Dear faculty and staff,
I’m very pleased to be able to share with you that we have selected our next dean for the School of Education and Human Development. Rebecca Kantor, EdD, director of the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University has accepted our offer and will be joining the University of Colorado Denver this coming January.
Dr. Kantor brings to the position a career in higher education focused in the areas of early childhood, elementary and middle childhood education. Her research has been published extensively and her service with both volunteer and professional organizations is impressive.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Rochester, and both a Master's in Early Childhood Education, and a Doctorate in Education in Developmental Applied Psycholinguistics from Boston University. She taught deaf children in Massachusetts at the start of her career.
Dr. Kantor began her tenure at Ohio State University in 1983 as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Relations and Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. In 1989, she was promoted to associate professor with tenure.
In 1997, Dr. Kantor moved to the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Ecology. In 1999, she was promoted to full professor.
Dr. Kantor's interests and research over the past 20 years have included early childhood development and education, teacher education, and curriculum (especially the work of the Reggio Emilia educators in Italy). She continues to be highly involved with the early childhood policy community, improving professional development systems for all early childhood professionals.
I want to thank all of you who participated in the recruitment process and I especially want to thank Deanna Sands for leading the school through this transition period and Paul Teske for his leadership of the search committee. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Kantor to the university.
Rod Nairn, Provost