University News

New Dean for College of Education

October 27, 2015
Author: Thomas Ybarra
Category: Academics

Shawn Christiansen After an extensive search, Southern Utah University recently announced Dr. Shawn L. Christiansen as the new dean of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. Christiansen has worked at SUU since 2004 in a variety of roles. He was hired as an associate professor of Family Life and Human Development and was promoted to full professor in 2014. He also served as chair of the Teacher Education and Family Development Department, and recently as the interim dean in the College of Education.

“It is always gratifying to see one of our own emerge successful in a very accomplished group of candidates,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bradley J. Cook.

Dr. Christiansen says he is excited to serve in his new position. “SUU is an incredible university and students get a quality education here. We have fantastic faculty and staff who are all dedicated to serving our students and preparing professionals to work in a wide variety of educational and service roles.”

As the new dean, Christiansen will oversee the College of Education and Human Development’s programs, professors, and maintain and develop quality programs for education majors. Christiansen looks forward to working with the faculty to create innovative, experiential learning opportunities for the students.

“My future plans for the college are to work with our faculty and review each of our programs to see if there are changes that can be made to move students more efficiently toward graduation,” said Christiansen. “Another priority is to further develop our partnership with Iron County School District and North Elementary and to cultivate other community partnerships with all of our majors.”

Before his time at SUU, Christiansen taught at Penn State Worthington Scranton and Central Washington University. He received his Masters of Science in Family Life Education from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Individual Family Studies from the University of Delaware.  



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