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DATE: Sept. 1, 2005
Paul Zionts named dean at UM-Dearborn School of Education
DEARBORN---Paul Zionts plans to be a very strong advocate for education
in the metropolitan area as the new dean of the UM-Dearborn School of
His appointment as dean at UM-Dearborn was approved by the U-M Regents
at their June meeting and he assumed his new position on Sept. 1.
"I hope we can build on the already strong relationships our faculty
and alumni have developed in the schools in this region over the years,
and forge new partnerships on a lot of levels to foster stronger educational
programs for both the region's schools and the university," he said.
Most recently, Zionts has been professor and chair of educational foundations
and special services at Kent State University since 2001. Previously,
he was a professor of counseling and special education at Central Michigan
University from 1979 to 2001. At CMU, he served as chair of the counseling
and special education department from 1991 to 1996.
At the beginning of his career, Zionts taught in a reform school and
in an urban school for students with emotional and behavioral disorders
"It is clear that the public role of schools of education is being
redefined," Zionts said. "We need to remain faithful to the
students who are pursuing teaching degrees, while we are also being called
upon to meet the changing needs of our surrounding communities."
Zionts received his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut
in 1972, majoring in sociology and political science. He earned his master's
degree in elementary education in 1973 from the University of Hartford,
and his doctoral degree in educational psychology and special education
from the University of Connecticut in 1979.
In addition to his teaching positions, Zionts has held several national
leadership positions including a term as president at the Council for
Children with Behavioral Disorders.
He is currently a member of Ohio's state task force for special education
personnel. During his tenure at Central Michigan, Zionts was a member
of the Michigan Department of Education's advisory committee on teacher
preparation programs at higher education institutions.
Zionts has written numerous articles for professional journals, and his
books include "Teaching Disturbed and Disturbing Students,"
"Emotional and Behavioral Problems: A Handbook for Understanding
and Handling Students" and "Inclusion Strategies for Students
with Learning and Behavioral Problems."