Dr. Jason Reeves, Dean of the Educational Studies Unit for Union College, will deliver the 100th Commencement address to the Barbourville High School graduating class of 2015 on the evening of May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Commencement exercises will take place at the Treadway Activity Center.
Dr. Reeves is a 1999 graduate of Barbourville High School. While there, Dr. Reeves was voted most dependable by his classmates and was one of a small number of Class of 1999 graduates who began and ended their P-12 education in the Barbourville Independent School system. Dr. Reeves was also a member of the BHS Yearbook, Newspaper, Beta and Library clubs, a nominee for inclusion in the annual addition of Who’s Who of American High School Students, and was a member of the BHS Academic Team. Dr. Reeves holds degrees from Eastern Kentucky University, Union College, and the University of the Cumberlands.
In his current role as Associate Professor and Dean of the Educational Studies Unit at Union College. Dr. Reeves is the youngest person to be appointed and currently serve as a Dean/Chair of a postsecondary educator preparation program in Kentucky. In 2010, Dr. Reeves successfully led the Union College Educational Studies Unit (ESU) through teacher preparation program reaccreditation by the KY Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). In 2014-2015, Dr. Reeves led the ESU through a successful pre-candidacy, candidacy, and examiners recommendation audit for program accreditation by the National Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), a first for Union College During his tenure at Union College, Dr. Reeves has developed the ESU’s first fully online accredited masters programs, created the ESU’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree for teachers practicing in the State of Tennessee, and led the ESU’s Teacher as Leader graduate program redesign in 2011. Recently, the ESU and Dr. Reeves celebrated approval of its online Teacher Leader: Gifted Education Endorsement, Teacher Leader: Educational Policy, and Teacher Leader: Cultural Competency programs for practicing educators by the EPSB. In January 2015, the Union College Educational Studies Unit was recognized by the Kentucky Center for Education for its top five ranking of all colleges/universities in Kentucky for students who are hired and are still employed in the teaching field five years after graduation. These teachers are currently leading classrooms in 19 Kentucky counties.
In addition to his roles at Union College, Dr. Reeves is an appointed member to the KY Education Professional Standards Boards (EPSB) Board of Examiners for teacher preparation program accreditation. As a BOE member, Dr. Reeves has served on seven Board of Examiner teams, serving in both co-chair and chair roles. Additionally, Dr. Reeves is an appointed member of the EPSB’s Continuous Assessment Review Committee and Program Accreditation Review Committee. In 2013, Dr. Reeves was selected by the state of Kentucky to receive training by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) as a national reviewer of postsecondary teacher preparation programs. In April 2014, Dr. Reeves was appointed to the Education and Retraining Working Group for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative spearheaded by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers. In January 2015, Dr. Reeves was appointed as a Board member to the Center for Rural Development’s Forward in the Fifth Program.
Prior to his time at Union College, Dr. Reeves served as a Youth Case Manager and Summer Food Program Director for the KCEOC/ Workforce Investment Act program. While there, Dr. Reeves was a member of the Leadership Tri-County Class of 2005, selected as a “20 Under 40” community leader by the Corbin Times-Tribune, and received the USDA’s 2005 Sunshine Award for increased community outreach for a Kentucky summer food program.