GSE Dean’s Office Awards support key projects

The GSE Dean’s Office Awards provide financing, at the dean’s discretion, to support special projects aligned with GSE goals and priorities. Each year, GSE faculty and staff submit proposals to address student success, equity, scholarship, and a variety of efforts that advance their work, yet fall outside of the regular budgeting process. The following highlights some of the excellent work GSE faculty and staff are advancing, and illustrates why the GSE is a leader across the state in teacher and counselor preparation.

“We have outstanding faculty and staff who are engaged in important efforts to transform our community in significant ways. It is my absolute pleasure to continue to support the work of our colleagues through Dean’s Office Awards.”
-Dean Marvin Lynn

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Governor signs $51M bill for new GSE building

New GSE building site

The State Legislature has approved $51 million in bonds to fund an education and health center that will house city offices and Portland’s three largest public colleges on Portland State University’s downtown campus. Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill August 16, to officially begin the multi-school project.

The $100-million building will be home to the PSU Graduate School of Education, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the Portland Community College dental programs and a City of Portland bureau that is yet to be determined. Lawmakers’ approval of state bonds completes the building’s funding package with the rest of the amount coming from all four partners and philanthrophy.

Located at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street, the building will be the first time all three campuses and the city share one space. At 200,000 square feet and nine stories tall, the building will have classrooms, a dental clinic, and low-cost mental health services for the public, along with ground-floor retail and restaurants. It is expected to open in 2020 and be one of the largest academic buildings on PSU’s main campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2018.

“This is the first time our city’s three public institutions of higher education have been together in one building, and it will improve our system of higher education,” Mayor Ted Wheeler has said.

Marvin Lynn, Dean of the Graduate School of Education said: “This state-of-the-art facility will offer many exciting opportunities for cross-departmental and inter-institutional collaborations that will further bolster the GSE faculty’s strong teaching and research activities. I am grateful to former GSE dean, Randy Hitz, who worked tirelessly on establishing a new home for the school. I am also deeply grateful to state and university leaders for acknowledging our work with this tremendous investment.”

David Bangsberg, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health dean said: “The support of the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown and the community serves as inspiration for the ongoing health and education of all Oregonians.”


Dr. Tina Anctil to serve as the new GSE associate dean

Dr. Tina Anctil has been selected to serve as the new GSE associate dean, effective August 1, 2017.

Anctil began at PSU in 2008. She holds a PhD in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is credentialed as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a clinical rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She is the current chair of the Counselor Education Department and until this year coordinated the Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization for PSU that is named one of the top rehabilitation programs in the country by US News and World Report. Continue reading

GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students. Continue reading

PSU pays tribute to Randy Hitz

Randy Hitz has retired as dean of the GSE after a decade of leading the largest education school in the state. Since 2006, he administered more than 50 programs and five research centers while working toward continuous improvement strategies for Oregon’s education system. He was the longest serving of his contemporary deans at PSU and the second-longest-serving dean of the GSE, behind Robert Everhart (1986–98).

“Students in Oregon will benefit from Randy’s leadership long after he retires,” said Wim Wiewel, PSU president. “He leaves a legacy of stronger schools, better teachers, and a community united behind its children.”

In addition to the deep professional respect Hitz garnered from colleagues, students, and faculty inside and outside the University, his many accomplishments are noteworthy and will likely influence education in Oregon for many years to come.

Colleagues describe Hitz as a nationally connected professional who led new initiatives at the University, across the metro area, Oregon, and the United States, where he was well-known for his service on the boards of several national professional organizations. Continue reading

Welcome new GSE dean, Dr. Marvin Lynn

Dr. Marvin Lynn wants to put the GSE on the map. The national map, that is. He feels the GSE’s strong reputation for equity in the classroom is worthy of a larger audience. As a nationally recognized scholar on race in education, Lynn is well-suited to do just that. Portland State and the GSE have everything in place to provide leadership for diversity in Oregon and beyond, he says.

Lynn most recently served as the dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend. He was also associate dean at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland, College Park. He began his education career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York.

In 2008, he founded the successful South Shore Chicago Opera Company, which brings classical opera to underserved communities in Chicago. During that time, he also co-founded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, a scholarly organization focused on advancing discussion about race and education in the US and beyond.

Dean Marvin Lynn is the 15th dean and only the second African American to lead the GSE.

He began his tenure at PSU on July 1, 2017. Lynn, his wife and three sons are excited to make Portland a permanent home.

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