Robert Yinger Named Dean of School of Education

April 30, 1998

Dr. Robert Johnston Yinger, professor in the educational foundations program in the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati, has been appointed dean of Baylor University's School of Education by Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. The appointment, which follows a two¡year nationwide search, is effective July 15.

"We are thrilled about the appointment of Dr. Yinger to lead the Baylor University School of Education," Sloan said. "He brings both a strong record of scholarship to this position, as well as extensive involvement in the practical, hands¡on aspect of Pre¡K though 12 education. Dr. Yinger is known for his ability both to provide innovative leadership as well as to build consensus among important constituencies such as faculty and local community leaders. We are fortunate to have attracted him to Baylor."

"We were very impressed by the work in educational reform that Dr. Yinger has done at the University of Cincinnati," said Dr. Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "He is a teacher¡scholar and a thoughtful person, and his educational background and experience reflect Baylor and Baylor's aspirations."

A graduate of Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., Yinger earned his doctorate from Michigan State University. He began his tenure at the University of Cincinnati in 1978 as an assistant professor in the department of educational foundations and was made a full professor in 1994. He was awarded the University Faculty Achievement Award in 1996.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to be at Baylor as dean of the School of Education. I look forward to developing the School of Education as a leader in education both regionally and nationally," Yinger said.

Yinger, who also is director of the School¡University Partnership and executive director of the Cincinnati Holmes Partnership, has served as a distinguished scholar at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, as visiting associate professor at Stanford University and as noted scholar at the University of British Columbia. Yinger is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong.

In addition to his teaching duties, Yinger served as director of the Cincinnati Initiative for Teacher Education (CITE) from 1987¡1996. The work performed under his leadership was recognized as exemplary in What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future, the 1996 report of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, and recently was featured in Education Week, Time magazine, The New York Times and on NBC Nightly News.

A member of the editorial board for the Journal of Teacher Education, Yinger has written more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters including "Teacher Planning" in the International Encyclopedia of Education and "Teachers' Practical Thinking and Working Knowledge" in the forthcoming Teachers and Teaching. Additionally, he is a frequent presenter at conferences for such groups as the American Educational Research Association and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

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