Professor Receives Award from Association of Teacher Educators

Friday, March 12, 1999

Shirley Robards, associate professor of education at The University of Tulsa, has received the Distinguished Member Award for meritorious service from the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE).

Robards, who was president of the association in 1990-91, received a plaque and a certificate on Feb. 16 during the ATE’s national meeting in Chicago. More than 2,000 participants attended the meeting.

She was nominated for the award by the Oklahoma Cooperative for Clinical Experiences in Teacher Education, a consortium of universities, including TU, and the Tulsa public school system. The award is given to educators who have provided leadership in teacher education at the national, state and local levels.

Her activities include supervision of four students teachers each semester since 1977 and directing a program in which practicing teachers are trained as mentors for TU students, passing on skills needed for teaching science and mathematics. She also has served for many years as advisor for two TU students groups, the Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honorary society.

Robards, who joined TU in 1972, is a founding member of ATE’s Oklahoma unit.

ATE members represent more than 650 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems, and the majority of the state departments of education.