Dr. Shannon Cuff appointed dean of Drury’s School of Education

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 29, 2017 — Drury University has selected Dr. Shannon Cuff as the next Dean of the School of Education and Child Development, effective July 5.

The move is a homecoming for Cuff, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education degrees from Drury in 2000 and 2004, respectively. After teaching English at Willard High School, Cuff earned a Ph.D. in Literacy Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. She has most recently been a member of the faculty at Park University in Kansas City, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate classes for seven years, in addition to her administrative responsibilities as director of the Watson Literacy Center and the school’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation team.

Cuff is an active scholar who has numerous funded grant proposals, national conference presentations, and publications to her credit. Her research has focused on the areas of service-learning and community engagement in childhood literacy and with adolescent English Language Learners. Cuff’s work in the classroom has been complemented by an active role as a community liaison. She has been Park University’s representative for Missouri Campus Compact and is the coordinator for Park’s Master of Education in Language and Literacy programs. She has also been involved in a number of community-based literacy and reading programs in the Kansas City area.

“Dr. Cuff is a strong advocate for education and literacy and has experience working with school and community partners to advance educational collaborations,” says Drury provost Dr. Beth Harville. “She has also provided leadership in the development and growth of instructional programs including an English Language Learners (ELL) certification program.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to return to Drury and lead the School of Education and Child Development,” Cuff says. “Drury played a significant role in my development as an educator. I am eager to continue and build upon the excellent work of my colleagues as we prepare teachers to educate 21st century learners.”


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