Jann Joseph, a top administrator and expert in science teacher education at Grand Valley State, is appointed dean of EMU College of Education

Joseph: 'At a time when higher education institutions are being asked to do more with less funding, EMU is answering the call'

by Geoff Larcom, Published April 04, 2011

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Jann Joseph, a top administrator at Grand Valley State University who has extensive experience in supporting teacher education and faculty and curriculum development, has been appointed dean of the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University.

Jann Joseph

Jann Joseph

Since 2006, Joseph has served as associate dean for professional development and administration in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Grand Valley.  Her responsibilities encompassed a broad array of faculty and curricular oversight.

 Major projects included supporting development of a new major for elementary school teachers, serving on a design team and overseeing moves of 115 faculty into a new, LEED certified building and initiating and implementing a college mentoring program. 

"I am excited to join Eastern Michigan University as Dean of the College of Education - a college that is a leader in preparing education professionals in Michigan and in the nation," Joseph said. "At a time when higher education institutions are being asked to do more with less funding, EMU is answering the call."

Joseph said the College of Education is positioned to lead in preparing teachers to meet the challenges of a nation that is becoming increasingly diverse.

"I am looking forward to working with colleagues in the arts and sciences to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue teaching careers in math and sciences," Joseph said. "The faculty's commitment to students is inspiring, and I am eager to join my new colleagues to support the development of new teachers who will be leaders and change agents in pre-K-12 schools and beyond."

Joseph is also being appointed as a professor of teacher education, with tenure. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2011, subject to the approval of the EMU Board of Regents. Her annual salary will be $155,000.

Said Jack Kay, EMU provost and executive vice president: "Professor Joseph brings to Eastern Michigan University a strong commitment to shared governance, a wealth of experience as an administrator and faculty member, and a deep belief in the mission and values of EMU and its college of education."

Prior to her present role, Joseph served for four years as Group Science/Integrated Science Program Coordinator at Grand Valley. She chaired a group of 14 faculty members that developed a state-certified science major for K-8 teachers.

Joseph is also a professor in the Department of Biology-Science Education, where she teaches a variety of introductory and advanced courses, including the capstone class for the integrated science major for elementary school teachers.

Her broad variety of recently funded grants and recent publications focus on mentoring, support and assessment for science teachers and students.

Joseph earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction (science education) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She received a masters degree in plant science and a bachelors in agriculture from the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago.

Joseph replaces Vernon Polite, who died in March 2010 at age 61 after serving as COE dean for more than five years. Shawn Quilter, associate dean for academic accountability and teacher certification at the college, has been serving as interim dean.


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