Kevin Basmadjian named interim dean

Kevin Basmadjian
Kevin Basmadjian
July 20, 2012 - Kevin G. Basmadjian, associate professor and director of the master of arts in teaching program, has been named interim dean of the School of Education for the 2012-2013 academic year. Effective Aug. 1, 2012, Basmadjian will succeed Gary Alger, associate professor and director of educational leadership programs, who has served as interim dean since last July. The University will resume a national search for a permanent dean for the School of Education in the fall.

"Kevin Basmadjian is well-suited to undertake the role of interim dean as demonstrated by his effective leadership of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program," said Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs.    

"It is an honor and privilege to serve the School of Education and its faculty in this capacity," said Basmadjian, "I am looking forward to continuing the strategic planning process we began last fall under Gary (Alger's) leadership. I am excited to work alongside a very committed and talented faculty as we propose and launch new programs that are consistent with the mission of Quinnipiac University and the School of Education."

Basmadjian began his tenure at Quinnipiac in 2004, and has served as director of the master of arts in teaching program since 2007. Prior to Quinnipiac, Basmadjian helped launch a public charter high school in Dearborn, Mich., where served as an English teacher and faculty leader. Basmadjian holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit; and a PhD in curriculum, teaching, and educational  policy from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

"It affords our students the opportunity to have small group instruction," she said. "Quinnipiac students are able to take in the school culture, climate and environment."

Jennifer Walsh, an instructional literacy coach at Fair Haven School, said she and her colleagues are excited about working with Quinnipiac.

"The teachers are thrilled to have Quinnipiac students in the classroom," Walsh said. Several Quinnipiac alumni have gone on to teach at the Fair Haven School, she said.

Matthew Nittoly, director of Side by Side Charter School, said he is looking forward to the partnership. "It's a win-win for everyone," he said of the agreement. "Our teachers will have the opportunity to learn from the Quinnipiac faculty and we will take on interns from the University to work in our classrooms."

"The collaborative synergy between the School of Education faculty and the administrators and teachers at these public schools will enable our candidates to learn first-hand from the finest educators; professionals who are successfully meeting the challenges of urban education every day," Alger said.