The direction of preparing effective educators to meet the challenges of today’s schools that was begun under Founding Dean Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., continues under the leadership of Dean Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D.
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Loyola University Maryland School of Education. I was recently named Dean of the School and am eager to build on its many successes since its founding in 2009. I was drawn here because of the explicit commitment to social justice and working collaboratively with local schools to ensure academic excellence for all learners in urban schools. In the School of Education we view students and families in urban communities through a strengths-based lens and value diversity as a rich resource.
We take very seriously our commitment to cura personalis, caring for the whole person. When you join the School of Education, you will be welcomed and supported as part of our community of learners. Faculty advisors will work closely with you to ensure that the courses you take, research you conduct, and future employment opportunities align with your individual goals. Formal and informal advising may occur in faculty office hours, during a field-based course, or via collaborative research. Regardless, the focus remains on supporting and challenging you to get the most out of your education at Loyola.
I invite you to spend time viewing the dynamic pages on our recently updated website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or better yet, visit us in person. Explore the innovative ways we prepare students to make meaningful impact in the fields of teacher education, counselor education, educational leadership, special education, Montessori education, educational technology, and more. In addition to learning about our various programs, I encourage you to review the expansive references of research and scholarship from our talented faculty members, and to check out the next topic in our Speaker Series. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one or more of our faculty to get your questions answered.
Thank you for your interest in Loyola’s School of Education. I look forward to working together to create new possibilities for you, the School, and the communities we serve.
Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education