Herman, Hutcherson join education faculty at Wayland

Dr. Patricia Herman and Dr. Linda Hutcherson have joined the faculty in the Don Williams School of Education at Wayland Baptist University.

Herman, a full professor, is returning to the faculty after a three-year hiatus in which she served as West Texas area director for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Prior to that position, she taught at Wayland as an assistant and associate professor. She has also taught adjunctly for Wayland at the Hawaii campus.

Herman holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Toledo in Ohio and her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

She began her education career in 1965 as a teacher in the Toledo Public Schools and worked there until 1981, when she began her doctoral work. During her career, Herman has had publications in several education periodicals, with emphasis on literacy and reading. She has also helped edit five books, written several technical reports, had papers presented at various conferences and led workshops on vocabulary, reading and literacy.

Hutcherson, an associate professor, comes to Wayland from the Region 16 Education Service Center in Amarillo, specifically in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the Instructional Services Division. Hutcherson also has nine years experience as a secondary classroom teacher in speech, theatre, English, debate and journalism, and 20 years experience as a secondary guidance counselor, testing coordinator and curriculum consultant in the Canyon school district.

She received a bachelor's degree in speech/theatre/music education from Oklahoma Baptist University, a master's degree in behavioral studies from Southeast Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in administration from West Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Texas Tech University. She is certified in secondary speech and music, technology, counseling, mid-management and superintendency.

During her career in education, Hutcherson has served as director for the PACT Players (Positive Actions Concerning Teenagers), a nationally recognized drug prevention entertainment troupe, and directed Project READY for Canyon I.S.D., which developed curriculum for diverse youth. She also was director for Texas UIL Literary Events and served as speech and drama coach, leading to eight state literary championships.

While at the Education Services Center, Hutcherson was a web page trainer and webmaster for her division and was an inservice trainer in technology, team-building and esteem-building activities. She was regional director for Texas Beginning Educator Support System, as well as regional TAAS test administration coordinator and other research and training activities.

According to Dr. Jim Todd, both women bring great experience and expertise that will complement the education faculty.

"Dr. Herman is a well-published researcher in language arts and is a former faculty member who is returning to us. She'll be heading up our ExCET review programs and teaching professional development courses," Todd said. "Dr. Hutcherson comes to us from Region 16 and has just completed her doctorate at Texas Tech. She brings a unique mix to Wayland of field experiences and leadership in working with nontraditional teachers and will assume a leadership role in instructional technology."