Dean Quam has played an integral role in the formation of the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), bringing eight departments and more than 25 research centers and institutes into a cohesive education and human development whole. Dean Quam’s leadership is transforming higher education by drawing on insights from her background in social work and focus on people. She has served as director of the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work, was a pioneer in the study of older GLBT adults, and conducts broad research on development in the fields of aging and marginalized populations.
Today Dean Quam brings new technology and ideas to impact and improve the lives of children and strengthen communities. Her vision was instrumental in providing iPads to all incoming CEHD freshmen each year to transform and enhance their educational experience, earning her the affectionate nickname, “Dean Jean the iPad Queen.”
Dean Quam led the Vision 2020 planning process that now envisions what the college will look like a decade from now by drawing on the strengths of CEHD—such as its extensive research across the lifespan. As she looks ahead to 2020, her four priorities are to close the achievement gap so all children succeed, build family resilience, improve lives through an understanding of the developing brain, and strengthen our global competitiveness.
Quam has been active in a number of professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education, and the American Society on Aging.
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