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Van Gorder now Assistant Dean of Field Experiences

Doris Van Gorder
Doris Van Gorder, Assistant Dean of Field Experiences and Licensure Officer

Ms. Doris Van Gorder has been promoted to the position of Assistant Dean of Field Experiences and Licensure Officer in the School of Education, effective May 11, 2018.  Doris brings to this position her expertise in compliance and reporting of pre-practicum and practicum placements and her professional development of field program supervisors, supervising practitioners and teacher candidates, as well as development of community partnerships in school districts.

Doris’ tenure with the College began in 2014 when she was hired as a part-time faculty member in the Special Education Program. Recently, she has been the primary instructor in our practicum seminar courses, and she continues to teach several other courses. In her immediate past role of Practicum Coordinator, Doris observed and evaluated students in their practicum placements and worked with program chairs.  She also monitored the progress of students, and she provided them opportunities to develop the skills necessary to become licensed educators in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

She is recognized as an accessible and responsive teacher, teacher leader, adjunct professor, administrator and decision-maker with the ability to consistently and effectively identify resources.  She has been known to mitigate the escalation of problems, establish best practices, provide corrective-action planning, and decisively lead and guide team members to maintain procedural continuity.

Ms. Van Gorder is licensed in Massachusetts in Elementary Education, Intensive Special Education (all levels), Moderate Special Education (all levels), and Special Education Administration.  She has earned a CAGS in Transitional Leadership from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, a Certificate in Teacher Leadership (BTLC Program) from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, an M.Ed. in Special Education Technology from Emmanuel College, a CAGS in Intensive Special Education (all levels) from Northeastern University, and an M.Ed. in Moderate Special Education (all levels) from the University of Massachusetts/Boston.