Southeastern names Fischetti Dean of Education and Human Development
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HAMMOND An education leader with a research background that focuses on school reform, teacher
preparation and teacher dispositions has been named the dean of the College of Education
and Human Development at Southeastern Louisiana University.
John C. Fischetti, former professor in the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington since 2001, succeeds William Neal, who has been serving as interim dean.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Fischetti to Southeastern to help lead one of our largest academic colleges,” said President John L. Crain. “He comes to Southeastern with an impressive record of scholarly research and a vast body of knowledge and experience associated with teaching in today’s environment. As Louisiana continues to focus on school reform, he will be a definite asset to Southeastern as well as to our extended community.”
“It is an honor to serve as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Development,” Fischetti said. “The mission of the university, its outstanding programs, the core values of the faculty and staff, and the commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, families and educators all make Southeastern a very good fit for me. I look forward to helping the university and the college continue to grow and be distinguished, in Louisiana and the nation, for the quality of our graduates and for meeting the challenges facing education head on for the betterment of all learners.”
Fischetti, who also served as interim associate director of the UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence, has been with the North Carolina institution since 2001, when he joined the faculty as professor and chair of the Department of Specialty Studies. He later served as the inaugural chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and helped initiate the first doctoral program in education for the campus. From 1988-2001 he was a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Louisville, where he and his colleagues were recognized nationally for their work in establishing Professional Development Schools.
While at UNC Wilmington, Fischetti worked on a number of initiatives, including taking doctoral and master’s students on study abroad trips to South Africa to instill a global perspective in education and international awareness; chairing the campus-wide promotion and tenure committee; serving on the statewide committee to recommend teacher and administrator licensure; and serving as a board member of the National Evaluation Institute-CREATE, a national education organization.
Fischetti has made numerous presentations at national and regional conferences, is the author or co-author of many articles in education journals, and has had significant success in attracting grant funding for research and service projects.
Fischetti earned his doctorate in education in 1986 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor of arts degree in economics and American government from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
The Southeastern College of Education and Human Development enrolls more than 2,100 students majoring in its various degree programs. Departments include Teaching and Learning, which offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees; Educational Leadership and Technology, which offers both master’s and doctoral degrees; and Counseling and Human Development, which offers degrees in family and consumer science, social work, and counselor education.