Acting Dean Will Head NIU College Of Education

Apr 29, 2016

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

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.