Pam Grossman named dean of the Penn Graduate School of Education

Pam Grossman
Pam Grossman

PAM GROSSMAN has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

Grossman is Stanford’s Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education. An internationally regarded scholar in the fields of teaching and teacher education and a member of the National Academy of Education, she is dedicated to demonstrating how schools of education at research-intensive universities can help improve teaching and learning at all levels. She is also committed to reaching across disciplinary boundaries to address the educational needs of children and families who live in challenging circumstances.

“With her background, vision and proven leadership skills, Dr. Grossman is a great match for Penn and our Graduate School of Education as we advance our Penn Compact 2020 vision of becoming the model of an inclusive, integrated and impactful university,” Gutmann said. “Pam’s professional career brilliantly blends service as both a K-12 teacher and a scholar at the university level, giving her particular insight into how schools of education can respond to the needs of diverse populations of educators.”

Grossman has focused her recent scholarship on the changing landscape of teacher education, especially in New York City, and the opportunities and challenges posed by multiple pathways into teaching. She has taught and written on the most important issues confronting primary and secondary education today, including the recruitment and training of teachers, the role of administrators in teacher retention, the relationship between teacher education and student achievement and the use of observation protocols for professional development.

DEBORAH STIPEK, incoming dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, said Penn is fortunate to have someone as experienced as Grossman.

“She will be missed at Stanford, but we are proud to see her assume such an important leadership role and look forward to working with her in her new position,” Stipek said.

Grossman helped found and is now faculty director of Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, which brings together faculty with an interest in research, design and development activities that improve the quality of K-12 teaching. The center is currently focused on supporting the work of early-career teachers, and recently received a large gift to launch the Hollyhock Fellowship program.


See the press release on the University of Pennsylvania news website.