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S.G. Grant to step down as GSE dean
July 21, 2014Tweet
Provost Donald Nieman has announced that S.G. Grant, dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) since 2008, will resign his position, effective Aug. 31, and return to the faculty. As a professor, Grant will serve as principal investigator for a multi-million dollar grant from the New York State Education Department to create units for the state’s K-12 social studies curriculum.
“I appreciate the ideas, energy, judgment and scholarly acumen S.G. has brought to GSE,” said Nieman. “While I will miss working with him as dean, I recognize that he has a once-in-a-career opportunity to use his scholarly expertise to redesign New York’s social studies curriculum and, by extension, influence curriculum reform across the nation.”
Grant came to Binghamton University from the University at Buffalo as founding dean of GSE. During his six years as dean, the school has recruited outstanding faculty, developed an undergraduate minor, created an innovative off-site master’s program to serve teachers in New Orleans, strengthened relationships with alumni and area school leaders, and revamped the elementary education program.
“It has been my pleasure to serve as GSE dean,” Grant said, “I have had the opportunity to work with and add to an outstanding faculty who care deeply about teaching, research and service. I am looking forward to this next chapter in my scholarly life, but I am pleased to be doing so as a member of the GSE faculty.”
Grant earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maine, was a history teacher for a decade and also worked for the Maine Department of Education before returning to school for his doctorate. He holds a PhD in disciplinary knowledge and policy from Michigan State University.
Nieman will seek input from GSE faculty and staff to help identify an outstanding individual before naming an interim dean later this summer.