Colleen S. Mulholland has been named interim dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Education, effective August 10.
UNI Provost and Executive Vice President Jim Wohlpart announced her appointment following the resignation of Dean Gaetane Jean-Marie, who is leaving UNI after three years to return to her home state of New Jersey and a new role as dean of the College of Education at Rowan University.
“It is an honor to serve during this transition for the College of Education. I am committed to working closely with the College leadership team and all of the talented faculty, staff and students to maintain the momentum that Dean Jean-Marie created,” Mulholland says.
Mulholland has served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and student support services since July 2018 as well as associate professor in curriculum and instruction. Her role included oversight of the Office of Academic Advising for the college as well as the Office of Teacher Education which, together, serve more than 3,000 undergraduates in the college and teacher education programs across campus. She has also served as lead administrator and steward of institutional and foundation scholarships awarded in in the college totaling more than $1 million annually. She has worked collaboratively with campus and Regents’ institution peers to elevate undergraduate recruitment efforts and scholarly activity for teacher education.
Mulholland previously served as interim dean at the University of Indianapolis School of Education for 18 months prior to joining UNI. She initially joined the faculty at UIndy as an assistant professor in secondary education and was named assistant dean in 2014.
Mulholland earned her doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida after attaining her master’s degree in instructional design. She received her B.A. in middle school education with a specialization in English language arts and social studies from the University of Kentucky. Prior to entering higher education, she taught middle level and high school English language arts in Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida.