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Education Professor Laura Stapleton Named College’s Interim Dean

By Maryland Today Staff

College of Education Professor Laura Stapleton will serve as interim dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 11, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie announced today.

Stapleton will replace Jennifer King Rice, who will assume her position as the University of Maryland’s senior vice president and provost on Aug. 10. Rice leaves her deanship in the College of Education after four years.

A faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology since 2011, Stapleton has served as the college’s associate dean for research, innovation, and partnerships since January 2019. In that role, she has built an infrastructure to support faculty in securing research funding; as a result, research awards and expenditures in the college have reached their highest levels in recent history.

She has stewarded partnerships including those with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, the new District of Columbia Education Research Collaborative and the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center. In 2017-18, she chaired the college’s strategic planning steering committee.

Stapleton’s research focuses on evaluating and developing statistical models for turning data into information for shaping education and policy research. She has garnered over $8.5 million in federal grant funds as primary or co-investigator and over $500,000 in contracts. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal articles, co-edited two books and contributed to over a dozen book chapters.

She has served on the faculty of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ Summer Institute on Cluster Randomized Trials and is currently director of the National Science Foundation Quantitative Research Methods for STEM Education Scholars Program.

Stapleton has held associate editor positions with leading education journals and has served on and chaired many federal agency review panels. In 2000, she received the Educational Testing Service’s Gulliksen Psychometric Fellowship and in 2016 was elected to the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology. On campus, she was awarded the college’s Excellence in Teaching award and honored by the Graduate School as Faculty Mentor of the Year and Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies.

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