Susan G. Magliaro of Christiansburg, Va., associate professor of teacher education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the college's School of Education director.

David Parks of Blacksburg, Va., professor of educational leadership and policy studies, will serve the new school as associate director.

"I think we have placed the leadership for the new School of Education in great hands," said Dean Jerry Niles. "Sue and David each bring extensive experience and special talents in facilitation to work with faculty and administration. I am confident that their strategic planning efforts will result in an exciting and forward-looking plan."

Magliaro has been in the teaching profession for 30 years - first, as a public school teacher, and, since 1983, here at Virginia Tech. She has served as the Director of the Center for Teacher Education for the last two years. Her areas of expertise are problem solving, instructional design, and professional development. Magliaro has worked with pre-, beginning, and veteran teachers as well as university faculty in the life-long study of learning to teach. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, The American Psychological Association, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Magliaro received her bachelor's degree from East Stroudsburg University, a master's degree from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Parks, a former elementary school teacher and principal, has taught in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) since 1971, specializing in preparation programs, leadership, administration, and change. He received his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, a master's degree from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

The School of Education is formed by the Departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Teaching and Learning, and includes 23 licensure programs in a range of degrees. It also encompasses four centers: one of Virginia's Training & Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC) to improve educational opportunities for children and youth with disabilities; Virginia VIEW (Vital Information for Education and Work) which provides accurate, current, and comprehensive career information that is accessible to all Virginians; the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions for Industry and Education (CITSIE); and, the Center for Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Practice (CAEEP).

While the School is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children through education, its outreach extends well beyond the Commonwealth to implementing education systems in Africa with other study based in China and Oxford.

The School was recently granted formal approval by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), and last fall, it was reaccredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences embraces the arts, humanities, social and human sciences, and education. The College nurtures intellect and spirit, enlightens decision-making, inspires positive change, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. It is home to the departments of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management; Communication; Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; English; Foreign Languages & Literatures; History; Human Development; Interdisciplinary Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; ROTC; Science and Technology in Society; Sociology; Teaching & Learning; and Theatre Arts.