Dean Rider Named to National Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Jason Barr, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) at Rider University, was recently named a Fellow of Impact Academy through the national nonprofit organization Deans for Impact. Barr joins a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation rooted in equity.

The Impact Academy one-year fellowship is designed to equip dean-level leaders with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to pursue educational excellence in the face of new challenges, such as preparing teachers and K-12 leaders well equipped to identify and address educational inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barr is one of 20 leaders announced as part of the seventh cohort of this fellowship.

“I look forward to spending a year learning with some of the most forward-thinking deans of education in the country and having a substantial impact on our teacher preparation program,” says Barr.

Barr was appointed Dean in 2021 after serving as Acting Dean since February 2020 and, prior to that, Associate Dean. He currently chairs the CEHS Diversity Advisory Council, which was formed in 2021 to attract and mentor future educators who are more culturally representative of the communities they serve.

The 2022-23 Impact Academy Fellowship combines monthly virtual sessions and two in-person meetings with regular learning modules and ongoing leadership coaching by veteran leaders. Fellows build their capacity to engage K-12 faculty, staff, and school partners in a shared vision for change, grounded in a deep scientific understanding of how students learn.

“We are thrilled to welcome this new cohort of 20 fellows committed to grounding their educator preparation programs in equity and improving the field of education more broadly,” said Valerie Sakimura, vice president of the program at Deans for Impact. “As we continue to support exceptional leaders in preparing educators to drive transformative change, Deans for Impact aims to realize our long-term vision of building a national collective of leaders who create and sustain the conditions for teachers to create rigorous, equitable and inclusive classrooms. where all students thrive.

Prior to joining Rider, Barr served as Associate Dean of the School of Education at Monmouth University and Dean of the College of Education and Rehabilitation at Salus University. He has also held teaching and research positions at institutions including New York University, Fordham University, Rowan University, and IDEA Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improving student learning in higher education.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hartford, a master’s degree in educational psychology from New York University, and a doctorate in applied developmental psychology from Fordham University.

Since 2015, Deans for Impact has built the capacity of more than 100 educator readiness program leaders through the Impact Academy, positioning them to make pedagogy a priority in their programs and advocate for education systems. and more equitable learning.

Earnest L. Veasey