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UW’s Burrows Named Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in College of Education

June 8, 2020
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Andrea Burrows

Andrea Burrows, an associate professor in the University of Wyoming School of Teacher Education, has been selected to serve as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Education.

Burrows will serve in this role for four years, beginning July 1. She will succeed Leslie Rush, who will assume the role of interim dean of the UW College of Education. Rush will take the reins July 1 from Dean D. Ray Reutzel, who is retiring after leading the college for the past five years.

As associate dean for undergraduate programs, Burrows will lead the efforts to review and develop undergraduate teacher preparation programs to ensure they continue to meet student needs, demands of the education system and requirements of the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board. She also will undertake the critical task of creating an annual report to upkeep the college’s national accreditation through the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Other administrative duties to support the dean and college include reviewing and approving undergraduate forms, and developing and updating policies and procedures. 

“I have a long-term vision to both anchor the college in its core mission while propelling the college in new directions,” Burrows says. “I am dedicated to working with all stakeholders in any situation that arises, and I’m committed to achieving as much as possible for the College of Education and the people that make it function well every day.”

Burrows joined the UW faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor. As of Aug. 1, she will hold the rank of full professor. She has served in numerous leadership roles at the UW College of Education, including as associate director for field placements; program coordinator for graduate certificate (postbaccalaureate) programs; chair of the student appeals committee; and co-chair of the new faculty mentor group. Additionally, she has served on the Trustees Education Initiative pilot and implementation design teams.

Burrows serves on national and international levels as co-editor of the CITE (Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education) Journal’s Science Section; assistant editor of Computers in Education Journal; regional partner director; Wyoming Computer Science Hub director; Special Interest Group chair positions for the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Science Teacher Education and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education; and a National Science Foundation grant review panel member. Additionally, she has served in several university-level leadership positions during her tenure at UW, including as the chair of the Library Council.

“Dr. Burrows’ experience and expertise will help her provide on-the-ground leadership to the undergraduate programs of the College of Education and to achieve continued national accreditation with the college’s new accreditor, the AAQEP,” Reutzel says. “Her experience as a professor and as the director of the student teaching program will help her to understand the complexities of providing our students with meaningful academic programs and effective clinical experiences.”

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