Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Dr. M. Evelyn Fields, an associate professor and president of the Faculty Senate at SC State University, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). The AABHE pursues the educational and professional needs of Blacks in higher education with a focus on leadership, access and vital issues impacting students, faculty, staff and administrators. AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for collaborating and networking among individuals, institutions, groups and agencies in higher education in the United States and internationally. “I am particularly honored to have been chosen by my colleagues from around the nation. As a board member, I will support the chairperson in carrying out the vision of the organization and support initiatives that are aligned with our mission,” says Fields.
The AABHE is an outgrowth of the Black Caucus, which was a component of the former American Association of Higher Education (AAHE). As such, AABHE has a rich history of representing blacks in higher education on a national level.
Passionate about education and eager to work, Fields is thrilled about the opportunity that the AABHE has provided her. “I am specifically interested in working with the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s Leadership and Mentoring Institute that has provided over 200 higher education professionals the requisite information and skills to prepare them for senior administrative and faculty positions since 2003,” said Fields.
Fields currently serves as the president of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC). SCAEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of SCAEYC is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children; to encourage the study, interpretation and improvement of their education and general well-being; to cooperate with other groups having compatible purposes and to support and promote local SCAEYC chapters/clusters. SCAEYC currently has a membership of 850.
Fields received her Master of Education and Ph. D in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. She has extensively published and presented nationally in her niche area of culturally relevant teaching. Fields recently concluded a $100,000 research project funded by the SC legislature to provide training for in-service teachers in culturally relevant pedagogy. She is the principal investigator of the 1890 project, “The Effectiveness of Community Action Research and Professional Development Activities on the Classroom Roles and Partnership of Rural Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers.” Fields also recently co-presented with Dr. William Whitaker, assistant professor of family consumer sciences, at the AABHE National Conference in Atlanta, Ga. on the subject: Tenure and Promotion at HBCU’s.
Fields is currently co-authoring a book entitled “Empowering Homeless Families with Young Children” for Springer Publishers. She is also a member of the National Black Child Development Association, the Association for Childhood Education International, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the American Association of University Professors.