University of Mobile Education Dean Named to Alabama Teacher Prep Review Team

Kathy Dean Education, News

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile School of Education Dean Carolyn Corliss, EdD, has been appointed to an Alabama State Department of Education committee that reviews teaching programs.

Corliss will serve on the Continuous Improvement in Educator Preparation (CIEP) Team to determine whether existing and new programs for teaching fields and areas of instructional support are in compliance with standards adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education.

Corliss was appointed to the committee by Dr. Eric Mackey, Alabama state superintendent of education.

The program reviews ensure that future teachers are well prepared to serve all of Alabama’s children, according to Mackey.

Corliss joined the University of Mobile faculty in 2012 and has served as dean of the School of Education since 2016. She 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.

She holds a Doctor of Education in foundations, leadership and technology with a concentration in adult education from Auburn University; a Master of Education in exercise science from Auburn University; and a Bachelor of Science in health, physical education, recreation and dance from Troy University.

For information about programs in the School of Education at the University of Mobile, visit or call 251.442.2222.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.