Edmonson Selected To Lead College Of Education
May 13, 2014
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt
After a lengthy search, Sam Houston State University has found its dean for the College of Education—in the Garrett Teacher Education Center.
Stacey L. Edmonson, chair of the educational leadership and counseling department, has been officially named dean of the college, effective July 15. She will assume responsibilities from Jerry Bruce, who has served as interim dean since January 2013.
“We are happy to name of Dr. Stacey Edmonson as dean of the College of Education,” said SHSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert. “Stacey’s background, both as department chair and as a scholar whose academic interest ties with educational leadership, and her passion for the college are a natural fit for overseeing the college.
“In addition, her previous work in secondary education leadership and her current work on a national board of examiners for education accreditation give her a unique perspective in those areas that make her an asset to the college and university as a whole.”
Edmonson has been part of the faculty at SHSU since 2000, earning the title of professor of educational leadership in 2009, the same year she was named acting chair of the educational leadership and counseling department. She was officially named chair of the department in 2010.
Since taking over as chair, the educational leadership and counseling department has added a doctorate in developmental education administration and a master’s degree in higher education administration.
“We started both of those from the ground up, and they’re both very successful programs,” Edmonson said. “The higher education program is one of the fastest-growing programs in the university, and we’re very proud of the faculty effort that it took to bring those programs to fruition.”
The department’s doctoral program in educational leadership also recently reached a milestone of 200 graduates, and both the counseling and the leadership programs have received initial accreditation or earned re-accreditation over the last year.
“From a department standpoint, I think we have operated in an era of great change, and we have really worked hard to maintain what’s important to us and yet still thrive in a competitive environment,” she said.
She previously taught and served as an administrator at secondary schools in Mount Vernon and Quitman school districts.
Edmonson is the co-author of five books and author or co-author of approximately 84 refereed journal articles and 31 book chapters.
Her research emphases—primarily on school law, educator burnout and educator ethics—have led to projects totaling well over $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Wallace-Readers’ Digest Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and SHSU.
In addition, Edmonson serves on the board of examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, for which she helps accredit colleges of educations across the country, and is executive director of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration, which represents professors in the discipline from all across the state.
“We (TCPEA) strive diligently to be active on the policy level and be very proactive in terms of anticipating and meeting faculty and student needs,” she said.
Edmonson earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M—Commerce.
She said her goals as dean include continuing to move the college forward both state-wide and nationally; expanding the college’s global initiatives to impact the international education community; remaining vigilant about the political climate in Texas and across the country related to education, and particularly educator preparation; and navigating the “somewhat newly competitive market in education” by distinguishing the college from its competition.
“It’s incredibly exciting; it’s also very humbling. I love this college and have a passion for what we do here, and I fundamentally believe in what we do,” Edmonson said. “I started my higher education career at SHSU, so I’ve been here a number of years. It will truly be an honor to serve in this capacity.
“I view the dean’s job as a position of service and because I do care about and believe in the college, I am eager to have the opportunity to move us into the next phase,” she said. “I know we do great things here, and I think we can do even greater things. That’s exciting.”
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