Connie L. Lurie College of Education Dean Appointment

Editor’s Note: This message was emailed to all faculty and staff March 22, 2018.

Dear SJSU Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Heather Lattimer as the dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, effective August 1.

Dr. Lattimer joins us from the University of San Diego (USD), where she is a professor of education and the executive director of the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Her areas of expertise include disciplinary literacy, teacher education, action research, learning design and international education.

Dr. Lattimer brings with her a breadth of knowledge about teaching and learning through her time as a faculty member and in various administrative roles. She is an inclusive and collaborative leader who has experience with new program development, establishing strong ties with community partners and working closely with industry leaders to create innovative teaching techniques. At USD, she helped to create an on-campus Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) lab in partnership with HP and developed an open source learning management system in partnership with Qualcomm. In addition to her higher education experience, Dr. Lattimer also taught at the middle school and high school level for nearly 10 years.

Dr. Lattimer completed a bachelor’s in Social Studies magna cum laude with a certificate in African Studies from Harvard College; a master’s in Social Studies Education from Stanford University as well as her California Teaching Credential in the subjects of history, mathematics and English; and a doctorate of education with a focus on teaching and learning from the University of California, San Diego.

I look forward to working closely with Dr. Lattimer to enhance K-12 and higher education at SJSU. I am confident the university community, alumni, K-12 partners and supporters of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education will find Dr. Lattimer to be a dynamic and innovative leader.

As we prepare to welcome our new dean, please also join me in thanking Interim Dean Paul Cascella for his ongoing leadership, service, and dedication to the college and SJSU.


Andy Feinstein

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