Dean's Message

Welcome! There's a place here in the School of Education for you — whether you are a future student or past alum.

Our students and faculty members are involved in cutting-edge issues. For example, the Department of Reading and Language Arts faculty have been working to address the changing landscape of literacy instruction in light of the Common Core Standards and other reforms through recently published books and articles. Students in the Department of Higher Education recently organized and participated in “Speak, Listen, and Reflect”, a two-day retreat to share their personal narratives and identities, and reflect on issues of privilege and oppression as individuals and professionals within Student Affairs.

SOE students and faculty are committed to reshaping the face of education and its diverse fields. Syracuse University was the first research institution in the nation to create a dual certification inclusive elementary and special education program. We are also the first teacher education programs in the country to use National Board for Professional Teaching Standards videos in courses for students to reflect on the teaching practice of experienced teachers.

Since 2008, we have implemented a unique form of teacher and school leader training. In cooperation with SUNY Upstate Medical University, future teachers and leaders can engage in 44 different clinical simulations. We are the first program in the nation to implement clinical simulations and help future teachers and leaders translate what they know into what they can do.

In the School of Education, students learn with faculty members engaged in transformative research, often funded with grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, USAID, National Institutes of Health, the Taishoff Foundation, the NLM Family Foundation, the Hussman Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, and many others. Our faculty members are recognized for their high-quality research, including Melissa Luke, recognized with a Research in Counseling and Supervision Award, and Kevin Heffernan, recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the North American Artery Society.

SOE students take classes with award-winning teachers. We’ve had five Meredith Professors, including Helen Doerr, who is the most recent SOE Meredith Professor, and more than 10 pre-tenure faculty members selected for SU Teaching Recognition Awards.

School of Education faculty members are engaged in professional service, including Tiffany Koszalka, Director of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction; James Rolling, editor of Art Education; John Tillotson, Director of Research in Science Education for the National Science Teachers Association; Nicole Hill, Past President of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; and Wendy Harbour, who recently received the Association on Higher Education and Disability Professional Recognition Award. These are just a few examples among a host of others.

We welcome students who want to make a difference in education and in the world.

Best regards,

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Joanna O. Masingila, Dean
230 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244