Greetings College of Education Alumni and Friends!
My name is Hank Dasinger and I am the (relatively) new Dean for the College of Education. I am so excited to be a part of a college that has such a tremendous impact on our University, the State of Alabama, the southeast region, this nation and our world. In fact, it is clear to me that at the College of Education, we produce “Difference Makers” – our graduates go out and make a difference in the lives of others. Whether as graduates of our teacher preparation, teacher-leader, counseling, psychology, interpreter training, or adult education programs, our graduates make a difference in the lives of those with whom they work.
In addition to these traditional academic programs, the College also has unique educational outreach programs. ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide) provides high-quality on-line classes for Alabama public schools on such hard-to-find instructional programs such as Mandarin Chinese…TROY’s ACCESS team provides services to 145 schools across 27 southern counties. The Southeast Alabama Regional In-service Center (SEARIC) delivers rigorous in-service professional development
on a range of critical areas for teachers, principals and local board of education members across the service region. AMSTI (the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) provides teaching resources, pedagogical aid, and technology assistance to teachers and administrators and is expected to reach some 20,000 educators during the 2016-2017 school year.
The College has an exciting future ahead. The University’s Leadership Institute with associated academic courses is moving to the College of Education over the next few months. This Institute, under the steady leadership of Dr. John Kline, will continue to provide leadership development opportunities for students and faculty with plans to extend programming to the TROY community and beyond. The College will undergo renovations to several facilities to expand and improve educational offerings. Academic programs will grow to include a new BS Degree in Occupational Education and expansion of the Interpreter Training Program to TROY's Montgomery Campus. The College is also looking to add Study Abroad opportunities.
These are just a few of the initiatives underway or in planning as the College continues to work to have a positive influence at the University and the extended community. We invite you to join with us as "Difference Makers." Visit our website to learn more.
Hank Dasinger, Ph.D.
Dean - College of Education