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Donna Wiseman Appointed
Interim Dean of College of Education for 2007-08 Academic Year

Donna L. Wiseman
Donna Wiseman
COLLEGE PARK, MD (July 2007) – Donna L. Wiseman has been named Interim Dean of the College of Education, effective July 1, 2007. Prior to this appointment, Wiseman was a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs responsible for student services and advising, international activities, outreach, teacher education and accreditation.

"I am looking forward to working with the college in my new role," said Wiseman. "It is a pleasure to be a part of the excitement and energy and the scholarly and creative atmosphere produced when our excellent faculty, students, and staff are engaged in teaching learning, inquiry, and service."

Before joining the University of Maryland in 2001, Wiseman held various leadership positions in higher education. She was the L.D. and Ruth Morgridge Endowed Chair in Teacher Education at Northern Illinois University. During her 18-year career on the faculty of the College of Education at Texas A&M University, she served as the Program Chair in the Division of Elementary Education, Interim Department Head in the Department of Education Curriculum and Instruction, and as Associate Dean of the College.

At Maryland, Wiseman is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Curriculum and Courses, the University International Advisory Committee, and is the Chair of the President's Commission on Women's Issues. She was a member of the University Committee on Diversity for five years and is also involved with a number of professional organizations and agencies at the state and national level.

Wiseman pledges the college will continue to work toward fulfilling its mission of offering high quality teacher preparation and graduate programs, conducting cutting edge research, and serving its communities.

"Overall, our efforts will be directed to improving the quality of life for children, young people, and adults who live in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly complex technological society," said Wiseman. "The work of teaching, learning, and understanding human development is challenging and in constant flux, but I know the college will maintain and expand its considerable influence in the local, state, national and international arenas."

Wiseman succeeds former chair of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, Dennis L. Kivlighan, Jr., who served as the college's Interim Dean for the 2006-07 academic year. "It's important that we acknowledge our debt and express our gratitude to Dr. Kivlighan for providing outstanding leadership during the past year," said Wiseman. "We wish him the best during his sabbatical and look forward to his continued contributions to the growth of the college."

Wiseman earned her Ph.D. in reading from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979. She received an M.S.E. in reading from Arkansas State University and a B.S. in elementary education from Oklahoma State University.


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The College of Education at the University of Maryland is ranked 21stU.S. News & World Report for 2008. The Department of Counseling and Personnel Services ranks 1st in the nation for the eighth consecutive year and the Department of Special Education ranks 10th. The college has nine ranked Educational Specialties plus one ranked Health Specialty, (Rehabilitation Counseling, ranked in 2004) for a total of ten Top 20 ranked specialties of which five are Top 10 rankings. Offering undergraduate, masterís and doctoral degrees, the College of Education provides research- and practice-oriented programs through its seven departments: Counseling and Personnel Services; Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Education; Human Development; Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation; and Special Education. College programs prepare educators, counselors, psychologists, administrators, researchers, and educational specialists. Graduates work with individuals from infancy through adulthood in schools, community agencies, colleges, and universities. Educational programs are accredited and approved by the following: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Maryland State Department of Education, American Psychological Association, Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Professions, and Council on Rehabilitation Education.

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