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Michael Sampson, Ph.D., Named Dean of The School of Education

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

St. John’s University has announced the appointment of Michael Sampson, Ph.D., as dean of The School of Education, effective August 15, 2014. A noted author and specialist in the professional development of teachers, Dr. Sampson succeeds Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., who retires as dean this year.

Dr. Sampson comes to St. John’s from Northern Arizona University, where he is dean of the College of Education and provides administrative and curricular leadership for academic centers in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson as well as 36 sites throughout the region. 

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sampson to St. John’s,” said Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph., Provost, St. John’s University.  “His administrative expertise, passion for education, and experience in preparing teachers will help The School of Education continue its long-standing tradition of graduating compassionate educators who can succeed in the workforce.”

“It is very clear that the Vincentian mission of service is the essential component of all processes and programs at St. John’s,” Dr. Sampson said.  “This commitment by the faculty, administration, and students is the key to The School of Education’s ability to train the kind of teachers who will truly make a difference in the lives of their students.  I am honored and excited to be a part of the process.” 

Prior to his current post, Dr. Sampson served as dean of the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven; coordinator of reading education and chair of the Graduate Council in the College of Education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; and as chair of Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Elementary Education at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where he also directed doctoral programs.

In September 2013, Dr. Sampson served as a panelist on the US Department of Education’s “Strong Start, Bright Future” tour, which considered student participation in Arizona’s Head Start program. His focus on professional development is evident in school partnerships he has created in Texas, Connecticut, Arizona, and Italy; the Texas program won the AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) Christa McAuliffe Award for Exemplary Program in Teacher Education.

Dr. Sampson’s leadership in professional organizations includes service as a state president of the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading; board member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE); and state board member of the Arizona K-12 Center. As a member of the State Board of Educator Certification and the Teachers Professional Practices Commission (Texas), he was instrumental in restoring COE hours for education majors.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona; a Master of Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce; and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University (Texas A&M University – Commerce). 

A prolific author, Dr. Sampson has written university textbooks, been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and developed curriculum materials. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Teacher Education. In addition, he is an award-winning author with Bill Martin, Jr., of 30 children’s books, including New York Times bestsellers Chicka, Chicka, 1,2,3, and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? He has presented to children and teachers in schools around the world, including Europe, Asia, and South America.