SOE News

G. Williamson McDiarmid recommended as new dean

G. Williamson McDiarmid, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, has agreed to be recommended to the Board of Trustees of UNC-Chapel Hill as the new dean of the School of Education. It is anticipated that the appointment will become effective January 1, 2009.

Among his many current pursuits at the University of Washington, McDiarmid is a senior fellow with Teachers for a New Era, a national project funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching which focuses on renewing pre-service teacher preparation and tracking the classroom performance of graduates.  Additionally, he is examining school-university partnerships with the goal of better understanding how to measure the impact of such collaborations on student learning and development.

Previously, McDiarmid served on the faculties of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Michigan State University.

McDiarmid graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in American Studies. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 1984.

The next dean will be the twelfth to lead the School of Education since it was founded in 1885 and established as a professional school in 1913. Until January, Jill Fitzgerald, professor of literacy, will continue to lead the School. She has been serving as interim dean since July 1, 2007.