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Teitelbaum Named Dean of College of Education at Kutztown University

May 27, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum has been named dean for the College of Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. The appointment was announced today by Dr. Anne Zayaitz, university provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Teitelbaum will be the chief executive of the college, comprising five departments: Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Library and Learning Technologies, and Counseling and Student Affairs. Working closely with faculty and department chairs, Teitelbaum will set the strategic objectives for the college and will lead the creation and implementation of programs and actions to realize them. He will also be responsible for implementing college and university policies, overseeing support services, addressing the needs of students, faculty and staff of the college, and will assist in attracting private support for the unit. The college offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and recently announced the intent to offer a doctorate in transformational teaching and learning.

"Dr. Teitelbaum brings a wealth of outstanding experience to Kutztown University, and we are very excited to have him join our administrative team," Zayaitz said. "His extensive combination of administrative and teaching experience make him the perfect candidate to continue to build on the tradition of excellence KU has enjoyed in preparing educators for 150 years."

Teitelbaum comes to KU from University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he served as dean and professor for the Watson College of Education beginning in 2011. His responsibilities included oversight of three academic departments, more than 100 full- and part-time faculty, two associate deans, 25 staff members and 25 graduate assistants. His college consisted of approximately 1,400 students spanning the undergraduate and graduate (master's and doctoral) levels. In addition, he managed an $8 million budget and $2 million in the college's external grant funds.

"I'm very excited to be joining Kutztown University as its new Dean of the College of Education," said Teitelbaum. "Kutztown is well known as an excellent student-centered public regional university, with an outstanding college of education, and I am proud to become a part of its leadership team. During these rather challenging times in PreK-20 public education, I look forward to working closely with university colleagues, Education faculty, staff and students, and community partners to help foster a learning environment that assists teachers, counselors, librarians and related professionals in seeking and being able to serve the needs of all students in a variety of educational institutions. I hope to continue the work of those who came before me in fostering positive, collaborative academic and other experiences for our faculty, staff and students."

Prior to UNC Wilmington, Teitelbaum was dean and professor for the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 2007-11. He was the chair and professor for the Department of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University from 2000-07. Teitelbaum served as an associate professor in the Division of Education at University of Binghamton from 1988-2000, serving as the division director for three years. He was Binghamton's coordinator for the doctoral program in Educational Theory and Practice. Teitelbaum also served as an assistant professor at Syracuse University (1985-88) and Louisiana State University (1984-85).
Teitelbaum has served on many boards and committees throughout his career. He has written two books, co-editing one, and penned more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, review essays and op-eds." He has been a presenter and speaker at numerous conference and events. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Education.

Teitelbaum earned his Ph.D in curriculum and instruction with a minor in educational policy studies from University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from Cornell University in social studies education and his Bachelor of Arts from New York University in history with a minor in sociology.