Friday, December 20, 2013

Turning the Page, Not Closing the Book

This is my 157th and final blog posting as dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (formerly the School of Education) at UM- Dearborn. On January 1, 2014 I resume my life as professor of education and mathematics on the Ann Arbor campus.

I am delighted to have been able to follow the footsteps of Paul D. Carter. Those who know their campus history know that three faculty were hired in 1960 to launch the education program at what was then the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan. Carter, who was an associate professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was selected to be the first head of teacher education, and he held appointment on both campuses until his retirement.

I am confident that Paul Carter would agree with me that it is a very special personal and professional privilege to be affiliated with both campuses and have an opportunity to serve the University of Michigan in this multidimensional way.

I depart this campus with thoughts and feelings of gratitude and optimism. To all who have supported me in my work over the past 3.5 years – faculty, staff, and administrators both within my academic unit and across the campus – I say thank you. I am very pleased with what we have been able to accomplish together, and I am bullishly optimistic about the future of the college and the university. Yesterday, the new dean of CEHHS, Dr. Janine Janosky, was appointed by the Board of Regents, and I am confident that the college will thrive under her leadership.

I return to Ann Arbor as a great fan of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This campus adds a special, important dimension to the University of Michigan by providing a transformative educational experience to the residents of southeast Michigan, who in turn shape the future of the region. The opportunity to be part of this campus community is something that I will treasure always.

With All Good Wishes,

Ed Silver

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CEHHS Department Chairs Selected

An announcement on December 16 jointly issued by the deans of CEHHS and CASL heralded the selection of new leaders for departments within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.

Pending Regental approval, Dr. Susan Everett, Associate Professor of Education, will be appointed Chair of the Department of Education, and Dr. Juliette Roddy, Associate Professor of Public Policy in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, will be appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services. Both appointments will be effective January 1, 2014.

Susan Everett has been at the university since 2003; her research and teaching focus on science education. Susan brings extensive knowledge of the university and faculty governance to this role along with an extensive body of published work. Her faculty colleagues strongly supported her appointment as department chair.

Julie Roddy has been at the university since 2005; her research focuses on substance abuse, public health, and community service. Julie’s successful pursuit of grants, her knowledge of current campus programs and faculty related to health, and her administrative skills make her an excellent choice to lead a new department during its critical formative stage. During her two years as interim chair Julie will teach courses both in CASL and in CEHHS.

Please join me in congratulating Susan and Julie on their appointments and thanking them for their willingness to serve. The campus is fortunate to have these new departments in such capable hands.

CEHHS Grads and Honorees at Fall 2013 Commencement

On Saturday, December 14, nearly 400 students braved a snowy day to have academic degrees conferred upon them at the Fall Commencement ceremony on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For more about the commencement ceremony, see this story:

More than 100 of the eligible graduates were from education programs within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, roughly equally divided between those receiving graduate degrees and those receiving undergraduate degrees. In addition, the pool of CASL graduates included several undergraduates who also completed the requirements for secondary teacher certification.

A very special part of this commencement was the awarding of the first doctoral degrees in education on this campus. Three of the four doctoral recipients – Andrea Juarez, Peggy Sepetys, and Joshua Tolbert – were “hooded” as part of the ceremony; the fourth doctoral recipient (Truman Hudson) was unable to attend. The ritual of receiving the doctoral hood is part of a historical tradition that began with the earliest foundations of European universities. Hooding has been a central feature of commencement exercises since the twelfth century. When popes, kings, or emperors authorized the conferral of the doctoral hood, they were certifying that the recipients were master teachers who had earned ius ubique docendi – the right to teach anywhere. For more on the doctoral recipients, see this story:

CEHHS Chancellor's Medallion winner, Sarah Pinto, was recognized at the commencement ceremony, and she received the medallion at a luncheon event preceding commencement. For more on the Chancellor’s Medallion winners see this story:

Please join me in congratulating all of the graduates and in wishing them great success now and in the future.