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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: 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.

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
Email: nmarchand-martella@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2336
Room: BRNG 6138

Rita Neidlinger
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Email: rneidlin@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2336
Room: BRNG 6138