Interim Dean Sherry Field

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Sherry Field, Ph.D.
Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education

Interim Dean, College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin


Sherry Field brings more than 40 years of experience to her role as interim dean of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Field’s career encompasses experience as a university researcher and professor, as well as a public school classroom teacher and administrator. She served as a faculty member in the College of Education from 2001-2012 and since 2015 has been associate dean for teacher education, student affairs and administration. She served as dean of the College of Education at Arkansas Tech University from 2012 until her return to Texas in 2015.

Field earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin University, and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas.

A renowned scholar and leader in social studies education, Field has received the Dr. Irving Morrisett Award for Excellence in Social Science Education from the Social Science Education Consortium, and the Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. 

Field is the co-author and editor of numerous books including They Led by Teaching, Explorations in Curriculum History, and Real-World Investigations for Social Studies: Inquiries for Middle and High School. Her areas of professional focus encompass social studies teaching and learning, teacher education, and curriculum history.

Field served as editor of Social Studies and the Young Learner from 1996 – 2006. She was chair of the College and University Faculty Association Executive Board of the National Council for the Social Studies, chair of the NCSS Larry Metcalf Distinguished Dissertation Award Committee and president of the Society for the Study of Curriculum History. Field was awarded the Glickman Fellowship at the University of Georgia in 2000.

Appointed interim dean on January 1, Field succeeds Manuel J. Justiz, who served as dean of the College of Education for 28 years.