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Elizabeth Hinde hired as founding dean of MSU Denver School of Education

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: October 6, 2014

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver has announced the hiring of Elizabeth Hinde to lead the new School of Education as its founding dean. Hinde started in Sept. in the newly established position officially inaugurating the stand-alone school.

“I became a teacher to make a positive difference in the lives of students and that continues to be my anchor today,” said Hinde. “With MSU Denver’s strong reputation for teacher preparation, I saw the potential to be able to do some remarkable things in how we shape and deliver education, with an institution that really values the role of teachers.”  

The hiring of a new dean and the formation of a new school were recommend outcomes from a $1.88 million Title III federal grant MSU Denver received in 2010. One of the grant’s key priorities was to improve academic success and institutional management through focused teacher-education advising and academic restructuring. The new school will enhance teachers’ educational effectiveness within multi-cultural, bilingual, and historically underserved populations.

“We’re thrilled that someone with Liz’s exemplary experience in teacher education and scholarship is joining the MSU Denver team,” said Vicki Golich, provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “In particular, Liz brings a great deal of experience in extended teacher-preparation programs and in building partnerships with local school districts.”

All education degree programs previously offered by the College of Professional Studies will now be offered by the School of Education. Existing education department chairs — Lisa Altemueller, chair of elementary education and literacy; Philip Bernhardt, chair of secondary, K-12 and educational technology; Cynthia Lindquist, chair of special education, early childhood, culturally and linguistically diverse education  — will remain in their current roles within the newly formed school. Hinde will work with University faculty and staff to initiate cutting-edge curricula that anticipate national and state policy changes in order to prepare future teachers for the changing P-20 education environment.

Previously, Hinde was a faculty member at Arizona State University since 2004 and served as director of the Division of Teacher Preparation at the university’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College since 2011. While directing one of the largest teacher-preparation colleges in the country, Hinde gained valuable experience working with students, parents and teachers, but also politicians, donors and school district superintendents. 

Prior to her experience as an administrator, Hinde was a successful elementary social studies teacher for more than 20 years in Mesa Public Schools, Ariz., serving at-risk Title I students.

“I’m in the business of educating people because I firmly believe it’s our role to help students become informed, participating, rational, humane and creative members of a democratic society,” added Hinde.

Hinde continues her scholarly work on the board of directors for the National Council for Social Studies and is active with the National Geographic Network of Geography Education Alliances. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and a master’s in elementary education, both from Arizona State University.



About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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