Dean's Update No. 22

August 21, 2007
To: Members of the College of Education
From: David H. Monk

Welcome to the new academic year. There’s lots to catch up on and here is an annotated list of items that will be of interest.

New Faces in the College

Tenure Line Faculty
Gail Boldt – Associate Professor, LLED
Katrina Bodovski – Assistant Professor, EDTHP
Simon Hooper – Associate Professor, Instructional Systems
Andrea McCloskey (fall 2008) – Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
Orrin Murray (spring 2008) – Assistant Professor, Instructional Systems and C&I
Stephanie Serriere – Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education
Deb Smith – Assistant Professor, Science Education

Standing Staff
Myrna Covington, Academic Advisor begins 08/27/07
Jackie Confalone, Staff Assistant VI, Penn State Educational Partnership Program began 08/20/07
Mara Poorman, Staff Assistant V, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, began 03/05/07
Melanie Hall, Administrative Assistant II, Department of Educational & School Psychology and Special Education, Began 09/18/06

Pending Searches

Language and Literacy Education
Children’s Literature
World Language Education
English as a Second Language/English Language Learners
Language Arts Education
Mathematics Education
Elementary or Secondary
Instructional Systems
Workforce Education and Development
School Psychology
College Student Affairs
Higher Education
Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education

NASA Grant

We recently learned that our proposal to lead NASA’s AESP initiative will be funded. Bill Carlsen, director of the Center for Science and the Schools, led the preparation of the proposal and assembled a team that will connect scientists throughout Penn State and beyond with students and teachers in K–12 schools throughout the nation. This is a sizeable endeavor and is funded at the level of $27 million over the next five years.

School Psychology

We will be conducting a review of our school psychology program during the fall semester with a focus on achieving a greater degree of integration between the psychology and counseling dimensions of the field of education. An Internal Study Team consisting of Kathy Ruhl, Skip Niles, Jackie Stefkovich, Pat Moore (from the State College Area School District), and Rayne Sperling (chair of the Faculty Council) will conduct the review. Bob Hendrickson will be convening the group.

Web Design

We’re hard at work getting ready to launch the new Web design for the College and hope to have the first phase of the implementation in place by mid-September. Suzanne Wayne, Dave Cochrane, Joe Bigler, Randy Persing, Leslie Foster, and Joe Savrock have all been playing key roles and we’re confident that you will be impressed with the results.

New Photo Poster

We will be releasing a new photo poster for all faculty and staff in the College. If you’d like to have your picture updated for the poster, please register to have your photograph taken on either August 24 or September 7. Visit the College of Education:Faculty/Staff Phtography group in Angel to reserve a time. Please contact Wanda Wasilko for more information.

Changes in Chapter 49-2

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is at working making a number of changes in certification requirements for teachers who will be certified to teach in the public schools of Pennsylvania. There could be some far reaching changes for our teacher preparation programs and we are actively involved advising the Department and getting ready to make the necessary changes.

AD-14 Review

Bob Hendrickson will be stepping down from his role as Associate Dean at the end of the calendar year and we have been conducting an AD-14 review. Tom Farmer and Lisa Lattuca have co-chaired the AD-14 review committee. A search for Bob’s successor will be initiated early in the fall semester.

Humphrey Fellows

We will be welcoming 15 new Humphrey Fellows from a wide range of nations. Dr. Syedur Rahman leads the program and welcomes interest from faculty, staff, and students in the College.

Honorary Degree

Lee Shulman, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Penn State. The College of Education will be serving as his host during the spring 2008 commencement ceremonies. He will be our commencement speaker and receive his honorary degree at our ceremony.


We just completed the Investing in People initiative and exceeded our $10 million goal for these past four years by close to 6%, realizing $10,590,770. This is a very significant influx of gifts and pledges to the College that will strengthen our programs and provide more scholarship opportunities for our students. Our success gives us excellent momentum as we head into the seven year “For the Future” Penn State campaign which began on January 1, 2007 and where we face a daunting $18 million goal. Mark and Sue Breedlove recently agreed to serve as the co-chairs for the College of Education’s “For the Future” volunteer campaign committee. Sue is a graduate of our Special Education program and Mark is a graduate of Smeal. Mark and Sue were members of our Investing in People committee and will provide excellent leadership for our fund-raising efforts.

Arts in Education

Once again we will be sponsoring a series of performing arts events. A lottery will be used to distribute free tickets and all faculty, staff, and students in the College are eligible to enter the lottery. A poster describing the events and information about how to enter the lottery will be available soon.

Strategic Planning

Finally, we will be deeply engaged in Strategic Planning during the coming year. The Provost has asked each college and planning unit at Penn State to prepare a five year strategic plan that is due in his office on July 1, 2008. We held a “planning to plan” meeting last spring and Jonna Kulikowich took excellent notes that will be available soon. There will be opportunities for all faculty and staff in the College to become involved in the preparation of our next strategic plan.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the summer months and feel refreshed and reinvigorated. The new year is rich in promise as well as challenge, and I look forward to our efforts together to raise the College to even higher levels of performance.


David H. Monk
College of Education
Penn State University
275 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802-3206
(814) 865-2526
Fax: (814) 865-0555