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Education School Dean Appointed

UC Riverside Announces New Dean for The Graduate School of Education

Syracuse University Scholar Steven Bossert Begins Job on July 15

(June 22, 2004)

Steven Bossert

Steven Bossert

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( Steven Bossert, a noted scholar on technology in education, and organizational effectiveness, has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. He hails from Syracuse University, where he has served as dean of education. Bossert’s UCR appointment is effective July 15.

“Dr. Bossert's highly regarded scholarship in educational leadership and classroom management will bring additional depth to our Graduate School of Education. His extensive administrative experience at a top-ranked research university will benefit UCR as it positions itself nationally,” said France A. Córdova, Chancellor at UC Riverside. “Our community will find Dr. Bossert to be a highly engaging individual, eager to work with our teachers, schools, and policy makers to improve the quality of education.”

Bossert, currently a professor of education at Syracuse University, served from 1990 to 2000 as dean of its School of Education. Syracuse University is one of 60 U.S. and two Canadian research universities that are members of the elite Association of American Universities(AAU), which is devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.

Before joining Syracuse University, Bossert served as chair and professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Utah from 1983-1990. He was associate laboratory director for research and development at Far West Laboratory in San Francisco from 1980-1983. He also taught sociology at the University of Michigan from 1974-1979.

Bossert received his Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in Sociology, with a minor in Mathematics, from UC San Diego and his Ph.D. in Education and Sociology from the University of Chicago.

His research interests include, the effects of school and classroom organization, organizational processes and change, school effectiveness, policy analysis, professional development, and technology. Bossert’s research has been funded by a number of agencies, including the National Institute of Education, National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and Microsoft Corporation.

His teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate courses in education and sociology. He has initiated school-wide programs to improve teaching for both faculty and graduate students, such as, a Future Professoriate Program to mentor doctoral students who are preparing for college teaching, and a campuswide study skills program for at-risk students.

He is currently finalizing eight years of funding to design and test Web-based educational resources using a high-speed telecommunications network in New York State; the Living SchoolBook project involves collaboration among Syracuse University with 35 local school districts, the major telecommunications provider in the Northeast, an internationally prominent supercomputing center, a U.S. Air Force science center, a County Health Department, and Apple Corporation. He serves as director of the accreditation panel for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council of Washington D.C.

Past activities include sitting as vice president of the Northeast Region and member of the board of directors of the Holmes Partnership, various positions with the American Educational Research Association, senior editor and associate editor of Education Administration Quarterly, and as an advisory editor for the Elementary School Journal.

The Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside offers distinguished master’s and doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, institutional leadership and policy studies, school psychology and special education. Its teacher preparation program, one of the UC system’s largest, is recognized for its quality and innovation. U. S. News & World Report recently rated the faculty fifth in the nation in research productivity based on publication records. The School has attracted nearly $11 million in research and grant funds in the past three years. Faculty members are active in various field-based programs, including the California Educational Research Cooperative and the School-University Partnership.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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