Saint Mary's Welcomes Phyllis Metcalf-Turner Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education

Dean of Education Phyllis Metcalf-Turner MORAGA, Calif. (February 16, 2011) -Saint Mary's College of California announces the appointment of Professor Phyllis Metcalf-Turner as the new Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE). Her appointment will begin June 15, 2011.

Metcalf-Turner has published extensively in the areas of teacher preparation and literacy, with attention to advancing the achievement of underserved populations, and most recently served as the Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University - which oversees a half dozen nationally accredited teacher education programs.

Metcalf-Turner has a stellar reputation and was selected after a highly competitive national search. "Phyllis has exemplary leadership skills in undergraduate and graduate teacher education and diversity initiatives," said 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."

Her academic and administrative leadership experience includes serving as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of West Florida, with particular authority over diversity and international education and programs; and Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at the University of Louisville. Metcalf-Turner also has an outstanding record as a classroom educator, which has included working with students in special education programs for the Detroit Public Schools and designing courses in liberal arts at Augsburg College.

Metcalf-Turner said she was honored by the appointment as the new dean of the KSOE. "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," she said. "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."

Metcalf-Turner received both her Doctorate in Education Policy and Administration and Master of Arts degree in Journalism Scientific Communication from the University of Minnesota. She also received her Master of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. Metcalf-Turner and her husband, Harold, have resided in Louisville, Kentucky. They have a daughter who is a Middle School teacher in Louisiana and one granddaughter.


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