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May 14, 2004
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

Starko named interim dean of EMU's
College of Education

YPSILANTI - Alane J. Starko, an Eastern Michigan University professor in the College of Education (COE), has been named interim dean of the college for the 2004-05 academic year. Starko, of Ann Arbor, will replace the current dean, Jerry Robbins, who retires July 1. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2004.  

Alane Starko
Alane Starko

"Alane has substantial knowledge of the intricacies of our teacher preparation programs and the strong support of the college's administrative team," said Paul Schollaert, EMU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Starko joined the EMU faculty in 1986, and became head of the COE's teacher education program in 1997. She is nationally known for her work with the education of gifted and talented students, receiving awards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Academy for the Talented and Gifted of Michigan.  

Starko was a NAGC board member from 1992-98, and is currently an active member of the NAGC, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the American Educational Research Association.

Starko earned a bachelor's degree (1972) and a master's degree (1976) in elementary education from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and a doctorate in special education from the University of Connecticut in 1986.


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