Dean Search

The Michigan State University College of Education has entered the final phase of its search for the next dean.

MSU Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., has recommended Jerlando F. L. Jackson to be the next dean of the MSU College of Education, effective July 1, 2022. Jackson will also hold the title of MSU Foundation Professor of Education. The recommendation is subject to approval by the MSU Board of Trustees. Learn more.


This information below and this page will remain open until July 1, 2022 for transparency.

Isaacson, Miller was the search firm that helped facilitate the process.

Candidate Schedules

Candidates for the College of Education Dean presented to the college and campus community virtually in January and February 2022.

In accordance with an agreement with the MSU Provost, the College of Education announced the names of the candidates 2-3 days ahead of their presentations.

For questions about the virtual candidate sessions, please reach out to Professor Emily Bouck (ecb@msu.edu), search committee co-chair.

Search Committee Chairs

  • Emily Bouck, Committee Co-chair, Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
  • Phil Duxbury, Committee Co-chair, Dean, College of Natural Science

Search Committee Members

  • Alicia Alonzo, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
  • Jeannie Patrick, Director of the Office of Research Administration
  • Terry Flennaugh, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
  • Amanda Flores, Doctoral Student, Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education
  • Dan Gould, Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Department of Kinesiology
  • Karin Pfeiffer, Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  • Kris Renn, Professor, Department of Educational Administration
  • Francisco Villarruel, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Sheneka Williams, Chairperson, Department of Educational Administration
  • Aman Yadav, Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education

Interim Dean Ann Austin

University Distinguished Professor Ann E. Austin became Interim Dean of the Michigan State University College of Education on July 1, 2021. Learn more.

Ann Austin

Scoping meetings

Members of the College of Education community were invited to partake in scoping meetings to learn what the college is seeking in a new dean.

Previous meetings included:

  • Friday, 4/16 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. | All Staff Forum
  • Friday, 4/16 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Tenure-Stream Faculty Forum
  • Friday, 4/16 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Fixed-Term Faculty & Academic Specialists Forum

Community townhall meeting

To address questions from the College of Education community and provide an opportunity for engagement with the search committee, a townhall meeting was held on March 24, 2021.

Questions?

Questions about the Dean’s Search can be submitted to members of the committee via this online form.