The 2017-2018 academic year has just ended. It was a year of challenges, opportunities, and celebrations. We listened to stories from hearts and souls, we witnessed struggles and triumphs, and we re-committed as a School of Education to be engaged in the work of diversity and inclusion and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment.
We recently celebrated students, staff members, and faculty members who have received awards and honors over the past year, as well as those who are retiring or taking a new position elsewhere. Among those celebrated was Professor Emerita Marlene Blumin, who was honored with the Tolley Medal in April at the One University Awards ceremony. Syracuse University honored SOE alumnus Kenneth Zeichner MS ’70, PhD ’76 with an honorary doctoral degree at the 2018 Commencement and it was our pleasure to have him give the SOE Convocation speech.
With the end of the academic year comes a change of pace. Study abroad trips for the summer will immerse SOE faculty members and students in different settings, experiences and cultures. Faculty members and graduate students will lay out their summer research goals, and our Office of Academic and Student Services and faculty program coordinators will be communicating regularly with our incoming students as plans take shape for the Fall 2018 semester. We are very excited for the incoming and returning students who will come from nearly every state and many countries to join the SOE community.
And I’m excited and honored to continue to serve as your dean, and to work with our outstanding faculty and staff members, students, alumni, and friends of the School of Education. We are leading through inquiry, inclusion, and action. I hope that you are also excited about the work of School of Education. We love hearing from you and appreciate your support!
Joanna Masingila, Dean
Dean, School of Education