For excellence in teaching, service to the profession and research, Dr. Josh Cuevas, assistant professor of education in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been selected as Fieldale Chair for the 2015-16 academic year.
The chair was funded by the Fieldale Corporation to assist UNG in attracting outstanding faculty in teacher education. Cuevas was awarded the position for productivity in research, support of colleagues in the development of scholarship agendas, and curriculum development that engages graduate students in research in their fields.
“Dr. Cuevas has developed a rigorous sequence of graduate-level courses for the preparation of educators in College of Education graduate programs, and he coaches and supports graduate student research through his teaching,” said Dr. Susan Ayres, dean of the College of Education. “He has contributed greatly to the vision of the college as an active and significant entity in research activity in our state.”
Cuevas said he is grateful and humbled that the college has acknowledged his research efforts.
"Content knowledge and teaching experience are not the only essential attributes of a teacher," Cuevas said. “I believe that it's important to have a solid understanding of how humans learn and process information. I have tried to stay abreast of research in those areas and continue to write and conduct as much empirical research as time allows; I view research as being central to the field of educational psychology and intricately linked to teaching.”
Cuevas added that he works to share this information with his students, many of whom will go on to teach for decades. He said that students appreciate that the content he covers in class is well supported by research and that there is strong evidence for the methods advocated by faculty.Cuevas earned his doctorate in educational psychology from Georgia State University in 2011, and was recognized for the “Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation of the Year.” He has published 10 peer-reviewed publications on topics such as learning styles and psychological influence of education.