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Bauml Named Clotilda Winter Endowed Professor of Education

Dr. Michelle Bauml

Dr. Michelle Bauml has been named the inaugural A.J. and Edna Pickett Endowment for the Clotilda Winter Professor of Education.

“This gift will positively impact the academic profile and reputation of the College and TCU and advance the field of Early Childhood Education,” College of Education Dean Mary M. Patton said.

The gift was established by the Estate of Clotilda Winter, a former College of Education professor. Winter was raised by her aunt and uncle, Edna and Jay Pickett, in East Texas and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwest State Teacher’s College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and taught at TCU from 1959 to 1981.

Alumna and lecturer Betty Grubbs and alumna and field supervisor Janet Paul McKnight both had Dr. Winter and recall that Winter insisted that her students learn to write in perfect cursive on the blackboard and practice daily.

Dr. Bauml received degrees from Texas A&M University, University of St. Thomas-Houston and the University of Texas at Austin and came to TCU in 2010. In 2016, she started the iEngage Summer Civics Institute at TCU, a week-long experience for students entering grades 6-9. Bauml was also selected to attend a Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute, a 5-day professional development for educators, and received a TCU Instructional Development Grant to travel to Washington D.C. for the Institute.

She said she is honored to receive the endowed professorship and will use the gift to continue her research. She will take sabbatical during fall 2018 to research and write about how social studies is taught in early childhood classrooms, and how teachers can integrate the subject more into their curriculum, specifically with children’s literature, historical photographs, technology and the arts.