Phyllis Metcalf-Turner, an educator with extensive expertise in teacher preparation and literacy issues, has been appointed Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE) at Saint Mary's. Her appointment began June 15, 2011.
Most recently the chair of the Department of curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University, Metcalf-Turner was chosen after a highly competitive national search. Her research has focused particularly on advancing the achievement of underserved populations. Her responsibilities at Illinois State included oversight of six nationally accredited teacher education programs.
"Phyllis has exemplary leadership skills in undergraduate and graduate teacher education and diversity initiatives," said SMC Provost Beth Dobkin. "Her personal investment in social justice and civic engagement profoundly resonates with the mission of the college and the work of the Kalmanovitz School of Education."
Metcalf-Turner earned a doctoral degree in education policy and administration and a master's degree in journalism scientific communication at the University of Minnesota. She also received a master's degree in speech/language pathology and a bachelor's degree in special education from easter Michigan University.
"Saint Mary's is nationally recognized for its innovative teacher preparation, leadership programs and academic solutions to real world problems in our nation's schools," Metcalf-Turner said, noting how honored she is by her appointment as the new dean of the kSOe. "I look forward to building on the many achievements of the School of education, working with its impressive faculty and continuing its mission of fostering K-12 academic excellence and social equity through transformative teacher training."