Jean Quam has played an integral role in the formation of CEHD, bringing seven departments and more than 25 research centers and institutes together to create a cohesive whole. Dean Quam’s leadership is transforming higher education by drawing on insights from her background in social work with its focus on people and problem solving.

At CEHD, Dean Quam has been a pioneer in promoting the use of technology in education. Her vision was instrumental in providing iPads to all incoming CEHD freshmen to transform and enhance their educational experience, earning her the affectionate nickname, “Dean Jean the iPad Queen.” She also worked with others in the college to create the Open Textbook Network and use of open-source, free textbooks, with more than 30 higher education partners across 100 campuses nationwide.

Dean Quam’s commitment to evidence-based teaching methodologies, innovation and diversity has made her one of the most respected deans of education in America. She’s also one of the most connected – she’s very active on Twitter (@jeankquam), engaging in conversations about what’s happening at CEHD and the issues facing educators across the nation.


  • Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Madison-Wisconsin
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of Social Work


Dean Jean K. Quam, Ph.D.
104 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Drive S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0221


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