Hamline University has named
Dr. Nancy L. Sorenson as dean of its School of Education. Sorenson will begin
her new role on July 1, 2012.
Sorenson has a wealth of experience in academic leadership positions. She hails
most recently from Saint Mary’s College of California, where she served for ten
years as dean of the School of Education. Prior to that, she spent six years at
College of Charleston as dean of its School of Education. She also served four
years as interim and associate dean of the College of Education at the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
"Dr. Sorenson brings many successful years as dean of prominent schools of
education, and we are fortunate that her experience and depth of knowledge as
an academic leader and able administrator will benefit Hamline's students,
faculty, and staff,” Hamline President Linda Hanson said. “She is a respected
and influential advocate for teacher preparation, and we look forward to the
exceptional community outreach her record of achievement will bring to the
communities we serve."
Sorenson is well-published and has delivered many presentations at national and
international conferences. She has served in several prominent roles, including
as director of the management seminar for new assistant and associate deans on
the board of the National Association of Academic Affairs Administrators, where
she spent eight years as a member of that organization’s governing board. She
has also served ten years as a member of the NCATE Board of Examiners.
She has held several prestigious and influential positions on national-level
professional organizations, including her time as a reviewer for U.S.
Department of Education Teacher Quality Grants, state representative to the
Association of Liberal Arts Colleges of Education, and member of the American
Associate of Colleges for Teacher Education’s committee on global and
"It is rare to interact with a group of people as vital and committed to their
work as those who make up the Hamline School of Education,” Sorenson said.
“Together we face a future that will demand of us the highest levels of
flexibility and creativity. I am convinced that the School of Education faculty
and staff are eager to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. I am energized by
the opportunity to work with them.”
Sorenson was named “South Carolina Administrator of the Year” in 1997 and won a
Bush Leadership Fellowship in 1992. She earned her PhD in education with an
emphasis on language and literacy development from Arizona State University.
She also holds an MS in education with a focus on school administration and a
bachelor’s of education with concentrations in English, fine arts, and library
science from Bemidji State University.