DATE: April 6,2001
TO: Millersville University Faculty Senate
FROM: Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department
SUBJECT: RESOLUTION FOR EMERITA STATUS FOR DR. AUDREY KIRCHNER
RESOLUTIONWHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner, Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, is retiring in May 2001, after 42 years in education, 39 of which were at Millersville University, and 3 years in public education, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner has continually kept abreast of current research and practices in the fields of Early Childhood and Elementary Education by actively participating in professional organizations and presenting workshops on the local, state and national level, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner pioneered programs in multiage education, individualized instruction, and open education at the Laboratory School and the Elizabeth Jenkins Elementary School For Children through which she significantly influenced hundreds of children in their developmental years, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner made noteworthy contributions to the development of graduate and undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner was instrumental in developing many of the first Summer Happening Workshops which have developed into the successful summer workshop program for the University, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner has published several books and numerous articles on Early Childhood Education, Individualized Instruction, Education, and Folklore, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner has been a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, who modeled effective teaching/learning strategies for future educators in both graduate and undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner has offered service to the community in a variety of roles - as consultant and in-service presenter in public education and daycare programs, and as a volunteer in the community offering professional services such as the School House Project for the PA Museum of Landis Valley and the Museum School at Carter MacCrae School, School District of Lancaster, and
WHEREAS Dr. Audrey Kirchner has made significant contributions to Millersville University by serving on numerous committees including Secretary of the Faculty Association, the University Honors and Awards Committee, and on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has contributed to the Elementary Education Department by serving on numerous committees as well as thesis advisor for undergraduate research and Master's Theses.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department unanimously and without reservation recommends that Dr. Audrey Kirchner be granted the title of Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Emerita.