Dr. Candice McQueen 2015-01-20 02:44:36
Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and Dean at Lipscomb University, will join Governor Haslam’s cabinet as the next Commissioner of Education on January 20, 2015. Dr. McQueen, a former teacher, currently serves on Lipscomb University’s executive leadership team as senior vice president. As Dean, she oversees the College of Education as well as the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy. Dr. McQueen is a native of Clarksville who started her career in education after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University. She taught elementary and middle school early on, and received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. In 2001, Dr. McQueen joined the faculty at Lipscomb University where she has helped with training, support and professional development efforts for thousands of current and future teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders. Governor Haslam stated that “Lipscomb’s College of Education produces some of our state’s best teachers, and Candice gets a lot of credit for that. She has taught in a classroom, so she brings both the experience of being a teacher and of preparing teachers to teach.” Lipscomb’s education programs, which are headed by Dr. McQueen, have been highlighted at the state and national levels for excellence in teacher preparation design and teacher candidate outcomes. In her six years as Dean, Lipscomb’s College of Education has grown by 54 percent with 72 percent growth at the graduate level. It has added 15 new graduate programs, including a doctorate, and has created innovative partnerships that focus on collaborative design and delivery for coursework and programming. Dr. McQueen serves on the board of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the executive committee for the American Association of Independent and Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education. She is frequently asked to serve as an expert on teacher preparation issues by numerous education groups. In accepting the position, McQueen stated that she was “honored [that] Governor Haslam asked [her] to serve as Commissioner of Education.” She also stated that “Tennessee is headed in the right direction. We are making a real difference in the lives of our children and the future of our state. My goal is for every graduate to be college and career-ready so they can succeed in the future.”
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