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Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2007

New teacher education leader chosen for IU School of Education

April 23, 2007

Genny Williamson

Genny Williamson

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Education has named Genny Williamson as the next associate dean for teacher education at IU Bloomington. Williamson will assume her new duties on August 1.

Williamson takes over for Diana Lambdin, who is stepping down from the position after six years to devote more time to her role as the Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education.

Williamson served as acting associate dean for teacher education in 2005. Currently, she coordinates the special education program and is associate chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. A nationally-recognized expert in learning disabilities and literacy, Williamson came to IU in 1996. Among Williamson's recent projects is a clinic that serves students in the local community who have reading disabilities. She also examines innovative approaches for teaching middle school students with significant reading deficits.

"Genny has been a mainstay of the Teaching All Learners Program (for certification in elementary and special education) and of the teacher education program in general," said Gerardo M. Gonzalez, university dean of the IU School of Education. Gonzalez said Williamson did an excellent job while serving as acting associate dean.

"I feel it is an honor to be appointed as associate dean of teacher education at one of the premier schools of education in the country," Williamson said. "I am lucky to be following in the footsteps of our current associate dean, Diana Lambdin, who has done an incredible job strengthening the mission and organization of the teacher education program."

Gonzalez also praised Lambdin for her service. "She has worked especially hard on behalf of individual students and to make the teacher education program the best that it can possibly be," Gonzalez said. "We'll miss her in administration but know that with her leadership, the Armstrong program and everything else she is working on will continue to flourish."

The IU School of Education is recognized as a global leader in teacher preparation and education research. The 2008 U.S. News and World Report rankings of "America's Best Graduate Schools" placed IU 17th overall nationally. The specialty programs of elementary education and curriculum and instruction ranked in the top ten. One-third of Indiana's teachers hold degrees from IU.

For more informatin, contact Chuck Carney, 812-856-8027 and