The second of two candidates for the position of dean of the UCCS College of Education will meet with faculty and staff in an open forum beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 in the University Center Theater.
Jess House, currently the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill., was selected as a finalist by a campus-wide search committee, according to Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, and search committee chair. House previously was chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University, coordinator of doctoral programs in educational leadership and curriculum instruction at the University of Central Florida, professor of leadership at the University of West Florida, a department head and senior lecturer for the Hong Kong Institute of Education and assistant and associate professor at the University of Toledo.
He holds bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees from Truman State (Mo.) University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Iowa.
House will arrive Sunday and will meet with the search committee and others prior to a 4 p.m. public presentation followed by a reception in UC 303.
On Wednesday, Michael Miller, currently associate dean for academic affairs, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, presented “Helping the College of Education Succeed: My Vision for the Role of the Dean” in a public presentation at the University Center Theater. He also met with the search committee and others during his visit.
Miller has held associate professor, professor, department head and associate dean positions at the University of Arkansas. Previously, he served as associate dean and associate professor at San Jose (Calif.) State University, assistant professor, associate professor and department chair at the University of Alabama, assistant professor and director of a research unit at the University of Nebraska and in fundraising positions at Southern Illinois University.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University and a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
The search committee members are: Reddy, chair; Catharine Beecher, senior instructor, College of Education, Karen Brown, assistant dean, College of Education, Randy DePry, special education department chair, College of Education, Rebecca Godfrey, executive assistant to the dean, College of Education, Leslie Grant, associate professor, College of Education, Corinne Harmon, assistant professor, College of Education, Melissa Schecter, enrollment and student services manager, College of Education, Barbara Frye, assistant professor, College of Education, Mary Thurman, a District 11 adminisrator, John Weathers, assistant professor, College of Education, and Joe Wehrman, assistant professor, College of Education.