July 20, 2004 :: No. 10
Cal State Fullerton Establishes Eighth
College, Names Acting Dean
Cal State Fullerton established its eighth
college this month when the university’s School of Education
became the College of Education — home to the university’s
teacher credential programs, which served more than 1,800 students
“Creating an eighth college is a move to expand
leadership in teacher preparation on campus,” said CSUF President
Milton A. Gordon. “This is another milestone for Cal State
Fullerton. Even in tough budgetary times, we must not let that stop
us from positioning ourselves to excel.”
Gordon named Ashley L. Bishop, chair of the Reading
Department, to a two-year term as acting dean of the new college.
Plans call for a national search to be conducted for a permanent
Bishop has been responsible for the accreditation
process for the university’s education programs and has served
on various university committees, including those dealing with curriculum,
general education and graduate education. The Irvine resident also
has served as a consultant to local school districts.
Known for his scholarship in the areas of reading
and literacy, Bishop has written numerous articles, co-authored
three books and conducted more than 500 workshops and seminars locally
and throughout the nation.
“It is with real pleasure that I assume this
position,” said Bishop. “Having been with the university
for 28 years, I have come to value and respect the students who
have earned their teaching credentials and/or graduate degrees from
Fullerton. They are making a tremendous difference in our schools.
Much of our students’ success can be attributed to faculty
members of the College of Education. They bring a powerful combination
of rich experiences as teachers and researchers to the instructional
setting. I look forward to the next two years working closely with
Fullerton’s students, faculty and the educational community.”
Bishop earned his doctorate from Arizona State University
in 1972 and taught for four years at Indiana University before joining
the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1976. Bishop received his bachelor’s
degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading
from San Diego State University.
The College of Education will align Fullerton’s
organizational structure, management and leadership with sister
CSU campuses and create a streamlined institutional organization
that can more effectively respond to increasing demands on teacher
education, noted Roberta Rikli, dean of the College of Human Development
and Community Service, from which the new college emerged.
The College of Education includes the departments
of Educational Leadership, Elementary and Bilingual Education, Reading,
Secondary Education and Special Education. A program in instructional
design and technology and a joint doctoral program in educational
administration and leadership, which welcomed its first students
in January, also are part of the new college.
During the 2003-04 academic year, 67 full-time faculty
members and 172 part-time lecturers taught 474 course offerings
in the School of Education.
“We believe that by establishing a separate
and distinct college, our students will benefit from the enhanced
status of a degree program within a College of Education,”
said Louise Adler, chair and professor of educational leadership.
“We also will be able to continue to attract high-caliber
faculty members to ensure that our future students receive a first-class
In the university’s organizational structure,
its eight colleges consist of divisions, departments and programs.
The former School of Education was formed in 1966-67.
Prior to that, a division of education had been the
parent administrative unit for the departments concerned with teacher
preparation. In 1975, then-president L. Donald Shields, converted
the school back to a division within the School of Human Development
and Community Service. Years later, this division re-emerged as
a school. This spring, the Academic Senate recommended to Gordon
the formation of the College of Education.
It is among just 14 universities in the state (out
of about 120) to hold national accreditation. “The school
received a stellar accreditation review in 2000,” said Carmen
Z. Dunlap, chair and professor of elementary and bilingual education.
“We are one of the major engines driving teacher
education in Orange County,” said L.Y. “Mickey”
Hollis, acting associate dean, who is retiring this month. “We
have one of the strongest programs in the state, and our recent
data indicates that not only are our students qualified, they generally
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