Willamette University announces new dean for Graduate School of Education

Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton announced today that Julie Gess-Newsome has been appointed as the new dean of the Graduate School of Education, effective immediately. Gess-Newsome served most recently as the J. Lawrence Walkup Distinguished Professor of Science Education and director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

“Julie Gess-Newsome is a nationally recognized leader in secondary science and mathematics education and a remarkable professor who has been honored for her teaching,” said President Pelton. “She is a dynamic individual with a record of building community around a unified vision. I am confident that under Julie’s leadership, the Graduate School of Education will continue to produce excellent teachers and grow as a school known for innovative teacher preparation. ”

Gess-Newsome has 20 years of experience in higher education as a teacher, researcher and administrator. Under her leadership as center director at Northern Arizona, the NAUTeach program was established to increase the number of secondary science and mathematics teachers in the state. She also taught at Oregon State University and University of Utah, where she earned the 1997 Teacher of Year Award and served as chair of secondary education, director of teacher certification and interim chair for the Department of Educational Studies.

Gess-Newsome has authored or co-authored several books about teaching science, including “Reforming Secondary Science Instruction,” which won a 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers.

“A strong education leads to professional opportunity, personal satisfaction and participation as an informed citizen,” Gess-Newsome said. “I look forward to continuing Willamette’s tradition of excellence in teaching.”

Gess-Newsome earned her doctorate in science education at Oregon State University, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at University of Northern Colorado, and her bachelor’s in secondary education at Northland College.

Willamette University Graduate School of Education prepares teachers to be collaborative educational leaders and is dedicated to interactive, experiential and inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning. Willamette offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Education and administrator license and endorsement programs.