Dr. Douglas Rogers Appointed Interim Dean of Baylor's School of Education

June 29, 2006
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by Lori Fogleman, director of media relations, (254) 710-6275

Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost Randall O'Brien has announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas W. Rogers, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and associate dean for student and information services, to serve as interim dean of the School of Education for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The appointment went into effect June 12. Rogers succeeds Dr. Deborah L. Johnston, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation, who has served as interim dean since August 2005.

"Dr. Rogers has my full support, as well as that of President John Lilley, to serve as dean during this interim period. We also extend our thanks to Dr. Deborah Johnston for her faithful, sacrificial service as interim dean this past year, and to Doug for taking on this enormous responsibility for the coming year," O'Brien said. "The president and I, along with our regents, are expecting Dean Rogers to lead the School of Education in improving teacher education curricular flexibility and to move the School forward with strategic planning."

"I am grateful for the trust Provost O'Brien and President Lilley have placed in me. Each has personally expressed his support for the School of Education and our unique contribution to fulfilling Baylor's historic mission and our collective future as expressed in Baylor 2012," Rogers said. "We are particularly grateful for the contributions of Dr. Deb Johnston, who has served the School of Education for a number of years as chair of the HHPR department, as associate dean, and most recently as interim dean. She has provided fair and consistent leadership during her tenure in the dean's office."

Rogers said he expects a successful search for a permanent dean for the School of Education. He also noted that Baylor administrators have conveyed their support for re-introducing graduate programs in educational leadership for public school administrators and higher education.

"We look forward to working with the administration to support individuals who want to come to Baylor and become teachers. As we enter a period of strategic planning, the faculty in the School of Education have the opportunity to articulate the school's vision for the next generation of Baylor students," Rogers said. "We have important work to do in the coming year, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education to accomplish this important work."

In addition to his appointment, Rogers has named two interim associate deans. Dr. Tony Talbert, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will serve as interim associate dean for student and information services, which was Rogers' former role. Dr. Rodney Bowden, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation, will serve as interim associate dean for academic affairs and faculty development, succeeding Dr. Terrill Saxon, who will return to his position as chair of the department of educational psychology.

"We are grateful for Dr. Terrill Saxon's leadership during this past year as interim associate dean and look forward to his continued leadership as chair of the department of educational psychology," Rogers added.

A 1978 Baylor graduate, Rogers earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education magna cum laude. He received a master's in library/information science in 1982 and his doctorate of education in 1987, both from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M-Commerce. Rogers was a middle school teacher in San Antonio for three years in San Antonio, before serving on the faculty at East Texas State from 1981-84. He then served as assistant professor and director of learning resource services at Wayland Baptist University from 1984-87.

Since joining the Baylor faculty in 1987, Rogers has served as assistant professor of curriculum and instruction (1987-90), associate professor of curriculum and instruction (1990-94), associate professor of curriculum and instruction and educational administration (1994-2002) and as director of the Center for Educational Technology (1987-2002). Since 2004, he has served as associate dean for student and information services.

Rogers' research interests focus primarily on technology integration in the classroom.

From 2000-02, he served as co-director with Dr. Trena Wilkerson of "C3 (C-cubed): Content, Collaboration, and Connectivity," which was funded by a two-year, $850,000 grant from the Texas Infrastructure Fund Board to support research in the area of videoconferencing as a means of professional development for mathematics educators.

From 2001-02, Rogers co-directed "Mobile Instruction" with Tim Logan and Shannon Edwards, a $54,650 grant from the Texas Infrastructure Fund Board to investigate the effectiveness of various mobile computing configurations, including personal digital assistants (PDAs) or pocket PCs, on teacher preparation.

He served as Baylor coordinator from 2003-05 for Project Integrate Texas (PITX), a collaborative TARGET grant with Apple Inc., Region 12 Service Center, and local school districts.

Rogers also was the local principal investigator from 2001-2004 for a collaborative grant with eight Big 12 universities called the "KITE Project: Knowledge Development for the Technology Integration Community. The three-year, $140,232 grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and documented teacher efforts to integrate technology and instruction and developed a case-based reasoning library that was web-accessible.

Locally, Rogers is involved in researching support issues related to a new requirement for teacher candidates to produce web-based portfolios documenting their mastery of the teacher-preparation program benchmarks.

Rogers is the co-author of three books: Media and Technology in the Classroom with Fred A. Teague and Roger Tipling; a second edition of Media and Technology with Teague, Tipling and Les Streit; and Technology and Media: Instructional Applications with Teague and Tipling. He has published articles in several educational journals, such as Teacher Education and Practice and Educational Resources and Techniques, and has presented on technology and education at numerous international, national, state and local conferences and meetings.

Rogers is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Educational Computing Conference and Texas Association for Educational Technology. He also is a member of Parents for Public Schools and campus-based decision making committees at Waco High and Carver Academy, and has served as a volunteer at the Gospel Café. Rogers is a member of DaySpring Baptist Church, where he teaches adult Sunday school and has served as chair of the building committee (2000-03) and member of the church council (1998-2000).

At Baylor, Rogers has served on the Baylor/Waco ISD Partnership Council from 2001 to the present and was appointed university liaison to the Waco High Professional Development School. He has served on several university committees, including teaching, learning and technology; communications/media; technology planning; and the outstanding professors selection committee. In the School of Education, he has served since 1999 as a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) steering committee.

Rogers' various honors and awards include the Fulton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession, presented in 2000 by the Texas Association for Educational Technology; state nominee for national award, presented by the Association for Educational Communication and Technology; Leadership Awards from the School of Education in 2001 and 2003; Who's Who in American Education in 1994 and 1989; and Outstanding Young Men of America Award in 1980.

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