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Welcome Dean Henry

Dr. Gary T. Henry joins UD's
College of Education and Human Development
On Aug. 16, 2019, the University of Delaware welcomed Dr. Gary T. Henry as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Dr. Henry is a nationally-recognized education policy researcher and evaluator. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Henry has focused on the areas of education policy, educational evaluation, educator labor markets and quantitative research methods.

He has received over $27 million dollars of sponsored research funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation, National Institute for Early Childhood Research, Walton Family Foundation and John and Laura Arnold Foundation.

Dr. Henry is the author, coauthor or editor of six books, including the eighth edition of  Evaluation: A Systematic Approach , as well as numerous articles in such top journals as  Science Educational Researcher Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Journal of Teacher Education  and  American Educational Research Journal .

He is currently examining the effects of Tennessee's efforts to reform their lowest performing schools. He has evaluated the effectiveness of the state’s Achievement School District and local Innovation Zones, finding the latter to have positive effects on student average achievement gains in all subjects over six years. In 2015, he evaluated the effects and implementation of the North Carolina's efforts to reform its lowest performing schools .

He has also published articles on teacher preparation, including a study that finds Teach For America teachers to be effective in raising students' test scores. Other research examined the negative effects that teacher and principal turnover can have on student achievement, especially when it occurs during the academic year. 
"Upon my arrival at UD, it quickly became clear to me that the faculty, students and staff in the College of Education and Human Development are incredibly productive in terms of contributions to the scholarly literature as well as competitive grants from a variety of prestigious sources.

I encourage you to take a look at the contributions of CEHD's stellar faculty . Through their high-quality research, they are advancing the base of evidence for improving interventions and practices in literacy,   mathematics education, science, early childhood development, disability, diversity, inclusion, and social determinants of health. In the next few years, I plan to complement our existing research programs with more emphasis on policy research and research to policy   partnerships.  

Through CEHD's two academic units and eight research and practice centers, we also contribute education and social services throughout the state, and provide cutting edge training for students working in schools and social service organizations across the region. 

My goal as dean is to build upon this strong base by increasing the visibility of our exemplary researchers, educators and other professionals--thereby expanding our influence and improving social conditions and well-being in Delaware, the mid-Atlantic and the nation."

Gary Henry, CEHD Dean

Prior to joining UD, Dr. Henry served as the Patricia and H. Rodes Hart Chair, professor of public policy and education, and director of graduate studies in the Department of Leadership Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

He has also served as a visiting professor at institutions around the world, including the University of California, Irvine, Copenhagen University, University of Liege in Belgium, and Huang He University in the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Henry is succeeding Carol Vukelich, who had led the College since 2015.
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