CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – After the position opened in 2020, a longtime early childhood education professor is among those who have been given an endowed professorship at West Texas A&M University.
Dr. Betty Coneway, who joined WT in 2007 as a part-time instructor following a career as a classroom instructor and administrator in Hereford, is the new Dr. Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences.
“I believe this professorship will allow me to hone my teaching craft, enhance my professional growth as a lifelong learner and encourage me in acquiring new pedagogical skills,” Coneway said. “The professorship also will enhance opportunities for meaningful professional service and provide funding for ongoing research interests.”
Established in 2010 according to WT, the professorship is intended to “stimulate academic excellence and enhance scholarship, research and instruction for faculty in the College of Education and Social Sciences.”
“Dr. Coneway is an excellent selection for the Schaeffer Professorship,” said Dr. Eddie W. Henderson, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences. “Like Dr. Schaeffer, Betty has a passion for learning and a devotion to students, particularly in public education. She undoubtedly will live up to Dr. Schaeffer’s legacy.”
Coneway said the professorship will allow her to pursue research into the early identification of dyslexia and into how to support families of students with dyslexia, as well as early childhood intervention and early writing development.
“I am excited to explore the benefits of receiving this generous assistance and look forward to the many opportunities afforded by this appointment,” Coneway said.
Described by the university, Coneway has earned degrees from Saint Mary of the Plains College, WT and Texas Tech University. She holds teaching certifications as a generalist, a reading specialist and in English as a Second Language and elementary. She has published works in Journal of Applied Research on Children, Experiential Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Texas Journal of Literacy Education, and the European Journal of Education Sciences, among others.
“As WT prepares to go public in the fall with a comprehensive fundraising campaign, the highest priority will be investment in people — students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Todd Rasberry, vice president for philanthropy and external relations. “Establishing faculty endowments are essential for WT to become a doctoral granting regional research university as envisioned in WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.”