ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Richard W. Riley College of Education will implement a new departmental structure beginning August 1. Two of its departments will be affected by this change, and a new Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership will be initiated.
The Center of Pedagogy and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction will be replaced by the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
According to Jennie Rakestraw, dean of the college, this change will allow a better balance in the number of programs and faculty among departments and, with the new Institute, will organize the college in a way that will support the collaborative nature of its work across disciplines and with P-12 schools.
Mark Dewalt has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies. A national search was conducted this spring to fill the chair's position of this new department which will include programs in the areas of Counseling and Development, Educational Leadership, Family and Consumer Sciences, Middle Level Education, Special Education and secondary/P-12 Master of Arts in Teaching.
A Bank of America Endowed Professor who is an expert on one-room schoolhouses and Amish education, Dewalt has served the College of Education as graduate director and most recently as interim director of the Center for Pedagogy.
“We look forward to Dr. Dewalt's leadership in the college as chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies at this critical time of transition to a new departmental structure in the College of Education,” Rakestraw said.
Jonatha Vare will serve as chair of the new Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy that will include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Literacy, and M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction programs.
The new Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership will be initiated fall 2010, and a search is currently under way to fill the position of founding director of the Institute.