COURTESY OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
Tom Philion, resident of Oak Park and member of the Park District of Oak Park board, has been appointed interim dean of Roosevelt University's College of Education.
An accomplished scholar, professor and academic leader, Philion joined Roosevelt in 1999 and has been associate dean for academic affairs since 2009. During his tenure as associate dean, he led the College of Education's successful National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) re-accreditation effort and the development of new baccalaureate and master's degree programs.
Philion is the author of more than 15 articles and reports on topics such as teacher research, portfolio pedagogy, oral and written storytelling, collaborative learning and computer-mediated instruction. His approach to teaching and leadership is informed by a long-standing scholarly interest in the creative means by which individuals turn adverse educational circumstances into something more optimal and productive.
Philion received his BA from Fordham University and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.
"I am looking forward with enthusiasm to working with all faculty and staff in the College of Education and key stakeholders at each campus to enhance teacher, counselor and leader preparation at our University," said Philion.
He succeeds Holly Stadler who recently joined Roosevelt's Office of the President to support development of the University's accreditation and institutional effectiveness efforts.