College Names Distinguished Visiting Scholar to Advance Collaboration

Posted: November 15, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In 2006, the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) adopted five core values on which to focus: collaboration, ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice and social justice.

Jeff Gorrell, dean of CEHD, is recruiting national scholars to work with faculty to advance each core value over the next few years.

For this academic year, Hank Rubin has joined the college as distinguished visiting scholar to assist with collaboration, specifically collaborative leadership. Rubin previously served as the dean of education and professor of educational leadership at the University of Redlands, the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. He also serves as the dean in residence at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

“Hank brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on building collaborations of many types,” Gorrell says. “He is already meeting with our faculty and has ambitious plans for interacting with various CEHD academic programs.”

Since 1992, Rubin has been associated with the Institute for Collaborative Leadership, a nonprofit organization that advances knowledge, practice and scholarship in relationship building, relationship management, partnerships and collaborative leadership.

“The creation of this position represents an extraordinary initiative by George Mason University,” Rubin says. “After the long, hard work of developing core values, far too many schools and colleges of education simply store them on a shelf. By inventing the position of distinguished visiting scholar, CEHD has declared its intention to work hard at infusing its core values into the work of the college — its teaching, scholarship, service, external partnerships and more.”

To start, Rubin is having conversations with faculty, staff and key external partners to discuss priorities for the months ahead. He says he’ll work with the college’s leadership to encourage and help support the ideas that develop. He will also bring together people with related ideas to help set priorities for projects that may emerge.

Gorrell says that CEHD will focus on the remaining core values — ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice and social justice — in the years to come.

“We plan to invite other distinguished scholars who will bring a fresh perspective to our core values and their relationship to teaching, research and service in the college,” says Gorrell.

For more information about the core values or the distinguished visiting scholar, visit the College of Education and Human Development web site.

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