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Furman named director of education at Olivet College
Jun 12, 2013

Lisa Furman, Ph.D., assistant professor of music at Olivet College, has been named the college’s director of education, according to an announcement by Maria Davis, Ph.D., dean and provost. Her position begins July 1.

“We are delighted that Lisa will be taking on the role of director of education at Olivet College,” Davis said. “With its recently completed strategic plan, ‘Charting the Course to 2020 and Beyond,’ the college is committed to expanding its footprint in research and applications of best practices in teaching and learning. Lisa is an ideal candidate for the position, and we’re confident she will model excellence in all aspects of her new role.”

Furman, of Rives Junction, earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in music education from the University of Michigan. Teacher education and social related issues was the focus of her graduate work at U of M and remains the focal point in her current teaching position. She has completed extensive work on the examination of teaching pedagogy and assessment, and has led numerous conference presentations on professional development for in-service and pre-service educators.

Furman previously taught at Jackson Community College and served as director of bands at East Jackson High School, East Jackson Middle School and Northwest High School of Jackson. She has taught a variety of music courses at Olivet College, and has served as director of the wind ensemble, athletic bands and instrumental music program.

In her new role, Furman will be responsible for developing and leading a teacher preparation program that prepares graduates to become successful teachers, as well as meet the needs of their students in a rapidly changing education landscape. She will oversee daily operations of Olivet’s graduate and undergraduate education programs and faculty; facilitate collaboration among education faculty members; develop and maintain positive relationships and partnerships with schools, professional organizations, state agencies and other constituencies; build on and expand Olivet College’s innovative collaboration with Sherman Lake YMCA for teacher education student development; and engage in state-wide and national teacher education initiatives.


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