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March 27, 2012

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU names Dils College of Education dean


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A. Keith Dils, interim dean for the College of Education and Educational Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Slippery Rock University.

            “We certainly welcome Dr. Dils as our new dean. We are confident that he brings with him all of the necessary skills and leadership talents to maintain, and build, on the fine reputation of our education program,” said Charles Curry, acting SRU president, in making the announcement.

            “Dr. Dils clearly stood out as a near-perfect fit for our College of Education programs,” said William Williams, SRU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We have enjoyed outstanding leadership with Dr. [Kathleen] Strickland as our dean, and we will miss her as she moves to retirement. I am confident Dr. Dils will take many of Dr. Strickland’s successful programs and build on them to continue to provide an excellent teacher education program for our students.”

            “I am certainly pleased to have been selected to lead this nationally recognized educational program at Slippery Rock University. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students in the College of Education as well as those across the University. I was attracted to the program by the quality education it offers its students, its reputation and leadership, and by its longstanding NCATE accreditation,” said Dils, who will take over the program July 2.

            Dils was given a three-year, renewable contract.

            He had most recently served as interim dean at IUP, assuming the post last July. The IUP program includes 1,400 undergraduate students and 850 graduate students. SRU’s College of Education enrolls 2,431 undergraduates and 410 graduate students.

            Dils earned his bachelor of arts in social science a with a minor in secondary education at Lebanon Valley College, his master’s of arts degree in public administration at Shippensburg University and his doctor of education degree in teacher education with a minor in education administration at West Virginia University. He also attended the Scandinavian Institute of Physical Culture in Vigorg, Denmark, for a summer seminar sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education.

            He formerly served as associate dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology at IUP, where he was involved in maintaining IUP’s NCATE accreditation and certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

While employed at King’s College, he was chair of the education division and chaired a 10-member, tenure track graduate and undergraduate faculty and nearly two-dozen part-time faculty. He also served as coordinator for the college’s initial NCATE accreditation.

He served as an associate and assistant professor of education at King’s College and had formerly served as a social studies teacher at Wellsboro [Pa.] Middle School.

Dils has authored numerous publications in refereed journals, including Educational Considerations and the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education.

He has also written a number of successful grant proposals, including a $172,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for an online Praxis preparation course.

A member of the Mu Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta honor society, Dils is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Epsilon Sigma honor societies. He also has Pennsylvania State Teacher Certification, in the social studies and middle-level science areas and has certification from the Athletic Coaches Education Program.

He was elected to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Teacher Education and has been invited to conduct “Classroom Management for Diverse Students” for Pittsburgh School District Student Teacher Training at the Greenway Professional Development Center. He is treasurer of the Pennsylvania Dean’s Forum and a member of the National Middle School Association, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and PACTE. 


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