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March 29, 2013
Andrea Schokker | Executive Vice Chancellor | Department of Academic Affairs | 218-726-7103 | vcaa@d.umn.edu
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UMD Announces New Dean of the College of Education and Human
Services Professions


DULUTH, MN – The University of Minnesota Duluth has selected Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP).

"Dr. Pinkney Pastrana brings an outstanding vision and past experience with her to UMD. I am very much looking forward to working with her as the Dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions," said Andrea Schokker, UMD executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.

Currently serving as chairperson of the Department of Education Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Pastrana will begin her new role at UMD on July 1.

Pastrana earned her PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds master's degrees in Curriculum and Teacher Studies and Latin American Studies from UCLA.

In 2009, Pastrana served as a guest faculty member in the Psychology Department at the Catholic University in Valparaiso, Chile, through the Fulbright Scholar program.

Her areas of expertise include international and comparative education, multicultural/ intercultural education, language minority education, critical theory and Freirian pedagogy, and qualitative research methods.

"I am thrilled to have been invited to join a team of colleagues working on such innovative and exciting projects at UMD. The University's articulation of its core values resonated deeply with me as a scholar and academic. Indeed, it was these core values and the vision articulated in the University's strategic plan that first attracted me to UMD. I look forward to joining my colleagues at the College of Education and Human Service Professions in doing work that enhances our human condition, both within our local contexts and beyond," said Pastrana.

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