In the fall, the College of Education made organizational changes designed to bring its teacher licensure programs under one umbrella. The college combined the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Special Services and Leadership Studies into one new Department of Teaching and Leadership.

“I appointed a study committee (on organization) last year,” said Howard Smith, dean of the College of Education. “After studying the current organization of the college, the committee unanimously recommended combining C&I and SSLS.”

Smith said no programs were changed and students are unlikely to notice the new structure.
Although the reorganization was driven by a desire to pull teacher licensure programs together, “a secondary benefit is that it creates some efficiencies,” Smith said.

Dr. Alice Sagehorn, a long-time faculty member in and previously interim director of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was selected to head the new department.

Sagehorn joined the College of Education as a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1992. She holds a BS from the University of Missouri, an MS from Pittsburg State and a Ph.D from the University of Arkansas.