A Welcome from Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Dear SOE Community,

Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year! As a new academic year begins, I know you are as eager as I am to immerse yourself in the work ahead of us. However, I hope you take some time over the next few weeks to reflect on the year ahead and enjoy your colleagues, friends, and surroundings.

We are pleased to welcome three new members to our SOE family: Dr. Robert Shand (Assistant Professor, Education Policy and Leadership), Amanda Fuchs Miller (Director, Education Policy and Leadership) and Courtney Collins (Graduate Program Coordinator, ITEP). Their diverse experiences and expertise will surely help SOE continue to spur intellectual curiosity and creativity, resulting in a transformative education for our students.

I also want to acknowledge our 136 new SOE students! We are excited that they have chosen SOE as their new home for higher learning and we look forward to the contributions they will make to our school, university, and overall education community!

In addition to our new SOE students, we welcomed our very first DCPS dual enrollment cohort to AU last week! They will take two education courses (Schools and Society and Social Justice in Education) over the academic year.

Last year, SOE faculty and staff worked tirelessly to develop new mission and vision statements to guide our programming and work (see below). Please take a few minutes to review them and stay tuned for more information about SOE goals and objectives.

Mission: the Mission of the School of Education is to create knowledge and prepare students to transform societies through education.

Vision: the School of Education aims to be locally, nationally, and globally recognized for making a meaningful impact in the field of education through innovative teaching, research, and service. Our impact will be achieved through rigorous scholarship; advocating for equitable and inclusive learning environments; advancing social justice; preparing effective educators; providing leadership in Public policy arenas; and collaborating with local, national, and global communities and organizations.

Finally, the beginning of the academic year is a time for reflection and resolution. I know that, as this exceptional community of dedicated students, scholars and teachers moves forward, we will continue to put AU SOE in the pantheon of teaching, research and community engagement. Thank you for making this an academic home to which I am always happy to return.

Have a great semester!

Cheryl