Where were you before you joined Ball State? I started my career as a middle school teacher. Then I was a principal for 10 years. After that, I was an assistant professor at the University of Texas-Arlington and worked my way up to associate dean. From there, I went to Kansas City and served for two and half years as associate dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I was recruited back to Texas, where I was dean for six years at Stephen F. Austin State University. What strengths do you bring to your new position of dean? I love building programs and working with curricula. At each institution I’ve worked, I’ve done a great deal of building and connecting, changing face-to-face instruction to online, developing schools, and working with accreditation. At my previous institution, I did a great deal to promote scholarly work done by faculty. As part of this, I secured large grants two years in a row to support faculty research by forming a faculty research academy. For one of those years, 14 out of 16 proposed grants were successful and received funding. I think there’s great potential in Teachers College to write and receive grants that will help us rethink and redefine education. I think the idea of distance education is very appealing, and I have experience putting together online programs. I enjoy working with community colleges to build relationships so we can provide a seamless transition from a two-year institution to a four-year institution. I’d like to continue to support research in my new role as dean of Teachers College. Right now, the associate dean and I are having brown bag lunches with faculty to get to know them and their research interests. In the future, we will pull together everyone’s voice and articulate what we want to aspire to be as a college. We will form our mission, goals, and core values to get us directed for the future. What do you identify as particular strengths of Ball State and Teachers College? Ball State Teachers College has a wonderful reputation nationally. It’s recognized in the state as the leader for teacher education. My former institution was known as one of the best in the state, but it wasn’t known nationally. Also, there are nine doctoral programs in this college as well as various international programs and sites.
Students in Teachers College practice the skills they learn in the classroom by working with children at local schools and community centers.
Ball State’s graduate programs in education are ranked in the top third by U.S. News & World Report, and the educational leadership department has been ranked as one of the nation’s top leadership development programs by Leadership Excellence magazine for four consecutive years.
Teachers College has developed partnership with institutions and organizations in Indiana and around the world, including the Indiana School for the Deaf.
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