Colleagues, Students, and Friends -
I am pleased to report that the search for the next dean of the College of Education is underway. We are seeking a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the College, someone who is committed to engaging in research on critical issues in education, preparing teachers and leaders, and serving the state of Illinois and our alumni worldwide.
The dean’s search committee is asking for your assistance in nominating potential candidates. Please forward names, current position/institution, and contact information for any individuals you would like to nominate for the position. The search committee will follow up with all nominees. Email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Education Dean Search” in the subject line. The committee would appreciate nominations by December 16 but will consider submissions as they are received. We are enthusiastic about this search and encourage you to learn more about the process.
This issue of our newsletter has important new research on how brain-training games may not yield the real-world benefits they claim; how those with disabilities have unmet service needs; and how delinquent youth with post-traumatic stress disorder require individualized treatment. Also, we are honored that Maya Israel and George Reese have been selected to participate in the White House’s National Computer Science Education Week project.
Sarah Lubienski recently talked with Illinois News Bureau editor Sharita Forrest about education reforms proposed by President-elect Donald Trump and about his nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. The changes in national leadership could have serious implications for public school funding and affect the attention given to private postsecondary institutions versus public universities in higher education.
Finally, we are pleased to recognize faculty honorees Richard Anderson and Eboni Zamani-Gallaher on their recent recognitions for their important contributions to the field of education.
Thank you for your continued support of the College of Education. We wish you a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.
James D. Anderson, Ed.M. ’69 Ed., Ph.d. ’73 Ed.
Interim Dean and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education