Dean Daire with students [View Image]
Dean Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D., joined the VCU School of Education in 2016. Combining an academic and clinical background in counseling and psychology with expertise in research, Daire's style of transformative leadership emphasizes personal and professional development, and motivating faculty, staff and students toward excellence, innovation and impact in their work every day. A big supporter of community engagement, Daire believes research and instruction are at their best (and most innovative) when focused on serving the public.
Under Dean Daire’s leadership, the VCU School of Education has championed diversity, equity and inclusion inside and outside the classroom by providing educational and engagement opportunities to faculty, staff and students. Five new undergraduate degree programs launched in the fall of 2019, preparing students for teaching careers in early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, health and physical education, and special education. In addition, the school has seen a sharp increase in both contributors and contributions over the last three years. The school has achieved and surpassed the VCU Make it Real campaign goal by 170%. A new vision, mission, values and strategic plan launched under Dean Daire’s leadership in the fall of 2019.
Dean Daire has been highly involved in the community at the state and local level since joining VCU through efforts including memberships on the Virginia Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth, Steering Committee for Virginia Provosts’ Initiative for Integrated Economic Development – Teacher (P-12) Production Working Group, Virginia Board of Education’s Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL), Virginia State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) Teacher Shortage Workgroup, and Virginia Governor’s Taskforce on Diversifying Virginia’s Educator Pipeline.
An accomplished researcher and scholar, Daire has received over $16 million in external funding to support his research in family stability and mobility with economically marginalized couples and families and his secondary research interest in career development STEM recruitment and retention. He remains research and scholarly active in these areas through refereed and scholarly publications and presentations along with being a Senior Fellow in the Consortium for Family Strengthening Research.
Dean Daire joined VCU from the University of Houston, where he served as the College of Education’s associate dean for research for nearly two years. His resume also includes more than 25 years of experience in higher education, 13 of which came at the University of Central Florida, where he co-founded the university's Marriage and Family Research Institute, among other accomplishments.
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