Joan Bissell to Lead College of Education and Integrative Studies

Joan Bissell to Lead College of Education and Integrative Studies
Joan Bissell, recently named dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies.

Joan Bissell has been named dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) by Tomas Morales, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Her appointment begins Aug. 1.

?I am deeply honored that Cal Poly Pomona has chosen me for this significant role and look forward to the exceptional opportunities it offers,? Bissell says. ?The College of Education and Integrative Studies has a unique configuration of outstanding programs and faculty that enables it to be one of the state's and nation's leaders in addressing the most challenging educational and social issues of the 21st century.?

Bissell joins Cal Poly Pomona after a 16-year tenure at University of California, Irvine, most recently serving as the co-director of its joint Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership with the University of California, Los Angeles (1996-present). She also spent two years (2001-02) as the vice-chair of UCI?s Department of Education, and three years (1986-89) as assistant director of the Office of Teacher Education. Her passion for education has also led her to serve as assistant vice president (1984-86) of the American College Testing Program and senior consultant in education (1983-84) for the California State Legislature.

?We are privileged to have Joan join our leadership team at Cal Poly Pomona. She is an accomplished scholar and innovator in the field of education and committed to interdisciplinary education as well as liberal and ethnic studies,? Morales says.

Bissell earned an Ed.D. (1970) and an Ed.M. (1968) from Harvard University?s Graduate School of Education. She also acquired her bachelor?s degree from Harvard in 1967, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in social sciences.

?In addition, it is also important to commend Barbara Way and Marvin Klein for their leadership of CEIS during the transition,? Morales adds. ?I would like to thank the search committees, as well as department chairs and faculty/staff members in both colleges, for their invaluable commitment to this process.?

The college was recently granted a five-year accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).