May 31, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has named Sherry Field as interim dean of the College of Education. Her appointment begins January 1, 2018.
Field succeeds Manuel Justiz, who has served as dean of the college for twenty-eight years.
Field currently serves as the assistant dean for teacher education, outreach and recruitment. She joined UT Austin as a faculty member in 2001, and has more than 40 years of experience as a university researcher and professor as well as a public school classroom teacher and administrator.
“The College of Education is one of the top education programs in the country, and Dean Justiz has successfully led the way. Stepping into this role as an interim dean requires an effective and proven leader, and we are fortunate to utilize Sherry’s valuable experience. I have full confidence she will be an effective leader during this time of transition,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin.
A renowned scholar and leader in social studies education, Field has received the Dr. Irving Morrisett Award for Excellence in Social Science Education from the Social Science Education Consortium and the Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research Award from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Sherry has held numerous leadership roles at the university level, including her recent tenure as dean of the College of Education at Arkansas Tech University from 2012 to 2015. Previously, she served as associate dean for teacher education, student affairs and administration from 2006 to 2012 in the College of Education at UT Austin.
“This is an inspiring community to be part of. I am excited to contribute and lead a program with people as passionate about education as I am. I have learned a lot from Dean Justiz during my time at UT Austin, and his mentorship and friendship will leave a lasting impression on myself and this college for years to come,” said Field.
The search for the next permanent dean of the College of Education will commence in the fall of 2017.