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Jacqueline Stefkovich Named Associate Dean in College of Education

Article about the appointment of Jacqueline Stefkovich as associate dean.

by Joe Savrock (November 2007)

Jacqueline Stefkovich, department head of Education Policy Studies in Penn State's College of Education, has been appointed the College's associate dean for graduate studies, research, and faculty development.

Stefkovich will begin her assignment Jan. 1, 2008. She succeeds current associate dean Robert Hendrickson, who plans to return to full-time faculty status.

"Dr. Stefkovich will be building on the strengths and successes of the Office of the Associate Dean," said dean David H. Monk. "This office has made tremendous progress in recent years, and I wish to thank Dr. Hendrickson for his leadership as associate dean and the other members of the research office team—Rose Bomboy, Heather Decker, Tammy Fetterolf, and Vicki Spadaccio—for their hard work and tremendous support they provide to faculty and staff throughout the College."

Stefkovich, professor of educational leadership, holds an Ed.D. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She received an M.A. in Counseling from The University of Connecticut, a B.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a certificate in School Psychology from Temple University. Her research interests include areas related to students' rights. She has written extensively on issues related to ethics and school leadership and the intersection between what is legal, what is ethical, and what is good administrative practice.

Previously, Stefkovich served on the faculty at Temple University for nine years in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where she coordinated the Educational Administration program. She has also worked as a kindergarten teacher and school counselor and in administrative and research capacities in a variety of nonprofit education-related organizations. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia and is active in a number of national and international organizations.

Stefkovich has worked for three regional educational laboratories, has consulted at a number of nonprofit organizations, and has written more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as five books on educational law, ethics, and legal and ethical decision-making.