Anne Tapp, professor of Teacher Education at SVSU, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
She has also been elected as chair of the Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) Executive Committee.
“AACTE is the leading voice on educator preparation,” Tapp said. “It is a great honor to have been nominated by my colleagues and elected.”
Along this journey, Tapp was elected president of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). She was also elected to the Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) Executive Committee as the Midwest region representative, the liaison of presidents in 12 states in the region.
“I was then nominated for and was elected to the chair of the Advisory Council of State Representatives Executive Committee,” Tapp said. “I will oversee the four United States regional representatives who represent the presidents of chapters from 48 states.”
Tapp explained that boards such as ACSR connect professionals in the field.
“The primary purpose of ACSR is to serve as a collaborative network for state chapter leaders across the nation and to represent state-level perspectives in all AACTE activities as well as help identify important issues for AACTE to monitor and manage,” Tapp said. “The Board of Directors determines the policies that guide the program of activities of AACTE to carry out its many functions in connection with the operation and evaluation of the organization’s national program.”
James Tarr, the dean of the SVSU College of Education, said election to national boards serves as recognition of expertise in the profession.
“Board of director elected positions are truly an honor because they are an indication of the respect someone has earned from their colleagues,” Tarr said. “Tapp has an impressive record in teacher education. She is an award-winning teacher educator with almost 20 years of service to SVSU’s College of Education.”
Tapp’s appointment to the national board brings visibility to SVSU on a national level, as well as to the college of education’s educator preparation programs.
“As a member of the board, Dr. Tapp will have her finger on the pulse of education policy and leverage changes to improve the preparation of future classroom teachers, at SVSU and beyond,” Tarr said. “We are really proud of Dr. Tapp.”