UVU Taps New Dean For The School Of Education
April 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Kaitlyn Tolman
Utah Valley University is pleased to announce that Parker C. Fawson has been appointed as the new dean of the School of Education, effective July 1. Fawson comes from the University of Kentucky, where he is currently serving as associate dean of the College of Education and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky, Fawson served as the assistant dean for Global Teacher Education, associate department head of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, and chair of the Elementary Education Program at Utah State University. He also served as associate professor of literacy at Brigham Young University and taught at Arizona State University and Central Washington University. Much of Fawson’s work in higher education has focused on developing international engagement opportunities for education students.
“Dr. Fawson has a wide range of experience in the field of education having worked at several universities in various capacities,” said Ian Wilson, UVU’s vice president for academic affairs. “The School of Education at UVU has a stellar record of preparing students to teach at the elementary and secondary levels in the public education system. It also offers UVU’s first master’s degree. Dr. Fawson brings an enthusiasm, a love for the field of education, and a breadth of experience and vision that will help move the School of Education to the next level of achievement.”
In addition to his classroom teaching, which includes experience as a teacher in first, third, fourth and sixth grades, Fawson has served as a reading consultant for numerous education organizations, including local schools and school districts. He has authored and coauthored over two dozen publications and served as the editor of the peer-reviewed international research journal “Literacy Research and Instruction” for three years. His book “Your Classroom Library: New Ways to Give It More Teaching Power,” which he coauthored with D. Ray Reutzel, was published by Scholastic Professional Books in 2002.
“I am delighted to be joining the UVU family in July,” said Fawson. “The education program at UVU has grown tremendously over the past several years and is well-known and respected for preparing highly effective teachers for our school partners. The School of Education is fortunate to have an exceptional faculty and staff who serve our students well and continue to move our programs forward.”
Fawson received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Weber State University, a master’s of education in educational leadership and a doctorate of education in reading and language arts from Brigham Young University.