BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Graduate School of
Education Dean Jaekyung Lee has appointed four new associate deans,
a move that he says will point the school toward its goal of
emphasizing interdisciplinary research and inter-professional
education from preschool through higher education.
The new associate deans are Greg Dimitriadis, associate dean for
academic affairs; Xiufeng Liu, associate dean for interdisciplinary
research; Randy Yerrick, associate dean for inter-professional
education and engagement; and Jenifer Lawrence, associate dean for
student affairs and administration.
The appointments, Lee says, signify his commitment toward
turning the school’s many diverse areas of education and
research into distinct and coherent themes. Administrators will
lead changes toward inter-professional collaboration both
“horizontally” – across different fields and
professions of practice – and “vertically”
– across different levels of the educational pipeline from
preschool through college.
The school, he says, will now be focused on better integrating
research and teaching goals, whether students’ future career
goals are to be college professors, school teachers,
administrators, psychologists, counselors or librarians.
“This new appointment of associate deans in GSE signifies
our collective commitment and efforts to contribute to Realizing UB
2020 and move our school to new heights,” says Lee, UB
professor of counseling, school and educational psychology who was
appointed dean earlier this summer after serving as interim dean
since July 2012.
“Through this emphasis on interdisciplinary research and
inter-professional P-20 (preschool through college) education, we
will break silos and work as a team for a unified vision across the
departments and programs,” he explains.
Lee also says he hopes the new administrative structure will
work toward building better faculty mentoring and student/alumni
service, ultimately building a stronger GSE community.
“I am confident that these new leaders will help GSE
advance further on our four institutional goals: world leadership
in research and scholarship, superior teaching and learning,
students proud of their experience, and engaging partners to help
The four associate deans represent a range of expertise that
will help the school move toward those four goals: Dimitriadis has
expertise in academic and faculty matters; Liu has been a principal
investigator or co-principal investigator on large national
research grants; Yerrick has expertise in educational technology
applications (Apple Educator), as well as working with local
schools and educators; and Lawrence has administrative experience
in student and alumni matters, and student counseling.
"This is an extraordinarily exciting time for GSE,” says
Dimitriadis, professor of educational leadership and policy.
“I look forward to helping GSE develop academic policies that
will strengthen our core mission and highlight our unique and
distinct academic strengths.”
In his new role, Dimitriadis will work on new ways to serve and
support faculty as they strive for the “highest standards of
scholarship in their respective fields.”
“I will also be working to ensure that all students
benefit from a fully engaged and distinctly recognized research
faculty,” he says. “I especially look forward to
helping make GSE a more integral part of UB’s broader
academic mission as we continue to work together on the UB 2020
Liu, a professor of learning and instruction, will help build a
culture within the GSE that encourages interdisciplinary
“GSE has many great scholars whose research is nationally
and internationally well-known,” says Liu. “We can
become an even greater school with more distinct research programs
and impactful research outputs.”
Yerrick, professor of science instruction in the Department of
Learning and Instruction, brings a distinguished career of
innovative online classroom instruction to his new position.
UB 2020 “has many strategic goals that require
collaboration between and among UB academic units and agencies, and
institutions external to our university. GSE houses a wealth of
knowledge and resources that can be instrumental in leading the
charge to improve education for all students,” he says.
Lawrence, research associate professor of counseling, school and
educational psychology, currently serves as an associate dean, but
Lee has redefined and expanded her role to include student career
services and alumni-student networking.
“Creating positive feelings in our students and alumni
about their GSE educational experiences is paramount to my role as
associate dean for student affairs and administration,”
Lawrence says. “It is GSE’s responsibility to respond
to the diverse needs and interests of our students, and alumni
outreach can play a critical role in the creation of satisfactory