation Programs, November 8, 2000 - October 31, 2003

Legislative Commission on the Shortage of Teachers, Administrators, and Minorities (2000-2001)

Committee on the Future of School Leadership in Connecticut (2000)


University System of Maryland:


University System of Maryland Task Force on Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty (1998 - 1999)

University System of Maryland Inter-Institutional Graduate Council (1995 - 1998)

ACE-NIP Representative for SSU (1994 - 1999)




SSU Graduate Council- Chairperson (1993 - 1998)

General Education Task Force - (1997 - 1998)

Enrollment Management Committee (1997 - 1999)

Advisory Committee for Grants and Sponsored Research (1990 - 1998)

President's Advisory Council (1996 - 1998)

President's Transition Team (1996 - 1997)

Presidential Search Committee (1996)

Focus Group Participant for Financial Services (1997)

Ad hoc Committee on Faculty Salary (1995; 1998)

Student Research and Travel Committee (1991 - 1996)

Middle States Programs Evaluation Committee - Co-Chairperson (1994 - 1995)

Founding Advisor, SSU Graduate Student Association (1995-1996)

Academic Long-Range Planning (1993)


SeidelSchoolof Education and Professional Studies Committees:


NCATE Steering Committee (1996 - 1999)

NCATE Task Force for Category I - Co-Chair (1998)

NCATE Writing Committee (1998 - 1999)

Seidel School Strategic Planning Committee (1997 - 1999)

Teacher Education Council (1998 - 1999)

Teacher Education Advisory Council (1998 - 1999)

Regional Professional Development School Committee (1996 - 1999)

Graduate Curriculum Committee - Chairperson (1993 - 1998)

Middle School Committee (1992 - 1996)

Early Childhood Education Committee (1995 - 1997)

Master of Arts in Teaching Joint Committee – SSU/UMES (1995 - 1998)

Middle States Graduate Programs Committee (1994- 1995)




American Association of Colleges and Universities

American Association for Higher Education

International Society for Technology Education

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Association of Colleges for Teacher Education – Connecticut

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development- ASCD

Education Law Association

Phi Delta Kappa

Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities

D. Other Contributions (grants, etc.)

Whitford, E.V. (2001-2004). Project Director. Bridging the Gap: Consortial Strategies for the Integration of Technology into Teacher Education and Performance Assessment. U.S. Department of Education PT3 Grant, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology. $1,112,102 for three years.


Title II Grant Steering Committee member for: Shapiro, Nancy K., et al. (1999). "Creating learning communities: University System of Maryland partnerships for teacher education.”  U.S. Department of Education Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program (1999). $27,222,910. Preproposal accepted for full proposal submission.


Whitford, E.V., Thatcher, D., (1999). "Science, mathematics, and technology education for the 21st Century: Inquiry based teaching in professional development schools”. Incentive Grant Program of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Funded for $38,898.


Whitford, E.V. (1999). Maryland’s Standards for School Leaders Project: Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. Maryland State Department of Education Goals 2000 Grant. Funded for $7,200.


Whitford, E.V., Burroughs, D. & Tossey, M. (1998). Reinventing Faculty Development through Performance-based Portfolios. Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. $193,533 requested. Grant competition canceled.


Whitford, E.V. (1996). Professional Maryland's Redesign of Teacher Education Project: Development Schools. Maryland State Department of Education Grant. Funded for $7,200.


Dotterer, R. & Whitford, E.V. (Project Administrator). (1993 - 1995) "Maryland Artist Teacher Summer Program. "Maryland State Department of Education. Funded for $51,738.


Rubin, S., White, I.E., & Whitford, E.V. (1992 - 1994). "Literacy and Community Involvement.” United States Department of Education Student Literacy Corps grant. Funded for $50,000.


Ecker, W.E. & Whitford, E.V., Project Director. (1990 - 1995). "Shore Future." Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium and Maryland Higher Education Commission intervention grant for at-risk middle school students. Funded for $80,000.


Tossey, M. & Whitford, E. (1990 - 1992). LowerShoreRedevelopment Program. United States Department of Labor/Maryland Department of Economic Development grant for dislocated workers. Funded for $950,000.


Grant Evaluation:


Write to Read: Dorchester County Schools for Success Grant." Choptank Elementary School, Dorchester County Schools. Maryland State Department of Education Goals 2000 Grant, Project Evaluator 1999-2000.


"Redesign of Teacher Education in Maryland: A new focus through reading to be informed." East Salisbury Elementary School, Wicomico County Schools. Maryland State Department of Education Goals 2000 Grant, Project Evaluator 1999-2000.


Evaluator: Dorchester County Even Start Program 1990-1998. The model for this program evaluation has been recommended as a state-wide model for Even Start program evaluations in Maryland.


Evaluator: Dorchester County Kinder-Study Program 1995-1997. Evaluation of an after school program for kindergarten students in Dorchester County in combination with a parenting program.


Evaluator: Maryland Higher Education Commission Intervention Program for at-risk middle school students, 1993-1995.


Evaluator: Lower Shore Private Industry Council 1993-1994 Administrative audit of the Lower Shore Private Industry Council, a required component for a proposal to the Maryland Department of Economic Development. (With Dr. Marvin Tossey and Dr. Rebecca Emery).