Shepard Named Dean of College of Education

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 29, 2005ᾰDr. I. Sue Shepard, interim dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named dean of the College.

Shepard, who was selected by a committee after a national search, will begin her duties as dean May 1. She replaces Dr. Shirley Stennis-Williams who retired in 2003.

Shepard was appointed interim dean in July 2003 after serving as department chair since 2000.  She came to Southeast in 1992 as a professor of educational administration and counseling.  Until 1998, she served as coordinator of the Specialist degree program.

Beginning in 1995, Shepard was instrumental in coordinating, designing and implementing a statewide doctoral (Ed.D.) program in cooperation with other regional universities in Missouri and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Shepard served on the statewide Coordinating Committee for the Ed.D. program and continues to serve on the Oversight Committee-Council of Deans for the participating institutions. In 1997, she was appointed a member of the doctoral faculty for the statewide doctoral program. In 2002, her appointment was extended to 2007.   

Before entering higher education, Shepard was employed by the Iowa City Community School District; Mercer County Public Schools; Rosemount Independent School District 196; American Association of School Administrators; Mississippi Bend Area Educational Agency; Dekalb Community Unit District # 428; Davenport Community School District; and Hubbard Community Schools in Iowa, West Virginia, Minnesota, Virginia and Illinois . While in these positions she served a variety of roles, including teacher, assistant director of educational services, director of strategic planning, director of instruction and superintendent.

Shepard has conducted extensive research focusing on promoting awareness of the issues impacting women and minorities in educational administration, resulting in numerous publications and presentations.  Her efforts were rewarded through honorary distinctions and awards such as the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award in 2004 and several outstanding performance awards from the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling.   

Shepard also has demonstrated her devotion to women and minority issues by serving as a mentor to women and minority students, encouraging many of them in their pursuit of educational administration or higher education careers. In addition, she has been active in the development of networks that support women and minorities in educational administration, and has assisted in the organization and support of these networks locally and on a statewide basis in Iowa and Missouri.

Shepard exemplifies strong leadership skills through her service on professional organizations such as the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities; American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; American Association of School Administrators; the Women’s Caucus of the American Association of School Administrators; the Renaissance Group; the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities; National Council of Administrative Women in Education (NCAWE); Missouri Association of School Administrators; the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration; Missouri Network for Women in School Administration; and Missouri Professors of Educational Administration. She has held a variety of leadership roles in many of these organizations, including serving as president and vice president of the Missouri Professors of Educational Administration, regional director of the Missouri Network for Women in School Administration, and director at large of the executive board of NCAWE. In addition, Shepard has served on the board of several editorial reviews such as the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership and The AASA Professor.

In addition to her service to professional organizations, Shepard has demonstrated her concern for both the educational communities and the local communities she has been a part of by participating in a number of educational committees and civic and community organizations and committees.

“Shepard emerged as the most suitable candidate for the position due to her strengths and experience in the field of teacher education, including serving as a superintendent, as a department chair and two years as interim dean; her knowledge of DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education); and her efforts in bringing technology into the college curriculum,” said Dr. Jane Stephens, provost. “The search committee also noted her openness and availability and the overall goodwill that the college expressed toward her,” Stephens said.

Shepard holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of Iowa-Iowa City; a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration and a master of science degree in curriculum and supervision, both from Northern Illinois University; and a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Iowa State University at Ames. She also has studied women’s educational leadership and policy at an international conference at Oxford University and Chinese culture and history in the People’s Republic of China through a Fulbright Scholarship.

Shepard also holds secondary teaching, secondary principal, vocational school/community college director and superintendent certificates in the state of Iowa.