CCU restructuring the Spadoni College of Education
"I expect this to be an exceptional academic unit with thriving undergraduate programs, graduate offerings that serve our mission and the community, and a reputation for scholarly excellence," said Ennis.
Ennis also announced that Ed Jadallah, who has served as dean of the Spadoni College of Education for the last 10 years, is stepping down at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year and is exploring other professional opportunities. The University will be launching a national search for a new dean, who is expected to be appointed by July 1, 2021.
Ennis says the timing of this restructuring is intended to allow the University's new president, who is expected to be named this month, the ability to participate in the latter stages of both the dean's search and the college formation process.
According to Ennis, a College Formation Committee will be tasked with establishing operational guidelines for the new college. The college will include the following undergraduate programs: anthropology and geography; early childhood education; elementary education; middle level education; physical education; psychology; political science; sociology; and special education. The new college will also include all of the current Spadoni College of Education graduate programs, including educational leadership; instructional technology; literacy; special education; the Master of Arts in Teaching program; and the Ph.D. in education.
"This new college will not only allow the social sciences to emerge as areas of strength in a new institutional context, but it will also allow education programs to develop disciplinary connections between teacher preparation and the social contexts of teaching and learning," said Ennis. "The combination of education programs and disciplines drawn from the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Gupta College of Science will result in a college with sufficient size and organizational influence to improve Coastal Carolina University."
The college will also include the Call Me MISTER program, the Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring program, the LIFE program, the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program, and the Teacher Cadet program.