Dean's Message

I am excited about the new opportunities ahead of us as I begin my role as Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. We have a remarkable College with 50 years of history. I am energized by our committed team of high-quality faculty, dedicated staff, promising students, and successful alumni and friends of the College who have not only contributed to our rich history but have set a course for a bright future for the CEHD and UofL. To guide us through this process and reaffirm our commitment to our mission, we will:

  • Foster participation in shared governance and processes. This includes communicating with our alumni and friends and seeking input from you;
  • Take decisive action based on evidence and the value of supporting the greater good. This involves developing new academic programs and initiatives that prepare students for a competitive workforce, which will enhance your degree and provide you high caliber, qualified graduates, who may be joining your teams;
  • Encourage individual and group contributions to making UofL, specifically the CEHD, a great place to learn, work, and invest.

I will need your participation to make these goals realistic and achievable. I am committed to keeping you apprised of our progress so you are connected with the College and may find ways to increase your engagement with us.

I have assembled a transition team to help with these efforts: Dr. Marion Hambrick, Associate Professor, and Dr. Meg Hancock, Associate Professor, both with the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, Dr. Jeffrey Sun, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, and Ms. Marian Vasser, UofL's Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence. They will assist me in building upon our current successes and establishing a vision for our future.

I look forward to meeting and talking with you at upcoming events both locally and nationally. I am also committed to communicating with you regularly about our current and future accomplishments and innovations in the College and around the University.

I want you to be proud of your alma mater. Our alumni and friends are crucial to our ongoing efforts in making the University, and our College, a great place to learn, work, and invest. So, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean's Office with questions or suggestions. As always, students, faculty, and staff in the CEHD appreciate your ongoing support and generosity.


Amy Lingo, EdD, Interim Dean and Professor in Special Education
College of Education and Human Development

Dean's Position Description

CEHD Dean's Office Administration

--Mark Cambron, J.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Planning, and Operations; Dr. Margaret Pentecost, Assistant Dean for Education Advising and Student Services; and Dr. Tim Landrum, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

Dean's Office Senior Staff

--Dr. Manish Sharma, Director of Assessment for Educator Preparation and Human Development; Becki Newton, Dean's Executive Assistant; Dhiane Bradley, Director of Regulatory Affairs; and Dorothy Vittitow, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Dean's Office
Room 126
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
FAX: 502-852-1464

Departments and Centers in the College

CEHD's six departments: Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Special Education; Middle and Secondary Education; Health and Sport Sciences; Counseling and Human Development; and Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development enrolled during fall 2018, just over 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students in over 80 certificate, endorsement and degree programs. The CEHD’s Education Advising and Student Services ( center is a state of the art professional academic advising office with staff who work tirelessly to support undergraduate and graduate student advising, and offer an array of services related to admissions, certification, and other important areas.

The College is home to several centers and initiatives that have a specialized mission related to education research, service, and classroom instruction.
--The Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development conducts research on the development of mathematics and science teachers from the beginning of their preparation program to the end of their career.
--Early Childhood Research Center studies the contemporary issues that relate to young children, their families, communities, and their education.
--Kentucky Autism Training Center strives to bridge the research to practice gap concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing resources, building sustainable partnerships, and increasing the use of evidence-based practices through training programs throughout Kentucky.
--The Nystrand Center of Excellence and its university and community partners have collaborated to improve the preparation of teacher candidates, the professional development of teachers and administrators, and school contexts. The Center develops and facilitates professional development through its initiatives such as the Louisville Writing Project and the Signature Partnership program.


For over four decades, undergraduate and graduate programs in CEHD have been continuously accredited at the national and state level by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), which is now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). CEHD received confirmation of continuing accreditation from CAEP in spring 2017. In addition, CEHD programs are accredited by:

--Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
--American Psychological Association (APA)
--Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
--Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CAAHEP)
--National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
--National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
--American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
--Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
--Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Community Partnerships and Outreach

Ms. Sherry Durham is the coordinator of the Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP), which has been part of the CEHD for 30 years. The program was created to address the shortage of minority teachers in our K-12 classrooms. In addition, MTRP offers support services for students such as course advising, test preparation, career guidance, and financial assistance.

The CEHD is partnering with Ft. Knox to offer the Master Educator Course (MEC), which is a 27-credit hour program admitting over 200 service personnel and faculty cadre staff. The Department of Defense awarded funding to the CEHD to support the program. Students who participate are army employees who work at college/university ROTC training programs across the country.

The CEHD received a major gift of $5 million dollars from the Mary K. Oxley Foundation, which was matched by the University of Louisville Foundation, with a gift of $2.5 million. The purpose of the gift is to further develop and expand the work of the college through the Signature Partnership Initiative and the clinical model of educator preparation in partnership with the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). Five JCPS schools have partnered with the CEHD to focus on building teacher leader capacity and retention, increase the number of teachers who have National Board Certification, provide onsite comprehensive professional development for teachers, and establish UofL classrooms in the schools for CEHD students in teacher preparation programs.

The CEHD and Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) formed a partnership in 1991 to offer improved professional development to the districts. The partnership has since expanded into other areas such as college and career readiness; literacy, mathematics and leadership programs; student teacher and field placements, and much more.

International Learning

International Learning

CEHD has continued to expand the International Learning Experience (ILE), not only to our students but those in other UofL schools/colleges as well. Students in the teacher education programs travel to Belize where they teach kindergarten through middle school-aged children in local villages. In Ireland, students study higher education and cultural influences on counseling psychology and art therapy at the University College Cork and Crawford College of Arts and Sciences at Cork Institute of Technology. CEHD students in education leadership and teacher education programs have toured schools and examined leadership systems in Peru, England, and Portugal. CEHD students in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, Sport Administration program, have traveled to Toronto, Canada, and Wroclaw, Poland to volunteer and study management of large-scale sport events.

About UofL

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The University of Louisville (UofL) was established in 1798 and is led by Dr. Neeli Bendapudi. The University is Carnegie-classified as a Very High Research Activity Research University and has three campuses with state-of-the-art research facilities. Enrollment is over 22,000 in 12 colleges and schools, and there are over 6,800 faculty and staff. The average ACT score of entering freshmen is 25.4; the budget is $1.2 billon.

Louisville is prosperous and culturally rich with a population of one million-plus. It ranks among top 10 metropolitan places to live and is a major hub of commerce, law, and health care. Learn more at and Possibility City.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Office (502-852-6411). We will be happy to respond to your inquiries and hope that you will decide to join our College’s family of outstanding graduates who have become some of the state, regional, and national leaders in education, human development, human performance, and affiliated practice and research occupations who proudly serve in their professions. GO CARDS!