24 Aug 2017

Heritage University Dean Awarded Fellowship With National Higher Education Group

Heritage University Dean Awarded Fellowship With National Higher Education Group

Author: David Mance  /  Categories: Campus, Education  / 

Merrilou Harrison, the Dean of the College of Education at Heritage University, has been awarded a Deans for Impact Academy fellowship, joining a cohort of fellows selected for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

The year-long Deans for Impact Academy 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 no more than 20 leaders, each of whom went 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.”

The Impact Academy fellowship is made possible by Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit organization that empowers, supports and advocates on behalf of leaders at all levels of educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field and elevating the teaching profession. The organization is guided by four key principles: data informed; outcomes focused; empirically tested; and transparent and accountable.

Harrison began her 2017 fellowship with a four-day conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas this past July. She is thrilled to be involved with Deans for Impact. “Because Heritage University is unique in not only its rural location but also in its approach to educating students, it is critical as dean of the College of Education that I connect with other deans in the nation to help answer the question of how to best educate teachers for the future,” said Harrison. “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.”

Deans for Impact is committed to reflecting the broad diversity of programs preparing new educators in this country, and the selection of Harrison and others   reinforces that commitment.  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 Washington D.C. Through her selection, she is the only fellow representing an institution located in a rural community.

More on Deans for Impact can be found on its website, Deansforimpact.org. For more information, contact Merrilou Harrison at (509) 865-0712 or Harrison_m@heritage.edu.

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