Inside Iowa State
Nov. 21, 1997
Four finalists named in Education dean search
by Anne Dolan
Four finalists have been named in the search for a new dean for the College of Education. The finalists are Sandra Bowman Damico, director of the division of educational studies, Emory University, Atlanta; Walter Gmelch, interim dean of the College of Education, Washington State University, Pullman; Paula Short, chair of the department of educational leadership and policy analysis, University of Missouri, Columbia; and Les Sternberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
The finalists will visit campus in December and January. Campus visits, including open forums, will be announced in the Dec. 12 issue of Inside Iowa State.
Damico just completed a four-year appointment as director of the division of educational studies at Emory. Before joining the Emory faculty, she was at the University of Florida, Gainesville, for 24 years. She was director of research at the university's K-12 laboratory school, associate professor in the department of behavioral studies, and associate and full professor in the department of educational foundations. For 10 years, she served as section head of the social foundations faculty within the foundations department. She also spent five years as coordinator of educational process studies for The Ohio Education Assn., Columbus. Her research interest is at-risk students and the effect of policies and practices on their learning experiences.
Damico received a B.A. in political science (1962) and M.A. in educational research and evaluation (1969) from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in social foundations of education (1973) from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Gmelch was named interim dean of the College of Education at Washington State in August. He has been a faculty member at the university for 27 years, serving as director of teacher education and certification, director of administrative programs for the college, and twice serving in associate dean appointments. He has chaired two departments, educational administration and supervision, and educational leadership and counseling psychology; and served as interim chair of a third, kinesiology and leisure studies.
Gmelch also was president of G.T.S. Airfreight, San Francisco, for two years, and associate director of the Field Training and Service Bureau in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, Eugene, for three years. A current research interest is the workload, stress levels and burn-out of Washington school administrators.
Gmelch received a B.A. in political science (1969) from Stanford University, California, M.B.A. (1971) from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the Educational Executive Program (1975) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Short has served as professor and department chair of educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri since 1995. Previously, she was program chair of educational administration at Pennsylvania State University, College Park; and associate professor and graduate program officer in educational leadership at Auburn University, Alabama. She also has been on the faculties at University of Nebraska, Omaha; Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport; and Texas Woman's University, Denton; and worked at the state and school district levels of administration in North Carolina. Short is a former school principal and junior high language arts teacher in Durham, N.C., and fourth-grade teacher in Greensboro, N.C. Her research interests are in the areas of empowerment for teachers and schools, and leadership training for principals.
Short received an A.B. in elementary education (1967) from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and M.Ed. in middle grades education (1970) and Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision (1983) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Sternberg has served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University since 1994. Previously, he was an associate dean in Iowa State's College of Education for three years. He spent almost 11 years at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, in various capacities, including associate and full professor, director of several training programs for teachers of profoundly and severely disabled students, and chair of the department of exceptional student education. Sternberg also has been on the faculties at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and taught junior high special education in Windsor, Conn.
His research interest is in education for severely handicapped students.
Sternberg received a B.A. in psychology (1968), M.A. in special education (1970) and Ph.D. in educational psychology (1973), all from the University of Connecticut, Stoors.
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