By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Terri Pigott, PhD, has been officially appointed as the new official dean of Loyola’s School of Education.
Dr. Pigott has been serving as the interim dean for the school since last November.
Her appointment takes effect today, Oct. 1.
The following email was sent to the Loyola community regarding her official appointment.
In August, I reached out to her colleagues to collect feedback on her leadership abilities and I received an overwhelming number of messages in support of her work. Many comments focused on her thoughtfulness and fairness in decision-making, as well as her commitment to, and respect for, the goals of the school and the programmatic and research efforts of the faculty. Many also praised her collaboration with Ann Marie Ryan, PhD, the new associate dean of academic programs, and saw their work as a major asset that would yield effective partnerships with schools and community organizations in Chicago.
I have seen Dr. Pigott’s commitment to the School of Education and her focus on teacher preparation firsthand, and I am confident we picked the right leader for the school at a very important time. As statistics continue to show the need for more educators at both the local and national level, I know that Dr. Pigott will continue to move the school forward, remaining true to its focus on students’ academic, spiritual, and social formation.
Dr. Pigott’s research interests center on meta-analysis, a statistical technique for synthesizing research across studies. She is the methods editor for the Campbell Collaboration, an international organization that supports the production and dissemination of systematic reviews on social interventions, and serves on the editorial boards of Psychological Methods, Psychological Bulletin, and Elementary School Journal. Her University service includes work on the recent Higher Learning Commission University Accreditation Committee, chair responsibilities on the Faculty Appeals Committee, resource membership on the Academic Affairs Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, and a vice chair role on the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects (2006—10).
Dr. Pigott received her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Education from the University of Chicago, specializing in measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis. She started her academic career at National Louis University in 1990 and then served as associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago from 1996—1998. She joined Loyola’s School of Education faculty in fall 1998, was appointed associate professor in 2004, and then professor in 2011. In January 2013, she assumed the role of associate dean of faculty.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pigott on her new role as dean of the School of Education.
Samuel A. Attoh, PhD