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Darden College of Education & Professional StudiesAbout the Dean

New Dean Selected for the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies

Following an extensive national search, Dr. Tammi Dice has accepted the offer to serve as the next dean of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies, effective June 10, 2022.

For the past two years—following former Dean Jane Bray's retirement—Dr. Dice has served ably in the role of interim dean and was highly recommended by the search committee. Under her leadership as interim dean, Dr. Dice has guided the College not only through a global pandemic, but also in the development of numerous articulation agreements, certificates, and online programs across the college, and supported the successful accreditation processes for three programs. In addition, she spearheaded the College's recruitment, marketing, and fundraising efforts successfully, which resulted in increased enrollment in many programs and new endowed scholarships and annual gifts.

"I'm honored to have the continued opportunity to lead a group of faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our mission of shaping the next generation of educators, human services workers and experts in professional studies," Dice said. "Our students profoundly impact their communities, and we are proud to play a role in their development."

Special recognition should be given to Vice Provost and Dean Robert Wojtowicz, who chaired and brought the search to a successful conclusion. Special thanks to the search committee: Kala Burrell-Craft, Felecia Commodore, Brett Cook-Snell, Corrin Gillis, Emily Goodman-Scott, Deidre Hall, Wayne Handley, Eddie Hill, Lea Lee, Nakia Madry-Smith, Tony Perez, and Cynthia Tomovic. We also extend warm gratitude to Leteria Scott for her tireless efforts in staffing the search committee.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tammi Dice on her appointment as dean of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies.

About Dr. Dice

Trained as a counselor educator, Dr. Dice joined the faculty of Old Dominion University in 2005 and since has obtained tenure and promotion to full professor as well as held a number of administrative positions. She served as the undergraduate program director (UPD) of the Human Services program and as assistant chair for the Counseling and Human Services Department. As associate dean for Undergraduate Education, she led the development of the UPD policy for the University and spearheaded the development of four B.S. in Education programs, authoring the related State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) proposals.

Dr. Dice is well known for her demonstrated commitments to shared governance; supporting students, faculty, and staff; and advocating for equity and inclusion. She created the College's Student Services Center, a centralized location for students to receive needed academic assistance, and she enhanced opportunities for student engagement and outreach. For faculty, Dr. Dice developed a comprehensive mentoring program in the college, supported the development of three new research and practice centers, and spearheaded the development of a College grant for junior faculty. She also spearheaded the development of a College diversity statement and launched "Critical Conversations in Education," a presentation and workshop series addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

An active scholar, Dr. Dice has published extensively on topics related to youth development and effective human services professional training. She has served as PI and Co-PI on numerous contracts and federally funded grants, many of which have resulted in programming designed to serve underrepresented and marginalized children in the local community. She has also given more than 100 international, national, regional, state and community presentations. Dice has held numerous editorial positions, including serving as co-editor of the flagship journal for her field, the Journal of Human Services, and has been an active member of her field professionally, having served as president of the National Organization of Human Services. Her efforts were recognized with the Miriam Clubok Award for outstanding service to the organization, and most recently, the Lenore McNeer Award for distinctive contributions to the field of human services.

Dr. Dice earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the College of William & Mary, and an M.S.Ed. in counseling and a B.S. in psychology from Old Dominion University.

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