University of Mobile School of Education Awarded as Leaders of State in Early Educator Preparation

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Carolyn Corliss

MOBILE, Ala. – Two University of Mobile professors received an award for leadership and contribution to a team focused on the preparation of early educators in the state of Alabama.

UM School of Education Dean Dr. Carolyn Corliss and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Ashley Milner received the Childhood Education Innovative Program Award June 6.

Ashley Milner

Corliss and Milner were recognized for their leadership in the network and exemplary development of their department’s early education focus. The network’s leadership consists of forward-thinking and proven early educator preparation professionals from four Alabama universities.

Among their notable contributions to the network was the reinstatement of University of Mobile’s dual elementary/early childhood undergraduate degree program and the addition of an undergraduate non-certification degree program in child and social development. They also collaborated with Mobile and Baldwin Counties’ public school systems to offer degrees and programs for students who are taking Child Development Associate (CDA) classes at high schools and community colleges.

Alabama’s Early Educator Innovative Program Network is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and Alabama School Readiness Alliance, a nonprofit pre-k advocacy coalition, and is supported by the Alabama State Department of Education.


About University of Mobile:

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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