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LIU Post Welcomes New Dean for College of Education, Information and Technology

Designer and proponent of alternative models for teacher preparation

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Barbara GariiBrookville, N.Y. (Aug. 5, 2014) – LIU Post announced today that leading educator Dr. Barbara Garii has been named dean of the College of Education, Information and Technology, home to the nationally renowned Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Her position will be effective on Sept. 1, 2014.

Dr. Garii joins the university from the State University of New York at Oswego, where she has served as the associate dean of the School of Education since 2009. She designed and managed implementation of an innovative, clinically rich model of teacher preparation that integrates intensive clinical experiences with simultaneous face-to-face and synchronous online coursework. Additionally, she created bridge-models of teacher preparation to support STEM graduates entering the teaching profession and enhanced faculty awareness of and comfort with alternative models of teacher preparation and program delivery.  

In keeping with her focus on student success, Dr. Garii, in collaboration with colleagues across the SUNY Oswego campus, increased retention rates by redesigning advising models, restructuring undergraduate writing plans, expanding assessment of mid-year student progress, and improving student access to academic support services and student-faculty communication protocols. Also, she has collaborated with the Department of Education to introduce and implement teacher preparation policy mandates and strategic pipeline implementation for academic excellence. In addition, she designed and taught innovative courses, such as an educational foundations course in which students study educational systems in the U.S., France, and Benin, which included observing and teaching in classrooms in these countries.

“LIU is honored to welcome Dr. Garii to our university,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “An esteemed educator, she brings with her drive and passion for helping students succeed and we are confident that she will prepare our students to become leaders and innovators in education.”

“Barbara brings with her a unique combination of energy, vision, and practical experience to forge new partnerships within the college, within the university, across the greater Long Island education community, and beyond,” said Jeffrey Kane, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at LIU.

“I am excited to join LIU as the next dean of the College of Education, Information and Technology,” said Dr. Garii. “I look forward to working collaboratively with my new colleagues as we prepare our students to embark on meaningful and successful teaching careers.”

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LIU, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, empowering its students with skills they need to excel in the classroom and throughout their professional careers, providing high quality academic instruction taught by world-class faculty. One of the nation’s largest private universities, LIU —from the Gold Coast of Long Island to downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., and beyond—offers 500 accredited programs to more than 20,000 students and has an active network of 200,000 alumni that includes leaders in industries across the globe. LIU’s innovation in experiential learning, its high-tech startup incubator, on-the-ground training, and the LIU Promise student mentoring program further distinguish LIU as a leader among the nation’s most respected universities.  Visit liu.edu for more information.

Posted 08/07/2014

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