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Office of the Dean

Leading, Learning, Life Changing

Dean Randy Hitz“Leading, Learning, Life Changing” is the motto of the Graduate School of Education, Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive school of education. We are leading through applying best practices to educator preparation and preparing all of our graduates to understand and apply best practices in their work. In addition, we are leading through the research and other scholarly work of our faculty and students that contributes to the knowledge base in our field.

The GSE is a learning community. Faculty, educator candidates, and our practitioner partners are working and learning together to improve education for all students. Through rigorous assessment and reflection, we seek to continuously improve our programs.

Most importantly, we realize the tremendous influence of educators and how they can change the lives of their students. Through our programs we seek to prepare our educator candidates so they can positively and maximally influence the lives of their students.

Ultimately, we seek to prepare all educators and students to contribute to improving the quality of life in Oregon and throughout the world and to creating a more just and democratic society.

Click here to view our State of the School Presentation for this year.

Staff Member Position and Bio
  Jennifer Anderson
FAB 220L 
Director of Recruitment Outreach and Student Services (ROSS)
Jennifer Anderson works with GSE faculty and staff to help promote various degree, certificate, and continuing education opportunities to prospective students and community members. She has a bachelor’s in communication disorders, a master’s in developmental psychology, and a master’s in public administration from Eastern Washington University. She also has a doctorate in postsecondary education from the GSE. 
Rob Brown Rob Brown
FAB 270A
Technology Consultant

Mr. Brown is the GSE's computer and web technician. He holds degrees in English, German, and Computer Information Systems, and has completed coursework in Computer Science. 

David Bullock Dr. David Bullock
FAB 270B
Manager of Technology

Dr. David Bullock is manager of technology, director of the Metropolitan Instructional Support Laboratory, and an advisor in the Educational Media/Librarianship Program. His research and interests focus on technology in education, teacher preparation, and educational media/librarianship.

Dr. Micki Caskey 
FAB 210J
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Micki M. Caskey, PhD, associate dean of the Graduate School of Education and a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She draws on more than 20 years of teaching inner-city adolescents in middle and high schools. Her areas of specialization include middle grades education, content area literacy, action research, strategic instruction, and teacher education.
Ann Fullerton Dr. Ann Fullerton
FAB 280D
Director of Research

Dr. Ann Fullerton is the Director of Research in the GSE and Professor of Special Education. As Director of Research, she supports faculty in their efforts to develop research projects with partners in the community and other disciplines and to find resources to support those projects. Within special education, Dr. Fullerton teaches courses in exceptional learning, literacy, and assessment. Her research focuses on helping adolescents gain the self-knowledge, life skills, and self-determination needed for the transition to adulthood. She also coordinates the undergraduate senior capstone course "Learning From and About Persons with Significant Disabilities," a transformative experiential service learning course.

Dean Randy Hitz Dr. Randy Hitz
FAB 210H

Randy Hitz, PhD, is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University where he oversees more than 50 programs and five research centers at the largest school of education in Oregon. He is a former dean and professor of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii and the College of Education, Health and Human Development at Montana State University Bozeman and has served as a professor and chair of education at Southern Oregon University. His background as an early childhood specialist and his teaching experience with preK-6 have served him well in a career spanning more 40 years in education.

Dr. Hitz holds a doctorate in elementary education with a major in early childhood education and child psychology from Indiana State University. He has bachelor and master of science degrees from ISU, and received a teaching certificate from the State of Indiana in 1973.

Dr. Hitz has published and presented prolifically on teacher education issues and teacher professional development. He currently serves on many policy-making boards locally and nationally, including the Education Northwest Board of Directors, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP), Chair of the Select Improvement Commission of CAEP, Chair of the Chalkboard Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Oregon Coalition for Quality Teaching and Learning. 

Jaymee Jacoby
FAB 210A 
Director of Development
Ms. Jacoby has a master’s of public administration and advanced certificates in nonprofit development and management from Portland State University. She holds undergraduate degrees in studio art and French from Indiana University. Prior to coming to Portland State, Ms. Jacoby worked to advance nonprofit arts, humanities and educational institutions in Indiana, California and Oregon. Locally she has worked with the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and Bitch Media. 
Penny Jasso Penny Jasso
FAB 210-15
Field Placement Coordinator, Education

Ms. Jasso has served as the GSE Field Placement Coordinator since 2002. Prior to that she worked in the Beaverton School District with the Art Literacy Program for 15 years, and at Conestoga Middle School for one year.

Emily McNulty Scripter
FAB 210-13A

Emily McNulty Scripter, BFA, provides project coordination and administrative support for GSE development efforts, including annual giving, major and special gifts, alumni relations, special events and communications. 
Steve Micke
FAB 210-14

Data Coordinator
Mr. Micke is the data coordinator in the dean's office. He will be working on accreditation, TK20 and other data-related projects. He previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Assessment and Institutional Research department, and the TRIO and Precollege Departments.

Leslee Peterson
FAB 210-02

Assessment and Partnership Coordinator
Leslee Peterson works with all GSE degree and licensure programs to develop plans for evidence-based continuous improvement and accreditation. She also supports the Portland Metro Education Partnership (PMEP) which collaboratively addresses issues of teacher preparation and professional development. She has taught middle school for several years and has worked for Intel. Ms. Peterson has a BA in Psychology and an MA in teaching.

Stefanie Randol
FAB 210-03

​Doctoral Program Advisor and Administrative Manager for the Dean’s Office
Ms. Randol provides several types of specialized administrative support for the Dean’s Office, including management of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and hiring/payroll of GSE classified staff, as well as coordinating all aspects of academic scheduling and space in the GSE. Ms. Randol holds an MS in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University, and a BA in Community Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She came to PSU in 2009, and has worked in higher education since 2000. She previously worked at Whittier College, and at Western Kentucky University. 

Susan Shortridge
FAB 210-04
Executive Assistant to the Dean


  Jana Smilanich-Rose
FAB 210E
Chief Finance Officer
Ms. Smilanich-Rose holds a master’s in public administration and graduate certificate in public sector financial management from Portland State University.  She earned her undergraduate degree in art history and Anthropology from Colorado State University.  Her 15+ years of experience in higher education financial and administrative management includes a strong background in analytics to support evidence-based decision making.  Prior to coming to Portland State she worked at Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Oregon.
Lisa Todd Lisa Todd
FAB 204
Licensure Programs Administrator

Lisa Todd is the Licensure Programs Administrator for the GSE. As the liaison to Oregon’s educator licensure agency—Teacher Standards and Practices—Ms. Todd reviews students’ programs of study and recommends those that meet PSU program requirements. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from Linfield College. Previously, she assisted with accreditation and assessment at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and managed Education Northwest’s research library.

Long Tran
FAB 210
Senior Financial/Business Analyst
Long Tran is the senior financial/business analyst for the GSE. Tran immigrated to Portland from Vietnam when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. He has worked at PSU since 2008, and has experience in both auxiliary and academic environments at PSU. Prior to coming to GSE, Tran worked in the CLAS dean’s office as the fiscal coordinator and financial analyst.