Loyola University Chicago Appoints New School of Education Dean
CHICAGO, October 21, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago announces the appointment of Terri Pigott, PhD, as dean of the nationally ranked School of Education. Pigott joined the school as a faculty member in research methodology in fall 1998, assumed the role of associate dean of faculty in January 2013, and was named interim dean last November. Equipped with 25 years of experience in higher education, Pigott officially became dean on October 1.
“I have seen Dr. Pigott’s commitment to the School of Education and her focus on teacher preparation firsthand, and I am confident we picked the right leader for the school at a very important time," said Interim Provost Samuel A. Attoh, PhD. “As statistics continue to show the need for more educators at both the local and national level, I know that Dr. Pigott will continue to move the school forward, remaining true to its focus on students’ academic, spiritual, and social formation.”
Pigott serves on the editorial boards of Psychological Methods, Psychological Bulletin, and Elementary School Journal. She is also the methods editor for the Campbell Collaboration, an international organization that supports the production and dissemination of systematic reviews on social interventions. Her research interests center on meta-analysis, a statistical technique for synthesizing research across studies.
Additionally, she serves on Chicago Public Schools’ High School Working Group, which is developing a model-agnostic plan for a quality high school within three miles of every home in the city, as well as a number of state-level committees concerned with education. Her University service includes work on the recent Higher Learning Commission University Accreditation Committee, chair responsibilities on the Faculty Appeals Committee, resource membership on the Academic Affairs Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, and a vice chair role on the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects (2006–10).
“I am proud to lead Loyola’s School of Education at such an important time. The nation needs more educators, and we are preparing our students by blending actual hands-on experiences in schools and community agencies with challenging academic work,” said Pigott. “Loyola is the place for those students who want to serve their profession and communities in life-changing ways, who are ready to meet new and demanding challenges, and who are open to being transformed as they pursue their own personal and professional goals.”
Pigott received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Education from the University of Chicago, specializing in measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis. She started her academic career at National-Louis University in 1990, and then served as associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, an organization that grants funds to support research in education, from 1996–1998.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Education
Supporting the Jesuit ideal of knowledge in the service of humanity, the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the heart of downtown Chicago, one of America's most dynamic centers of education and commerce. The school participates in the discovery, development, demonstration, and dissemination of professional knowledge and practice within a context of ethics, service to others, and social justice. Graduates of the school are accomplished leaders in the fields of teaching, counseling, psychology, research methodology, and administration. To learn more about the School of Education, visit LUC.edu/education, “like us” at Facebook.com/LoyolaSOE, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaSOE.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.