Dr. Katharine Delavan awarded national leadership fellowship


From securing grants for classroom renovations to developing curricular programs from the ground up, Dr. Katharine Delavan has made a profound impact in her role as dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies.

Today, Dr. Delavan’s work is being recognized on the national stage – the organization Deans for Impact has named her an Impact Academy fellow, an honor for which she was chosen based on her commitment to improving educator preparation.

Established in 2015, Impact Academy is a year-long fellowship for deans offering programming to build leadership capacity. Each cohort of Impact Academy fellows is limited to no more than 20 leaders, each of whom went through a rigorous nomination and application process. Dean Delavan is one of 13 fellows announced today as part of the fellowship’s third cohort since its launch in summer 2016.

As stated in Deans for Impact’s official release, many colleges report declining interest among faculty in administrative positions even as the role of dean grows more complex and important. In order for educator preparation to improve, the field needs leaders who can set a bold vision for improvement, motivate faculty, and support individual and organizational learning. Deans for Impact aims to fills this need through its year-long Impact Academy fellowship, which empowers a new generation of transformative leaders with the skills, knowledge, and strategies they need to solve the complicated problems they’re facing.

“We believe that transformative leadership is the cornerstone of an educator-preparation program that embraces an improvement mentality and prioritizes candidate learning above all else,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact. “We’re thrilled to welcome 13 such leaders into the Impact Academy fellowship, and are excited to nurture and support these leaders as they embark on efforts to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”

The Impact Academy fellowship combines intensive in-person sessions with ongoing support, mentoring, and individual learning. Fellows will kick off the year with a rigorous four-day academy in July 2018, and then extend their learning over the course of the fellowship through individual modules and ongoing leadership coaching from Deans for Impact member deans.  

“I’m excited to learn leadership strategies during the Impact Academy fellowship that will empower me to guide faculty in achieving our goal of building a teacher-preparation and professional development program for all teacher-candidates that is inclusive, collaborative, and rigorous,” Dean Delavan said.

Deans for Impact is committed to reflecting the broad diversity of programs preparing new educators in this country, and today’s announcement reinforces that commitment. This cohort’s fellows collectively lead programs that enroll almost 3,000 teacher-candidates in 11 states. Eight fellows lead programs at public institutions, three fellows come from private institutions, and two fellows lead programs that are non-traditional pathways into teaching. Two fellows come from Minority-Serving Institution (MSIs).

Dr. Delavan, who also serves as an associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education, has been a member of the LEC faculty since 2006. The College is incredibly proud of her and her accomplishments.

About Deans for Impact

Founded in 2015, Deans for Impact is a national nonprofit organization that empowers, supports, and advocates on behalf of leaders at all levels of educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field and elevating the teaching profession. The organization is guided by four key principles:

  • Data informed;
  • Outcomes focused;
  • Empirically tested; and
  • Transparent and accountable.

More information on the organization and its members can be found on the Deans for Impact website.

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