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Dean's Leadership Institute

Dean's Leadership Institute

College of Education Founding Dean George Petersen initiated the Dean’s Leadership Institute during summer 2019. Nominated and selected members engage in ongoing self-discovery and growth as a faculty or staff member, develop a deeper understanding of leadership principles and apply them within their own context, and gain a broader perspective of the issues and opportunities facing our College, University and state. During the monthly sessions, guest speakers include key administrators, both internally and externally.

One goal of the Dean’s Leadership Institute is to provide an awareness of the context within and outside of Clemson’s College of Education. Members expand their knowledge about organizational culture, the distinctive cultures within colleges, universities, and state agencies, and how to lead change in these contexts. Another goal is to develop leaders within our College for both informal and formal leadership roles.


The purpose of the Dean's Leadership Institute is to enable faculty and staff to work effectively within the land grant mission and with the stakeholders for our college, university, state, and nation in ways that:

  • Facilitate a vibrant, respectful, and innovative scholarly community
  • Create a better understanding of the social, political, and economic context within and outside our college, university, and state
  • Build strategic skills to help faculty and staff contribute effectively to our mission
  • Develop insights and strategic skills for potential opportunities such as Dean Fellows, Research Fellows, Policy Fellows, etc.


  • Inaugural DLI Participants


    dean-george-petersen.jpgGeorge J. Petersen
    Professor and Founding Dean

    George Petersen has been a public school teacher, administrator and university faculty member. Prior to this appointment with the College of Education, he served as dean of the Graduate College of Education at California Lutheran University. He was the chair of the Department of Graduate Studies at the California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and co-director of the University of California-Santa Barbara and Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. He was a tenured professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and served as associate director of the University Council for Educational Administration, a national research and policy organization. Petersen established the Dean's Leadership Institute in 2019 with the inaugural school year of 2019/2020.

    Kathy HeadleyKathy Headley
    Professor and Coordinator for the Dean’s Leadership Institute

    Kathy Headley, professor of literacy education, has been a faculty member at Clemson University since 1987. Headley’s areas of expertise include adolescent literacy and writing with specialized interests in comprehension and vocabulary. She has published articles on young adult and children’s literature in journals such as The Reading Teacher and The ALAN Review along with research on adolescent motivation in The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Headley served an elected three-year term on the Board of Directors for the International Reading Association (International Literacy Association) and was recently elected to serve as ILA President. She remains active regarding policy development and implementation for literacy improvement locally and globally.

    Michelle Patrick CookMichelle Patrick Cook
    Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

    In this position, Michelle Cook provides leadership in undergraduate programming and clinical and field experiences, supports assessment and accreditation, and participates in policy development and implementation. Cook has served as a faculty member in science education since 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in science education from North Carolina State University. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Clemson, Cook was a high school biology teacher in Raleigh, N.C.

    Faculty and Staff

  • 2020-2021 DLI
    The Dean’s Leadership Institute has been suspended for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19.
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