November 13, 2015 – The campus will formally welcome a new class of aspiring educators into Fort Valley State University’s College of Education during a teacher induction ceremony on 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Scott Jackson Dantley, a special assistant to the president for equity and global initiatives at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In this capacity, Dantley oversees the organization’s international quality assurance work by providing international Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) with guidance on questions relating to the CAEP process.
“This will be our 9th annual Induction Ceremony,” said Dr. Edward Hill, dean of the College of Education. He said the theme for this year’s induction ceremony is Honoring the Legacy of Education: Passing the Torch to the Future.“This event is tied to the 120th anniversary of celebrating the university’s legacy of teacher preparation.”
The administrator also oversees the company’s goal of increasing the pool of diverse qualified teachers in the workforce by focusing on CAEP’s equality initiatives that are inclusion and diversity, strengthening strategic partnerships and capacity building of EPPs. In his equity work, Dantley performs outreact to key stakeholders that promote equity.
Dantley has worked in a variety of accreditation roles including serving as the chair of the board of examiners, and science specialized professional accreditation reviewer. He is the former vice president of recognition services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). He has a long history of administrative experience in higher education as a tenured professor and dean, college of education, associate provost and associate vice president at several universities over the last 15 years overseeing areas in assessment, institutional research and national and regional accreditation.
The professional received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from George Washington University, a master’s degree in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University, a second master’s and doctorate from The University of Maryland in science education with a focus in chemistry education.
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