Gaëtane Jean-Marie named UNI dean of the College of Education

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president, Academic Affairs, 319-273-2517,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Gaëtane Jean-Marie has been named dean of the College of Education and the Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Leadership in Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Jean-Marie will assume her new duties on June 30. The appointment is contingent upon approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its June meeting.


"Jean-Marie will bring a strong background in educational leadership to UNI," said Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. "She has more than $2 million in funded grants, has co-authored two books and co-edited four others, and has many article and conference presentations. Her leadership philosophy is inclusive, innovative and data-informed, and she cares first and foremost about students and student learning, which is very important at UNI."

Jean-Marie is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in leadership and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. in criminal justice and B.A. in political science from Rutgers University.

Prior to her current position, she was the program coordinator for Educational Leadership at the University of Oklahoma. She has also held leadership roles at Florida International University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Jean-Marie replaces Dwight Watson, who left UNI in May 2015 to be the provost at Southwest Minnesota State University. Victoria Robinson, head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education, has been serving as interim dean of the College of Education.