Linda Ann Patriarca
Linda came to ECU from Caldwell College in New Jersey, where she spent two years as Associate Dean after having spent 25 years as a faculty member at Michigan State University. Since her arrival as Dean in August 2008, she has focused her efforts on transforming the culture to facilitate a data-driven and continuous improvement approach to teacher education. Projects supported by a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant to improve and study teacher preparation have included collaborations with EPIC (the Educational Policy Institute at Carolina), Stanford University, and the Frank Porter Graham Institute (UNC-Chapel Hill). This ongoing work is also the subject of a Spencer Foundation-funded study examining how teacher education can become more data driven. In the course of her career, Linda has been involved in establishing and promoting university-school partnerships both through her work in the professional development schools movement and as a "turnaround" consultant to underachieving K-12 schools. She has also been active in national groups and task forces focusing on education, including serving as President of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children and as a national professional advisory board member for the Learning Disabilities Association of America.