Office of the Dean
Leading, Learning, Life Changing
“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.
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|Staff Member||Position and Bio|
|Director of Admissions Advising and Licensure
Deborah Allen earned her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. In her current role she is the GSE liaison to Oregon's educator licensing agency (TSPC) and she oversees the Admissions Advising unit within the GSE. Prior to this position she developed and coordinated professional development opportunities for P-12 teachers; she has also been program director, teacher trainer, and teacher in Early Childhood Education settings. She is now working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership focusing on teacher education and university-school partnerships.
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.
|Dr. David Bullock
|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
|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.
|Dr. Ann Fullerton
|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.
|Dr. Randy Hitz
Dr. Randy Hitz is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. His administrative experience includes two other dean positions (eight years each at the University of Hawaii and Montana State University) and work in the Oregon Department of Education as the Early Childhood Education Specialist. His teaching experience ranges from preschool and kindergarten to graduate education. Dr. Hitz has published over 50 professional articles on topics related to educational policy and curriculum. He has served on a wide variety of state and national boards and committees, including the teacher licensing boards of Montana and Hawaii. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and he is past chair of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. Though he has been an administrator for over 20 years, he still sees himself primarily as a teacher and an advocate for quality education at all levels.
|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.
|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.
|Dr. Cheryl Livneh
|Associate Dean for Outreach
Dr. Livneh worked as a middle school teacher and guidance counselor before moving into the field of continuing professional development. Since 1977 (1987 at Portland State University), she has developed and directed professional development for human service providers and educators. Her doctorate is in adult and continuing education.
|Field Placement Coordinator, Special and Counselor Education
Jana Patterson has served as the GSE field placement coordinator for the Special Education and School Counseling Departments since 2008. Prior to coming to PSU she worked in the Beaverton School District for 31 years as a special education teacher and special education district facilitator.
Assessment and Partnership Coordinator
|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 a BA in community studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and will complete her master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy through the PACE program in spring, 2013. 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.
|Executive Assistant to the Dean
|Budget and Personnel Manager
Ms. Sluys began employment at PSU with the Dean's Office in the Division of Continuing Education (currently the School of Extended Studies) in 1982. She helped establish the new Continuing Education Program housed in the School of Education. In late 1983 she began working for the School of Education dean, Donald Leu, eventually moving into her current position in 1996.