July 22, 2021
SIU School of Education Dean Chosen for Elite National Scholarship
CARBONDALE, Ill. – M Cecil Smith, dean of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Education, has been selected as a member of the Impact Academy for the coming year by Deans for Impact. He is one of 24 education leaders chosen from across the country to collaborate on ways to positively transform teacher preparation programs.
“I am delighted to participate and very honored to have been selected for the Impact Academy scholarship program,” said Smith. “The program presents a great opportunity to further develop my skills as a leader of a school of education, to collaborate with and learn from other deans, and to be guided and coached by recognized academic administrators at nationwide. The scholarship program is particularly valuable because of its goal of helping deans identify, describe, create and implement plans that address difficult issues in teacher education.
Network to meet the challenges
Deans for Impact is a national non-profit organization founded in 2015 to ensure well-prepared teachers educate all children. The group brings together those responsible for teacher preparation programs to collaborate and transform programs and policies to help achieve this goal.
Smith is part of the academy’s largest and most diverse group of scholars, which includes members from 17 states representing various public and private universities. These establishments welcome more than 10,000 future teachers each year. Fellows will network, collaborate and work to create strategies to improve teaching with an emphasis on equity and science learning.
Throughout the coming year, Smith and his colleagues will participate in monthly virtual meetings that will include collaborative learning and one-on-one sessions including learning modules and leadership coaching from other Deans for Impact members.