CSULB interim college of education dean (copy)

Shireen Pavri stands in front of the college of education sign at California State University, Long Beach.

California State University, Long Beach, named Shireen Pavri as college of education dean starting July 3, according to a school release. She has been interim dean since August 2016, when former dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer took a position at the CSU chancellor's office.

Before taking the dean position, Pavri was a special education professor, coordinating CSULB's education specialist preliminary credential program and master of science program in special education. She is involved in ongoing program development and said she wants to use more clinical models for preparing future educators.

“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," Pavri said in a release. "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. 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.” 

Her research knowledge includes preparing teachers to help the emotional and social functioning of students. She also has expertise in assessing culturally and linguistically diverse student backgrounds. She has published in more than 30 scholarly publications and conducted more than 50 scholarly presentations. She also was principal investigator on 10 federal state and foundation grants. 

“Dr. Pavri brings a quiet professionalism and breadth of knowledge and experience to the College of Education,” CSULB Provost Brian Jersky said in a release. “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.”

Pavri has a special education doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champion, a school psychology education science degree from Miami University, Ohio, a special education master's from SNDT Women's University in Mumbia, India, and a psychology bachelor of arts from St. Xavier's University, Mumbai, India.

—Emily Thornton

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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