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Message from the Dean

 

EDUCATION IS THE FOUNDATION TOWARD PROGRESS.

A Message from Dean Mary KalantzisInnovation thrives in the Midwest, and the University of Illinois is playing a vital role in its formation. UI Labs will be leading the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, working with numerous partners in Illinois. Simply put, this digital manufacturing hub in Chicago will pave the way for important research across the country and produce wide-ranging advances by numerous companies. The University’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Champaign will play a role in this public-private enterprise, which will link the research capabilities of universities with businesses that have the know-how to solve problems.

Such exciting developments, heralded recently by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, serve to remind us that education is the foundation and engine of all disciplines. The College of Education—which will also be afforded the opportunity to play a role in the aforementioned Chicago developments—leads the way in research on critical issues. We prepare teachers by using the newest technology in educational research as demonstrated by MSTE and its 20 year history. And we prepare teaching leaders who will someday become policy makers at the state and federal level. A solid education equals prosperity and well being, and we are witnessing that enrichment in our region.

On the impact front, Ruth Nicole Brown, assistant professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, should be commended for her latest book, “Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood.” It relates what’s possible when black women and girls collaborate to produce honest, complex, and humanizing representations of their lives. Such work is testimony to the positive differences our values and scholarship offer. Ruth is the founder of Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT) and was named Faculty Woman of the Year in 2013 by the Women’s Resources Center.

Additionally, Professor Chris Lubienski is making his public presence felt. Chris was ranked No. 7 among scholars in the field of government and policy in the Edu-Scholars Public Influence: Top Tens rankings. These rankings recognize the often unseen accomplishments of scholars who have had a major impact on public discussion of education.

Leading, teaching, and serving are simply said but require thorough effort. We are doing our part to make that effort and, in the process, changing lives for the better.

Mary Kalantzis
Professor and Dean
 

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