INDIANA, PA – Dr. Sue Rieg, an experienced educator and administrator, has been selected to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Education and Communication at IUP.
Rieg began working in this position on August 16, filling the vacant post created by Dean Lara Luetkehans, who will serve as Acting Rector and Vice President of Academic Affairs when Timothy Moerland retires on 20 August.
“IUP was created as an institution to train teachers, and teacher training is now a key part of our portfolio,” said IUP President Michael Driscoll. “Having a strong leader for the College of Education and Communications is absolutely essential for our future. IUP is very fortunate to have someone with such great credentials to take on this role and move us forward. “
Rieg retired from IUP in June after 20 years of work as a faculty member and administrator of IUP, most recently as deputy chair of the Department of Professional Studies in Education. At IUP, she was Associate of the Dean for the Preparation of Educators, Director of School Professional Development Partnerships, Director of Field Internships, Chair of the Department of Professional Studies in Education and Assistant, Associate and Full Professor in the Department. professional studies. .
Prior to joining IUP, Rieg had 19 years of experience in the Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school system as an elementary school teacher, instructional support teacher, and elementary school principal in the school district. from Indiana. Rieg is the author of grants totaling more than $ 1 million, including a 2018 Grant for Innovative Teachers and Principals from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
“Dr. Rieg has nearly four decades of experience in education, ranging from elementary school teacher to IUP faculty to university administration,” said Luetkehans. “She was an excellent leader. team in the office of the dean of education and communications, and a leader in his or her department.
“His success in securing grants, including a nearly $ 1 million Teacher Innovation Grant to help transform the curriculum, as well as his work to partner with a number educational entities, testifies to its initiative and its commitment to developing the discipline. and the College onwards.
Rieg was recognized for excellence in her field with the Association of Teacher Education’s selection as a Clinical Practice Intern in 2020 and 2016, when she was named Pennsylvania Teacher Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. At IUP, she received the Head of Faculty Award for IUP College of Education and Communication in 2016 and the IUP Distinguished Faculty Award for Service in 2014.
“I am truly honored to be named Interim Dean of the College of Education and Communications,” said Rieg. “I am a proud graduate of the IUP Elementary Education Program and Masters Program. After 19 years in K-12 teaching, I was very happy to join the IUP community. I really enjoyed my time as a faculty member and teacher at all levels of students, as well as working in college administration.