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Grenot-Scheyer Appointed College of Education Dean

Published: December 15, 2008

Following a national search, Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, has been appointed dean of the College of Education at CSULB, effective immediately. Grenot-Scheyer has held a number of leadership roles within the college since she arrived at CSULB in 1988, including her most recent service as interim dean.

“I am honored to be appointed dean of the College of Education and look forward to continuing my work with faculty and staff to prepare teachers and other educational personnel for 21st century schools and communities,” Grenot-Scheyer said. “I envision a college dedicated to educational equity for all students and to our collaborative work to address the persistent problem of the achievement gap in schools.”

From 2001 to August 2008, Grenot-Scheyer served as associate dean of graduate studies and research, during which time she managed the new doctoral program in educational leadership and graduate studies and played a vital role in the college’s accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Since 2004, Grenot-Scheyer has been director of the Center for Collaboration, with oversight of the college’s nationally recognized Urban Teaching Academy and other partnership programs with local school districts and community colleges. In 2006 she became the project director for the Math and Science Teaching Initiative, collaboration among College of Education faculty, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and Cerritos Community College that is aimed at increasing the number of students who complete credentials in math and science credential programs.

“Dr. Grenot-Scheyer brings to the position a depth of understanding of the college’s strengths, serious commitment to promoting and enhancing our urban education mission and the willingness to engage in significant development work on behalf of the college,” said Provost Karen L. Gould. “She enjoys strong support from our local and regional community partners and will ensure that our excellent ties with surrounding school districts remain vibrant. President F. King Alexander and I are confident that the College of Education will continue to flourish under her leadership.”

Grenot-Scheyer’s teaching, research, scholarly activity and community efforts focus on the improvement of educational services and options for individuals with disabilities and their families. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of severe disabilities and teacher preparation. She is co-editor of the book, At the end of the day: Lessons learned in inclusive education (Paul H. Brooke, 2001).

Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, Grenot-Scheyer was a special day class teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a member of the advisory board for the National Institute for Urban School Improvement and has served on the editorial board for several special education journals. She serves as the Chancellor’s Office representative on two state-wide committees, The State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Autism Advisory Committee and the California Department of Education’s State Performance and Personnel Development Plan Stakeholder Group.


Photo by Victoria Sanchez
Marguita Grenot-Scheyer

Grenot-Scheyer earned her Ph.D. in special education through the Joint Doctoral Program at UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA). She earned her master’s degree in special education as well as an administrative services credential, a severely handicapped credential and a multiple subject credential at CSULA.

Grenot-Scheyer replaces Jean Houck who retired in July 2008 after 12 years as dean of the college.