GARY | Indiana University Northwest has announced the appointment of Lora Bailey, Ph.D., as the Dean of the School of Education. Bailey’s appointment begins July 1, 2013. She currently serves as a consultant to Tennessee Race to the Top/Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee’s Elementary Schools in Mathematics (SITES-M).
Bailey, who has nearly 20 years of education experience, will oversee the School of Education’s activities, including accreditation, recruiting and evaluating faculty, supporting faculty development, securing funding, allocation of resources, and establishing strong community relationships.
In her years in higher education, Bailey has been dedicated to developing interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, and directing interdisciplinary research and scholarship through sustained research activities related to teaching and securing grants.
“Dr. Bailey has a distinguished record of leadership that will significantly enhance her ability to serve and lead the School of Education,” David Malik, Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said. “She will be a terrific asset and addition to our campus. I welcome her to IU Northwest, and to the campus’s leadership team.”
Bailey has served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lane College; Dean for the College of Education at Brenau University; Associate Professor at Auburn University; Associate Professor at University of Louisville; and Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina. She has also taught kindergarten, first and third grades at Montgomery County Public Schools in Alabama.
“I am delighted to be named the next Dean for the School of Education at IU Northwest,” Bailey said. “Under Chancellor Lowe's leadership, guidance from Dr. David Malik, and the expertise of the School of Education's faculty and staff, the institution is braced for monumental growth toward 21st century operations, including instructional technology and student learning.”
Bailey has received a significant number of honors, awards and recognitions, including the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award, the National Network for Educational Renewal Service Recognition Award, and several Holmes Scholarship Awards, among others.
Bailey earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Finance, her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and her Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching, all from Auburn University.
The change in leadership is as a result of the retirement of the current Dean of Education, Stanley Wigle, Ph.D., who will remain at IU Northwest to return to teaching and scholarship.
“Dean Wigle has had a long and effective career on the campus,” Malik said. “Personally, I thank him for his long-standing service to both the education profession and to IU Northwest. His leadership and vision have resulted in the graduation of thousands of teachers who work tirelessly in the classroom every day to educate students of all ages.”
Wigle joined the IU Northwest faculty as Dean of Education in 1999 with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Kansas State University. He has taught secondary social sciences in the public schools, he has been a K-12 special educator as well as a K-12 Coordinator of Special Education, and he has taught and served as an administrator at various colleges and universities prior to his position at IU Northwest.
Wigle has taught courses in educational psychology, general secondary methods courses, and courses in special education.
The IU Northwest School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and currently offers degree programs in Elementary, Secondary, Special Education, and School Leadership. There are nine full-time faculty members and approximately 580 undergraduate and graduate students.