Jeff Passe, dean of TCNJ’s School of Education since 2013, has accepted the position of dean for the College of Education and Integrative Studies at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.
During his tenure as dean, Passe organized and led a successful NCATE accreditation review. He also led the effort to develop a new specialization in teaching middle school and a minor in environmental sustainability education—a realm in which he has been a community activist. Under his leadership, the school developed a strong community partnership with urban middle schools in Trenton and redesigned the Professional Development Schools Network.
Passe worked with faculty and staff on the creation of new or elevated programs in urban education, early childhood special education, and early childhood deaf education, and laid the groundwork for new programs in secondary special education, secondary urban education, and speech pathology.
Working with faculty and staff across the college and particularly within the school, he strengthened graduate global programs held in Spain, Thailand, Egypt, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Portugal, as well as our partnership with the Regional Training Center.
Dean Passe coordinated adaptations in teacher education policy in response to new state regulations and expanded a program providing higher education for students with disabilities to include residential life. He worked with the faculty to successfully recruit 11 new tenure-track faculty members and to support and mentor them in their probationary years.
“There can be little doubt that Dean Passe has consistently worked to strengthen the school and serve the best interests of our students,” said Jacqueline Taylor, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Passe will complete the academic year at TCNJ and start his new post at Cal Poly in mid-July.
—Emily W. Dodd ’03