We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kerri Richardson has been named the incoming Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) for the UNCG School of Education. She will assume the role of Chair on June 1, 2019. Dr. Colleen Fairbanks, TEHE’s current Department Chair, will be returning to the faculty at the completion of this academic year. Under Dr. Fairbanks’ leadership, TEHE expanded its exceptional work in both educator preparation and higher education despite the many challenges generated by an era of large budget cuts to both the university and the teaching profession. We are extremely grateful for Dr. Fairbanks’ leadership of TEHE over the past eight years, and wish her much happiness and fulfillment as she approaches this next chapter of her career.
Dr. Richardson joined the UNCG faculty in 2005 and received her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Math Education from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Richardson currently serves as the Associate Chair of TEHE and the Director of Graduate Studies for Masters programs. She is also an Associate Professor of mathematics education and works extensively with several school systems in North Carolina, regularly conducting professional development. She focuses her scholarship on mathematical reasoning with K-5 students, the support of teaching practices of in-service teachers, and school-university partnerships. Her national presence is in the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, an organization in which she has been a member since 2003. She has received the School of Education Teaching Excellence Award and has been honored by Surry County Schools for her contributions to mathematics teaching and learning.
Dr. Richardson has made significant programmatic contributions in the field of elementary mathematics by creating a Master of Education program for practicing elementary school teachers. This online program attracts teachers from across the state and beyond. She has served as the chair of the senate online learning committee for UNCG and a member of the online learning committee for the school of education.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Richardson to her new role. We are confident that her experience, leadership, and expertise will be a terrific asset to the department and the greater UNCG community.