(This article originally appeared on NIU Today.)
Laurie Elish-Piper, who has served as acting dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Education since 2015, will take over officially July 1.
Members of the NIU Board of Trustees endorsed her appointment last week following a national search.
“Dr. Elish-Piper’s vision for the future of the college is informed not only by her extensive knowledge of national, state and local issues, but also her varied experiences as an NIU Huskie,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman.
“Over the course of her 20-plus year career at NIU, Laurie has served with excellence as a faculty member and in numerous campus leadership roles,” she added. “Her collaborative leadership style and her creativity were evident during the national search. I am proud that NIU was able to recruit, develop and retain someone with Dr. Elish-Piper’s talent.”
Elish-Piper, a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education, received her Ph.D. in curricular and instruction studies with an emphasis in literacy education from the University of Akron.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education reading from Saint Joseph’s College and an M.S. in elementary education and reading from Purdue University. Read more...
Thirty-seven Ecuadorian teachers gathered at the Red Roof Inn Aug. 13 for the *Go Teacher project’s graduation ceremony. Go Teacher is a seven-month international education program where Ecuadorian teachers studied ESL methodology, second language acquisition, and culture on NIU’s campus.
James Cohen, assistant professor of ESL and bilingual education in the department Literacy and Elementary Education, secured a $777,000 grant from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and Kansas State University that made the Go Teacher program possible.
NIU speakers at the ceremony included Lisa Freeman, executive vice president and provost; Laurie Elish-Piper, acting dean of the College of Education; Anne Gregory, chair of the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education; James Cohen, and two Go Teacher graduates—Eugenia Pico and Segundo Rea. Graduates enthusiastically lined up to receive certificates of completion, which were handed out by Cohen and Gregory. The ceremony was followed by a buffet lunch and dancing.
During their seven-month stay at NIU, each of the 37 participants logged 615 in-class and clinical hours. In Ecuador, English is required to study abroad, and to gain entry into a master’s degree or Ph.D. program. Read more...