Welcome to the Office of the Dean in the College of Education at Michigan State University.

University Distinguished Professor Robert Floden became dean of the MSU College of Education on January 1, 2016, leading a vibrant community of scholars, students and staff members who are prepared to meet the toughest challenges in education and kinesiology.

Donald Heller stepped down as dean in December 2015 to become provost at the University of San Francisco. Read his last blog post.

Message from the Dean

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Welcome to College of Education at Michigan State University, one of the nation’s top schools for preparing leaders in education, health and human development. As I enter my fortieth year on the faculty, I am honored to continue serving the college in my new position as dean.

In my time here and as an education scholar, I have seen how our faculty and staff’s commitment to excellence and collaboration sets this college apart. Together we work to carry out innovative research on many of the greatest challenges facing schools, families, communities and universities, striving to have our findings make a difference in practice. As an AAU, Land-Grant university, we are committed to using top-quality scholarship to improve lives in Michigan, in the U.S., and internationally. The drive to improve teaching, learning, and well-being for all people guides our efforts, from outreach projects in urban and international settings to the renowned five-year teacher preparation program and highly ranked graduate programs — including a growing number of certificates and online options.

I encourage you to explore how you can contribute to the College of Education community, by enrolling in an academic program, partnering with our scholars, providing financial support or simply connecting with us on social media. Our annual report video series provides a vibrant look at how our individual achievements add up to create an extraordinary impact on policy and practice promoting well-being and education around the globe.

Robert Floden, Dean

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