It’s official: Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti is the dean of the Judith Herb College of Education.The longtime UT faculty member served as interim dean since last January. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees in November.
“This is a fantastic fit,” she said. “I’m so excited to be working with a talented group of faculty members and staff to teach students and take the Judith Herb College of Education to the next level.”
Poplin Gosetti spearheaded a project to put together a new strategic plan for the college. The Judith Herb College of Education will be the first of the colleges to unveil its plan.
“Penny is the perfect person to lead the Judith Herb College of Education,” said Dr. Scott Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “She has played a pivotal role in the Higher Education Program for two decades, and she has excelled in leadership positions in the Office of the Provost.”
Since 2007, Poplin Gosetti has had three titles in that office, with the most recent being vice provost for assessment, accreditation and program review. She held administrative responsibility for the preparation of UT’s self-study submitted to the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools prior to the on-site visit. In 2012, the University received continued accreditation.
Prior to that, she was executive assistant to the president from 2002 to 2007 for Dr. Dan Johnson and Dr. Lloyd Jacobs. She also served as interim vice president for student life for one year during that time.
Since joining UT in 1994, Poplin Gosetti has served on the board of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and taught a graduate-level course on Women in Higher Education.
She also was co-director for the National Science Foundation Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership grant.
A native of California, Poplin Gosetti holds a doctorate in instructional leadership from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in counseling from California State University in Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.