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Jill A. Perry, PhD, Executive Director
Debby Zambo, PhD, Associate Director
Board of Directors
The CPED Board consists of the following CPED Deans:
David G. Imig, PhD
Wanda J. Blanchett, PhD
Lucindia Chance, PhD
David Rock, EdD
Jay Fiene, PhD
Jay Fiene is the Dean of the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino. Prior to becoming the dean, he served as a department chair at CSUSB and WKU. Dr. Fiene was the founding director of the doctoral programs at Western Kentucky University.He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO. Dr. Fiene also has degrees from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO and Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. He has served as a music teacher (both vocal and instrumental) as well as a mathematics teacher and a high school principal. As a student teacher the marching band he directed went to the 1982 World’s Fair to perform. He was the youngest secondary school principal in the U.S. at the time of his appointment. Dr. Fiene frequently publishes and presents on matters related to program improvement and design particularly as it relates to school leadership and preparation/induction of school leaders. Dr. Fiene enjoys most working with beginning professors and student scholars as they design their research agendas and work. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and had the pleasure of serving as President for the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration. He has received several grants and served as an evaluator for other’s grants. Dr. Fiene has been active in international travel and learning since 1974.
Randy Hitz, PhD
Dr. Hitz is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University where he oversees more than 50 programs and five research centers at the largest school of education in Oregon. Dr. Hitz holds a doctorate in elementary education with a major in early childhood education and child psychology from Indiana State University. Dr. Hitz has published and presented prolifically on teacher education issues and teacher professional development. He currently serves on many policy-making boards locally and nationally, including the Education Northwest Board of Directors, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP), chair of the Select Improvement Commission of CAEP, chair of the Chalkboard Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Oregon Coalition for Quality Teaching and Learning.
Virginia Roach, EdD
A scholar who has written extensively on emerging issues in educational reform, particularly special education and leadership development, Roach successfully lead Bank Street College to its initial National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation, oversaw the expansion of online and professional development programming there, and created partnerships and programs with institutions in the United States and abroad. She also emphasized new approaches for developing teachers and leaders to serve effectively in diverse educational settings. She was an associate professor of education at George Washington University from 2004 to 2011, where she chaired the Department of Educational Leadership, taught masters and doctoral-level courses, and directed more than 30 dissertation in the field. In 2013, she was lauded with the William J. Davis Research Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the University Council for Educational Administration; her professional contributions include service as editor of Educational Planning from 2009 to 2011 and membership on the boards of the the International Society of Educational Planning and the United Nations International School.
Valerie Kinloch, PhD, Ex-Officio
Valerie Kinloch began her tenure as the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education on July 1, 2017 after spending nine years at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she was Professor of literacy studies and Associate Dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Kinloch led efforts toward building sustainable models of diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement. She also served as the college’s chief diversity officer, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and as associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning.
A highly-respected scholar, Kinloch’s research focus on the literacy, language, culture, and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside of schools. One of her books, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, earned the 2012 Outstanding Book of the Year award from the American Educational Research Association. In 2017, Kinloch was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Impact “Kiongozi” Award and the 2017 Outstanding Leadership and Service Award from OSU. In 2016, she received OSU’s James M. Siddens Award for Distinguished Faculty Advising/Mentoring, as well as a Leadership Program Fellowship from the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Kinloch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in honors English at Johnson C. Smith University. At Wayne State University, she earned a Master of Arts degree in English and African American literature and a PhD degree in English/Composition Studies with a cognate in Urban Studies. Kinloch has also taught on the faculty at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the University of Houston-Downtown.
Jennifer K. Rice, PhD, Ex-Officio
Jennifer King Rice was appointed dean of the University of Maryland College of Education in 2017. Previously, she served as an associate dean for graduate studies and faculty affairs, and has been a professor of education policy since 2009. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rice’s research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy questions concerning the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of U.S. education systems. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal and Education Finance and Policy. In addition to positions as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow and a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute, she is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in educational administration and social foundations from Cornell University; her B.S. was completed at Marquette University.