I am pleased to announce that Dr. Randy Penfield has been appointed to a 13 month term as Interim Dean of the School of Education. He will assume his role July 1. Outgoing Dean Wixson will work over the next few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition. I thank SOE faculty and staff for the valuable input regarding this appointment over the last few weeks.
After serving on the faculty of the College of Education of the University of Florida (2000-2004) and the University of Miami (2004-2012), Randy joined UNCG in 2012 to assume the position of Chair of the Department of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education. During his tenure in this role, major accomplishments have included:
- Leading ERM in developing a comprehensive departmental branding and marketing process that has led to substantial increases in enrollment.
- Establishing the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS).
- Establishing the Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program (NESP) in collaboration with the SERVE Center of UNCG, which over the last year has provided over 2,500 hours of capacity-building program evaluation support to local nonprofit organizations.
- Establishing the Educational Research Methodology Alumni Endowment.
Dr. Penfield received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a specialization in educational measurement and assessment. He is a leading expert in the area of fairness in testing, having published extensively on the development of methods to identify bias in educational assessments and the promotion of fair and equitable testing practices. He has also been actively engaged in funded research, being an investigator on a variety of federally funded grants focusing on improving teacher professional development in multicultural settings and the assessment of science readiness for multilingual student populations. In recognition of his research productivity, he was awarded the 2005 Jason Millman Early Career Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education, and in 2011 was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Penfield to his new role. I am confident he will work collaboratively with the school faculty and staff and the university community to build upon the strong foundation of the School of Education.