September 01, 2016
Gene Gloeckner and Louise Jennings, professors in the School of Education, have been selected as the new co-directors of the School of Education for a two-year period.
During the search for a new director, a variety of School of Education program leaders approached Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, about implementing a co-director model as an alternative to the more traditional "director and associate director" model. McCubbin quickly recognized the potential of the unique model and worked with school leadership on customizing the model to fit the needs of the school and the strengths of each co-director.
In shaping the model, the responsibilities of the director position were divided across the school's many and varied on-campus and online programs, with Gloeckner and Jennings intent on working together on critical aspects of school leadership, programs, faculty mentoring, and general administration.
"I am pleased that Drs. Gloeckner and Jennings have agreed to serve the School, College and the University in this role," says McCubbin. "Together they bring significant experience, wisdom, and insights to helping the SOE to continue to identify its vision and grow toward its future."
A CSU faculty member for nearly 30 years, Gene Gloeckner is proudest of having advised and graduated more than 50 doctoral students throughout his career. His research has focused on a variety of interdisciplinary topics, from workforce education to high school homelessness. Gloeckner has written books and articles related to quantitative and mixed research methods, and presented at the Mixed Methods International Research Association in England in August 2016. He earned his master's degree from CSU in 1977, and his B.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
Gloeckner and his wife, Susan, a CSU employee working in housing technology, are dedicated CSU alumni and both have worked at CSU for 29 years. The couple was married in Danforth Chapel and have three adult children. They established the Gloeckner Doctoral Award, a scholarship to help School of Education graduate students.
Louise Jennings joined the CSU School of Education faculty in 2009, after 12 years at the University of South Carolina. She teaches qualitative research methods, social foundations of education, and critical multicultural education.
Jennings' research focuses on issues of equity, diversity, and critical pedagogy, including studies of youth empowerment, multicultural teacher education, and the role of Brazilian educators in creating democratic school practices and policies. Recent publications include a co-edited book, Sites of possibility: Critical dialogue across educational settings, and articles in Teachers College Record, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education. Jennings received her Ph.D. in Language, Culture, and Literacy at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996.
Jennings and her spouse, Gylton Da Matta, have enjoyed raising their thirteen-year-old son, Alex, in Fort Collins. They spend many weekends exploring Colorado while traveling to Alex's soccer games.
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