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ODU Names Linda Irwin-DeVitis Dean of the Darden College of Education

Linda Irwin-DeVitis, dean of the Lounsbury School of Education at Georgia College & State University (GCSU), has been named dean of Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education, announced Provost Carol Simpson.

The appointment will be effective June 25. Irwin-DeVitis will succeed William Graves, who is retiring after leading the college for nine years.

"Dr. Irwin-DeVitis is a highly accomplished academic administrator, who brings a record of successful leadership, has a wide range of hands-on classroom experience, and is very familiar with education program accreditation requirements," said Simpson. "She will be a terrific asset to the college's goal of becoming one of the top 50 education schools in the country."

Dean at GCSU since 2003, Irwin-DeVitis has spent more than 40 years in the education field. During her tenure, the GCSU School of Education was awarded the 2008 Wisniewski Award by the Society of Professors of Education and was a finalist for the 2009 National Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teaching Award.

She previously served as associate dean for programs at the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development and held faculty positions at SUNY Binghamton and Oneonta and the University of Tennessee. Additionally, she spent 10 years as a middle and high school teacher in rural school districts in Florida and Louisiana.

Irwin-DeVitis is the co-author of two books, "50 Graphic Organizers for K-8 Classrooms: Templates and Strategies" and "Graphic Organizers: Strategy for Authentic Learning," and co-editor of the book series "Adolescent Cultures, School and Society." Additionally, she is co-editor of "The Adolescent Education: A Reader," which will be published in April. She has written numerous articles for a variety of referred publications, including the English Journal, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Studies, Middle School Journal and Reading Research and Instruction, among others.

She has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on a number of research grants, including a $1.24 million U.S. Department of Education grant for a teacher recruitment and retention transition to teaching project and a $2.1 million DOE service grant with the Binghamton City School District to increase preparation for and interest in post-secondary education.

Irwin-DeVitis holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee, and received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans.

This article was posted on: March 22, 2010

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