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Nan Restine named dean of TWU’s College of Professional Education


DENTON — Dr. Nan Restine has been named dean of the College of Professional Education (COPE) at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Restine previously served as interim dean of COPE, and as chair of the Department of Teacher Education. She will continue to serve in that role until a new chair is selected.

COPE includes the departments of family sciences, reading and teacher education, as well as the School of Library and Information Studies, the Office of Student Support Services and the Professional Development Center. Dr. Restine’s service as interim dean for the past year has included assisting in the preparation for accreditation reviews by the American Library Association in March and for a site visit by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) this September; working with programs and departments to develop criteria for promotion and tenure that are consistent with recently adopted university standards; facilitating academic program and curriculum development; and continuing to focus on opportunities for outreach in teaching, research and service activities.

“I want COPE and TWU to be the place of choice,” Dr. Restine said.

“We have grown in many areas in a relatively short amount of time,” she said. “We need to be thoughtful about growth in our programs and our collaborative efforts with community colleges and other entities, while being mindful about our focus on faculty development.”

Dr. Restine received her bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Eastern New Mexico University. She holds a master of arts in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University, and a specialist in education and a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision from The University of New Mexico.

Prior to joining TWU in July 2004, she served as the associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Alabama; as interim associate dean in the College of Education and associate head of the School of Curriculum and Educational Leadership at Oklahoma State University; and as an assistant professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Western Kentucky University. She also taught and coached for more than 15 years in public schools in Texas and New Mexico.

“I feel privileged to do the work that I do,” Dr. Restine said. “The work we do in education is the most honorable work one can do — improving the quality of living and learning.

“My work as an educator has been enormously rewarding for me, and I hope I have contributed in some way toward making things better than they were.”


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