Dr. Karla Hull Named Dean of the Dewar College of Education

December 5, 2011

Dr. Karla Hull Named Dean of the Dewar College of Education


VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University announces the appointment of Dr. Karla Hull as dean of the Dewar College of Education. Hull has served as the interim dean since July 2011.

“Dr. Hull has provided excellent leadership at Valdosta State,” said Interim President Louis H. Levy. “Her expertise will help guide the Dewar College of Education in new and exciting directions.”

With more than 30 years of experience in higher education as faculty member and administrator, Hull has served in various leadership capacities during her 15 years at VSU including Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Vice President of Research from 2008 to 2011; head of the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education from 2007 to 2008; and head of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders from 2003-2007.

“I appreciate the role of the search committee in recommending Dr. Hull for the position. We are pleased to have an accomplished scholar and leader serving in this important position,” said Provost Phil Gunter. “Dr. Hull’s prior accomplishments at Valdosta State were a factor in her appointment. She will continue to serve the mission of the Dewar College of Education and help the university’s outreach efforts within the regional public school systems.”

While at VSU, Hull has helped secure more than $3 million in state and federal grants. She also helped to implement the Quality Enhanced Plan (QEP), which was developed as part of the university’s reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. The QEP works to promote undergraduate engagement in disciplined-based inquiry.

“I am honored to serve as Dean of the Dewar College of Education. Together with the faculty, staff and administration I will embrace the challenge of providing excellent teacher and professional preparation to our students, while partnering with our community to improve the educational outcomes for all students and clients,” said Hull. “I am committed to ensuring that the faculty and students in the Dewar College of Education have a positive impact on our community and region, through our service, partnerships and research. Together we can prepare excellent professionals and serve the needs of our local schools, clinics and allied health care providers.”

Hull received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and master’s in speech/language pathology from Arizona State University; and a Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont.

The Dewar College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees within seven academic departments including Adult and Career Education; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Curriculum, Leadership and Technology; Early Childhood and Special Education; Kinesiology and Physical Education; Middle, Secondary , Reading and Deaf Education; and Psychology and Counseling.