Dean Weber has served as dean of GSEP since 2001. In her 13 years of leadership, she has worked closely with faculty and staff to help strengthen and shape the GSEP mission and distinguish the school among its peers in higher education. During her tenure, enrollment stabilized, funding through foundations and grants increased, new programs were launched, and many programs integrated online learning.
Empowering students to effect change at local and global levels was one of Dean Weber’s strongest visions for GSEP. To this end, several new programs and initiatives were introduced to ensure GSEP remained innovative and relevant to the students’ professional goals, including:
- Establishment of the Pat Lucas Center for Teacher Preparation
- Launch of the Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program
- Introduction of the TESOL pathway for the Master of Arts in Education program
- Expanding international educational travel experiences
- Development of the Superintendent Advisory Council and Superintendent of the Year Award
Strongly committed to diversity, Dean Weber supported training opportunities for students to work with underserved communities. She cultivated GSEP’s culture of service by championing the following initiatives:
- Diversity Council and the Diversity Council Speakers Series
- Urban Initiative
- CABE Visionary Award
- Aliento: The Center for Latina/o Communities
- Partnership with Union Rescue Mission (including serving on the board of directors)
Equity and access to higher education have been main drivers behind Dean Weber’s diligent efforts to advance student and faculty scholarship. She was instrumental in increasing student scholarship funds, endowments, and support from foundations and grants. Some examples include:
- Rosalyn Heyman Endowed Chair K-12 Leadership
- Muriel Lipsey Chair in Counseling and Psychology
- Founded the GSEP Board of Visitors
- Chet McCall Scholarship
- Pat Lucas Scholarship
- Waves EDGE Scholarship
- Evelyn Blake Endowed Scholarship
- Urban Fellows Scholarship
- Bendat Scholarship
- Increased funding of Colleagues grants for student financial aid
Recognizing the transformational nature of GSEP’s programs, Dean Weber sought to enhance the student experience outside the classroom. She implemented several initiatives to prepare students for success from their initial inquiry to the school to long after they have donned their cap and gown.
- Increased student support for writing, dissertation, and IRB
- Instituted the Assessment and Accreditation office
- Established the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series
- Expanded the Career Services department to meet increased need for services by students and alumni
In addition to the aforementioned achievements, Dean Weber’s most recent research endeavor, Women in Leadership: Work-life Balance, held its second annual academic conference in March. She will continue to lead this project in support of women pursuing meaningful lives of purpose and leadership.
A simple list of accomplishments cannot accurately illustrate the level of impact Dean Weber has had on the GSEP community.
Thanks to her mindful leadership, GSEP, the students, and the communities they serve, are better positioned to meet future opportunities and challenges.