Newswise — LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The University of Louisville today announced that Ann Larson will be the new dean for the College of Education and Human Development, effective July 1.
She is currently a professor and vice dean for the college and is a 19-year employee of the university. Larson is an expert in teacher preparation and accountability and deeply experienced in forging community partnerships to improve K-12 education, professional development and adult learning.
“Ann is innovative, results-oriented and has an outstanding national reputation,” said UofL Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “She has the heart of a teacher, the mind of a strategist, and she knows how to build an effective team.”
Larson began her career as a middle and high school teacher. She later moved into administrative roles and began focusing her research in the areas of community-school district partnerships and teacher training and accountability. She earned a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1998.
Her roles at UofL have included vice dean, associate dean, acting department chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning, professor, and student teacher supervisor. Larson earned an undergraduate degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, and graduate degrees from Kansas State University and Wichita State University.
“I’m truly excited about the opportunity to lead and serve as the next dean for the college,” Larson said. “We have built some incredible momentum and I can’t wait to get started.”