Greetings and welcome!
If you join us, I know that you will find your time with us rewarding, challenging, and enjoyable. The good work done here is even made enjoyable because of the good will and hard work of our colleagues and collaborators. We have, for example, the hardest working and most productive faculty of any College of Education. Our staff are skilled, dedicated, and committed to student and faculty success. Our earnest and interesting students bring new ideas and challenges from around the world to their classroom, research, and clinical experiences. Our alumni are thriving and inspiring and mentoring our current students. And our donors constantly humble us with their generosity which provided us with one of the best academic buildings in the country, the HEDCO building. In addition, our donors provide more than $800,000 in annual scholarship dollars for student support.
Our website is most frequently visited by prospective and current students, like you who want to know whether or not our College of Education experience is a good match. Let me help you make a fully informed decision: First and foremost, a degree from our college is recognized by employers as coming from one of the best Colleges of Education in the country. We have long been ranked among the best.
Our students, staff, and faculty researchers are also working on leading-edge solutions to persistent educational challenges such as mathematics and reading interventions, bilingual language development, depression and suicide prevention and intervention, and teacher staffing for tribal communities, among many others. Service and clinical training opportunities abound. Campus-based opportunities to directly improve the lives of individuals are abundant.
In the end, students come here for the curricula. We are prepared to help you become a world-class mathematics teacher, special education teacher, school administrator, speech pathologist, couples and family therapist, or school and counseling psychologist. We will also prepare you for entering graduate school or for direct entry into the workforce. For those who seek a scholarly career, there is no better place to obtain a doctoral degree. Our graduate students have the opportunity to affect change for millions of children and adults by making practice, product and policy breakthroughs. As we like to say, we use research to drive change.
This letter is getting long, so I will end with a personal note. I’ve worked for several universities. Only at the UO am I reminded every day of the beauty and bounty of nature. While driving down I-5 I look to the left and see the snowcapped Cascades, and then turn to glimpse the marine fog over the Coastal Range on my right. At this point I can’t believe I’m actually going to WORK.
Wishing you all success,
R.W. Kamphaus, PhD, Professor and Dean