AACTE Congratulates Board Chair Monika Williams Shealey on Being Named Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University
Monika Williams Shealey, chair of the AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) Board of Directors, has been appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University. Shealey is currently the senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at Rowan University, where she previously served as dean of Rowan’s College of Education. She will begin her new role on July 1.
“On behalf of AACTE, I am delighted to congratulate our board chair for being named the dean at an institution whose mission is to prepare all students as educational leaders and change agents with a focus on social justice,” said AACTE President & CEO Lynn M. Gangone. “Dr. Shealey’s experienced leadership, along with her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, will be a tremendous asset to the college in preparing the next generation of education professionals.”
Shealey was named chair of AACTE’s board in March. Her volunteer service on the board began in 2016, when she was elected to serve a three-year term, followed by her election to the AACTE Executive Committee in 2019.
Over the course of her career, Shealey has held academic appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Florida International University in Miami; and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where she served as associate dean. She joined Rowan University in 2013 as the first African American dean of the College of Education and in 2019, she was tapped by President Ali Houshmand to serve in her most recent (inaugural) position to lead the new Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Division was the first of its kind in the region and strives to be a model for systemic change in higher education that results in equitable outcomes for students, faculty, and staff.
Shealey received her B.A. in Specific Learning Disabilities and M.A. in Varying Exceptionalities from the University of South Florida. She earned her Ed.S. in reading and learning disabilities from the University of Miami, and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Central Florida. Her research has focused on examining the experiences of minoritized groups in special education and Black women in teacher education and leadership.