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Barbara Sanders appointed dean of Whitworth School of Education

March 5, 2014

Whitworth Provost Caroline Simon announced March 3 the appointment of Barbara Sanders, Ed.D, as dean of Whitworth’s School of Education. Sanders brings to the position her deep expertise in educational research and her 18 years as a Whitworth faculty member; she has served as interim dean of the School of Education since February 2013. Sanders began work in her new role immediately.

“Barb has many years of leadership experience, in many roles, both in teacher preparation programs and across the university,” Simon says. “She is widely respected at Whitworth and in K-12 settings throughout Washington State for her intelligence, energy and ability to bring out the best in those with whom she works. Barb will be an excellent dean of the School of Education.”

Sanders says that the SOE’s immediate goals are to continue implementing its new graduate programs in marriage and family therapy, behavior analysis, social emotional learning, and teacher training for Advanced Placement classes. “I am very happy about transitioning from interim dean to dean, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue collaborating with the outstanding faculty and staff,” she says.

Sanders joined the School of Education faculty in 1995. Prior to serving as interim dean and interim provost, she served for six years as Whitworth's associate provost for instruction. In that role, she provided leadership and administrative direction for all academic programs and services that directly affect students' academic performance and success, with particular emphasis on academic policy, educational assessment and accreditation. From 2001-05, she served as director of assessment and secondary coordinator for the Master in Teaching and undergraduate education programs. She also has taught a variety of courses at Whitworth, including math and science methods, Core 350: Worldview Studies, and assessment and research methods.

Sanders has also served as a board of examiner member for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. From 2000-02, she chaired the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education pedagogy-assessment committee, and she was instrumental in developing the pedagogy-assessment instrument that was used for 10 years in all teacher-education programs in Washington State. She was honored with the Outstanding Leadership Award by WACTE in April 2002.

Sanders received her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Washington State University, her MIT from Whitworth, and her B.S., in crop science, from Montana State University. Prior to coming to Whitworth, she taught middle-school science and math and worked in agricultural research.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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