After serving as Dean of School of Education since 2013, Spencer G. Niles will step down in May 2020 and return to teaching as a professor of education. William & Mary is conducting a national search for the next dean.
This is an exciting time to join William & Mary. Peggy Agouris became William & Mary's sixth provost on July 1, 2019. An award winning scholar and researcher and expert in digital image processing and analysis, remote sensing and geospatial information systems, Provost Agouris was previously Dean of George Mason University's College of Science and has demonstrated impressive success as an academic leader, including recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, collaboration with colleagues to advance diversity, equality and inclusion, and leadership of efforts to advance organizational sustainability.
The School of Education prepares transformative leaders for a rapidly-changing world and educational landscape. Our faculty, students, alumni and partners are constantly working to create new knowledge in the fields of educational theory, practice and policy — then taking that research and developing meaningful ways to put it to work in classrooms and clinics. In the past few decades the School of Education has become an institutional leader in advanced studies, as it has accounted for nearly a third of the master's degrees and over half of the doctoral degrees awarded at William & Mary each year. Today, the School of Education continues to take pride in its fusion of liberal education and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
William & Mary, a public university in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The university is proud of its role as the alma mater of generations of U.S. patriots, leaders and public servants. Now, in its fourth century, it continues this tradition of excellence by combining the best features of an undergraduate college with the opportunities afforded by a modern research university. Its moderate size, dedicated faculty and staff, and distinctive history give William & Mary a unique character among public institutions, and create a learning environment that fosters close interaction among students and their faculty mentors.
Provost Agouris has appointed a 15-member search committee, chaired by Associate Professor of Education, Jim Barber. The search will be assisted by the executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.