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Message from the Dean: November 2020

Dear SOE Billiken Alums, 

I hope that this note finds you healthy and safe. While there have been many ups and downs these last few months, we have made it through the Fall semester with most of our classes being taught in person on campus. This major feat could not have been accomplished without the sacrifice, commitment, flexibility, and grace displayed by our students, faculty, and staff. Our students will soon be heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday, where they’ll study and take their final semester exams. From that point, we will have an atypically long break, allowing everyone time to rest and take a deep breath.

These next few months will be challenging for all of us, and many will be seeking opportunities to engage and interact virtually even as we must distance physically. Here at the School of Education, we are imagining new strategies to re-connect with all our alumni. One such strategy is our Education Speaker Series, which has been virtual for the past few months and will continue to be virtual in 2021. We hope that this adaptation provides an opportunity for the School of Education to engage with you, no matter where you live.

We presented a virtual panel on “Teaching for Equity in the Midst of a Pandemic” during the virtual Homecoming weekend in September. You can view a recording of the event here . Our regular Speaker Series will feature a talk by Constance A. Lindsay, Ph.D., assistant professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; to sign up for this talk, entitled “Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom,” please visit our School of Education website.

In this issue, we are pleased to highlight two academic programs. The first, the Master of Arts in Teaching with alternative certification program, welcomed its largest cohort this fall. The second program that we feature is the Ph.D. in Education Policy and Equity program, now in its second year. And, last but not least, we are very pleased to introduce Molly A. Schaller, Ph.D., recently appointed Associate Dean of the School of Education.

Please let us know if there are ways we can support you better or communicate with you more effectively. Please stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to seeing you on campus in the future!

Best wishes,
Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education