Message from the Dean

On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to the School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS) and the Graduate Division of Eastern Connecticut State University. Our programs are dynamic and cutting edge. They are designed to build on a strong liberal arts background to effectively prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors and further academic pursuits.

Faculty and students of SEPS are intellectually curious, actively engaged in academic pursuits, and committed to high impact practices. We continually focus on improving outcomes for students. In return, our programs provide positive contributions to the broader community. For example, students engage in academic scholarship, co-ops, and internships that directly benefit our partners such as the Institute of Sustainable Energy, Pfizer, the Windham Chamber of Commerce, Sirius XM Radio, and Windham Public Schools. Students regularly present during the annual undergraduate research forum, “Excellence Expo” and benefit from opportunities to study abroad in countries like France, England, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, and China.

The School’s ability to attract and retain accomplished scholars and teachers speaks well of our reputation. Our faculty are authors, innovators, and leaders within their respective professions, and many hold national as well as international acclaim.

The accomplishments of our students and graduates are no less noteworthy. A team of Business Information Systems majors was recently recognized by the Association of Information Technology Professions (AITP) for the data portal website developed for the Nonprofit Alliance of Northeast Connecticut (NANC). Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ’01 (Distinguished Alumni 2004 and critically acclaimed author) is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant along with other prestigious commendations. Her speech, “We should all be feminists” was sampled in song by pop artist Beyoncé.

SEPS and the Graduate Division remain committed to excellence and leadership within the fields of education and professional studies. The School is home to several innovation incubators. The David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute, which hosts a distinguished lecture series, brings leaders from business, government, and education to campus on an annual basis. The early childhood education faculty and students study in the state-of-the-art Margaret S. Wilson Child and Family Development Complex which also houses Eastern’s Child and Family Development Resource Center serving regional families.

Eastern is a great place to study and work! Whether you are a future student, an alum, or an Eastern supporter, we encourage you to explore our website, visit campus, and inquire about our distinguished programs.

Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D.
Interim Dean