School of Education Welcomes New Dean

Redlands, CA (August 5, 2011)— James Valadez, a highly regarded teacher and scholar, has joined the University of Redlands as Dean of the School of Education. Valadez, who started August 1, will provide vision, leadership and a strong commitment to academic excellence for the programs, faculty and staff of the School of Education, according to David Fite, the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Valadez comes to the University from California Lutheran University where he served as professor, director of doctoral studies and co-chair of the Educational Leadership Program. He has published numerous books and articles on such subjects as democracy, multiculturalism, the community college and the retention and success of minorities in K-12 schools and higher education.

Valadez has previously taught at the University of Washington and North Carolina State University and served as director of the Educational Leadership Institute at the University of Washington. Valadez has an M.A. in Biology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“James Valadez’s appointment as dean of the School of Education comes at an important time for the school and the university,” said Fite. “Valadez will provide creative and innovative leadership for the School of Education, and will serve as a strong advocate for programs in education for working adult students both within and beyond the university. He will provide support for continued innovation and excellence in the School’s academic programs, working with a talented and dedicated faculty.”

The School of Education, which offers a Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice (Ed.D.), four master’s programs and several credential programs, is introducing a credential program in special education and a new program in Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling. The School serves working adult students at the Redlands campus and at regional campuses in Temecula, Santa Ana and Apple Valley.

The School of Education at Redlands has a unique focus on educational justice, from the doctoral level with its Ed.D. in Educational Justice to courses and programs throughout the School. Its Center for Educational Justice sponsors symposiums throughout the year to explore topics on social justice and issues facing K-12 educators.

Valadez takes over from the recently retired dean Bob Denham, a veteran educator and school administrator who served as dean since 2007.

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