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New decade, new dean

School of Education marks its 10th anniversary and welcomes its next leader, Christopher Morphew
Posted October 12, 2017

At a Sept. 17 event on the Homewood Campus, the Johns Hopkins School of Education toasted the accomplishments of its first 10 years as a standalone institution. The event provided a perfect setting to introduce its new dean, Christopher Morphew, who joined the university in August after serving as the executive associate dean of research and innovation at the University of Iowa College of Education.

"My optimism is buoyed by [Hopkins'] history of developing empirically derived tools to help schools and districts improve low-performing schools and our demonstrated willingness, even eagerness ... to partner with non-traditional organizations to launch promising new programs," Morphew said in his remarks.

Collaboration and innovation will be hallmarks of the school under his leadership, Morphew added in a wide-ranging Q-and-A with The Hub. Already, he's made multiple visits to East Baltimore (on an orange scooter, no less) for meetings with faculty and leaders in the schools of Nursing and Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Pubic Health to share ideas and discuss partnerships.

"Some people might think that our job at the dean's level is to say 'no,'" Morphew told Greg Rienzi in the interview. "I think our job is to say 'yes' to good ideas and good people."

Read more about Morphew and his vision for the School of Education on The Hub

Watch a video celebrating the first 10 years of the Johns Hopkins School of Education