Following a national search, Dr. Ada Beth Cutler of South Orange has been named Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, Dr. Susan A. Cole, MSU president, announced today. Cutler has been serving as interim Dean of the College since July.
"Montclair State's teacher education programs are a national model," said Cole. "Dr. Cutler's wide range of experience and inspired plans for the future make her the perfect choice to not simply lead our College, but to improve and expand our programs for the good of the many New Jersey students we serve."
Cutler said she is "delighted and honored" with her new appointment. "I'm very excited about leading the College. We have an illustrious past and a bright future. We are nationally renowned for our teacher education program, and we have many fine programs in all our departments."
Cutler said that her plans mirror Cole's overall plans for the University: growth associated with quality.
"We're establishing a new department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in September," Cutler said. " We expect to increase our graduation of teachers from 300 a year to 600, and a large part of that growth will be in early childhood and elementary education.
"In addition to that we're embarking on a redesign of our professional sequence in teacher education to coincide with the revision of the state teacher education code, and we are revising our master of arts in teaching -- the M.A.T. Program. We're also starting a program in Hospitality Management in the Department of Health Professions, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies."