Beginning in August, 2011, Dr. Thea Maestre will pass the baton of leadership as Chair to Dr. Kimberly Mayfield.
Dr. Maestre is eager to return to a fuller teaching schedule and continue her research interests in social studies education and programs to address teacher stress.
Dr. Maestre has been at the University since 1995, in the positions of Multiple Subject Coordinator and also Chair. Under her leadership, the Department’s five programs have continued to sustain viable enrollments even during difficult periods for teacher education programs. She has supported collaboration in many endeavors including the two year long re-accreditation process with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, put in place an ongoing and multi-faceted program evaluation process, added the Bilingual Authorization and the Autism Authorization and instituted the yearly Master of Education Celebration. Early on in her time here, she wrote the first University Internship program for the Multiple and Single Subject credential programs; these continue to be an important aspect of the Department’s offerings. Dr. Maestre will continue as the Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential program.
Dr. Mayfield has been at the University for ten years as the coordinator of the Education Specialist program. In this role, she has been in a key position to understand and work with the accreditation body, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Her work with the city of Oakland promises to invigorate the Department’s vision for educators. She has worked closely with Dr. Maestre in many projects over the years, including the successful three-year Irvine Faculty Development program. Dr. Mayfield has expressed her enthusiasm for this new role and will bring her skills in technology and her passions for social justice into this position.