Dr. Maureen Gillette
Dr. Gillette has served as the Dean of the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University since 2005. Her tenure reflects her commitment to developing a diverse and highly effective teacher workforce, teacher education, and multiculturalism. She has extensive National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation experience and serves as Chair of their Board of Examiners. Prior to joining Northeastern Illinois University, Dr. Gillette was an associate dean at William Paterson University in New Jersey from 1999 through 2005. Her responsibilities included NCATE coordination, recruitment and retention of students, community college articulation and development of partnerships with P-12 schools.
Dr. Gillette began her career as a classroom teacher, having spent thirteen years teaching a variety of elementary and middle school grade levels before starting her career as a teacher educator at The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, where she was Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. In this role, she led a department of approximately 900 undergraduate and graduate elementary and secondary majors, as well as 12 full-time faculty members.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gillette has been an advocate for values-based education. She has published more than 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has presented more than 35 scholarly papers. She is co-author of Learning to Teach Everyone’s Children: Equity, Empowerment, and Education that is Multicultural. Dr. Gillette has also been engaged in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that recruit, prepare, and graduate first-generation, community-based teacher candidates for urban schools. While at William Paterson University, she developed Paterson Teachers for Tomorrow and at Northeastern Illinois University she has led the Grow Your Own Teachers program.
Dr. Gillette earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the area of curriculum and instruction, with a minor in educational administration. She also earned her MS Ed. and BS Ed. from Northern Illinois University. She holds a certificate in Management and Leadership in Higher Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gillette has also earned certificates in Principles and Techniques of Fundraising from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy and an ACE National Women’s Leadership Forum certificate from the American Council on Education. In addition, in 2015 she was named one of the 30 most influential Deans of education in the United States by Mometrix Test Preparation.
The Office of the Provost would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all the members of the search committee, led by Dr. Ben Beiten, chair of the Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, for their efforts to identify and recommend candidates who could effectively lead the College of Education and Human Services. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gillette on her appointment as Dean.