James Anderson named UI's interim education dean

James Anderson named UI's interim education dean

CHAMPAIGN — James Anderson, a longtime University of Illinois education professor and administrator, has been named interim dean of the College of Education.

Anderson, who is currently executive associate dean, will take over on Tuesday after Dean Mary Kalantzis returns to her faculty position, the university announced Wednesday. His appointment still must be approved by UI trustees.

A search for a permanent dean will begin immediately. Wynne Korr, dean of the School of Social Work, will serve as search committee chair.

Interim Provost Edward Feser announced in May that Kalantzis would leave that post in mid-August. Kalantzis has been dean for 10 years and went through her second five-year review earlier this year.

Kalantzis earned $279,606 as dean in 2015-16, according to university records.

Anderson earns about $176,844, plus a summer salary of $37,447, as the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education and head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. As interim dean, he will receive an administrative increment of $58,800 for a total salary of $273,090, according to the campus.

He has held other key leadership roles, as a professor with the campus Center for Advanced Studies and as acting dean of the college in 2012, when Kalantzis was ill.

He was also named a Presidential Fellow last year, serving as President Tim Killeen’s liaison on efforts to address racial inequities and discrimination throughout the UI system. And he served on the recent search committee for a new chancellor at Illinois.

Anderson is an internationally recognized scholar in the history of African-American education and school achievement in the United States. As a UI graduate student in the late 1960s, he helped recruit the first class of freshmen admitted under Project 500, a program to improve minority enrollment.

“I communicated with leadership and faculty within the college and throughout campus, and Professor Anderson was nominated and strongly endorsed repeatedly,” Feser said in a release. “Given his vast experience in various leadership roles, including as acting dean several years ago, he is an outstanding choice to serve in this interim role.”

Feser also expressed appreciation for Kalantzis’ 10 years as dean.

“The College of Education has benefited from the contributions of Dean Kalantzis over the past decade, and she will continue to excel as a member of our faculty,” Feser said.

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