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Diana Hess started her position as the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education on Aug. 1. Hess, who had served as senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago since September 2011, becomes just the ninth dean of the School of Education since its founding in 1930. She is replacing Julie Underwood, who returned to the faculty after a decade of serving as dean. Prior to starting her tenure as dean, Hess sat down for a question-and-answer session.
UW-Madison announced the winners of the most recent Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition -- and six different projects led by faculty, staff and students from across the School of Education received funding. The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment allows students, faculty and staff to extend their talents, knowledge and research beyond the borders of the university — the core definition of the Wisconsin Idea.
Diana Hess, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, has been named the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education, University Communications announced June 2. Hess, who is also a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison, will begin Aug. 1. Hess will replace Julie Underwood, who will return to the faculty after a decade of serving as dean.
The two finalists to become the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education delivered public presentations earlier this week, and videos of both talks now are available via the search website. The finalists are: Dorothy Farrar Edwards, professor and chair in the Department of Kinesiology at UW-Madison; and Diana Hess, senior vice president, Spencer Foundation, Chicago. Hess is also a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison.
UW-Madison’s School of Education recognized its Spring 2015 cohort of graduates by hosting a pair of celebratory events at the Gordon Dining and Events center on campus. On Friday, May 16, the School honored its Ph.D. and MFA graduates with a special Hooding Ceremony and Reception. And prior to UW-Madison’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, May 16, the School celebrated with its newest class of master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates by hosting its annual Commencement Breakfast Celebration.
Earning a master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy program has been a deeply personal journey for Ted Elias. He’s the primary caretaker for his daughter and his wife, Tabea, who suffered a traumatic brain injury nearly a decade ago. He plans to use his degree to help his wife and others struggling to overcome injuries. WISC/Ch. 3, Madison’s local CBS affiliate, is the latest media outlet to report on this remarkable story.
Both candidates will give public presentations in the Education Building's Wisconsin Idea Room. Farrar Edwards will present on Monday, May 18, and Hess on Wednesday, May 20. Both events are scheduled for 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Employees may attend the talks in pay status, with supervisor permission, if the presentations fall during normal work hours. During these presentations, the finalists have been invited to lay out their vision for the role.
The sterling national reputation of UW-Madison’s School of Education is due, in large part, to the talent and dedication its faculty, staff and students. Each year, the School recognizes some of its most outstanding contributors with School of Education Faculty & Staff Achievement Awards. And on Tuesday night, the most recent class of award winners was honored during a reception and ceremony in the Wisconsin Idea room of the Education Building.
Two School of Education staff will be taking part in UW-Madison's Showcase event on Tuesday, April 14, at Union South to present on some exciting initiatives. Catherine Stephens, MERIT’s senior education technology consultant, will be sharing a poster describing this year’s special grant project focused on Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion. In addition, Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. candidate Lindsay Stoetzel will be sharing a poster describing Teach-ology, a student led initiative based at MERIT library.
UW-Madison’s Occupational Therapy Program is helping host another Community Inclusion Dining Event at a local Culver’s restaurant, this time on Monday, April 13. The goal is to not only have an environment in which families with children with special needs can eat and enjoy themselves, but also a place where the community can gather for dinner together and learn to appreciate each individual’s unique needs and experiences. The April 13 Community Inclusion Dining Event will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Culver’s located at 2102 W. Beltline Hwy.
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