by Tom Parisi
English Professor Susan Callahan has been appointed as the new coordinator of teacher preparation and development for the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
In her new post, Callahan will help facilitate interactions among those involved in teacher preparation and development within the college. She also will coordinate with colleagues in other NIU colleges, promote relationships with external partners (particularly school districts) and coordinate the college’s engagement with state and federal agencies and accreditation bodies.
The coordinator position was initially created 20 years ago, when teacher certification programs came into the college, but has been vacant for some time.
“I thought it was time to reinstate this role, given the importance of teacher preparation to the university, the diversity of efforts across colleges and the many partnerships we have with regional school districts,” said LA&S Dean Christopher McCord.
“Susan has a remarkable combination of skills that make her superbly qualified,” he added.
Callahan has been a member of the Department of English faculty since 1995, coming to NIU from Kentucky State University, where she worked with under-prepared students.
Prior to that, she taught in public schools in Michigan for 15 years. Her research interests in English education focus on assessment portfolios. Having worked with DeKalb Community Unit School District 428, she is well-positioned to lead the college’s involvement in the emerging partnership relationship between NIU and DeKalb High School.
“I look forward to working with everyone at NIU who is involved in providing high-quality teacher preparation and development,” said Callahan, who will begin her new role this summer.
“I am particularly interested in strengthening our relationships with area schools in order to enhance teaching and learning,” she added. “Our new partnership with DeKalb High School is particularly exciting for me personally because a number of current DHS faculty members are graduates of our teacher education programs.”
McCord announced several other administrative changes in LA&S that also will take effect this summer.
“We’re very appreciative of these individuals for their willingness to serve their units, the college and the university,” McCord said. “I’d also like to thank those individuals who are leaving administrative positions at the end of this year. They are all essential parts of the smooth functioning of the university and have allowed all of us to advance our missions of education, research and artistry.”