Rudolph to lead Huntingdon Teacher Education Program
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West has announced that Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph, Huntingdon College Class of 1980, will return to her alma mater to serve as chair of the Department of Teacher Education and assistant professor of teacher education. Her appointment begins August 1.
In this role, Rudolph will be responsible not only for directing the work of the Department of Teacher Education, but also for serving as the primary liaison between the department and the Alabama State Department of Education. She will be responsible for overseeing all of the College's relationships with professional accreditation bodies related to the accreditation of the Teacher Education Program. In addition, Dr. Rudolph will direct the development of an institutional strategic plan by which the College will apply to accrediting bodies for the authority to offer degree programs at the Master's level across several disciplines.
"Dr. Rudolph will build on the significant growth of the last several years in our teacher education program at Huntingdon," said West. "She is a highly respected, knowledgeable and seasoned public school educator and administrator. She knows both the College and the state's educational system well. Her enthusiasm and commitment to educational excellence have been evident in every conversation I've had with her. I look forward to the leadership she will bring to the department and the depth of experience she will add to our faculty."
Rudolph, a 29-year public education veteran, has served as assistant superintendent for Muscle Shoals City Schools since 2002, where she is responsible for federal programs, student assessment, curriculum and instruction, professional development, textbook and instructional materials, and accountability for the system. After graduating from Huntingdon with a bachelor's degree in psychology and special education, she completed her master's degree in school psychology at Auburn University, an Education Specialist degree at the University of North Alabama, and a doctorate in educational leadership at Samford University. She has earned Alabama certificate endorsements in educational leadership, psychology secondary education, school psychology, mental retardation, and gifted education.
Rudolph's professional appointments have included assistant principal for Muscle Shoals Middle School and for Russellville High School; contracted school psychometrist for Muscle Shoals City Schools, Lauderdale County Schools, and Sheffield City Schools; contracted school psychologist with Allentown City School System, Allentown, Pennsylvania; director of the extended day program, teacher of gifted and talented students, and teacher of educable mentally retarded kindergarten students for Eufaula City Schools, Alabama; and teacher of educable mentally retarded students for Barbour County and Lee County Schools, Alabama, and for Decatur County Schools, Georgia. She is a member of the Alabama Council for Leadership Development; an executive board member for the Northwest Alabama Education Partnership; an executive board member for the Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; and co-founder and vice president of Creative Curriculum, LLC. For Huntingdon, she has served on the National Alumni Board and on the Board of Trustees, resigning from the latter appointment in order to join the College's faculty. She has been recognized as Alabama Environmental Educator of the Year by the Center for Environmental Research, Troy, Alabama; as Young Careerist by the Business and Professional Women's Association of Eufaula, Alabama; and as Teacher of the Year for Western Heights Elementary School, Eufaula, Alabama. Her son, Glenn, is a 2009 graduate of Huntingdon College who just completed his second year of dental school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Huntingdon's Department of Teacher Education offers a major in elementary education and teacher certification at the secondary level in biology, chemistry, English language arts, history, and mathematics. The department supports P-12 teacher certification in music and physical education, as well.
Rudolph says this appointment fulfills a long-held dream of heading a college teacher education program, and that returning to her alma mater is a special privilege. "I have found joy at every level in my associations with Huntingdon College--as a student, as the parent of a student who is now a graduate, as a member of the Alumni Board, and as a Trustee," said Rudolph. "The opportunity to serve with my Huntingdon family in this new way brings feelings of excitement and honor. The standards of excellence by which Huntingdon College is defined-- in academics, athletics, student life, administration -- have given birth to its outstanding reputation, and I look forward to helping to preserve those standards of excellence."
Dr. Sidney J. Stubbs serves as the College's chief academic officer. "Dr. Rudolph's educational background, classroom and administrative experience over the last 30 years, and her personal connection to the College as an alumna, the parent of an alumnus, and a recent member of the Board of Trustees, make her uniquely qualified to lead our Teacher Education Program," said Stubbs. "Having worked with Dr. Rudolph during her tenure as a Trustee, I am fully confident her professional expertise and personal commitment to education will have a positive impact on the department and the College, both short-term and long-term."
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college offering undergraduate degree programs in 20 majors, with 14 intercollegiate athletic teams and 14 academic honoraries among more than 50 clubs and organizations. The College's Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) is offered in 10 locations around the state.