College of Education Founding Dean George J. Petersen

College of Education Founding Dean George J. Petersen
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Back-to-school is a part of the American fabric: tax-free weekends, school supply lists, and feature stories on media outlets all point to the importance of this time of year. Those of you who graduated with a degree in education, whether you are working in the field or not, have a personal connection to this annual “new beginning” for young people all over America.

This is also a time for new beginnings in colleges and universities. We want to take a few minutes to share some messages from the College of Education and ask for your continued engagement.

  • The College of Education has completed three years as a standalone academic unit and one year as a Clemson college. During this time, we have embarked on innovative initiatives that are transforming education, including the establishment of a Leadership Learning Community that provides professional development for leaders in underserved South Carolina school districts, and the continuation of excellent programs such as Reading Recovery, Call Me MISTER, Clemson LIFE and the Upstate Writing Project. The quality of our work is garnering national recognition as well. Over the past two years, we have been named the highest-rated graduate school of education in South Carolina and #4 among land-grant universities in the Southeast (S. News & World Report) and one of “Five Schools of Education to Watch” for teacher prep programs with digital priorities (Education Week). Our Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning program is currently ranked #10 among online graduate education programs in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). This is why we are “Best in Class!” 
  • The College of Education will support the Clemson University Athletic Department as it recognizes teachers everywhere, especially in South Carolina, through the College Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers. While the national week is Sept. 16-23, 2017, Clemson will celebrate this recognition of teachers on Oct. 7 at the Wake Forest game (also Homecoming). Watch for more information on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
  • The College of Education is working with the Clemson University Alumni Association to establish an Education Alumni Club! Some of the exciting initiatives to come include the formation of local clubs as well as an annual campus events. Watch for more information on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the next e-newsletter.
  • We hope all of you will use the college’s Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the Dean’s Twitter page as a source of information, research and opportunities. If you are a Clemson graduate, please update your information so that you can get the latest Clemson news.
  • In addition to offering quality programs for our students, we are here to serve and share resources with our colleagues in the field. Browse to learn about programs that can impact your work, or contact Lee D’Andrea at if you have questions about ways we can work with you.
  • The work of educators is important and impactful, and we’d like to hear about it. We love hearing about our Tigers! Please email Melanie Kieve at with your “success” stories – and you might see them on our social media outlets or website!

To our educators, thank you for your commitment to professional learning.  To everyone, thank you for your support of education and our college. Together, we are bringing brighter futures to children in South Carolina and beyond – and we are grateful for your partnership. We wish you a safe and successful 2017-2018 school year.

Go Tigers!

George J. Petersen

Founding Dean