10/20/2004

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KU names Fred Rodriguez interim dean of the School of Education

LAWRENCE -- Fred Rodriguez, associate dean and associate professor of teaching and leadership, today was named interim dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas, effective Oct. 25.

Rodriguez replaces Angela Lumpkin, who announced Monday that she is stepping down for personal reasons.

"I am very pleased that Fred has agreed to provide this most important service to the school and the university," said David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus.

"His long acquaintance with the school will make his transition to the interim position a smooth one. He has worked closely with Dean Lumpkin and has a very good understanding of the challenges facing the school and the profession."

Rodriguez is known for his instruction in multicultural education and his work with the Kansas Alliance of Professional Development Schools. He has written several books on equity education and multiculturalism in education.

Rodriguez has twice served as associate dean for the school, in 1991-92 and since 2001. From 1997 to 2001 he was the first director of the KU Center for Teaching Excellence, which provides support and guidance to strengthen the teaching of faculty and instructional staff.

Rodriguez received his doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska in 1978 and came to KU that year as an assistant professor in curriculum and instruction.

Shulenburger said the start of a search for a permanent dean would be determined later.

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