Message from Acting Dean Stacy D. Thompson

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Acting Dean Stacy D. Thompson Just like the first time a new education student enters the halls of the Wham Building, I too am excited and humbled to start a new journey … one which together we will make the School of Education a special place. A place steeped in a tradition of excellence for over 150 years – serving as the founding college at SIU. As the new acting dean, I want to continue this path of excellence as we prepare educators in our region and around the world to shape the minds of classroom students in the 21st century.

The School of Education is a special place because of the incredible people which comprise it, including students, faculty and staff. As we start a new semester, students can pursue one of 20 undergraduate or graduate academic majors. Moreover, faculty offer courses each semester in either the traditional classroom setting located both on- and off-campus or through online delivery formats. Our focus is for students to foster a growth mindset and to continue this pursuit throughout their career. Education should enhance knowledge as well as push boundaries.

In the School of Education, we strive to serve each of our students and push them to explore and excel in all their academic and extracurricular endeavors. Students will enjoy close interaction with over 60 well-prepared faculty members as well as a solid team of supportive academic advisors and staff. Please feel free to reach out if we can be of assistance.

Now, as we embark on a new semester, I am excited about the possibilities ahead. Even though some cast doubt on the future of the teaching profession, we know this world is built upon the foundation of an educated citizenry, and there will always be a need for quality educators. The School of Education strives to be a fundamental part in helping our future generations reach the limit of their capacities. I look forward to getting to know all of you and supporting student progress on campus and beyond.