Texas Tech Announces New Dean of College of Education

Scott Ridley will become the next dean of the college effective June 1, 2011.

Ridley comes to Texas Tech after 20 years in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Ridley comes to Texas Tech after 20 years in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Officials at Texas Tech University announced today (Dec. 22) that Scott Ridley will become the next dean of the College of Education effective June 1, 2011.

The announcement came from Provost Bob Smith.

Ridley comes to Texas Tech after 20 years in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU). As an associate professor of educational psychology, he taught courses and published research on learning and motivation theory, action research and classroom assessment.

"Texas Tech already has tremendous programs in education and teacher preparation," said President Guy Bailey. "We look forward to Scott's leadership in the College of Education. It will benefit not only the partnerships with schools in our area, but also to help fill teacher needs across the state and nation."

Smith said Ridley brings a wealth of experience to Texas Tech.

"Scott is an ideal person to fill the College of Education Dean position," Smith said. "His background and experience will be very powerful in making his contributions successful. President Bailey and I believe that the position will give him and his new colleagues many opportunities to work across the university landscape in unique ways."

He has served as chair of a foundations department, director of district-based teacher education programs, assistant and associate dean. During his time at ASU, Ridley led the establishment of a statewide school-university partnership network in Arizona.

In addition to multiple ASU and national awards, his programs have attracted numerous federal grants including a $33.8 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant awarded in 2009 and a $43.4 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant awarded in 2010.

Ridley grew up in the panhandle near Hereford and received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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