Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dr. Marilyn Bartlett Named Dean of Education College

KINGSVILLE - August 04, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Dr. Marilyn J. Bartlett was named dean of the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville today by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System.

The announcement was made at the Board’s scheduled meeting, held July 31 and Aug. 1 in College Station.

Bartlett has been on campus since July 1 serving as interim dean. She will continue as professor of educational leadership.

“Dr. Bartlett possesses an excellent scholarly background, a strong administrative vision and superb teaching skills,” said Dr. Ronn Hy, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She has been on campus for only a month and she already has set plans in motion for the immediate and not-to-distant future.”

“One of my short-term goals is to bring our alumni back to the college. School districts throughout South Texas are full of graduates from our College of Education, and our alumni play prominent roles in districts throughout the state,” Bartlett said. “I intend to reach out to them. I also intend to meet all our current students and encourage them to show pride in the college and the profession of education. I want them to know it is their college.”

About the College of Education

The College of Education at A&M-Kingsville is preparing the next generation of classroom teachers and administrators as well as providing master’s and doctoral-level programs for those already in the field. The teacher education program is a field-based program, with close collaboration with area school districts and many courses having students in public school sites at least 50 percent of the time.

The college offers more than 50 undergraduate certification programs, within the departments of bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and counseling and health and kinesiology. Many of the certification programs are classified as “high need,” and all are accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (TSBEC).

At a time when K-12 classrooms are increasingly diverse, the college received commendation from the TSBEC for the diversity of its students. The college offerings include the first doctorate in The College of Education is part of the foundation upon which Texas A&M-Kingsville was built. The institution was chartered as South Texas State Teachers College in 1917 and has been continuously engaged in the preparation of teachers since then. The college has more than 1,000 undergraduate students, and approximately 450 graduate students in ten master's and two doctoral programs.

About Marilyn J. Bartlett, Ph.D., J.D.

Bartlett earned her bachelor’s of science degree in education from the State College at Worchester, Mass.; her master’s in special education from Boston University; her Ph.D. in education from New York University; and her J.D. degree from Vermont Law School.

She has taught at various universities for 19 years. She spent the past four years as an associate professor in the department of educational leadership at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Bartlett worked for five years each as director of graduate studies as well as chair and associate professor in the department of educational leadership and technology at the New York Institute of Technology; as chair and associate professor in the department of educational leadership and technology at Dowling College; and as assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and administration at Long Island University.

Bartlett also worked in the private sector as a litigation law clerk and in the public schools as assistant superintendent of schools, special education coordinator and teacher.

She has seven articles in progress and has published numerous articles in encyclopedias, proceedings, periodicals, book chapters and reports. Her first book – an examination of education law in Florida – is due to be published this fall.

In 2006, she received the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Education at the University of Florida St. Petersburg and in 1999, Bartlett received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by LD Access, a foundation focused on needs of learning disabled adults.

Bartlett is a member of the American Education Research Association, the American Association for School Administrators, the Educational Law Association and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administrators.

Bartlett succeeds Dr. Michael Daniel, who announced his decision to return to full-time teaching in October 2007. Daniel continued to serve as dean until the position was filled.

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