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Karen Seashore named to Beck Chair

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore (Louis) has been named the inaugural holder of the Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education. The first endowed chair of its kind in the United States, the Beck Chair encourages scholarly activity that promotes a better understanding of the conceptual foundations underlying critical issues in education.

Cornelia Ooms Beck established the chair in memory of her husband, Robert Holmes Beck (1918-1991), who was a faculty member at the college from 1947 until his retirement in 1989. He published extensively, writing or editing more than 50 monographs and articles, as well as several books that included Curriculum in the Modern Elementary School; The Three R's Plus; and Beyond Pedagogy, which recounted the history of the College of Education on the occasion of its 75th anniversary in 1980. Beck's scholarship included extensive study of educational systems in other countries. In 1976 he was named a Regents' Professor, the University's highest honor for excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Seashore, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was appointed a professor in 1987. In the past, she has served as department chair, associate dean, and as director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Her research focuses primarily on school improvement and reform. She is co-principal investigator of research funded by the Wallace Foundation that investigates how principal leadership has an impact on student achievement. Recently, the University Council for Educational Administration awarded Seashore with the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Beck Chair is a three-year renewable appointment.

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