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Dean selected for Bayh College of Education

May 22, 2017

Indiana State University officials have named a seasoned educator and leader to serve as dean of the Bayh College of Education.

Janet Buckenmeyer comes to Indiana State from Armstrong State University where she has worked as dean and professor in the College of Education since 2015.

“I am thrilled to have Janet on board. She comes to ISU as a proven leader, and I am confident that she will bring an innovative and creative spirit to the college,” said Mike Licari, Indiana State's provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Dr. Buckenmeyer understands the college and university missions, our students and our role in education in Indiana. I am excited to work with her to ensure the Bayh College of Education remains at the forefront of the field.”

Buckenmeyer will begin her duties at Indiana State on July 31.  

The Bayh College of Education, Indiana State’s oldest college, offers baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs for all levels of education and clinical settings. The college has 48 full-time faculty members and 46 part-time faculty members. It serves more than 700 graduate students and more than 650 undergraduate students across 37 degree and non-degree programs.

“I am truly excited and honored to serve as dean of the Bayh College of Education. As a former resident of Indiana, I was already keenly aware of the college’s strong reputation in the region and the state,” Buckenmeyer said. “I look forward to working with the college’s outstanding faculty, staff and students, and together building on its solid foundation to make the Bayh College of Education prominent on a national level.”

The Bayh College of Education has a rich tradition of preparing educators, as well as leaders of education. The college’s mission is to prepare, promote and advance educational and human service professionals for a diverse and ever-changing world. Faculty and staff engage students in real-world experiential learning, preparing them in authentic environments, fostering a spirit of inquiry and supporting a commitment to excellence and inclusion.

“The committee was very impressed with Dr. Buckenmeyer’s experiences as dean,” said Brien Smith, dean of the Scott College of Business and search committee chairman. “The committee noted her open communication style and collaborative methods for problem solving. We look forward to welcoming her to campus.”

At Armstrong State, Buckenmeyer provided the vision, planning and leadership for the College of Education, its faculty and its students; led strategic planning efforts; led the reorganization of departments to facility program coherence and communication; and led the establishment of school-university partnerships in local school districts; among other accomplishments.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Buckenmeyer earned a Ph.D. and Master of Education from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s in education from Bowling Green State University.

Buckenmeyer has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, been selected through peer-review to present papers and proposals on both an international and national level and has received several research grants.

Her research areas include change process and effective leadership; distance education, faculty instructional improvement and student achievement; and transforming education.


Photo: -- Janet Buckenmeyer is the dean of the Bayh College of Education.

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