Portrait of David Mcpherson wearing a suitDavid McPherson, ComD

David McPherson has been a stalwart disciple-scholar at BYU for 29 years. He has combined the study of communication disorders and neuroscience and mentored numerous students through rigorous graduate thesis experiences. His international outreach efforts have blessed the lives of individuals in developing nations and have given students in our program remarkable experiences in humanitarian service. He has given numerous hours of service at every level of the university, including 12 years as department chair and twice as graduate coordinator. In 2004, David received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Audiology; in 2006, the Karl G. Maeser Research & Creative Arts Award; and in 2015, the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which is our profession’s highest award. David’s students have been influenced by his testimony of the restored gospel and his genuine concern for them and their learning. He has been a gracious host for innumerable department social events over the span of decades. As his colleagues and friends, we wish him every happiness in his well-earned retirement.

—Christopher Dromey, Communication Disorders Department Chair

Portrait of Vance RandallVance Randall, EdLF & EIME

Vance Randall has worked tirelessly to improve education for 45 years, first in the LDS Seminaries & Institute system for seven years and second as area coordinator and Institute of Religion director for ten years before joining the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department here at BYU in 1992, where he has worked for over 27+ years. He advanced to full professor in 2003. He has served in many roles in the department, including department chair for eight years and as the director of all of the department programs, including the doctoral, education policy, and school leadership programs. Vance has also served the McKay School of Education and the university in many roles, including the Rank & Status Committee (both MSE & university), Education Measurement and Inquiry Committee (MSE), and the Kennedy Center Advisory Committee (university). Vance has written or cowritten three books, seven book chapters, and over 30 peer-reviewed articles. He has made over 65 local, state, regional, national, and international presentations. Vance has also served the wider educational community in several capacities. One notable example is his service as a legislative fellow for Senator Orrin G. Hatch. We are grateful for his service to the EDLF department, to the McKay School of Education, and to the university. We will miss you, Vance, and wish you well on your next adventure!

—Pam Hallam, Education Leadership and Foundations Department Chair

Portrait of Timothy MorrisonTimothy Morrison, TEd

Tim Morrison has provided dedicated service to the field of education for more than 40 years. He began his career as an elementary school teacher in Idaho and Utah. He later joined the faculty at California State University and then Boise State University before coming to BYU in 1994. Over the years he has served in many different capacities within the university, including service as associate chair from 2010 to 2016. He has made numerous significant contributions to the BYU–Public School Partnership and has positively influenced literacy instruction in our local school districts through professional development, endorsement courses, and other collaborations with teachers and district leaders. He has also served as a member of the CITES Professional Development Coordinating Council and as the chair of the Early Childhood and Elementary Partnership Advisory Council. In 2016 he received the Benjamin Cluff Jr. Award for Educator Preparation. His service in the wider profession has also been extensive, including service as the associate editor of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) Yearbook, chair of the ALER publications committee, as well as the ALER college literacy division. Tim has published numerous articles in the area of literacy education, most of which were co-authored with students. Notably, two of his graduate students received national awards for their work (2008 National Reading Conference Outstanding Student Research Award and the 2010 ALER Master’s Research Paper Award). Tim has made so many wonderful contributions to our department, the MSE, and the university, and perhaps most importantly, has positively impacted the lives of countless students. Tim will be greatly missed, and we wish him the very best in his retirement!  

—Kendra Hall-Kenyon, Teacher Education Department Chair