Superior Service, 2011
Christian Goering won the college's award for superior service.
Goering, an assistant professor of secondary education, joined the College of Education and Health Professions' faculty five years ago and has served as assistant program coordinator for secondary education the past two years. He earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.
Goering directs the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project, Center for Children and Youth, coordinates the English language arts Specialized Professional Association of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, serves on numerous college and university committees and mentored two new faculty members. He also serves on numerous state and national professional committees. All of these activities receive his whole-hearted commitment, according to a nomination letter.
In another letter, David Jolliffe, who holds the Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas, described five contexts in which Goering displayed exemplary service in programs that are garnering state and national attention. Several of these activities include expanding professional development for teachers as well as new opportunities for graduate students to gain teaching experience in the classroom.
The chair of the Secondary Section Steering Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English said all members of the committee have welcomed Goering's perspective and fresh ideas over the past two years. Locally, Goering has assisted school districts with many activities, including serving as a judge for a poetry contest and a film festival.