Ohio University Scholar Honored for Her Contributions to Teacher Education

Renee A. Middleton, professor and dean of the College of Education at Ohio University in Athens, has been selected to receive the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The award recognizes distinguished service either to the educator preparation community or to the development and promotion of outstanding practices in educator preparation at the collegiate, state or national level. It is named after the long-time executive director of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

“Dr. Middleton is among the finest examples of a change agent and professional in higher education and serves as a role model to other deans across the nation,” according to Erica M. Brownstein, chair of the State University Education Deans group at the association. “In addition to her contributions to policy and teacher education, Dean Middleton has made significant contributions in social justice, rural education, and mental health. Dr. Middleton is thoughtful about shifts in P-16 education and provides much-needed insights, connections to research and a pragmatic perspective.”

Dr. Middleton is currently serving in her third, five-year term as dean of the College of Education. Before coming to Ohio University in 2006, she was director of research at Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Middleton is a graduate of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate in rehabilitation administration from the College of Education at Auburn University in Alabama.

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