After a nationwide search, Georgia College has named Dr. Joseph M. Peters the new dean of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education.
“Dr. Peters brings both a breadth and depth of experiences needed to meet the challenges of the teaching profession,” said Dr. Kelli Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His K-12 and higher education leadership experience brings the needed skills and knowledge to work with our local school communities as well as guide the teaching and learning scholarship within the college.”
Peters has worked in higher education in various capacities including his most recent position as dean of education at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has also served as director of the School of Education at Northern Marianas College in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands and professor in the School of Education at the University Of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Peters was distinguished as an American Council on Education Fellow.
“I look forward to working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to solidify the university’s mission, vision, values and governance structure, promote external and internal partnerships, broaden the diversity of the faculty and students, develop professional development school opportunities and explore ways to improve learning opportunities through the use of technology,” said Peters. “Georgia College's role as the state's public liberal arts university and the excellence in graduate programs in the College of Education attracted me to the college.”
He received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction science education from the University of Pittsburgh, his Master in Education in Natural Sciences and Environmental Education from Gannon University and his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Mercyhurst College. He also holds a vocational certificate in massage therapy and a national/state certification for therapeutic massage and bodywork from Pensacola State College.
Peters will begin his new role at Georgia College Jan. 1, 2015.