Who We Are
Susan G. Clark, Ph.D., J.D. (Interim Dean)
Sandra C. Coyner, Ed.D. (Interim Associate Dean)
Peggy L. McCann, Ph.D. (Interim Department Chair)
» Faculty and Staff
» Enrollment (Fall 2014)
Undergraduate - 1,074
Graduate - 492
The College of Education leads all UA colleges in the number of alumni, with 34,409 to date!
» Spring 2014 Graduates
The University of Akron's College of Education is a community of professionals whose purpose is to provide leadership for community well-being through standard-setting programs that enhance teaching, learning, and human development; research and inquiry; and outreach. We develop ourselves and others through continuous improvement and through a commitment to these core components of professional practice and scholarship: Knowledge, Technology, Diversity, and Ethics.
The University of Akron and the College of Education will be known for its commitment to inclusive excellence. We will continue to expand access and ensure that all students achieve a quality education to meet the demands of an increasingly global and multi-national society.
Our guiding principles are:
- Commitment to student development and success
- Community engagement and service
- Shared leadership and equitable collaboration
- Innovative and creative thinking
- Commitment to excellence
We have a lengthy history of service to the Akron area.
Diversity is Inclusiveness
Although diversity connotes difference, diversity is inclusiveness. It embraces but is not limited to race, ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, social class, age, national/geographic origin, language, religious beliefs, exceptionalities, and other unique personal characteristics. By building a College community that values diversity and academic excellence – which we hold as inseparable – we are continually renewed and enriched.
The University of Akron embraces inclusive excellence. Learn more about the comprehensive efforts across campus that support diversity through the Office of Inclusive Excellence.
College of Education Diversity Vision Statement
Diversity, in all its multifaceted forms and expressions, is not an end in itself. Rather, diversity is a means to a greater educational end, founded on the pursuit, creation, and transmission of knowledge to all persons for the long-term betterment of society. Through understanding, incorporating, and embracing diversity, the College community will promote learning, inclusiveness, acceptance, and respect for those with differing characteristics, lifestyles, and histories. The creation of a learning environment that welcomes College-wide diversity is deemed essential for building an exemplary educational institution. Therefore, the College champions diversity as a value to be upheld through incorporating the following activities into its core vision:
- Seeking to attract and retain diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators
- Initiating and supporting activities that enhance College-wide diversity
- Fostering the attainment of knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to understanding diversity
- Developing a college culture that inspires, liberates, and transforms the perceptions of others regarding the positive nature of diversity
- Forming a College community mosaic that allows persons to retain their individuality while simultaneously contributing to the overall College-wide diversity vision
Student teachers break biases and speech barriers
A supportive campus environment helped Maria and Lisa Withrow find their voices and a career path where they will be able to guide and nurture students of all types of abilities.
Canton Local art teacher receives state honor
2014 Outstanding Art Teacher for the East Central Ohio Region is UA grad
Alumni profiled in cleveland.com
Four College of Education alumni are profiled in the Cleveland.com Summing Up Superintendents feature.
Stephanie Rymer: She’ll be head of the class
This second generation UA grad is fulfilling a nearly life-long dream to become a teacher. She will speak on behalf of the Fall Class of 2014 at the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony on Dec. 13.