Following a nationwide search, the Northern Illinois University College of Education has turned to one of its own as its leader.
Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper, acting dean since 2015, will become permanent dean July 1.
NIU Provost Lisa Freeman praised her extensive knowledge of education issues and her two decades of experience at NIU.
Elish-Piper is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education.
She teaches graduate courses in literacy assessment and instruction, adult literacy and literacy research.
Elish-Piper also is director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. She holds a Ph.D. in curricular and instruction studies.