August 30, 2005

Patricia Elmore named interim dean at SIUC

by Sue Davis


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Patricia B. Elmore has been named interim dean of the College of Education and Human Resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SIUC Provost and Vice Chancellor John M. Dunn announced the appointment today (Aug. 30) and said Elmore’s experience and expertise at the University will allow the college to move ahead while the University conducts a national search for a permanent dean.

R. Keith Hillkirk resigned as the college’s dean this summer to take a position in Pennsylvania. Elmore’s appointment is subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees.

“The College of Education and Human Services has the longest history of any college on campus, and I am very pleased that Professor Elmore has agreed to serve in this capacity” Dunn said. “Her talent and experience will be invaluable in leading and guiding the college during the period of transition as we search for a permanent dean.”

Elmore, of Murphysboro, served as associate dean for administration in the college from 1998 until she accepted the position as interim dean. She is a full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

“In the months ahead, my energy will focus on working with the departments and faculty in the college on strategic planning and strengthening our relationships with alumni and friends as we search for an outstanding dean who will continue building on this college’s strong foundation,” said Elmore, who holds three degrees from SIUC.

She came to SIUC in 1967 as a graduate fellow in the former Department of Guidance and Educational Psychology. Elmore became an instructor a year later. She became an assistant professor in 1970, an associate professor in 1974, and a full professor in 1980.

Elmore earned a bachelor of arts degree at SIUC in mathematics, with a minor in chemistry, in 1965. She earned a master’s of science in education in 1967 and a doctorate in educational psychology with a specialization in educational measurement and statistics in 1970.

Her professional contributions include the categories of scientific achievement, leadership and governance, and teaching and training. She serves as editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (MECD). Professional service includes the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) treasurer, president, and representative to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Governing Council; chair of the group’s Committees on Bias in Measurement, Position Statements and Standards, Nominations and Elections, Handbook, Student Research Award, and ASCA-AACE Task Force on Standards for School Counselor Competence in Assessment; American Counseling Association (ACA) chair of Council of Journal Editors and Committee on Testing and member of the Publications and Professional Development Committees, Committee on Women, and Policy and Procedures Task Force; American Educational Research Association (AERA) Professional Development and Training Committee chair, Nominating Committee chair, and Affirmative Action Council member; AERA SIG Professors of Educational Research Chair and Newsletter Editor; AERA SIG Multiple Linear Regression—The General Linear Model Chair; and appointments to editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal, Applied Measurement in Education, Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Research in the Schools, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5 newsletter The Score, and National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) NCME Quarterly Newsletter.

Her awards include the 1994 American Counseling Association Research Award, induction in the Educational Council of 100 (an SIUC-based educational consortium) in 2000, University Faculty Woman of Distinction Award from SIUC in 2001, the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) Exemplary Practices Award in 2003 for the “Competencies in Assessment and Evaluation for School Counselors”, AACE Special Merit Award as MECD Journal Editor in 2004, and an American Counseling Association Fellow in 2005.

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