CSU Names New College of Education Dean

COLUMBUS --- Columbus State University has selected a new College of Education dean, a seasoned educator and administrator who is familiar with CSU through his recent trip here as part of the colleges national accreditation review team.

David Rock, a mathematics educator, presently serves as chair of the Department of Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he also serves as director of the South Coast Regional Math Partnership, a coalition of school districts located on the southern coast of Massachusetts.

Previously, Rock was the coordinator of secondary education at the University of Mississippi. While at the University of Mississippi, he was recognized by the College of Education for his work as an outstanding researcher, teacher, and grants recipient. He also served as chair of the faculty senate. Prior to his university work, he taught at the middle and high school levels.

Dr. Rock has an outstanding record in teaching, research, administration, and professional service, said Thomas Harrison, interim vice president for academic affairs and the former dean of the College of Education. He comes to us extremely well-qualified and highly recommended to fill the position of dean of our College of Education.

He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University before going on to earn a master's in mathematics education and doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Central Florida.

Rock is the author of numerous books and articles that focus on mathematics education and the effective use of technology for teaching and learning. He also has developed several Internet-based mathematics contests that have been previously housed at the University of Central Florida and the University of Mississippi.

He serves as a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educations Board of Examiners. He chaired the councils team that visited CSU last year and reaffirmed CSUs College of Education as meeting its high standards. While at the University of Mississippi, he worked extensively with the preparation of their assessment system in preparation for their accreditation review visit.

I want to thank Dr. Tina Butcher for her service as interim dean and Dr. Debbie Gober for her service as interim chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Both are providing outstanding leadership to the College of Education and will continue to serve until Dr. Rocks appointment is effective on July 1, Harrison said.

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For more information, contact Barbara Hunt, chair of CSUs Department of Language and Literature and chair of the College of Education dean search committee, at 568-2054, or by e-mail at hunt_barbara@ColumbusState.edu.