Welcome from the Dean

Dean Gerardo Gonzalez

Dean Gerardo M. González

I want to extend to you a very warm welcome from the Indiana University School of Education, for more than 100 years among the world’s premier institutions for preparing educators, administrators, researchers, and others who will touch countless lives through their work.

Numbers can tell part of the story—we have an alumni network 68,000 strong that includes numerous award-winning teachers, including the 2011 and 2012 Indiana Teachers of the year (and 8 of the 10 finalists in 2011). Still, those numbers represent people, some of the most outstanding educators who make a difference in teaching and learning across the world.

Our people come here because they are called to education. That’s why Melanie Park, the 2012 Indiana Teacher of the Year, says she feels she’s doing exactly what she should be doing as a middle school teacher in Huntington, IN. Park said her experience at the IU School of Education gave her the content and classroom knowledge to become a confident teacher. It’s what brought the 2011 Indiana Teacher of the Year runner-up Jamil Odom back to our Transition-to-Teaching program when he found himself in a career that wasn’t fulfilling. The calling may take you to the corners of the globe through our teaching overseas program, the Cultural Immersion Projects, or through the school’s partnership with the Peace Corps.

We have internationally-recognized faculty, a collection of widely-published and well-known scholars at the forefront of teaching and learning. Our graduate programs are widely regarded as among the best anywhere, earning a place in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, with five programs ranked in the top 10 of individual discipline rankings. Our programs also attract students from more than 60 countries every school year. And we’re well-connected for the future of learning, featuring Indiana University’s first completely online doctoral program in instructional systems technology. This is a place of great tradition and endless innovation, with a century of success reflected in the programs.

We invite you to explore our website. Whether you choose to teach in the classroom, work in a non-profit organization, pursue a career in the private sector or serve as a faculty member, we are ready to help you find your calling. Join us. 

Gerardo M. González
University Dean, IU School of Education