Winona State University on Monday announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Kirk to the position of dean of the College of Education, effective July 8.

Kirk previously served as dean and professor of education a American University of Ras al Khaimah, UAE. Prior to this, he served as an associate dean and professor at the National Defense College, Abu Dhabi. He has also served in leadership positions and on faculty in the US, UAE and Bahrain, and was a middle/high school English language arts teacher in the UK, Dubai, Bermuda and Qatar.

“Dr. Kirk will bring to WSU his clear vision, demonstrated success in leadership, and an international perspective with a deep understanding of preparing teachers for our global society,” said Dr. Patricia Rogers, WSU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He is dedicated to learners and knows that student success is inextricably bound to the success of our faculty.”

Kirk joins Winona State as the university prepares for the grand opening of the Education Village in fall 2019.

To launch this bold new state-of-the-art teaching environment, the college’s new dean must be a visionary as well as an inspirational leader, said Rogers, and Kirk is the right person for the role.

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“The Education Village is both a location and a vision for excellence in teaching and learning, designed by the faculty and staff to prepare teachers for today’s rapidly changing needs,” Rogers said. “Together, Dr. Kirk and the entire faculty and staff in the College of Education will nurture and enhance the New Winona Model in teacher preparation and professional development.”

Kirk obtained his B.A. in English Studies and his M.A. in Education-Special Education Needs from the University of Sunderland, UK and his Ph.D. in Education-Language Education from the University of Georgia. He is a recognized expert on educational policy formation in international settings and is often consulted regarding setting national teacher preparation policy and practice, with a focus on the Persian Gulf states.

Kirk assumes leadership of the College of Education from Dr. Tarrell Portman, who was appointed dean of the college in 2014.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Winona State College of Education,” Kirk said. “I was impressed by the historical legacy of WSU in the preparation of highly qualified teachers, and the opportunities that exist for the College of Education to build upon the transformational work of Dean Portman, positioning the college to become a national leader in educator preparation.”

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