Ohio educator appointed Purdue Calumet School of Education dean

The former dean of the University of Findlay’s (Ohio) College of Education and a veteran of wide-ranging educational experiences is Purdue University Calumet’s new dean of the School of Education.

Alice G. Anderson, whose appointment as dean and professor of education with tenure, was ratified recently by the Purdue University Board of Trustees, assumes her new responsibilities July 1. She succeeds the retiring Robert Rivers.

Prior to administrative and faculty appointments at Findlay, she served as Interim Associate Dean at Radford (Va.) University, where she also was founding director of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership.

She also has held several positions related to educational program implementation and development as director and faculty member, including that of teaching students with learning disabilities in public schools.

Alice Anderson PCU-crop“I am pleased to join the Purdue Calumet family,” she said. “At the institutional level, I am most impressed by the diversity of the student population and clear dedication to student success. It is an honor to join the outstanding faculty of the School of Education in preparing professionals to excel in America’s schools. We will continue to strengthen partnerships and field-based experiences vital to developing high-impact educators.”

Anderson also has served as President of the Ohio Association of Private Colleges of Teacher Education, as well as the Ohio Board of Regent’s Metrics Committee to define assessment of teacher education programs in Ohio. Additionally, her background includes 14 years of elementary, middle and high school teaching in public and private schools.

“I am very pleased with the appointment of Dr. Anderson,” Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ralph Rogers said. “The School of Education Dean search committee recognized her as the clear candidate of choice when making its recommendation, as do I. I look forward to working with Alice as she joins our Academic Leadership Team and the Deans Council. Her past experiences in higher education have well equipped her to lead the School of Education as she meets the continually evolving challenges facing higher education in the 21st century.”

She holds a baccalaureate degree in Spanish from James Madison (Va.) University, a master’s degree in special education from Radford and a doctoral degree in vocational special needs education from Virginia Tech.