Education professor appointed to state’s Principal Fellows, TP3 Commission

Chris Godwin, director of teacher education and associate professor in the School of Education, was appointed by the president of  North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Hope Williams to serve on the N.C. Principal Fellows and TP3 Commission.

The Principal Fellows and TP3 Commission is responsible for ensuring Principal Fellows grants are utilized for the recruitment, development and support of high-quality principal candidates. The commission will adopt stringent standards to ensure that the highest-quality principal preparation programs receive grant awards under the new Principal Fellows/TP3 Program, with the aspiration to eventually ensure that rigorous, state-funded principal preparation opportunities are available across the state. Commission members will create and foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement throughout the Program.

The commission, in collaboration with the Principal Fellows director, will develop a rigorous RFP process and rubric for the selection of grant recipients, determine grant amounts based on available funds, analyze program performance data, develop standards for grant renewals, and communicate with the NCSEAA on Commission decisions. The Commission will also advise on administrative decisions, program oversight, and loan forgiveness considerations.

Godwin has served as the director of teacher education at Campbell University since 2012.  Before beginning his career with the School of Education, Godwin taught middle school math and science and was an assistant principal in Harnett County Schools.  He served as the state director for Academically/Intellectually Gifted programs at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and was the president of the N.C. Association of Gifted and Talented Organization. In addition, Godwin served as the executive director for academic programs in Johnston County Schools. He currently serves as the president of the N.C. Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators. 

Godwin received his B.S. in middle grades education and M.Ed. from Campbell University and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University.