Education Professor Receives Social Justice Award

Aretha Marbley was lauded for her consistent and significant work and dedication to social justice in Texas.

Aretha Marbley serves as an associate professor in the College of Education.

Marbley is a professor in the College of Education.

A Texas Tech professor’s outstanding commitment to promoting social justice through advocacy and teaching led the Texas Counselors for Social Justice to award her the title of Outstanding Counselor Educator Advocate.

Aretha Marbley, a professor in the College of Education, is an activist scholar, with a research focus in multicultural discourse on issues of community and gender social justice, invisibility and silence, marginality, inequities, cultural competencies, ethics and diversity in education.

Judy Aycock Simpson, assistant dean for communications for the College of Education, said the awards committee was specifically impressed by Marbley’s consistent and significant work and dedication to social justice in Texas.

“The committee cited her willingness to take a stand against institutions that maintain the status quo of marginalization and oppression, in addition to her service, scholarship, and teaching dedicated to advocacy and social justice qualified her as the recipient of this statewide award,” Simpson said.

The Texas Counseling Association presented Marbley with the award Nov. 10 at its annual conference in Fort Worth.

Marbley also serves the counselor education community as director of community counseling in counselor education at Texas Tech, chair of the American Counseling Association Women Interest Network, Region Six director of the Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education and as a member of a multidisciplinary team investigating the exposure to and transmission of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Vietnam.

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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