Suzanne Rosenblith

Suzanne Rosenblith has served has served as Clemson University faculty since 2002.
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CLEMSON — Suzanne Rosenblith has been named associate dean for undergraduate programs in Clemson’s College of Education. Rosenblith previously was chair of the college’s department of teaching and learning and has served as faculty at Clemson University since 2002.

As associate dean for undergraduate programs, Rosenblith will report directly to George Petersen, founding dean of the College of Education. She will provide leadership in undergraduate programming and clinical and field experiences, oversee assessment and accreditation and participate in policy development and implementation. Rosenblith said she was attracted to the role because it will allow her to implement systemwide initiatives in the college.

“Positions like this provide an administrative infrastructure to the college that will allow it to more effectively execute its mission,” Rosenblith said. “It will undoubtedly make an impact on students and communities at Clemson, in South Carolina and beyond the borders of our state.”

Rosenblith said she will focus on recruiting strategies, which involves telling the college’s story, which she said is already a “good story to tell.” She pointed out nationally recognized and highly regarded undergraduate programs in special education, early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education that set the college apart in the state and nation by addressing the critical needs of learners from birth through high school.

Rosenblith said the continued development of an enrollment strategy is a key to success, and plans are already under way to encourage a diverse student body. She said research increasingly suggests students’ interest in college and career paths begins much earlier than high school, so she wants to focus on building relationships with schools that serve all grade levels.

“We should make an effort — especially in underserved schools and communities — to show students the possibility of a career in teaching,” Rosenblith said. “We can do that by demystifying so many of the processes that go on in middle and high schools in terms of course selection and college readiness.”

In addition to a focus on increasing enrollment, Rosenblith would also like to explore initiatives that allow for five-year Bachelor of Arts-Master of Education and dual-certification Bachelor of Arts-Master of Education programs. She also wants to explore the possibility of an interdisciplinary minor, undergraduate student advisory board and increased collaborations with other Clemson University colleges.

Petersen said Rosenblith’s long history at Clemson University combined with her demonstrated qualities as a faculty leader made her the ideal choice for this role in the college. He said Rosenblith’s history in the College of Education gives her clear insight into ways forward for the multiple aspects of the college that she will now oversee.

“Our college is nothing without our students, and it takes a special kind of leader to take responsibility for their enrollment and the programs that directly affect them,” Petersen said. “Suzanne has proven she is that leader, one of many pieces of the puzzle that allow our college to capitalize on proven success and be a leader in the field of education.”

Before serving as chair in the teaching and learning department, Rosenblith was a professor and chair of teacher education. Her teaching focuses on helping students understand the relationship between school and society and how institutional inequality impacts many students’ opportunities for academic, economic and civic success.

Rosenblith is widely known for her research on the relationship between religion and public schooling. Her research is grounded at the intersections of educational policy, philosophy of education and educational identity where she seeks to examine the relationship between religion and education in democratic, pluralist schools.

Rosenblith earned her Ph.D. in educational policy studies with an emphasis in philosophy of education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned a master’s degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.