Tuesday, August 02, 2016

School of Education welcomes Elizabeth Birr Moje as its new dean

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Elizabeth Birr Moje

The School of Education welcomed its 12th dean, Elizabeth Birr Moje, on July 1. University of Michigan Provost and Executive Vice President Martha Pollack announced Moje's appointment as interim dean in February. "Professor Moje has been deeply engaged in the school's progress as a faculty member and associate dean," said Pollack, adding "She has contributed to nationally recognized work on the role of multiple literacies in student success and to important innovations in teacher training. I have great confidence that, with her leadership, the school will continue on its current trajectory."

Most recently, Moje has served as the associate dean for research and community engagement. Moje's scholarship focuses on youth and their teachers in communities and schools in Detroit. She teaches courses in secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, and qualitative and mixed research methods. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, Moje was selected as an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She is also the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2013.

In addition to her leadership roles within the university, Moje currently serves as the chair of the National Academy of Education's Professional Development Committee and of the William T. Grant Foundation's Scholar Selection committee. She also serves as the vice president representing a division of the American Education Research Association. Her research has received grant funding from organizations such as the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Knight Foundation; Spencer Foundation; William T. Grant Foundation; and Ford Foundation, among others.

Moje recently shared some thoughts about the School of Education's priorities and mission in an email message to the entire SOE community. "My goal is to build on our existing strengths to launch us into an equally strong future," Moje wrote. "We will continue our two-part mission to conduct and disseminate the best scholarship on education practice, policy, and on the contexts of teaching and learning, even as we also educate the strongest practitioners of education. This mission is advanced by our deep-seated commitment to producing more diverse, inclusive, just, and equitable teaching and learning environments for all people. In particular, we will strengthen our research and teaching mission through enhanced community engagement in Detroit and surrounding communities."

Moje announced the appointments of two new associate deans: Dr. Edward Silver, who began serving as senior associate dean for research and graduate studies on July 1, and Dr. Shari Saunders, who will serve as associate dean for undergraduate and teacher education, effective September 1, 2016. "I am thrilled to work with such expert colleagues and am confident that their leadership, in concert with our excellent program chairs, will advance our mission and forge new pathways for the future," Moje said.

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