Pamela Hallam, current chair of the Education Doctorate Program in the Educational Leadership and Foundations (EDLF) Department in the McKay School of Education, will replace Sterling Hilton as the chair of the department in January 2016.
Typically department chairs do not change in the middle of an academic year, but because Hallam was selected as the new chair immediately preceding a scheduled professional development leave, Hilton agreed to continue to chair the department until she returned.
“Sterling has been a terrific leader for the EDLF Department, and he has mentored Pam in her preparation to take his place,” said Dean Mary Anne Prater. “They are both outstanding faculty members. Pam has already demonstrated her strong leadership abilities with extensive administrative experience in the public schools. I look forward to working with her in this new role.”
Hallam feels that Hilton and the previous chairs have built a strong foundation. “Sterling has done a lot with relationships and moving us forward,” she said. “I think my responsibilities will be creating a vision of where we want to go and setting some very concrete goals to accomplish that vision. We have excellent programs in this department. We create leaders.”
Hallam reaffirmed the department’s commitment to bring the spiritual side of education into classes. She values the opportunity “to bring the gospel into our coursework and talk about the greatest leader of all, who is Jesus Christ.”
Hallam received her master’s degree in leadership preparation before completing her doctorate at the University of Utah. She has been a teacher at Springville High School as well as the assistant principal and then the principal at Orem Junior High School. Later she served as the technology director and then as the curriculum director for Alpine School District.
The David O. McKay School of Education operates one of the nation’s largest teacher preparation programs, offering degrees and endorsements in a variety of educational fields. Its mission is to strive to model the attributes of Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, in preparing professionals who educate with an eternal perspective.
Writer: Kirsten Clancy
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