Giving to the Neag School of Education

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About the Neag School of Education

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions.

With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers a five-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in teacher education and a one-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education program in critical shortage areas.

According to 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Neag School ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation and has three specialty programs ranked in the top 20 nationally: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Psychology; and Elementary Education. Check out the latest Neag School Fast Facts.

Support the Neag School

Dean Gladis Kersaint; UConn Neag School of Education

Dean’s Fund:
The Neag School Dean’s Fund benefits faculty and students by advancing teaching, research, and policy development. This fund provides the Dean with flexibility in supporting cutting-edge research and supporting our best and brightest students locally and internationally.

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Undergraduate Scholarships: Scholarship gifts to students in the Neag School benefit meritorious students with financial need who have chosen to major in the integrated bachelor’s and master’s program. One Neag School alumnus, the late Robert Dunn ’51 MA, ’55 Ph.D., helped immerse students in study abroad programs through a scholarship fund. See more stories of giving.

Jesús Cortés-Sanchez ’18 (ED), ’19 MA playing clarinet at Morse Academy (Photo credit: Matthew Fried)
Photo credit: Matthew Fried

Graduate Fellowship: Fellowship gifts to graduate students in the Neag School of Education support the School’s core missions of teaching and research. Graduate students are the teachers and researchers of the future. They enrich their disciplines with new ideas, and mentor and inspire undergraduates. For students like Jesús Cortés-Sanchez, scholarship support in the form of a graduate assistantship has made his educational journey possible.

Suzanne WilsonFaculty: Gifts to endow faculty chairs and professorships support the Neag School’s leadership and quest for excellence in teaching and research. Private gifts in support of faculty endowments are a priority as they provide the resources that help the Neag School attract and retain distinguished scholars who are dedicated to furthering knowledge. Learn more about Suzanne Wilson, Neag Professor of Teacher Education.


Dean’s Board of Advocates Members

  • Gilbert Andrada ’12 Ph.D.
  • Sarah Barzee ’12 ELP
  • Elizabeth Degnan ’87 (CLAS)
  • James Degnan ’87 (CLAS)
  • Kathryn Fuller
  • Sandra Hastings ’89 MA, ’94 Ph.D.
  • Sandra Inga ’00 Ph.D., ’02 6th Year, ’08 ELP
  • Barbara Mechler
  • Eric Judge ’87 (BUS), ’92 MBA
  • Julie Wood ’71 (ED), ’72 MA

The Neag School of Education Dean’s Board of Advocates promotes the work of UConn’s Neag School of Education within the state, across the nation, and around the world. The Board advises the Dean, supports organizational events, makes financial contributions, and builds relationships with faculty, students, alumni, and donors.

Meet Our Development Officer

Maria Martineau

Director of Development,
Neag School of Education

Maria MartineauMaria Martineau serves on the Neag School of Education advancement team as Director of Development and works to engage alumni, foundations and corporations in the strategic development of faculty research, graduate fellowships and student scholarships. Prior to joining UConn, Maria devoted her career to the field of education. She worked in alternative education, as a school counselor throughout the state of Connecticut and most recently advocated for school reform efforts by way of career academy formation with the National Academy Foundation located in New York City. She supported the implementation of 170+ career academies across the Northeast of the United States and regularly presented at conferences across the country. She received her Master of Science with a focus on School Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In her spare time, Maria teaches yoga and runs a health coaching business supporting individual client’s personal growth goals.