2 Jan 2018

University Dean Awarded Fellowship with National Higher Education Group

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Dr. HarrisonMerrilou Harrison, the dean of the College of Education, was awarded a Deans for Impact Academy fellowship, joining a cohort of fellows selected for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

The yearlong fellowship aims to accelerate field-wide transformation by empowering a network of leaders who are dedicated to improving their educator-preparation programs. Each cohort is limited to 20 leaders, each of whom goes through a rigorous nomination and application process.

“We believe it will be the collective work of leaders like Dean Harrison that will transform how we prepare future educators,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact. “Efforts such as the Deans for Impact Academy will nurture and support those leaders as they work to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”

Harrison began her 2017 fellowship with a four-day conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas this past July.

“Deans for Impact draws deans that are striving to develop the best possible programs and answer that question. Throughout our year of learning together, we are expected to share and implement best practices while being held accountable for our actions and our learning. This strengthens my own personal practice, connects me with other deans, and unifies our approach to developing world-class colleges of education for the success of our future generations," said Harrison.

Harrison is one of 17 fellows in the 2017 cohort, who collectively lead programs that enroll more than 7,400 candidates in 13 states and


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