Sherry L. Field began her appointment as interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin on January 1.
Field is a renowned scholar and leader in social studies education and 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.
“This is an inspiring community to be part of. I am excited to contribute to and lead a program with people as passionate about education as I am,” said Field.
She has held numerous leadership roles in higher education. Since 2015, Field served as the college’s assistant dean for teacher education, outreach, and recruitment. She was dean of the College of Education at Arkansas Tech University from 2012 to 2015.
Before leaving for Arkansas, Field served in UT’s College of Education as associate dean for teacher education, student affairs, and administration from 2006 to 2012. She joined Texas as a faculty member in 2001 and has more than 40 years of experience as a university researcher and professor as well as a public school classroom teacher and administrator.
Field is the co-author and editor of numerous books, and her areas of professional focus encompass social studies teaching and learning, teacher education, and curriculum history.
Field succeeds Manuel J. Justiz, who served as dean of the college for 28 years. “I learned a lot from Dean Justiz during my time at UT Austin, and his mentorship and friendship will leave a lasting impression on myself and this college for years to come,” said Field.
The search for the next permanent dean is under way.