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Pavri Selected As CED Dean

Published: May 22, 2017

Shireen Pavri
Shireen Pavri

As California faces a looming teacher shortage, officials at CSULB announced Shireen Pavri will serve as dean of the College of Education beginning July 3. Pavri has been serving as the interim dean since last August.

“Dr. Pavri brings a quiet professionalism and breadth of knowledge and experience to the College of Education,” said CSULB Provost Brian Jersky. “She is a nationally respected scholar who will enrich and expand the crucial role our campus plays in preparing future teachers. I am confident her oversight of our student body and cutting-edge campus-based research will lead to improved excellence in teacher education at home and throughout the nation. I look forward to her leadership and collaborative energy.”

Central to the mission of the California State University is the preparation of teachers and educational leaders for California’s schools and communities. Locally, teacher preparation is key to the success of the nationally known Long Beach College Promise. About 70 percent of the new teacher hires at Long Beach Unified School District train at CSULB. During this May’s commencement ceremonies, CSULB’s College of Education will graduate 457 students.

“I am honored to have been selected as dean of the College of Education. Serving in this capacity is both a privilege and a significant responsibility. Long Beach serves as a national model for teacher education and it’s now my job to ensure we not only retain our national stature, but that we continue to excel in this space,” said Pavri. “To achieve this high bar, I am excited to strengthen the college’s relationships with area school districts and to grow new local, regional, national and international partnerships. Equally important, my vision as dean is to promote inclusive teaching strategies to create a positive learning environment for all students here on campus.”

Pavri replaces Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, who had been the college’s dean since 2008. Grenot-Scheyer left the campus for a position at the California State University Chancellor’s Office in August.

Prior to her role in the dean’s office, as professor of Special Education, Pavri coordinated the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential program and the Master of Science program in Special Education at CSULB. She has been actively engaged in program development and is interested in promoting clinical models for educator preparation. Her research expertise is in the areas of preparing teachers to facilitate the social and emotional functioning of all students, including those with disabilities, and the effective assessment of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Pavri has published and presented widely on these topics, with more than 50 scholarly presentations and 30 scholarly publications. She has also served as principal investigator on 10 federal, state and foundation grants. The new dean holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an Ed.S. in School Psychology from Miami University in Ohio, an M.Ed. in Special Education from the SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai, India and a B.A. in Psychology from St. Xavier’s University, Mumbai, India.

–Shayne Schroeder