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Bullock selected as fellow for educator advocacy group Deans for Impact

School of Education Dean Ann Bullock will participate in a year-long fellowship with Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit organization to support and empower leaders at all levels of educator preparation. 

Ann Bullock, dean of the Elon University School of Education, was recently awarded an Impact Academy fellowship with Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit that supports and advocates for leaders at all levels of educator preparation. Bullock joins a cohort of fellows chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

Ann Bullock, dean of the School of Education

​The year-long Impact Academy fellowship aims to accelerate field-wide transformation by supporting and empowering a network of leaders who are committed to improving their educator-preparation programs. Each cohort of fellows is capped at 20 leaders selected through a rigorous nomination and application process.

“The Deans for Impact fellowship provides me with the opportunity to work with like-minded educator preparation deans,” Bullock said. “I am thrilled to network with these exceptional leaders who can impact my work and help me create the dialogue that tells the story of Elon’s outstanding School of Education.”

Bullock became dean of Elon’s School of Education in June 2016 following a national search. She came to Elon after more than 20 years at East Carolina University where she served as chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education. She was selected this summer to serve on the Professional Educator and Preparation Standards Commission recently formed by the N.C. General Assembly. The Elon School of Education enrolls more than 250 undergraduate and approximately 75 graduate students. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees leading to North Carolina teacher licensure.

Deans for Impact launched the Impact Academy fellowship in summer 2016, with the newly announced fellows making up the second cohort to participate in the fellowship. The organization’s work is grounded in the guiding principles that educator preparation should be outcomes focused, data-informed, empirically tested, transparent and accountable. Impact Academy fellows are chosen based in part on their demonstrated commitment to these principles.

“We believe it will be the collective work of leaders like Dean Bullock that will transform how we prepare future educators,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact. “Efforts such as the Impact Academy will nurture and support those leaders as they work to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”

Deans for Impact is committed to reflecting the broad diversity of programs preparing new educators in this country. Bullock is one of 17 fellows in the 2017 cohort who collectively lead programs that enroll more than 7,400 candidates in 13 states and Washington D.C. Seven of the fellows lead programs at public institutions, and one fellow leads an alternative provider. Eleven of their programs are located in urban communities, five in semi-urban locations, and one in a rural community.

More information on the organization and its members can be found on the Deans for Impact website.


Owen Covington,
8/31/2017 9:15 AM