Dr. Mark Girod has been named dean of Western Oregon University’s College of Education, a spot he has held on an interim basis since fall 2012. As of 2011, 80 percent of the school districts in Oregon employed an educator from WOU, which demonstrates WOU’s impact on educating Oregon youth. Girod also serves as a commissioner with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon. Through both roles he is critical to the reshaping of Oregon education.
“I’m looking forward to continuing and extending the long history of excellence we have in the College of Education at Western,” said Girod. “We must work together to meet challenges and also the opportunities available to us to best serve Oregon students, children, communities, and adults.”
Girod is intimately involved with Oregon education. He was born and raised in Monmouth, Ore., even attended grade school on campus while his father taught at WOU. He worked as a science teacher in eastern Oregon before joining WOU as an assistant professor in 2001. On campus he has held the positions as chair for the Division of Teacher Education, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program and president of Faculty Senate. In 2010, he received the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship at WOU. Girod believes strongly in partnering with school districts, education and service agencies, and served as executive director of the Forgotten People Foundation supporting disabilities advocacy in rural, northern Vietnam. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology at Michigan State University.
“Mark is well respected in the Oregon education community and is engaged in numerous initiatives in collaboration with school districts throughout the Willamette Valley,” said WOU President Mark Weiss. “Assuming the role as the new dean of the College of Education, following a nationwide search, will enable Mark to work intensively with the faculty in the Health & Physical Education, Special Education and Teacher Education Divisions on new initiatives in support of the university’s continuous improvement programs. I look forward to Mark’s contributions as he assumes membership in the academic affairs leadership team where he has already demonstrated a strong, collegial relationship that is moving the entire university forward.”
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