Indiana University Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel has announced Anastasia “Stacy” Morrone as the new interim dean of the IU Bloomington School of Education. Morrone is currently the associate vice president of Learning Technologies with the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and a professor of educational psychology at the IU Bloomington and IUPUI Schools of Education.
Lemuel Watson, who served in this role since 2018, is now associate vice president for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, and a core faculty member of the Kinsey Institute. Under Watson’s leadership, the School of Education completed a strategic planning process, and spearheaded major initiatives in its diversity and inclusion program. The school was listed among the Best Education Graduate Schools in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranking and eight specialty programs were ranked in the top 20.
“Stacy is the ideal person to lead the School of Education during a period when technology is more critical than ever in creating teaching and learning environments to keep students and instructors engaged and connected,” Robel said. “Her deep relationships across the university, her commitment to excellence, and her tireless work made it possible for IU to pivot to remote instruction with integrity. She is a national leader in the use of learning technologies, and I am confident she will lead the School of Education with extraordinary skill and dedication to the school’s mission.”
Rudy Professor Brad Wheeler, IU’s vice president for IT and professor of information systems, called Morrone an exceptional and visionary leader who has been highly effective working closely with faculty across all IU campuses. He added that for 13 years, she has steered IU’s pioneering Teaching & Learning Technologies group to nationally recognized prominence. “In 2018, she presented to the IU trustees regarding her work in leading the Mosaic Faculty Fellows program, which reimagines both IU’s learning spaces and effective pedagogy to enhance learning,” Wheeler said. “She has long worked in partnership with the campus centers for teaching and learning as they support faculty in both residential and online education. Her wisdom, demeanor, and experience will be invaluable to the School of Education as we navigate the year ahead.”