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Discover Your Path

The College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington is a reflection of the successes and achievements of its students, faculty, administration, and staff. We offer excellence in teaching, quality research, and outstanding service to Texans and others beyond the state's and the nation's borders.

The focus of our teaching, research, and service efforts is always on the students. We work collaboratively to encourage students to broaden their educational experiences. The faculty from the Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies provide programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The faculty provides courses that incorporate diverse teaching styles and methodologies in an effort to enrich the lives of their students and prepare them to meet life's challenges.

The College of Education is, indeed, a place where students come first. Not only are the faculty student centered, but the advisors and counselors help guide students through their programs of study from their first course with the college to their graduation day. Additionally, Career Services offers students assistance with interview skills, job placement, and counseling for lifetime learning.

I invite you to visit our entire website. Here, you will find information about our faculty, courses, programs, and degrees. The site will lead you on a path of discovery—a path that will help you plan your future as a student in the College of Education.

Good luck as you begin your journey.

Jeanne Marcum Gerlach,

About the Dean

Jeanne Marcum Gerlach – a visionary who excels in creative innovation is a recognized leader in higher education, K-16 education, English education, women’s studies, and urban educational renewal – is Associate Vice President of K-16 Initiatives and Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions (UTA) at the University Of Texas Arlington (UTA).

UTA, a public research university, has the second largest student body in the University of Texas System.

Dean Gerlach began her tenure at UTA in 1997 with a charge to build a School of Education. Under her leadership faculty, administrators, and staff worked to create new curricula, programs, and degrees. School status was granted in 1999; NCATE accreditation was earned in 2003 as was College status. In 2009 with the addition of health related programs, the name was changed to the College of Education (COEd) and Health Professions and in 2015 the College of Education and Health Professions was divided into two colleges:  The College of Education and the College of Nurshing and Health Innovations.

Under her leadership as Founding Dean, the college has gained both state and national respect and recognition as a leader in urban education. Dr. Gerlach has worked with COEd faculty as well as faculty from across the university, and local, state, and national stakeholders to create a college that serves future and current K-16 teachers and administrators, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, and experts in healthy living and longevity.

Additionally, Dean Gerlach has raised unprecedented funds to support the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, Education, the Southwest Center for Social Studies Education, The Center for Healthy Living and Longevity, the Center for Bilingual Education, the Center for K-16 Education. The college has experienced continual enrollment growth with a 40% increase in 2011. 

These achievements have been accomplished through a number of strategic strategies that Dean Gerlach lead, including building partnerships with community stakeholders, Texas Education Agency and The Higher Education Coordinating Board leaders. Further, her work with Texas Legislators has been a key to bringing respect and support from that legislative body. 

In addition to providing leadership to the College of Education, Dr. Gerlach also directs university-wide efforts for K-16 education. As Associate Vice President for K-16 Initiatives her work has been focused on developing and sustaining a North Texas community council whose work is committed to the goals of increasing success rates and closing the gaps in achievement among all students, kindergarten through graduate school, with a particular focus on providing access and success for low-income African American and Latino students. The UTA Metroplex Council has also worked to make sure that all are preparing outstanding teachers and administrators, continually working to align the K-16 curriculum, and conducting formative and summative research in the K-16 areas.    

Under her guidance faculty developed a P-16 Doctoral Program, the only doctoral program in the US that prepares leaders for all levels (K-16) to conduct research and develop policy across K-12, 2 year college, and university levels. Dr. Gerlach has succeeded in bringing together reform efforts which focus on creating seamless pathways for students in K-16 education.

Prior to her arrival at UTA, Dr. Gerlach served as a Special Assistant to the Provost at West Virginia University where she focused on university wide budget preparation, graduate education, multicultural education, and student affairs initiatives. She also worked as Interim Director of the Center for Women’s Studies. She began her tenure at WVU as an Assistant Professor of English Education and worked to rebuild the program to one of the top English Education programs in the nation. 

Dr. Gerlach has written and edited books, chapters, and articles in higher education, English education, business higher education partnerships, international education, and women’s studies. She has been a leader in and member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Network for Education Renewal (NNER), the Holmes Partnership, the Texas Business Education Coalition (TBEC), and the Texas Education Reform Foundation (TERF).

She has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Woman in English Education, Outstanding Woman Leader in Ft. Worth, Outstanding Philanthropic Award, West Virginia University College of Education and Human Resources’ and the University of North Texas College of Education’s Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Jeanne Marcum Gerlach holds a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education from West Virginia State College, a master’s degree in English Education/Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, a doctorate in English Education from West Virginia University and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of North Texas.