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April 23, 2008

Lagos-Lavenz named new UI College of Education associate dean

Susan Lagos-Lavenz (photo, left), a clinical associate professor in the University of Iowa Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, has been named the new associate dean for teacher education and student services in the UI College of Education.

In her new position, Lagos-Lavenz will work not only with teacher education, but also the admission of students to programs that prepare them for licensure as Iowa teachers. She will also be responsible for overseeing grievances, databases, placement and the curriculum library. She will become associate dean July 1, replacing Linda Fielding, who is stepping down after serving a three-year term in the position.

"Within each of these domains there is a lot of detail, and each is critical to the overall success of the college," said Sandra Damico, UI College of Education dean. "Susan will bring a wealth of expertise and leadership to this important position. She has years of experience as a teacher and an elementary school principal, and she is well connected across the state. I know she will represent us well."

Lagos-Lavenz, who has a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary of-the-Woods College in Indiana and a master's degree and doctorate from the UI, has served as a principal at both the Grant Early Education Center and the Johnson School of the Arts in Cedar Rapids. Prior to that, she worked as an administrator with the Monroe Development Center and as a special education teacher. She joined the UI in 2003.

She is a member of the School Administrators of Iowa and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her research interests include school reform, education administration, integration of students with special needs, early childhood programs and magnet schools.

She has taught numerous courses in the UI College of Education, including Supervision of Students with Special Needs, the Principalship, Supervision and Evaluation and Supervised Field Experiences in Educational Administration for Elementary, Special Education and Early Childhood.

She has also served as chair of the UI College of Education Diversity Committee and serves on the UI Faculty Senate.

Fielding (photo, right), an associate professor in the UI College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, will remain active in the college, continuing to teach literacy courses in the undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program, the grade K-8 and 7-12 reading endorsement program, master's programs in developmental reading and elementary education and the doctoral program in Language, Literacy and Culture. She also will pursue research on making innovative forms of literacy instruction accessible to all students.

Damico praised Fielding for her accomplishments as associate dean, including finishing the process of securing Teacher Education Program approval from the Iowa Department of Education for five years. Fielding also established a Teacher Education Program Advisory Committee for the purpose of improving communication between the university's teacher education program and its stakeholders, and she continued to improve the focus of the student and program assessment systems on the Iowa Department of Education teacher education program standards. She also used program assessment results to initiate changes in teacher education program opportunities and requirements.

Founded in 1872, the UI College of Education was the nation's first permanent, college-level department of education. Since then, the college has gained an international reputation of excellence in programs as diverse as Rehabilitation Counseling, Educational Measurement and Statistics, Counseling Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education, and Higher Education Administration. The College of Education is also home to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. For more information visit

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