MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile announces the selection of Carolyn Corliss, Ed.D., as dean of the School of Education.
Corliss has served as professor of education, certification officer and assessment coordinator in the School of Education since joining the University of Mobile faculty in 2012.
“Our School of Education has an excellent reputation for graduating exceptional educators, and Dr. Corliss has been a vital part of that success. She brings to her new role experiences at all levels of education, as well as in the business world of management and finance. As dean, she will continue to build on our reputation as we expand academic programs,” said Dr. Chris McCaghren, vice president for academic affairs.
Corliss said creating new programs and increasing enrollment in the School of Education are among her top priorities as the university enters a new era under the leadership of a new president, Dr. Timothy Smith.
“Teachers have a tremendous responsibility to prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders. I look forward to leading our team in developing new academic programs that expand knowledge and opportunities in the education profession,” Corliss said.
Corliss began her career in education as a middle and high school physical education teacher. She worked for nearly a decade as a manager and financial leader for regional businesses, then returned to the field of education as instructor, certification officer and director of field and clinical programs in the School of Education at Auburn University at Montgomery, prior to joining the UM faculty.
Corliss serves on a variety of committees and task forces, including the State of Alabama Obesity Task Force, Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness, and the State Department of Education Advisory Council for Continuous Improvement in Educator Preparation.
She has made professional presentations and been published at state, regional, national and international levels.
She is local chapter counselor for Kappa Delta Pi and is a member of the National Association of State Director of Teacher Education and Certification, Delta Kappa Gama, Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and served as president of Certification Officers and Personnel in Education.
In addition, she serves as a board member of the Eastern Shore Literacy Council and volunteers with Prodisee Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.