Administration & Support Units


Dean Gladis Kersaint
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Dr. Gladis Kersaint
Professor of Mathematics Education

Gladis Kersaint joined the Neag School of Education as dean in June 2016. Prior to her current role, Gladis Kersaint served as the associate dean of academic affairs and research for the College of Education at the University of South Florida (USF) since 2011, where she was also a professor of mathematics education since 1998. There, she previously served as director of the David C. Anchin Center and held the David C. Anchin Endowed Chair in Education Innovation; the Center promotes alliances and leverages resources to facilitate partnership efforts that support innovation and the advancement of teaching. From 2006 to 2010, she served as coordinator of USF Undergraduate Education and chair of the General Education Council, a role with university-wide reach. Kersaint is also a well-respected scholar in mathematics education with an extensive publication and national service record. She has published four books and numerous refereed journal articles related to factors that influence mathematics teacher education and effective mathematics teaching, the mathematical teaching and learning of at-risk students, and the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. During her tenure at USF, she has served as the principal or co-principal investigator of approximately $30 million of National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and Florida Department of Education grants.

Phone: 860.486.3813
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Jason Irizarry

Dr. Jason Irizarry
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Jason Irizarry is the Neag School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He also serves as faculty associate in El Instituto: Institute for Latina/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, culturally responsive curriculum development, participatory action research, and urban education. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with educator preparation. His first book, The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts, was awarded the Phillip C. Chin Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. He is also the co-editor of Diaspora Studies in Education: Toward a Framework for Understanding the Experiences of Transnational Communities. Irizarry has an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

His research interests include urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, youth participatory action research, and Latino/a students in U.S. schools.

Phone: 860.486.2785
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Jeff CrouseJeffrey Crouse
Assistant Dean and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Crouse serves Assistant Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Neag School. In this role, he is responsible for managing the administration of the Neag School of Education and acts as the chief agent for all administrative matters, including overseeing the areas of fiscal administration, facilities, information technology, human resources, and the Dean’s Office operations.

Phone: 860.486.1443
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Dean’s Office Staff

Stefanie Dion Jones Director of Communications & Digital Strategy 860.486.4777
Gary Hendrickson Manager of Technical Projects 860.486.0174
Marcy Jarzabek Director of Development 860.462.3905
George Michna  Director of Assessment, Accountability, & Accreditation 860.486.2995
LeShonda Owens Assistant to the Dean 860.486.6841
Ann Traynor Director of Advising & Certification 860.486.1354


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