Faculty Member Named To Dean's Post in S.O.E.

Brabeck takes the helm at School of Education

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, has appointed School of Education faculty member and former associate dean Mary Brabeck as the school's dean.

Brabeck replaces Gerald Pine, who stepped down in May to join the SOE faculty. As dean, Brabeck oversees a 48-member faculty in a school which last fall enrolled 698 undergraduates and 963 graduate students. Its graduate program was ranked 14th in the country among schools of education by US News & World Report earlier this year.

"Dean Brabeck is well known to her colleagues throughout the University from her 16 years as a faculty member in the School of Education," Fr. Monan said in announcing Brabeck's appointment, adding that she has established "a distinguished record as a teacher and prolific author and platform lecturer.

"The School of Education today stands at the pinnacle of its strength to date and enjoys unique opportunities for further advancement in the coming years," Fr. Monan said.

"Mary brings notable strengths to the deanship," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ. "She knows the School of Education well, is known and admired across the University and is a distinguished and respected scholar. These qualities will be most useful for her as she provides leadership to the School of Education as it builds on the notable momentum developed in recent years."

Mary Brabeck

"I welcome the challenge this appointment represents," said Brabeck, who assumed the post on July 1. "I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with a creative and energetic faculty that strives to realize the Boston College commitment to social justice."

Brabeck described SOE as an "extraordinarily exciting" school committed to improving the lives of children, youth and families. SOE demonstrates that commitment, she said, through participation in such efforts as the Integrated Services Project - which prepares faculty and students to work collaboratively with children and families at risk - and initiatives like the newly created Boston College Center for Children, Family and Community Partnerships, and the Inner-city Catholic Teacher Core Program, a two-year volunteer program for graduating seniors beginning next summer.

Brabeck, who served as SOE associate dean from 1992 to 1995, joined Boston College in 1980 as an assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in 1986 and a full professor in 1990. She was chair of the Department of Counseling, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods from 1990 to 1992, division director of Counseling Psychology from 1988 to 1990, and coordinator of the Human Development Program from 1980 to 1992. Before her arrival at Boston College, Brabeck was an instructor in psychology at Salve Regina College in Newport, RI.

A licensed psychologist, Brabeck has received numerous grants, awards, and honors during her time at Boston College. In addition, she has authored or co-authored book chapters and journal articles, and edited and contributed to the book Who Cares? Theory, Research and Educational Implications of the Ethic of Care . She is a founding member of the National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education and Xocomil: Cultural Current Studies at Boston College. She serves on several editorial boards.

Brabeck holds a bachelor's degree in English and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a master's degree in English and urban education from Saint Cloud University.

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