As previously announced across campus, the SOE will be welcoming a new dean later this year! Justin Perry, Ph.D., will be the Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Education Chair, and Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He is currently chair and associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning at Cleveland State University. He also serves as director of the Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State where his work focuses on the prevention of school dropouts by improving college and career readiness to promote pathways for post-secondary education. Dr. Perry has produced more than 40 publications, and his program of research has been funded by a $1 million grant awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences. He has led the Center for Urban Education in securing and/or serving on 27 external grants, totaling over $14 million, including grants funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Health Resources and Services Administration, Ohio Department of Education and The Cleveland Foundation. My sincere thanks, again, for everyone who served on the dean’s search committee for your tireless work and thoughtful consideration in providing a summary of strengths and weaknesses of each of our four candidates to the Provost for review. Dr. Perry will begin with us on July 15th.
Many of you are aware that we will be hosting two external consultants to campus this Wednesday and Thursday, thanks to Provost Bichelmeyer. They will be meeting with groups of faculty and staff at the School of Education on April 7th; thank you to those of you who are available to attend. The purpose is to discuss the school’s climate and what we aspire to achieve, and also to help inform the campus experience that the consultants will launch in the fall.
I was excited to join Drs. Clare Bell, Loyce Caruthers, Karrie Snyder and Micheal Strohschein, and Ms. Annetta Toomey, who met with Dr. Hisako Murakawa of Musashino University (MU) in Tokyo, Ms. Hiroko Keightley (translator) and Ms. Carole Owsley (moderator, Japan Council of Greater Kansas City) over lunch last week to discuss the feasibility of the School of Education (and, more specifically Continuing and Professional Education) providing curriculum assistance and a pool of teacher candidates to a new private international school for elementary and junior high school students that MU in Tokyo hopes to open in September 2018. Discussions were preliminary but the possibilities are exciting and it could result in a long-term international partnership for us! More information will be forthcoming as future conversations occur.
A reminder to all that our seventh annual Urban Education and community Forum is tomorrow in Room 401 of the Student Union when we will welcome Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin. We reached capacity with our RSVPs so please come early (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)! And, for those of you who have already submitted an RSVP for the more intimate conversation that same day, a reminder that Dr. Ladson-Billings will join us from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 307 of the SOE.
Know that we also are hosting Dr. Judy Jacobs on Monday, April 18th, for a conversation for SOE faculty and staff. Dr. Jacobs is the 2016 UMKC Alumni Defying the Odds Award recipient and will speak on her memories and experiences from surviving Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child. She earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the SOE (and her MBA from the Bloch School) and will no doubt have compelling stories to share. Please RSVP since a box lunch will be served.
Dr. Jacobs also will present “Memories of a Child: Aspects of Life Before, During and After the Holocaust” on campus on Tuesday, April 19th. This event, co-sponsored by the SOE and the Bloch School, is free and open to the public, although registration is requested. The presentation will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 218 of Bloch Executive Hall. For more information, see our website.
A quick note that some changes recently were made to the SOE Intranet of which everyone needs to be aware. Please refer to the “Technology Update” in the sidebar for more information.
- Electronic gradebook and syllabus submissions for the Fall 2015 semester are due today!
- Regalia orders for 2016 Commencement are due prior to 4:00 p.m. on April 8th. Email Mr. Brad Martens.
- 14th Annual SOE Spring Celebration—an Ice Cream Social – April 28th. Celebrate our class of 2016 graduates, winners of three SOE outstanding student awards and the end of another academic year. All SOE students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited between 3:30-5 p.m. on the SOE patio and east lawn. RSVP.
It will be a busy week; make it a good one!