DU Morgridge College of Education announces new Dean

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) would like to announce our new Dean, Dr. Karen Riley.

Dr. Riley, an MCE alumna, served commendably as Interim Dean of the College last year.  She has an impressive track-record of teaching, pioneering research, and academic leadership. For a full bio please go to http://morgridge.du.edu/directory/

Our faculty operationalize our commitment to academic excellence and our pursuit to ensure that MCE students are well equipped to excel professionally in today’s society. Our distinguished faculty are leaders in their fields, receiving national recognition for their research, teaching and engaged scholarship. We are adding several new highly qualified faculty members to the Morgridge College of Education community this fall.  These individuals will provide students unprecedented access to high quality research, support extensive fieldwork, and model excellence and the power of collaboration through teaching.

Innovation and impact define the future of MCE.  During the past year we have increased scholarships, created new programs and engaged in original and translational research. As a force for positive change, we seek to provide opportunities for purposeful learning and transforming people and ideas.  Soon we will be launching new professional development opportunities.  Visit the MCE website for more information http://morgridge.du.edu/

 With members of our faculty receiving national recognition for their leading-edge research and fieldwork, our innovative work extends well beyond our campus and impacts individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide. Below is a sampling of recently funded research projects:

  • Access to Mathematics for All: awarded by the National Science Foundation, The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, Capacity Building Project, supporting work underway at the University of Denver (DU) to develop a program in mathematics education designed specifically to improve access and opportunities for underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and low-income students. 
  • Broadening Participation in Engineering among Women and Latino/as: A Longitudinal, Multi-Site Study: awarded by the National Science Foundation, HER Core Research. This study extends earlier work by sampling White male, White female, Latino, and Latina engineering students across 10 different institutions, including both Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Findings from this study have direct implications for educational and career interventions aimed at retaining White women and Latino/as in engineering. 
  • Progressions of Teacher Proficiency Project: awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of this research project is to explore, refine, and validate the findings of an empirically-based model to support the alignment of professional development to effective teaching practices.   

To read about all MCE research initiatives and grants, visit http://morgridge.du.edu/research-initiatives-and-grants/

There are many ways to stay connected with MCE.

Please join us for the fall Morgridge Alumni Signature Event featuring an interview with Morgridge College of Education Dean, Dr. Karen Riley on October 22 at 6:00 p.m.  

Please visit http://morgridge.du.edu/calendar/ for upcoming events.