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Committee named to lead search for IU School of Education dean

  • Aug. 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A committee has been appointed to identify candidates for the position of dean of the Indiana University School of Education, the university has announced.

Austen Parrish, dean and the James H. Rudy Professor of Law in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, will chair the committee, which was appointed by Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel.

The new dean will succeed Gerardo Gonzalez, who retired from his administrative role this summer after serving as dean of the School of Education for 15 years. Gonzalez plans to take some time away but then return to full-time work on the School of Education faculty.

Terry Mason, professor of curriculum studies and associate dean for research and development, has been named the school’s interim dean. He began a one-year appointment July 1.

“Finding the best candidates to serve as dean of the School of Education, after a decade of able leadership by Gerardo Gonzalez, is one of the most important challenges facing Indiana University,” Robel said. “I am delighted that Dean Parrish and the talented members of the committee have agreed to devote themselves to this task, and I look forward to a successful completion of the search.”

The committee includes representatives of faculty, staff and students at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In addition to Parrish, they include:

  • Elizabeth Boling, professor of education and associate dean for graduate studies, IU Bloomington
  • Victor Borden, professor of education and student affairs, IU Bloomington
  • Gayle Buck, professor of science education, IU Bloomington
  • Y. Barry Chung, professor and program director of counseling and educational psychology, IU Bloomington
  • Danielle DeSawal, clinical associate professor of higher education and student affairs and HESA master’s program coordinator, IU Bloomington
  • Natasha Flowers, clinical associate professor of teacher education, IUPUI
  • Nancy Hamblin, member of the School of Education National Board of Visitors and former national president of the IU Alumni Association
  • Cindy Hmelo-Silver, the Barbara B. Jacobs Chair of Education and Technology and professor of learning sciences, IU Bloomington
  • Rob Kunzman, professor of curriculum studies and philosophy of education, IU Bloomington
  • Mitzi Lewison, professor of literacy, culture and language, IU Bloomington
  • Carmen Medina, associate professor of literacy, culture and education, IU Bloomington
  • Elizabeth Odle, former Indianapolis Public Schools educator and principal and former director of Bridges to Success Program for the United Way of Central Indiana
  • Lori Patton Davis, associate professor of higher education and student affairs, IUPUI
  • Gary Pike, professor of higher education and student affairs, IUPUI
  • Jim Scheurich, professor of urban education studies and coordinator of urban education studies doctoral program, IUPUI
  • Audrey Wynne, student and IU Student Association representative
  • An IU Bloomington Professional Council representative (to be named)
  • Catherine Dyar, chief-of-staff to Provost Robel (ex-officio member)

The IU School of Education is a core school with programs at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. At IU Bloomington, it offers residential bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and graduate online programs, several of which are nationally ranked. At Indianapolis, the school offers undergraduate and master's programs and a doctorate in urban education studies.

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