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Dean candidates to give public talks

Oct. 22, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Two candidates for dean of Western Michigan University's College of Education will give public presentations next week. Both presentations will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 2020 Fetzer Center, with receptions following from 3 to 4 p.m.

Each candidate will speak on the topic, "Leading a Diverse College of Education and Human Development in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges." Visit wmich.edu/provost to view their curriculum vitae.

Dr. John J. Wheeler
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.

The first talk will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, by Dr. John J. Wheeler, associate dean and director of doctoral studies for the College of Education at Tennessee Tech University. Wheeler earned three degrees from Southern Illinois University, a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation in 1985, a master's degree in special education in 1986 and a doctoral degree in special education in 1989.

He was appointed to his associate dean post at Tennessee Tech in 1999 and has been directing doctoral studies there since 2002. Wheeler also has been principal investigator and director since 1994 for the Make a Difference Project, a state-funded behavioral consultation and technical assistance program he designed that encompasses a 22-county service region.

His previous professional experience includes positions with the University of South Dakota, the Tri-County Education Cooperative in Anna, Ill.; and Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Ill.

Dr. Kevin R. Kelly
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.

The second talk will be Thursday, Oct. 29, by Dr. Kevin R. Kelly, interim dean of the College of Education and professor of educational studies at Purdue University. Kelly earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University in 1976 and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa in 1985.

He headed the educational studies department at Purdue from 2002 to 2007, when he was appointed interim dean of the education college. Prior to that, Kelly had taught in the educational studies department since 1985.

His previous professional experience includes serving as an instructor at Wichita State University, where he also served as staff counselor and psychology intern for the university's Counseling Center.

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