ATHENS, Ohio (April 5, 2006) -– David H. Monk, professor of educational administration and dean of The Pennsylvania State University's College of Education, has been named Ohio University College of Education's 2006 Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence. An expert on the economics of education, Monk was chosen for this honor by a panel comprising representatives from both the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools and the College of Education's Educational Administration graduate program.
Monk will be in Athens at the end of April to discuss contemporary issues in teacher preparation and rural school districts with students, faculty and staff of Ohio University, as well as public school officials throughout Southeast Ohio.
On Tuesday, April 25, Monk will deliver the keynote address, "Teacher Preparation and Labor Market Issues for Rural Schools and Districts," at the monthly meeting of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS), a partnership with the College of Education that comprises 133 school districts and other educational institutions in the 29-county region of Ohio designated as Appalachia. Also at this meeting, CORAS will present its annual Leadership and Service Recognition awards honoring the exceptional work of five local educators who have gone the extra mile to improve public education in our region.
Wednesday, April 26, Monk will host two Q&A sessions with College of Education students, faculty and staff. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share insights on current labor market issues and their impact on teacher preparation. Noting several parallels between Penn State and OHIO, Monk says, "There are many exciting challenges and opportunities surrounding rural education in the United States, and I look forward to sharing what we are doing at Penn State and learning about what is going on at Ohio University; there are many lessons for us all to learn." Monk also will speak about his recent experiences serving on several national panels that soon will be making recommendations to reform the way education students across the country prepare for their teaching careers.
The Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence program was established through The Ohio University Foundation in 1976 to honor Dr. Samuel I. Hicks, professor emeritus of educational administration at Ohio University. An endowment of more than $150,000 supports the fund, which is designed to recognize outstanding national leadership in education. Hicks, who died in 1999, dedicated more than 75 years to teaching, research and educational administration. His extraordinary devotion, achievement and service on behalf of higher education are the spirit in which the Hicks Executive-in-Residence award is presented.
Monk has served as the dean of the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University since 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1979 and spent 20 years as a member of the Cornell University faculty. He is the author of "Educational Finance: An Economic Approach" (1990) and co-editor for Education Finance and Policy, the journal of the American Education Finance Association.
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