Welcome to the Department of Educational Studies, comprised of the faculty in learning and development (psychological foundations), social foundations (history and philosophy of education), Special Education and Educational Leadership. Our foundations faculty members are teaching the 200 level courses in the undergraduate programs as well as graduate courses in the masters programs in elementary and secondary education. The faculty in Special Education and Leadership are teaching you all program courses exclusively within the Department. 

The beauty of our Department is that it is an amalgamation of multiple fields. In my position as Chair I facilitate our efforts to meet the goals of the School of Education. These goals included the following: 1) maintaining an environment committed to academic excellence informed by research of the faculty; 2) providing an education that by example and instruction excites and motivates, addresses ethical standards, fosters critical thinking, respects differences, acknowledges creativity, challenges existing beliefs and assumptions, encourages flexibility and sensitivity, and develops expertise in the process of teaching, learning, and educational leadership; 3) retaining a commitment to integrating theory and practice, addressing classroom realities as well as social contexts; and 4) emphasizing the significant role teachers and school administrators play in the development of students into persons able and willing to participate fully in our democratic society. 

I see my role as Chair as an opportunity to model a participatory democratic environment in which decisions are reached through compassion and consensus – through such process the goals of the Department and School will be fully reached. 

Nelly Tournaki, Ph.D.
Chair