The Hamline University School of Education welcomed three new
members to its leadership team this fall. Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks has been
named associate dean and accreditation coordinator of the school. Dr. Rachel
Endo has been named chair of the Teacher Education Department. And, Dr. Chad
Ronnander has been named division leader of the licensure program.
Easton-Brooks, Dr. Endo, and Dr. Ronnander are outstanding scholars and caring
leaders,” said Dean of the School of Education Sheila Wright. “Their combined
experience as committed academic contributors, thorough understanding of the
intricacies involved in teacher education, and extensive research skills and
connections bring a new opportunity for constructive change both in the
preparation of teachers and leaders and also to the community at
In his new position, Easton-Brooks will help to ensure the
integrity and smooth operations of the School of Education and its programs,
with a significant role in strategic planning efforts, goal setting and
implementation, and in assessing accreditation for the school, along with
ensuring consistency both within and across academic programs.
excited about being part of an institution with such a great national
reputation,” said Easton-Brooks on his new position. “I look forward to helping
the School of Education combine its reputation of quality service and teaching
with a research agenda aimed at enhancing the field of education."
new role, Dr. Endo has primary authority at the department level for the
academic integrity of the curriculum and effective governance of academic
affairs. This includes course planning and scheduling; curricular and program
development; student advisement; budgeting authority; assessment of candidates’
learning and professional readiness; and ensuring the smooth operations of all
departmental operations and student services on a day-to-day basis.
Teacher Education Department offers top-quality licensure programs where
practice naturally intersects with theory,” Endo said. “I am honored to help
lead a group of exceptionally talented students and excellent faculty who will
be central in our ongoing efforts to maintain Hamline’s national recognition as
transformative agents in teacher education.”
In his new role, Dr.
Ronnander will manage and lead all administrative staff working with teacher
licensure and ensure that related School of Education records, data management
coordination, and partnerships with external agencies are well managed and
attentively addressed in a timely manner.
“Hamline has earned a powerful
reputation for producing excellent, caring teachers, deeply committed to the
success of their students and their communities,” said Ronnander. “It is home to
some of the most innovative teacher licensure programs in the country, with a
special commitment to preparing teachers to succeed with students from all
backgrounds and to take on the greatest challenges facing our schools in the
21st century. The faculty and staff pride themselves on providing the highest
level of student service, and I am honored to be joining such a strong
Easton-Brooks, Endo, and Ronnander began their new appointments in