Nine New Members to Join AACTE’s Board of Directors

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Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2007) Noted deans, professors, authors, educators and a college president were recently added to The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Board of Directors. Terms begin March 1, 2007, and conclude February 28, 2010.

The new members include:

Rosalinda B. Barrera, Dean, College of Education, Texas State University-San Marcos
Prior to taking her position as dean of the College of Education, Dr. Barrera was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she served as an associate provost with responsibilities in diversity and educational access. She led the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society (CDMS), a research, policy and outreach unit focused on promoting multidisciplinary and multicultural initiatives across the campus and community, serving first as associate director and then as director. A former classroom teacher and public school administrator, Barrera earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas in Austin, taught previously at New Mexico State University and has published two books and numerous professional articles addressing the language and literacy education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. Dr. Barrera will serve on the AACTE Board of Directors as an appointed representative of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Andrew Brulle, Chair, Department of Education, Wheaton College
Dr. Brulle is a professor of education with a bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Missouri. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in special education from The Northern Illinois University. Dr. Brulle’s expertise includes policy development in teacher education. He serves as a member of the State of Illinois Teacher Certification Board and is a member of the governing board for the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Brulle was elected to the AACTE Board as a representative of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
Dr. Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University. She launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network during her tenure and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Darling-Hammond was William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. There, she was the founding executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, the blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future catalyzed major policy changes across the United States to improve the quality of teacher education and teaching. Dr. Darling-Hammond was elected to the AACTE Board as an at-large representative.

Rick Ginsberg, Dean, School of Education, University of Kansas
Dr. Ginsberg currently serves on the Kansas Professional Standards Board and on the Government Relations and Advocacy Committee of AACTE. He is on the Executive Board of the Politics of Education Association, affiliated with the American Educational Research Association. Prior to his appointment at Kansas, he was director of the School of Education at Colorado State University, where he was on the executive committee of the Alliance for Quality Teaching and served two years as board chair for the Colorado Partnership for Educational Renewal. His research has focused on school policy and reform and individual and organizational success. He has published eighty refereed articles and book chapters and authored or edited three books. A forthcoming book (Praeger, 2007), The Human Side of Leadership: Navigating Emotions at Work, focuses on how leaders deal with the emotional reaction to decisions. He is co-editing a future volume of the Politics of Education Yearbook on Fear and the Emerging Politics of Educational Reform. Dr. Ginsberg completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in administrative, institutional and policy studies in education. He was elected to a seat on the AACTE Board of Directors representing the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions.

Mary Lee Hall, Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Tennessee at Martin
Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Hall served as assistant dean for undergraduate studies and as director of teacher education at The University of Memphis. Dr. Hall, a former public school teacher in the early 1970s, also taught at the community college level prior to receiving her Ph.D., owned and directed a daycare center and preschool program and served as a graduate assistant, research associate and university supervisor for student teachers. Dr. Hall’s research interests include growth and development of professional development school partnerships. She has written chapters in three books on professional development school partnerships and published in the area of school-based decision making. She is current past-president of the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Hall will serve on AACTE’s Board of Directors as a representative of the Association’s Advisory Council of State Representatives, of which she has been named chair-elect.

Joe E. Lee, President, Alabama State University
Dr. Lee begin his tenure as president of Alabama State University (ASU) in August 2001. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Lee served as president of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss. He also served as a doctoral associate for minority affairs, doctoral associate/administrative assistant and head resident adviser at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A career educator, Lee served at the secondary level as director of development and student recruitment and as head of the science department at Southern Normal High School in Brewton, Ala. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Talladega College. He also received certification in educational management from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Lee has been appointed to represent the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education on AACTE’s Board of Directors.

Tes Mehring, Dean, Teachers College, Emporia State University
Prior to her higher education employment, Dr. Mehring served as a school psychologist, special education teacher and K-12 vocal and instrumental music teacher in Montana, Missouri and Kansas. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Teachers Hall of Fame and Emporia Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Mehring has published five curriculum-based writing assessments, two books, eleven chapters and thirteen journal articles on topics related to memory and learning, crisis intervention in P-12 schools and the impact of NCLB on secondary students who are English language learners and students with disabilities. She received undergraduate degrees (applied music – clarinet, music education and psychology) from St. Mary College and earned an M.S. degree in counseling psychology from Southwest Missouri State University and an M.S. Ed. degree in special education from the University of Kansas. Her Ph.D. in special education/educational psychology and research is from the University of Kansas. Dr. Mehring was elected to represent the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities on the AACTE Board of Directors.

Allen Mori, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Mori received his Ph.D. in special education with a minor in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has spent the last 31 years in higher education, including 19 years as an education dean on two campuses and the last three in his current capacity as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Under his leadership, the division of academic affairs has undergone a significant reorganization; 23 new programs have been approved; a more learner-centered, student-success focus has been adopted and the university has completed a very successful Capacity and Preparatory Review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The campus will complete is reaffirmation process in spring 2008 with the Educational Effectiveness Site Visit. Dr. Mori was appointed by AACTE’s Committee on Governance and Elections to a seat for presidents or provosts on the Board of Directors.

Ronald S. Rochon, Dean, School of Education, Buffalo State University
Dr. Rochon obtained a bachelor of science in animal sciences from Tuskegee University and a master of science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. After working at the University of Chicago in the reproductive unit of the hospital, he developed an interest in teaching and obtained a Ph.D. in educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His academic interests include the recruitment, retention and successful matriculation of culturally, linguistically and racially diverse students across the university campus. Dr. Rochon established the Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Through CDCR he acquired over $3 million in grant funds to direct a Hmong teacher education program, which focused on assisting students of Southeast Asian descent in becoming educators in the Midwest. Dr. Rochon was elected to an at-large seat on AACTE’s Board of Directors.

Board of Directors members continuing their terms through 2008-2009 include:

Randy Hitz, Ph.D., Chair, AACTE Board of Directors and Dean, College of Education, Portland State University
Linda Distad, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Department of Education, College of St. Catherine
Sam Evans, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University
Christy Faison, Ph.D., Interim Provost, Rowan University
Marion Gillis-Olion, Ph.D., Professor, School of Education, Fayetteville State University
Phil Ginnetti, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, Youngstown State University
Colleen Kennedy, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, University of South Florida
Kay Schallenkamp, Ph.D., President, Black Hills State University
Carleen Vande Zande, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Education, Marian College of Fond du Lac


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