By Queenie Wong
February 20th, 2014
Western Oregon University’s College of Education officials announced Thursday that their interim dean Dr. Mark Girod will now hold the job permanently.
Girod, who also serves as a commissioner with the state’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, has been the interim dean of the college of education since fall 2012.
“I’m looking forward to continuing and extending the long history of excellence we have in the College of Education at Western,” Girod said in a statement. “We must work together to meet challenges and also the opportunities available to us to best serve Oregon students, children, communities, and adults.”
Girod, who grew up in Monmouth, has had a long history with the university. In 2001, he became an assistant professor at the college after working as a science teacher in eastern Oregon.
He’s also held other leadership positions on the campus including chairman for the Division of Teacher Education, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program and president of Faculty Senate.
In 2010, he received the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship at WOU.
Girod earned a doctorate degree in education psychology from Michigan State University.