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Alawiye is the new Ed dean

Friday, May 27, 2011

Photo of Osman Alawiye, incoming dean of the School of Education

Osman Alawiye, incoming dean of the School of Education, begins work July 1.

Osman Alawiye, a veteran higher education administrator who holds a law degree and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, is the new dean of the School of Education.

Alawiye, who is dean of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education, State University of New York-Geneseo, will begin work July 1 at St. Cloud State. 

Alawiye’s undergraduate degree in biology and sociology is from Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota.

His master’s degree in biology is from the University of South Dakota. His doctorate is from New Mexico State University.

His postdoctoral education includes earning a law degree from the Seattle University School of Law and study as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University’s Department of History of Science.

His academic honors include membership in Phi Delta Kappa and Golden Key National Honor Society.

Prior to his position at SUNY-Geneseo, Alawiye served in administrative positions at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash., including interim associate dean for the School of Professional Studies/director of teacher certification and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Supervision. His earlier experience includes teaching high school science in Gadsden, N.M.

View Alawiye's curriculum vitae (PDF).

"Dr. Alawiye has made significant contributions to the institutions he has served," said President Earl H. Potter III. "A creative thinker who is committed to building effective teams, he has a history of leading faculty and staff in developing both shared understanding and shared responsibility in accomplishing institutional goals."

In a message to campus, Potter praised the work of interim dean Glen Palm. Among other things, Palm shepherded the the College of Education through the academic reorganization process that created the School of Education, an academic unit that encompasses the departments of Child and Family Studies, Human Relations, Special Education, Information Media, Teacher Education, and Educational Leadership and Administration.

Said Potter: "(Palm) has taken tremendous care to provide the leadership necessary to guide the College through challenging times. He has been instrumental in making the Teacher Preparation Initiative operational and has performed effectively in all his endeavors. As he returns to the faculty to resume his important work in teaching and service, he goes with our thanks and gratitude for a job well done." 

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