Nancy Hurlbut, an associate dean with an extensive background in education and child development programs, has been named the interim dean of the College of Education & Integrative Studies, effective July 1.
Hurlbut arrived at Cal Poly Pomona as the associate dean in CEIS in 2013. In recent posts, she was an interim dean, interim associate dean and a professor at Humboldt State University. Hurlbut will succeed Dean M.G. “Peggy” Kelly, who has announced plans to retire this summer.
“I am pleased that Professor Hurlbut has agreed to serve the college and the university as interim dean,” Provost Marten denBoer says. “She will maintain and build on the development of the college and its service to our students.”
Hurlbut earned her Ph.D. in lifespan human development and educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her master’s in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin as well. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology at UC Berkeley.
“I am excited about building upon the strong legacy of Dean Kelly and continuing to advocate for faculty, staff, students, our community partners, as well as supporting the vision of each CEIS department, the college and the university. My hope is to inspire others,” Hurlbut says. “To paraphrase John Quincy Adams, if my actions as interim dean inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, I have used this opportunity well.”
Aside from serving as interim dean and professor at Humboldt State, Hurlbut also was chair of the Department of Child Development, founding director of Baccalaureate Pathways in Early Care and Education, program leader of Liberal Studies Elementary Education, and associate faculty of Distance Education at the university.
In addition, she was an associate professor and director of the Child Development Laboratory at Oklahoma State University, a visiting associate professor at the University of North Carolina, assistant professor with tenure at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University Medical School.
Hurlbut is a member of advisory boards in child development at the University of La Verne, Mt. San Antonio College and Rio Hondo College, and a partner with the Los Angeles Early Childhood Education Workforce Consortium. She has written for publications on early childhood education and development since 1996.
She is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, California Association for the Education of Young Children, California Community College Early Childhood Educators, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education.