Noe Named Dean of the College Of Education


Dr. Margaret Noe

Dr. Margaret Noe has been named dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University.


April 17, 2008 – Dr. Margaret Noe, associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity and associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield has been named dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University.

Noe replaces Dr. I. Sue Shepard who is retiring. Noe will begin her new duties at Southeast July 1.

The dean of the College of Education is the chief administrative officer and academic leader of the college and reports to the provost. The College of Education at Southeast consists of three departments: Educational Leadership and Counseling; Elementary, Early and Special Education; and Middle and Secondary Education. Forty-four full-time faculty members teach in the College of Education, in which about 1,800 undergraduate majors and about 500 graduate students are enrolled. The College, which holds accreditations from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), offers programs which integrate classroom study and field experience. Graduate programs include six master’s degrees, three specialist’s degrees, and a collaborative doctoral degree with the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“Dr. Noe brings years of educational experience as well as a legal background to the College,” said Dr. Jane Stephens, Southeast provost. “We look forward to her joining the Southeast community.”

As the Access and Equal Opportunity officer at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Noe has been responsible for educating, informing and enforcing university policies and procedures and federal and state law related to human rights, sexual harassment, discrimination, disability services, and access and equal opportunity. She makes recommendations for policy, performs education and training seminars and conducts compliance reviews and investigations of complaints. She reviews and approves all student recruitment and admission practices and supervises and approves all employment search plans, interviews and hiring of faculty, administration and academic professionals. Noe reports to the chancellor and represents the chancellor’s administration on the Senate Committee on Rights, Opportunity, Access and Diversity, and to the campus Diversity Task Force. She also serves on the University of Illinois Council of Equal Opportunity Officers, who report to the president of the University of Illinois.

In addition, Noe teaches graduate and doctoral level courses in law, public policy, leadership and the superintendency. She recruits and advises graduate students in the educational administration program, assists with the Administrator’s Roundtable, and serves on master’s project committees, and on a number of departmental, college, campus and university committees.

Noe said she became interested in the dean’s position at Southeast because of the reputation for excellence and the depth of the quality of programs for which the College of Education and the University are well-known.

“There is an opportunity here to make a difference through collaboration,” she said.

Noe said the Southeast College of Education also is preparing for an upcoming routine NCATE review in fall 2009.

“I have experience in that process,” she said. “I want to prepare the College to get the recognition that they deserve. Next year, the College will be going through an intensive self-study. It’s going to be an important year for the College, and I look forward to working with the faculty and staff.

“Education is a critical part of American society,” she continued. “We need a well-educated workforce, and the College of Education has an important role to play in preparing teachers, administrators and counselors.  Additionally, the college serves an important role in the professional development of area educators and maintains successful partnerships with area schools and public service agencies. 

Noe is serving on the Publications Review Board and the Exemplary Schools Review Board of the American Association of School Administrators, and on the Human Rights Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  In 2004, she was honored with the “Dare to Be Great!” award granted by the Illinois Women Administrators for outstanding leadership in education by Illinois women educators and leaders at the annual conference of the Illinois Women Administrators. Also in 2004, she was nominated and inducted into the Horace Mann Society, and honorary society to promote leadership for American Public Education.

Earlier in her career, Noe served as the superintendent of the Bourbonnais Elementary Schools District No. 53 and Elmwood Community Unit School District N. 322. Prior to that, she taught math and served as dean of students, division head and director of curriculum and personnel at Limestone Community High School. She also has served as extension coordinator for Illinois Central College, a seventh and eighth grade math and language arts teacher at St. Philomena’s Catholic School and a group home parent for The Children’s Home, both in Peoria, Ill.

Noe’s professional career also includes experience working with children with disabilities.

“My parents were psychiatric social workers and I was raised in an institutional setting,” she said. “I understand the real impact that education can make on an individual.”

Noe said she discovered at a very early age that she was destined to become a teacher.

“I teach because I love teaching. I teach because I can make a difference,” she said. “That driving force has led me to a career which including becoming a classroom teacher, a building administrator, a district superintendent, a school law professor, a college administrator and an advocate. In each of these responsibilities, I make a difference in the lives of the people and the communities I served.” 

Noe holds a law degree from Southern Illinois University; a doctoral degree and a master’s of education degree, both in educational administration from Illinois State University; and a bachelor of arts degree in education with emphasis in history and mathematics from Eureka College.

She is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Illinois Principals Association, Illinois Women Administrators, the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Administrator’s Roundtable, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha Chi.

Noe is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Education Law Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and the past chair of the Education Law Section Council. 

Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Springfield, she taught for two years in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, while attending law school.

She and her husband, a retired teacher, have two daughters.