Office of the Dean


Office of the Dean

As the college’s chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean provides vision and leadership to ensure the College’s learning and research activities are of the highest levels of excellence. The Dean works closely with the College’s associate and assistant deans, department heads, faculty, staff and student leaders to foster a culture of academic excellence and inclusiveness.

The Dean provides leadership for interdisciplinary teacher education programs from the six colleges that collaborate on teacher preparation at Purdue University: Education, Science, Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Health and Human Sciences and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

The Dean works collaboratively with local and national educational leaders to advocate for equitable, accessible and high quality education for all students.

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Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education

Dr. Nancy E. Marchand-MartellaI am proud to be the first Purdue alumna to serve as dean of the College of Education. A product of Indiana public schools, I attended a rural school district that emphasized agriculture, consumer and family sciences, and college preparedness.

As a first-generation college graduate, I understand that learning changes everything. I have the unique background to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion, particularly for those who believe a college education is beyond reach. A noted hallmark of Purdue’s College of Education is indeed a hallmark for me—making education accessible and equitable for all students and removing barriers to quality education.

I am driven by my passion to change lives through education.

What is my role as dean? I am a facilitator who provides the environment and resources for people to succeed. I encourage and foster an inclusive environment that enables faculty, staff and students to have their voices heard and work to their potential. I advocate for the college, for the professionals in the wide-ranging field of educational endeavors and for the people whom we serve.

Purdue’s College of Education is perfectly positioned to change the current culture of education and what we know about how students learn and thrive – and I am proud to be part of such important work.

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Nancy Marchand-Martella
Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education
Phone: 765-494-2336
Room: BRNG 6138

Rita Neidlinger
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Phone: 765-494-2336
Room: BRNG 6138

Dean’s Advocacy Council

Ann Barnes
Educational Technology Consultant
BA ’68, MS ’71

Scott Bess
Head of School, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
BS ’83

Michael Bottorff
Chief Technology Officer, MSD of Lawrence Township
BA ’01

Denny Cahill
BA ’69, MS ’73, Ph.D ‘ 92

Ashley Dawson-Bottorff
Special Education Teacher
BA ’00, MA ‘102

Bruce Davis
Science Department Chairman (Retired)
BS ’66

Susie Dollens
Education Advocate/Volunteer
BA ’70, MA ’72

Ken Gleason
Teacher/Coach (Retired)
BA ’70, EDS ’91

Judi Hendrix
Executive Director, Wabash Valley Education Service Center
BA ’86, MS ’91

Rusty King
Executive Director, West Central Indiana Educational Service Center
BA ’74

James (Jim) McDonald
Professor, Central Michigan University
PhD ’02

Colleen Moran
Superintendent, North Montgomery Community School Corporation
PhD ’05

Sarah Powley
Instructional Coach, Tippecanoe School Corporation
MS ’85

Diane Thomas-Pittari
Sr. VP Editor-in-Chief (Retired)
BA ’76, MS ’81

Gina Shropshire
Academic Advisory & Assistant Teaching Professor, Univ. of Norte Dame
MA ’93, PhD ’99

Mary Kay Sommers
PhD ’90

Bruce Taylor
Responsible Quality Control Representative (Retired), Eli Lilly
BS ’67

Deborah Teuscher
Planetarium Coordinator, MSD Pike Township
MS ’94