Kim Winter, dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University, recently was awarded an Impact Academy fellowship by the Deans for Impact nonprofit organization.
The yearlong fellowship aims to accelerate field-wide transformation by supporting and empowering a network of leaders who are committed to improving their educator preparation programs. Each cohort of fellows is limited to no more than 20 leaders, each of whom went through a rigorous nomination and application process.
“We believe it will be the collective work of leaders like Kim Winter that will transform how we prepare future educators,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact.
Winter, who has held the dean’s position since July, is among 17 fellows in the cohort.
Deans for Impact was founded in 2015 to empower, support and advocate on behalf of leaders at all levels of educator preparation toward the goal of improving the teaching profession.