Duquesne University President Dr. Charles Dougherty has named Dr. Olga Welch dean of the School of Education. She begins her new role on July 18, 2005.
“Dr. Welch is an administrator known for building common ground among diverse constituencies and moving initiatives forward with a shared purpose,” said Dougherty. “She is passionate about preparing the teachers of the future not just to teach, but to make a lasting impact as they lead young minds through the exciting process of learning. She is committed to fostering innovative solutions for educators, counselors and administrators, providing more opportunities for the individuals they serve to develop to their fullest potential.”
“Duquesne’s spiritual roots, combined with its commitment to instilling leadership skills through both theoretical and practical applications, make the University’s approach to education unique,” says Welch. “As we prepare people to enter the professional education field, we must provide them with holistic and ecological approaches, as well as traditional ones, to meet the challenging and diverse needs of the students and families they serve.”
Welch is currently a professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, where she also served as interim head of the Educational Administration and Policy Studies Department, and head of the Counseling, Deafness and Human Services Department. Her extensive research and publication record centers on executive mentoring, social justice, equity, and diversity. She has been a reviewer for the United States Department of Education, and chaired several regional and national advisory boards in education. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Health African American Health Care Congress and the African American Pre-Natal Issues Task Force. She has also served on editorial boards for various journals and publishing companies.
Welch received a doctorate in educational administration and supervision, and a master’s degree in deaf education from the University of Tennessee. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University.
The School of Education
For more than 75 years, the Duquesne University School of Education has been setting high standards for academic and professional excellence in the teaching profession. The School’s innovative undergraduate curriculum stresses practical fieldwork beginning in the second semester of the freshman year. Graduate offerings include a wide variety of award-winning master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in high-demand specialties, including educational leadership, counseling, English as second language and instructional technology.