CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 18, 2014 – Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University, presented the first Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture Nov. 14 at Delta State University.
The event honored Delta State University President Emeritus Dr. Kent Wyatt for his visionary and sustaining leadership in the field of education. Members of the audience included two past presidents and the current president of Delta State University as well as deans, faculty and students.
Rogers-Adkinson was selected to speak based on her extensive background in education over the past 30 years.
“It was quite humbling to be asked to be the inaugural speaker of the new lecture series to honor President Wyatt,” said Rogers-Adkinson. “He was a visionary, and being asked to represent his legacy was an honor.”
Rogers-Adkinson has served as the dean of Southeast’s College of Education since July 2012 and had led efforts to integrate technology into and across the curriculum at Southeast to ensure students can demonstrate 21st century skills. She has spearheaded the “EDvolution” movement at Southeast bringing iPads to all education majors beginning this fall.
“I’m excited about the way we are trying to recreate our program,” she said, referencing several other sweeping state-mandated changes in assessments and curriculum for education majors that began last fall.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is visioning “a new curriculum with tech in place,” she said.
At Southeast, “we’re trying to be creative and fun and challenging as well. We need to let them (our students) be creative learners and teachers,” Rogers-Adkinson said.
Rogers-Adkinson began her career as a teacher of children with emotional and behavioral disorders and autism. She has also served as a mental health professional for children and families in crisis.
She previously served as chair of the Department of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she was awarded for excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarly work and service to the profession.
She is past president of the International Council for Children with Behavior Disorders and currently serves as president-elect of the Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
Rogers-Adkinson has been extensively published and has presented and provided consultations in the areas of strategic change, national issues in education, legal advocacy and expert witness work related to children with disabilities.