Dr. Tyler Wells, a collaborative, innovative, and decisive leader committed to student success, has been named dean of the College of Education and Liberal Arts. Starting as an adjunct in 2001 in the College of Education, Dr. Wells became chair of the Office of Clinical Studies in 2012, then was named director of Teacher Preparation, Community Outreach, and Partnerships. A significant accomplishment includes developing and implementing the University’s Immersive Year-Long Residency Program, which received funding or grants from the Delaware Department of Education and the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
Dr. Wells has led numerous activities supporting teacher development, recruitment strategies, and partnerships, and his work is having a positive impact on the teacher shortage crisis in Delaware. He has been an educator for nearly 30 years and is experienced in early childhood education and public school elementary teaching and administration. Dr. Wells has served on several professional committees and boards, developed extensive contacts with the Delaware Department of Education, and built meaningful relationships with educators statewide. He holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University.
Dr. John Gray stepped down as dean of the college and is serving as director of Special Academic Projects for a brief period before retiring from the University. He is helping to develop a Center for Doctoral Studies while supporting Dr. Wells in his new role.
— Maria Hess