CEHD interim dean selected for prestigious Impact Academy
Tamara Wallace, interim dean of Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), is one of 13 deans to be selected as a Deans for Impact fellow in the 2018 Impact Academy cohort.
The academy is a year-long fellowship to support and empower educator-preparation leaders by helping them build leaderships skills and establish connections to a network of deans.
To be selected as a fellow, deans must complete a rigorous application process demonstrating their commitment to transforming teacher preparation programs in order to ensure all teacher candidates graduate prepared to improve student learning outcomes beginning with the first day in their respective classrooms.
Fellows selected for the 2018 cohort lead education programs that collectively enroll more than 3,500 teacher candidates in 11 states. Eight fellows lead programs at public institutions, three are from private institutions and two lead programs that are non-traditional pathways into teaching. Two fellows’ programs are at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI).
Wallace was selected as a fellow in a national search. Throughout the program, she will be mentored by Dr. Bill McDiarmid, an alumni distinguished professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before being named interim dean, Wallace served as CEHD’s associate dean and director of field experience. There, she oversaw development and implementation of policies and procedures regarding admission, retention, clinical experiences, graduation and licensure for candidates in 22 educator preparation programs.
Prior to her selection as associate dean, Wallace served as the assistant director of CEHD’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership and was a professor in the elementary education program for eight years. She began her career as an educator in Roanoke City, first as a middle school teacher and later as an assistant principal.
In October, then Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Wallace to the state’s Board of Education.