Welcome from Dean Gypsy Denzine
The West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services is experiencing great change and I am excited to be a part of it. I have been moved by the warm welcome received from the College’s staff, faculty, students and alumni. I am enjoying working with my colleagues across the College, the University, and the community, to bring positive change to the local, state, and national education and human services fields. We remain committed to our Land-Grant mission and we are looking for even more ways to help improve the lives of West Virginia youth, adolescents, adults, and families.
From my previous positions, I have learned the importance of having committed, inspirational, and stable leadership. Prior to joining West Virginia University, I had the opportunity to serve in various academic leadership positions during my 17 year career at Northern Arizona University. In my most recent role at NAU, I served as the assistant vice provost of the Professional Education Unit. I also served as the Director of the Center for Science Teaching & Learning. My previous experience at NAU included serving as dean of the College of Education for two years and the associate dean for eight years. My time at NAU provided me with excellent experiences in the area of rural education and meeting the needs of a diverse state with many challenges. I brought this experience with me to WVU and I truly feel a calling to West Virginia and West Virginia University.
We are working to reach new heights here at CEHS, focusing on our current strengths by enhancing successful programs and by bringing new innovative programs to the College. Recent developments, such as our 2+2 degree partnerships with WV community colleges and our new initiative in Tele-Audiology are two examples of how we are implementing innovative programs to meet the state’s needs in new way.
We are very proud to launch our new Military Counseling emphasis in our Counseling Psychology doctoral program. Our Military Counseling emphasis will be the first in the nation and we recognize the importance of preparing highly qualified human services professionals, who are prepared to work with our Veterans and their families. In addition to creating more degree pathways, and providing increased access to higher education, we remain committed to academic quality. Our rankings, such as our M.A. in Elementary Education which was recently ranked 5th in the country, in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s best online programs, continues to bring prestige and attention to the quality of our programs. Ultimately, our success is measured by the gains in P-12 student learning, student achievement, and the well-being of West Virginians.
As CEHS enters this new era, I look forward to meeting and working with you. It is an honor and a privilege to lead the WVU College of Education and Human Services to continued excellence. Go Mountaineers!Joyfully,
Dean Gypsy Denzine
Office of the Dean
Allen Hall Room 802C