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Barbara R. Schirmer named education dean

Barbara R. Schirmer, chair of the department of educational foundations and special services in the College and Graduate School of Education at Kent State University, has been named dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions.

"More than ever, Ohio’s youngsters need top-quality teachers and administrators. Dr. Schirmer will provide the leadership to ensure Miami’s graduates fill that need," said Miami Provost Ronald A. Crutcher.

He added that her extensive background with K-12 students and experience in helping youngsters with special needs will allow Miami to build on its partnerships with schools throughout Ohio.

At Kent State University since 1997, Schirmer also holds a tenured position as professor of special education and a secondary appointment as professor of curriculum and instruction.

In 1996 she became associate dean and registrar at the Graduate School of Professional Studies, Lewis & Clark College, where she had taught since 1990.

She was director of Central Wisconsin Special Education Resources from 1983-85 and assistant professor in the department of exceptional education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1982-1983.

Author of Psychological, Social and Educational Dimensions of Deafness (Allyn and Bacon, 2001) and Language and Literacy Development in Children Who Are Deaf (Allyn and Bacon, 2000, 1994), she has published more than 15 refereed journal articles, was department editor for The Reading Teacher and served on six other editorial boards.

During the past year, she worked with Kent State faculty in three program areas — rehabilitation counseling, special education and school psychology — to create a Center for Disability Studies.

Schirmer earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and a master’s at the University of Pittsburgh.

Schirmer’s appointment is effective July 1. She will succeed Curtis Ellison, who has been serving as interim dean.

Date Published: 03/08/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 28

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