Preparing Educators as Leaders

Leadership at KU School of Education

Rick Ginsberg
Professor, Dean, School of Education
785-864-4297
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 214K

Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D., has served as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas since August, 2005. He served three years as the Chair of the Kansas Professional Standards Board, is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education... more

Lon Dehnert
Professor, Assistant Dean
785-864-6377
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 214J

Dr. Lon Dehnert, Assistant Dean, joined the School of Education administrative team in January of 2012. His duties include the oversight of School of Education technologies, facilities, strategic planning, and faculty development. He serves as liaison to the School’s partner in distance... more

Ngondi Kamatuka
Executive Director for Diversity and Equity
785-864-3401
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka is the new director of the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs in the Achievement and Assessment Institute. He has been with the University of Kansas since 1987 and has served as academic services coordinator for the Upward Bound program and interim director for the... more

Kelli Thomas
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs
785-864-9681
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 343

Dr. Kelli Thomas is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Kansas, Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Thomas’ professional work has focused on mathematics and science teaching, learning, and assessment in schools for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the... more

Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
785-864-9722
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 214 H

Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995.... more


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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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