Welcome from the Dean

Dean Gladis Kersaint
Dean Gladis Kersaint. (Photo Credit: Nathan Oldham)

Thank you for your interest in UConn’s Neag School of Education.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 public graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report, the Neag School has long dedicated itself to excellence in teaching and mentoring aspiring educators, scholars, leaders, and sport management professionals; comprehensive scholarship across all facets of the education realm; and meaningful service initiatives that have a positive, lasting impact our local and regional communities.

Our supporters and champions – among them the late Ray Neag and his wife, Carole, who have dedicated millions of dollars to make the Neag School what it is today — share in our belief that a research university must be engaged in advancing education, and that economic development and social justice are not attainable without a vibrant educational system. Together, we have made strategic investments in people, programs, and technology as we pursue our vision as a leading school of education.

The Neag School’s mission is to improve educational and social systems to be more effective, equitable, and just for allThe School’s academic programs strive to equip future teachers, principals, superintendents, education leaders and researchers, and sport management professionals to achieve excellence in their respective fields, inspire today’s youth, and address societal challenges through a lens of social justice and equity. Neag School scholars conduct and disseminate rigorous, relevant research that seeks to address crucial questions in education, leadership, sport, and society. And in establishing reciprocal and responsible partnerships with students, practitioners, policymakers, and community members across the region and around the world, the School remains committed to developing collaborative solutions for pressing issues in education at the local, national, and international levels.

I invite you not only to explore this website further to view all that the Neag School community offers, but also to engage with us into the future — through starting a conversation, participating in an event, or considering an offer of financial support for our talented students and scholars. From initial teacher certification programs that are shaping the next generation of educators to nationally recognized programs in leadership to innovative research centers securing millions in funding for pioneering studies, there is much for which the School has to be proud.

Kind regards,

Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.
Dean, Neag School of Education