LMU School of Education Dean Named an Impact Academy Fellow

LMU School of Education Dean Michelle D. Young, Ph.D., has been named a 2020 Impact Academy Fellow by Deans for Impact, joining a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

The year-long fellowship empowers dean-level leaders with skills, knowledge, and strategies to pursue instructional excellence in the face of new challenges. Young is one of 17 fellows announced as part of the fellowship’s fifth cohort.

“I am honored to have been selected for this fellowship and to have an opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse group of deans from across the country. I know that I and the LMU School of Education will benefit significantly,” said Young.

Young joined Loyola Marymount University as Dean of the School of Education in June 2020 from the University of Virginia where she was a professor of educational leadership and policy, chair of the department of education leadership, foundations and policy, and Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Young’s scholarship focuses on how university programs, educational policies and school leaders can support equitable and quality experiences for all students and adults who learn and work in schools.

Each fellowship cohort is selected through an intensive nomination and application process. “We believe that transformative leadership is the cornerstone of an educator-preparation program that embraces an improvement mentality and prioritizes candidate learning above all else,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact. “We’re thrilled to welcome 17 such leaders into the Impact Academy fellowship, and are excited to support these leaders as they embark on efforts to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”

Impact Academy fellowship combines monthly virtual sessions with regular learning modules and ongoing leadership coaching from Deans for Impact member deans. Fellows strengthen their ability to engage faculty, staff, and K-12 school partners in a shared vision for change, grounded in a deep scientific understanding of how students learn.