School of Education Dean Reappointed
Dr. Olga M. Welch has been reappointed to an additional three-year term as dean of Duquesne University’s School of Education.“My tenure here as dean has been one where the school has attained local, regional and national prominence, which is due in no small part to the teaching and research contributions of the faculty and cooperation of the staff,” said Welch. “During my next three years, I look forward to continuing to forge collaborative partnerships with school, civic and community stakeholders and to enhancing the School of Education’s respected reputation.”
Duquesne’s School of Education has a long and storied tradition of preparing teachers, administrators and other education professionals to positively impact the lives of their students. The nationally accredited school is dedicated to advancing faculty and student research and scholarship.
“I am pleased to extend Dean Olga Welch's contract. Under her leadership, our School of Education has taken large steps forward in terms of faculty scholarship and national recognition,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “Our multiple program accreditations provide independent confirmations of the high quality of our School and its forward momentum.”
During Welch’s tenure, the School of Education was selected as one of four Centers for Teaching Excellence by Secretary of Education Gerald L. Zahorchak to help the Pennsylvania teachers pursuing the profession’s gold standard of excellence: certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
In addition, the School was one of only two in Pennsylvania and one of only two private schools nationwide invited to help shape the future of the education doctoral degrees and prepare school administrators and higher education faculty. Led by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions, this cooperative effort is including Duquesne’s input based on the School of Education’s varied accomplishments.
Most recently, the School of Education was selected by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) to become a UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. One of only eight UCEA Centers, it will investigate the relationship between educational leadership and social justice.
Welch is a member of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program board. She has been a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, and has chaired numerous regional and national advisory boards in education. In 2008, Welch testified at a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education hearing regarding the achievement gap.
The School of Education first welcomed Welch as its dean in July 2005. She had previously served as a professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee (UT). She also had served as head of the Educational Administration and Policy Studies Department and as head of the Department of Counseling, Deafness and Human Service at UT.
Welch has an Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision and an M.A. in deaf education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.A. in history from Howard University.
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