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Idaho State University


As part of the ongoing national search to select a College of Education Dean Search, Idaho State University has invited four finalists to campus. Each candidate will visit Pocatello over a two-day period to meet with faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University.

The finalists are: 

  • Sean Lancaster (Feb 3-4)
  • Matthew Capps (Feb 6-7)
  • Mark Seals (Feb 19-20)
  • Jean McGivney-Burelle (Feb 20-21)
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Dr. Sean Lancaster

Dr. Sean Lancaster is a professor of Educational Technology at Grand Valley State University where he has been since 2000. Dr. Lancaster has served in a variety of leadership roles including department chair of Special Education, Foundations, and Technology where he oversaw 24 tenure-track faculty and numerous affiliate and part-time faculty beginning in 2015. He is currently the founding chair of the Literacy and Technology Department. He has extensive experience with curriculum, and he spent 6 years as the chair of the College Personnel Committee. Sean has also served on numerous university committees including a Senator to the University Faculty Senate, and member of the Presidential Search last year where his committee helped select the first female president at GVSU. Sean has three degrees from the University of Kansas: B.S. Ed in Recreation Management (1992), a Master’s in Special Education (1997), and a Ph.D. in Special Education (2002).

Lancaster CV

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Dr. Matthew Capps

Dr. Matthew Capps is a professor of Educational Leadership at Midwestern State University. He has over 15 years of experience in higher education and 10 years in public school education as a teacher and school administrator. Dr. Capps has served in a variety of leadership roles including Dean of the West College of Education and Interim Dean of the Billie Doris McAda Graduate School both at Midwestern State University.  With his oversight, the college has grown from the fourth to second largest college developed the first teacher education competency-based education program and raised funds through donor development dedicated to undergraduate and graduate education. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University, an M.Ed in Educational Administration and B.S. in Biology, both from Midwestern State University. Dr. Capps also serves as an advisor on two committees with the Texas Education Agency and the ACSR representative to AACTE.

Dr. Capps CV

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Dr. Mark Seals

Dr. Mark Seals is the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning and a full professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University. He has over 20 years of experience in higher education with another 10 years as a secondary science teacher in Hailey, Idaho and Lyman, Wyoming. Mark has served in a variety of leadership roles including Director of the School of Learning and Teaching at Pacific University, Education Department Chair at Alma College and Lead Instructor at Walden University. He has contributed to an understanding of the “Ethic of Care” in the educational setting and has shared his findings regionally, nationally, and globally (Peru, Ecuador, and India). Mark holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Curriculum and Teaching: Science Education with a supporting area of Biology from Purdue University and further holds a B.S. in Science Education from Eastern Oregon State University.

Dr. Seals CV

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Dr. Jean McGivney-Burelle

Dr. Jean McGivney-Burelle is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Hartford. She has two decades of experience in higher education. Jean has served in several leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Education in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions; Associate Dean of Budget and Finance in the College of Arts and Sciences; and currently serves as the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. Jean has made contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics at the K-16 level, and is currently co-leading an NSF-funded multi-institutional project on supporting and sustaining scholarly mathematics teaching. Jean holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Hartford, an M.S. in Mathematics from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. McGivney-Burelle CV

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