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Mistilina Sato named to Campbell Endowed Chair in Education

Mistilina SatoMistilina Sato has been named the inaugural holder of the Carmen Starkson Campbell Endowed Chair in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. One of few such chairs in the country, the Campbell Chair focuses on scholarly activities that prepare and support new teachers and improve effectiveness and retention of teachers, especially as advocates for at-risk students. The chair also encourages partnerships with schools and districts, with emphasis on those facing significant challenges in achieving student success.

Carmen and Jim Campbell established the Campbell Chair and an accompanying graduate fellowship in honor of Carmen's own experiences as a teacher for 11 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools and her concern and caring for K-12 teachers and the profession. Carmen earned a B.S. degree from the college in 1964, and Jim holds a B.S. degree from the Carlson School of Management. Jim retired as chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota after a 38-year banking career.

Sato, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is co-principal investigator and director of the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI). "As the Campbell Chair holder, Sato will continue her outstanding leadership in reaching TERI's goal of transforming teacher education," said the college's dean Jean Quam. "As a former teacher and an expert on teacher quality and development, she is uniquely qualified to carry forward the vision of the Campbell Chair."

Sato holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in curriculum and teacher education, with a specialty in science education, and a B.A. degree from Princeton University in geological sciences. While at Stanford, she developed and directed a regional professional development program for practicing teachers pursuing National Board Certification in the San Francisco Bay area. She began her teaching career as a middle school teacher in Plainsboro, N.J., and as an instructional team leader with the Merck Institute for Science Education in Rahway, N.J., in the earth and space sciences.

Sato's research focuses on teacher development and the use of formative assessment in science classrooms. She is completing a study of cultural relevance in science pedagogy (CRISP) through a Minnesota teacher action research network and the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Research Fellow, she is working with a Twin Cities high school science teacher action research group on enacting formative assessment in their everyday practice.

Sato has been awarded the 2008 Young Scholars Research Fellowship, the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Rising Star Award, and the 2007 Kappa Delta Pi Early Research Award.

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