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School of Education gets new leadership

By : Rachel Coker

S.G. Grant will serve as the new dean of the School of Education beginning July 1.

Grant, now associate dean of teacher education and chair of the Department of Learning and Instruction at the University at Buffalo, said he’s excited to work with the school’s smart, ambitious faculty.

“It’s really a dream job,” he said. “The chance to grow a brand-new school of education is an exciting thing to think about.”

Grant, a “Navy brat” who earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maine, was a history teacher for 10 years. He worked for the Maine Department of Education before returning to school for his doctorate. Grant received a PhD in disciplinary knowledge and policy from Michigan State University in 1994.

“We’re delighted to welcome S.G. to Binghamton University,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “We are confident that he will lead the School of Education to still higher levels of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship.”

Grant, who has earned numerous honors for his teaching and research, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching in 2006 and the Dean’s Apple Award for Service to the Graduate School of Education from the University at Buffalo in 2005.

“Dr. Grant’s scholarly work sits at the center of the national debate on improving K-12 education,” Provost Mary Ann Swain said. “His research insights, record of teaching excellence and administrative experience will contribute greatly to his ability to work with our excellent faculty, staff and students to advance excellence in the now independent School of Education.”

Grant said he and Swain have discussed the school’s potential, especially in terms of continued growth in its research and scholarly contributions. He anticipates doubling the size of the school’s enrollment and faculty, both in established programs and new ones.

Grant will succeed Susan Strehle, a professor of English who has served as interim dean of the School of Education this academic year.

He has written extensively on issues related to teaching and learning. His research in the field of social studies/history education culminated in two recent books:  History Lessons: Teaching, Learning, and Testing in U.S. High School Classrooms (2003; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), which won the 2004 Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies; and Measuring History: Cases of State-Level Testing Across the United States (2006; Information Age Publishing).

Grant said he’s interested in the way state education departments develop new curricula and how teachers perceive them. He’s also interested in teachers’ and students’ perceptions of state exams.

He and his wife, Anne McManus-Grant, have a 15-year-old son named Alexander and a 12-year-old daughter named Claire.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08