Letter from the Dean

Dean Weber

As an institute of higher education, the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is a well-established champion of personal and professional development. Whether one pursues a master’s or doctoral degree, takes a class to develop a new hobby, or reads up on a particular period of history, learning should be a lifelong endeavor.

In this issue of Colleague we’ve highlighted stories of GSEP community members who demonstrate the importance of continuing education. You’ll learn about an alumna who trains educators to improve student outcomes; a faculty member who is conducting research that will provide people with a better understanding of themselves and their relationships; an alumnus who embarked on a unique experience to bring real-world examples to the classroom; and an alumna that learned to collaborate with a different culture in order to bring an essential resource to those in need.

Carrie Mitchell (EdD ‘07) worked as a teacher and school administrator for nearly 20 years. Now her days consist of training principals to support teachers as they learn to teach math in a way that pushes students to demonstrate competence in computation while articulating their reasoning. She shared with us the ways in which the program, Swun Math, complements state Common Core Standards.

We also spoke with psychology professors Shelly Harrell and Edward Shafranske about the launch of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Adult Friendship. The center is in the process of conducting research about adult friendships which they hope can be used to encourage adults to pursue and nurture more beneficial relationships.

Many of you are aware that I will be retiring as dean of GSEP at the end of the academic year. For the past 13 years, it has been an honor and a privilege to play a role in supporting the education of hundreds of students, and I have learned much from those I’ve had the pleasure of working with and teaching.

I am confident that the GSEP family will continue to develop skills that will have a lasting impact here and around the world. Wherever our paths may lead us, rest assured that I will continue my learning right alongside all of you.

Margaret J. Weber, PhD

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