New Associate Dean shares global perspective with Lewis

New Associate Dean shares global perspective with Lewis University

Published: July 17, 2014.

Lewis University recently welcomed Dr. Mitra Fallahi as the new Associate Dean of the College of Education.

“Dr. Fallahi’s expertise in assessment, multicultural education, comparative education, curriculum and teacher preparation will contribute greatly to Lewis University’s College of Education,” commented Dr. Pamela Jessee, Dean of the College.

“I want to be part of a team that moves the institution forward,” said Fallahi, former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor at Saint Xavier University.

As Associate Dean, Fallahi is expected to coordinate Lewis University’s accreditation process with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, recruit faculty and develop programs.

Fallahi praises the sense of community at Lewis University. “You feel like you belong to a team,” she commented. “Our leadership is well connected to the Mission.”

Fallahi is enthusiastic about providing innovative ways to further advance the College of Education. “We have to think of new ways to move forward, maybe technology is not the only way,” she said. “Lewis University is very good about a personal relationship with the student, we must make sure technology does not lessen that relationship.”

Fallahi earned her doctorate degree in education from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She earned a master’s degree in English from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pars College in Tehran, Iran. Her areas of research and expertise include assessment, curriculum, teacher preparation, multi-cultural education and comparative education.

An extensive list of publications mention Fallahi’s name, most recent being “Critical Issues in Teacher Education” and “International Journal of Learning.” She is also an American Educational Research Associate, and a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, Phi Delta Kappa and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The College of Education at Lewis University offers degree programs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working practitioners. The majority of full-time faculty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. All programs are offered on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the College updates existing programs as needed in accord with the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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