Search Begins for Dean of School of Education and Social Policy

Search Begins for Dean of School of Education and Social Policy

Coalition of Northwestern students, faculty, staff and others to identify potential candidates

Northwestern University will soon begin a search for the next dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP). 

This individual will succeed Dean Penelope Peterson, who is retiring from Northwestern on August 31, 2017.  Peterson has been dean of SESP since 1997 and is currently Northwestern’s longest-serving dean as well as the longest-serving dean in the history of the School of Education and Social Policy.

The search committee will be chaired by Carol Lee, the Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy, and will include representatives from the faculty, students, staff and alumni. The search committee will work through the summer and fall to identify a slate of candidates for the deanship. Nominations are now being solicited.

Known as “the small school that thinks big,” Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy was the first university in the country to have distinctive undergraduate majors, all focused on improving human lives. Both the School’s doctoral programs -- Learning Sciences and Human Development and Social Policy -- were the first of their kind in the nation.

Search committee members are as follows:  

  • Carol Lee, chair of search committee; Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy; professor of learning sciences, professor of African American studies, SESP
  • Emma Adam, professor and chair, Human Development, SESP; faculty fellow, Institute for Policy Research
  • Eleanor Anderson, doctoral student, learning sciences, SESP
  • Edith Chen, professor of psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS)
  • Coleen Coleman, associate dean, SESP; alumna
  • Kirabo Jackson, associate professor, Human Development and Social Policy, SESP; faculty fellow, Institute for Policy Research (IPR)
  • Nichole Pinkard, associate professor, DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media; alumna
  • Adrian Randolph, dean, WCAS; professor of art history
  • Miriam Sherin, associate dean for Teacher Education, director of Undergraduate Education at SESP; professor of learning sciences
  • Jim Spillane, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change, SESP; professor of Human Development and Social Policy; professor of learning sciences, faculty associate, IPR
  • Lois Trautvetter, director of the Higher Education Administration and Policy Program, associate professor, SESP
  • Imani Wilson, undergraduate student, SESP

The committee will be staffed by Jake Julia and Marianna Kepka:

  • Jake Julia, associate vice president and associate provost of academic initiatives
  • Marianna Kepka, assistant provost for academic administration
By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 6/17/16