March 24, 2008

Open forums scheduled for education dean finalists

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Public forums for the four finalists for the Purdue University dean of the College of Education will be held beginning April 1.

Each candidate will be asked to make a presentation of roughly 15 minutes, which will be followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

"Each of these four individuals are well-qualified, yet come from different backgrounds and would bring different talents to the job," said Dennis R. Depew, chair of the search committee and dean of the College of Technology. "We look forward to hearing what each has to say, and we invite the campus community to be active participants in the process."

Candidates and their open forum dates are:

* April 1. 9:30-10:45 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 218 A-B. James D. Lehman, head of Purdue's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and professor of educational technology. He began as an assistant professor of educational technology at Purdue in 1983, and he has since served as associate professor, co-director of the college's Technology Resources Center and as interim director of the Center for Instructional Excellence.

* April 17. 9-10:15 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 310. Sidney M. Moon, associate dean for learning and engagement in Purdue's College of Education and professor in the Department of Educational Studies. She was previously director of Purdue's Gifted Education Resource Institute and was the interim associate dean for academic programs in the college. She began as an assistant professor in educational studies in 1992.

* April 24. 2:30-3:45 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 3082. Carolyn M. Shields, professor in the College of Education's Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served as head of the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership and previously was the founding director of the School Leadership Centre at the University of British Columbia.

* April 30. 1:30-2:45 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310. William A. Henk, dean of the School of Education and professor of education at Marquette University. He has served as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and was a faculty member and director of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Capital College. 

The committee is searching for a successor to George W. Hynd, who was dean of the College of Education from 2003 to December 2007. Hynd is now senior vice provost for education and innovation, dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education and Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. Kevin Kelly, who has served as head of Purdue's Department of Educational Studies since 2002, is the interim dean of the College of Education.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Source: Dennis R. Depew, (765) 494-2552, ddepew@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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