A Message from Dean Pat Shoemaker

Pat Shoemaker

Dean Pat Shoemaker speaks with students from the College of Education and Human Development.

A faculty member brought me a wooden totem carving from Malawi of a chameleon, which has the ability to “look backward and forward.” It is a reminder of how our college has been an integral part of Radford University’s history as well as a major player in the changes shaping all of our futures. 

Our students, as human service professionals, make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities across the lifespan through their work in education and leadership; exercise, sport and health education; counseling and mental health; and recreation, parks and tourism. Students and faculty engage in research and practice as part of their preparation, ensuring that they are well grounded in their professions and that we as a college contribute to our professions and to society. 

The constant interaction between the worlds of preparation and practice helps define the direction we need to take to respond to current societal changes. Today, I believe our work is all the more essential. I am inspired by faculty and students who are shaping the future through cutting-edge research and practice, and holistic approaches to the health and education of individuals and communities.