Montclair State University Announces New Dean of the College of Education and Human Services

Montclair, NJ, (May 1, 2012)—Montclair State University has appointed Francine P. Peterman as the new dean of its College of Education and Human Services. Peterman joins Montclair State from Queens College of the City University of New York, where she was a professor and dean of education.

“We are delighted to announce Francine Peterman’s appointment,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “She is a dedicated educator and an able and creative administrator whose leadership will continue to advance the College of Education and Human Services’ core commitment to educational excellence.”

“I have long been committed to fostering collaborative educational partnerships that positively impact both individuals and communities,” said Peterman. “Montclair State’s College of Education and Human Services has a long history of partnering with local schools and agencies to make a difference in the lives of children, their families, and communities. I look forward to participating in its distinguished tradition of innovation and national leadership.”

The College of Education and Human Services is one of the nation’s premier education schools. It was recently recognized as a leader in preparing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teachers and awarded a $6.3 million grant from the federal government to establish an innovative, apprenticeship-based Urban Teacher Residency Program in partnership with the Newark Public Schools.

Throughout her 20-year career as an educator and administrator, Peterman has been committed to serving both institutional and broader educational communities. She is the author of numerous scholarly publications and has presented papers nationally and internationally on topics related to urban teacher education and assessment. She has been the principal investigator of numerous federal, state, and foundation grants to support partnership work in these fields.

While at Queens College, Peterman collaborated with high-needs school principals, faculty members, and museum educators at the New York Hall of Science to develop an innovative master’s degree program that prepares secondary school science teachers for New York City’s most challenging schools. The program was awarded a $2.6 million grant from the New York State Race to the Top Initiative.

Peterman was also a professor and department chair at Cleveland State University, where she worked with colleagues and school and community leaders to create the Masters of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) program to prepare teachers for urban schools.  In its thirteenth year, the program was recognized by the Association of Teacher Educators and the Council of Great City Colleges of Education and received its Urban Education Impact Award. 

Peterman holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Miami and a Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from Nova University. She received a PhD in teacher education from the University of Arizona.
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