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Jill A. Perry, PhD, Executive Director
Debby Zambo, PhD, Associate Director
Board of Directors
The CPED Board consists of the following CPED Deans:
David G. Imig, PhD
Wanda J. Blanchett, PhD
Jay Fiene, PhD
Jay Fiene is the Dean of the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino. Prior to becoming the dean, he served as a department chair at CSUSB and WKU. Dr. Fiene was the founding director of the doctoral programs at Western Kentucky University.He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO. Dr. Fiene also has degrees from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO and Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. He has served as a music teacher (both vocal and instrumental) as well as a mathematics teacher and a high school principal. As a student teacher the marching band he directed went to the 1982 World’s Fair to perform. He was the youngest secondary school principal in the U.S. at the time of his appointment. Dr. Fiene frequently publishes and presents on matters related to program improvement and design particularly as it relates to school leadership and preparation/induction of school leaders. Dr. Fiene enjoys most working with beginning professors and student scholars as they design their research agendas and work. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and had the pleasure of serving as President for the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration. He has received several grants and served as an evaluator for other’s grants. Dr. Fiene has been active in international travel and learning since 1974.
Jon Pedersen, PhD
Dr. Pedersen is currently the Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, and is the author of over one hundred publications, most of which focus on K-12 science teaching and/or the incorporation of social issues into the extant curriculum. He has published/edited 17 books, been primary and co-primary investigator of numerous grants (over $10 million in funded activities), and supported projects on K-12 science curricula development, science in-service education, middle level education, and international education. His interest in the application of science knowledge as it pertains to relevant social issues is greatly influenced by his foundation in the agricultural sciences and his early years growing up in rural Nebraska. Dr. Pedersen’s focus has been on promoting interdisciplinary collaborations to advance basic, applied and translational research and to enhance research and creative activities. He is also passionate about developing and mentoring individuals to build equity, inclusion and diversity; mobilizing individuals toward a vision for their future and capitalizing on college and institutional strengths and support.
Over the years, Dr. Pedersen has worked in more than a dozen countries around the world. Most notably is his work in Bolivia, South America assisting teachers in the rural areas of the country to understand how science relates to the lives of the children in these unique communities.
Dr. Pedersen is very active in several professional organizations including: The Nebraska Association for Science Teachers (NATS, Past President), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA, Affiliate Representative to the Board), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE, Past President), American Association for Teacher Education (AACTE), Organization of Institutional Affiliates (OIA), CPED (Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
In addition to his own scholarship, he is motivated by seeking opportunities to empower those who are inspired by a passion to serve children, youth, families, schools, or communities. Dr. Pedersen has developed and provided leadership for innovative programs for faculty and PK-16 education.
Virginia Roach, EdD
Virginia Roach assumed the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Fordham University in 2015. A scholar who has written extensively on emerging issues in educational reform, particularly special education, teacher and leadership development, Roach works to expand faculty research and international partnerships while launching a newly designed EdD program utilizing the CPED approach. Prior to joining Fordham University, Roach was Dean of the Graduate School of Education of Bank Street College (2011-2015). There, she successfully led Bank Street College to initial National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation, oversaw the expansion of online and professional development programming, and created partnerships and programs with institutions in the United States and abroad. She also emphasized new approaches for developing teachers and leaders to serve effectively in diverse educational settings. She was an associate professor of education at George Washington University from 2004 to 2011, where she chaired the Department of Educational Leadership, taught masters and doctoral-level courses, and directed more than 30 dissertation in the field. In 2013, she was lauded with the William J. Davis Research Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the University Council for Educational Administration; her professional contributions include service as editor of Educational Planning from 2009 to 2011, program development assistance at BRAC University in Bangladesh, and membership on the boards of the International Society of Educational Planning, CPED, and the United Nations International School.
David Rock, EdD
Valerie Kinloch, PhD, Ex-Officio
Valerie Kinloch began her tenure as the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education on July 1, 2017 after spending nine years at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she was Professor of literacy studies and Associate Dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Kinloch led efforts toward building sustainable models of diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement. She also served as the college’s chief diversity officer, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and as associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning.
A highly-respected scholar, Kinloch’s research focus on the literacy, language, culture, and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside of schools. One of her books, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, earned the 2012 Outstanding Book of the Year award from the American Educational Research Association. In 2017, Kinloch was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Impact “Kiongozi” Award and the 2017 Outstanding Leadership and Service Award from OSU. In 2016, she received OSU’s James M. Siddens Award for Distinguished Faculty Advising/Mentoring, as well as a Leadership Program Fellowship from the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Kinloch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in honors English at Johnson C. Smith University. At Wayne State University, she earned a Master of Arts degree in English and African American literature and a PhD degree in English/Composition Studies with a cognate in Urban Studies. Kinloch has also taught on the faculty at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the University of Houston-Downtown.
Jennifer K. Rice, PhD, Ex-Officio
Jennifer King Rice was appointed dean of the University of Maryland College of Education in 2017. Previously, she served as an associate dean for graduate studies and faculty affairs, and has been a professor of education policy since 2009. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rice’s research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy questions concerning the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of U.S. education systems. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal and Education Finance and Policy. In addition to positions as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow and a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute, she is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in educational administration and social foundations from Cornell University; her B.S. was completed at Marquette University.