April 27, 2007

Candidates for education dean to visit campus

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Four candidates will interview for the deanship of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Education and Human Services.

David A. Birch, currently chair of SIUC's Department of Health Education and Recreation, Kenneth Teitelbaum, chair of the Department of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University in Ohio, Gregory J. Paveza, interim campus associate dean at the University of South Florida in Lakeland, and Jeffrey N. Weatherly, chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, will visit campus individually over an 11-day period beginning April 30.

The College of Education and Human Services is one of the University's largest, with more than 109 faculty members, 3,190 undergraduates and 1,240 graduate students. The dean focuses on strategic planning and program development, faculty development, planning and budgeting, recruitment and retention, fundraising and increasing external grants.

Each of the candidates will make a presentation on "Educational Challenges and Opportunities for Education in the 21st Century" and participate in an open forum with the campus community. Teitelbaum will be the first candidate to visit campus, and his presentation and open forum are set for 3:30-4:15 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in Lawson Hall room 121.

Here's a closer look at the candidates.

• As department chair, Birch guided the establishment of a new graduate degree, initiated an off-campus master's degree program in Maine, worked with the National Association of Health Education Centers to gain funding for projects that led to faculty publications, increased marketing efforts and put a faculty grant-application support policy into play.

Birch's administrative experience elsewhere includes coordination of an off-campus master's program and direction of health education outreach programs for The Pennsylvania State University and a stint as coordinator of health education for Maine's Department of Education.

He also has served as president of the American Association for Health Education, as co-chair of the National Accreditation Task Force for Professional Preparation in Health Education and on the boards of the American Association for Health Education and the American School Health Association.

Birch earned his bachelor's in 1970 from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, his master's in 1982 from Towson University in Maryland and his doctorate in 1990 from The Pennsylvania State University.

• Paveza served as the Lakeland campus' interim associate vice president for academic affairs as well as director of its Division of Arts and Sciences before taking his current position. All positions required collaboration with campus and system administrators and faculty. He also served as executive chair of the Campus Master Plan Steering Committee, renegotiating land donation agreements worth more than $20 million and securing new donations worth more than $5 million.

To bolster his administrative experience, Paveza spent a year at Northern Illinois University as an American Council on Education Fellow working with the president there and completing a project aimed at recruiting and retaining women and minority faculty members.

A specialist in gerontology, Paveza developed the University of South Florida's Elder Mistreatment Research Laboratory, which has brought in more than $1 million in research dollars. He is a Gerontological Society of America Fellow, a national research mentor in the Hartford Foundation's Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars program and an expert on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's panel on elder mistreatment.

Paveza earned his bachelor's in 1969 from the former Lewis College in Lockport, Ill., his master's in 1973 from the University of Hawaii and his doctorate in 1986 from the University of Illinois Chicago.

• Teitlebaum currently oversees personnel review, program development, budgetary management and other administrative areas for his department and its 53 full-time campus and nine regional campus faculty members. Some 1,200 undergraduates and 600 graduate students are enrolled in this department, which includes various funded centers, projects and journals.

Other administrative experience includes direction of Binghamton University's Division of Education and coordination of its doctoral program in educational theory and practice. He also coordinated the Urban Teacher Preparation Program at Syracuse University.

Teitlebaum earned his bachelor's in 1971 from New York University, his master's in 1974 from Cornell University in New York and his doctorate in 1985 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

• Weatherly's department consists of 16 faculty members, more than 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate students in North Dakota's flagship university located in a city of 50,000. He manages a budget of close to $2 million, serves as the department's development officer (in which capacity he headed a drive that created an endowment for student research and travel), oversees strategic planning that established on- and off-campus academic programs and represents the department before the state legislature.

Weatherly also oversees the nation's first and largest program designed to recruit and train American-Indian students in clinical psychology at the doctoral level.

An active researcher himself, he has seen the number of grants won by his faculty nearly double during his tenure as chair.

Weatherly earned his bachelor's in 1992 from California State University and his master's and doctorate in 1993 and 1996 respectively from Washington State University.