Kenneth M. Coll
Dean and Professor
College of Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Kenneth Coll is the dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ken spent nearly a decade working as a counselor in higher education settings early in his career before joining the University of Wyoming, followed by Boise State University, where he coordinated the Educational Psychology and Counseling Programs and directed the Chemical Abuse Resource Centers. Ken is the author of roughly 60 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
We are in a time where, with strategic action, we can make real movement to have teaching become a truly clinical profession.
I have worked for many years as a dean. During that time, I found myself searching for others who wanted to engage in teacher-education reform honestly and with transparency, to focus on quality improvement and collaborative effort–and to do it without defensive posturing. When I read the piece on Deans for Impact in Education Week, I hoped I had found a potential home. Now I know I have.
I worked at an alternative middle and high school for many years. Many of the students were in trouble with the law, drug abusers, prone to violence, and angry. It was not individual or family counseling or extracurricular activities that turned them around, although those functions helped–it was excellent teaching. Engagement in academics was the single most important variable for their success, and that competent and caring teachers were the key to that engagement.
What is most exciting to me is that we are in a time where, with strategic action, we can make real movement in the necessary philosophical and structural shifts to have teaching become a truly clinical profession.