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Elizabeth R. Hinde, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education

Portrait of Elizabeth R. Hinde, Ph.D. Dean, School of Education


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Elizabeth Hinde is a professor and founding dean of the School of Education at MSU Denver, the second-largest producer of teachers in Colorado. The School of Education prepares teachers for children in early childhood through high school settings, as well as special-education teachers of children with mild through severe needs. 

Prior to coming to MSU Denver, Hinde was director of the Division of Teacher Preparation at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, one of the largest teacher-preparation programs in the country, where she is now emeritus. She was a leader in the reform of ASU’s teacher-preparation program, known as iTeachAZ, which has been nationally recognized as an innovative model of teacher preparation for its design and undergraduate student-teacher residencies.

Hinde taught elementary school for 20 years in Mesa, Arizona, before entering higher education. Along with her work in teacher education, she specializes in social-studies education. A featured speaker at many conferences, she is also the author of numerous publications.

Among the boards on which she serves, Hinde is past-president of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities and has served on the Executive Board of the National Council for the Social Studies. In addition, she sits on the editorial boards of a number of journals and is active in many community and national organizations and boards. 

She was a member of the National Geographic Assessment Committee of the 21st Century Roadmap for Geographic Education Project. She was research director of the Arizona Geographic Alliance’s GeoLiteracy and GeoLiteracy for English Language Learners programs, and was an original member of the curriculum-development team of the Sandra Day O’Connor Our Courts: 21st Century Civics project, now

Hinde serves on the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation Board and is a member of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. In addition, she received the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Geography Excellence in Media Award.

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