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Dr. Kathleen C. Tice

Dr. Kathleen C. Tice

Clinical Assistant Professor

"I want students to know how to apply best practices as well as understand how theory and research have supported these practices our field recommends."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction – University of Texas at Austin


  • Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Texas System Board of Regents
  • William S. Ward Endowment Award for Excellence in Teaching, UTA
  • UTA Faculty Service-Learning Award
  • Top 25 Education Professors in Texas,
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Illinois
  • Certificate of Leadership in the Austin Community/Outstanding Contribution to St. Edward's University


  • Promising Researcher Award, National Council of Teachers of English
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, finalist, International Reading Association
  • Consulting Editor, "The Journal of Educational Research"
  • Co-Editor, "International Journal of Research on Service-Learning in Teacher Education," co-sponsored by the Service-Learning & Experiential Education of the American Educational Research Association SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education housed at Duke University.

Selected Publication, Co-Edited Book:

Jagla, V. & Tice, K. (2018). Educating Teachers and Tomorrow’s Students through Service-Learning Pedagogy. Advances in Service-Learning Series, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Links to share:

The Open Door Preschool Project has received the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant Award for numerous years since 2008 (as one of 12-14 literacy projects selected in the United States).

In which online program do you teach?

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction – Literacy Studies

Which classes do you teach online?

LIST 5316 and LIST 5317

What do you want students to take away from your classes?

I want students to know how to apply best practices as well as understand how theory and research have supported these practices our field recommends. In other words, along with knowing what to do, we need to know why. Understanding why helps as we strive to make changes and remain committed.

What advice would you give to people considering an online education degree?

If you are new to online learning and you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. Everyone was new at some point. Also take time to read the syllabus and navigate the course. It helps to get a big picture of what is going to be required during the semester along with planning for weekly due dates.

Why are you interested in education? What drew you to this field?

It was the children. I knew I wanted to work with children, but I was not sure about which field. Before I could take education courses, my undergraduate program required taking a course where potential candidates observe in classrooms. I was assigned to a fifth-grade classroom, and the teacher let me work with a student who could barely read. I found out that the student started off in kindergarten behind and remained behind. I wanted to know how to not let this happen.

What qualities do you believe make someone a successful education professional?

We need to realize that what we do as educators is important. Each time we interact with a student, we are going to enhance a life or diminish it. During their schooling, many students spend more time with teachers than with their parents, so we will make a difference. We get to decide whether it will be a positive difference or not.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Because of Winn Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

My husband and I have a lot of stray dog stories. Of all of the houses in our neighborhood, dogs come to ours. Of all of the cars in a parking lot or on a road, dogs come to where our car is. We have found homes for some dogs, been foster parents for some, and kept some. They have kept us busy, but they have added a lot to our lives. As they say, "Who rescued who?"

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