Wheelock Announces Endowed Professorship

May 23, 2013

Endowed Professorship AnnouncedWheelock College is pleased to announce the creation of its first endowed professorship: the Sylvia and James Earl Professor of Technology and Learning.

This endowed professorship, made possible by a generous gift from Sylvia '54 and James Earl, enables Wheelock to enhance the College's international thought leadership. A tenured senior faculty position, it will support cutting-edge scholarship, teaching best practices, and educational programs in an area transforming education and human development: the evolving role of technology in learning and teaching.

"The world is changing with the advent of technology and its impact on learning inside and out of the classroom, and so must Wheelock College," said Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott. "Given our mission to make the world a better place for children and families, the College would be remiss if it did not take intellectual and pedagogical leadership on these critical issues. This generous gift from Sylvia and Jim allows Wheelock to do just that."

This is Wheelock's first endowed professorship. Campus planning for the position has begun for an appointment as early as Fall 2014.

"This new professorship is a cornerstone of Wheelock's strategic goals to enhance academic excellence, transform tech-enabled learning, and provide quality education for an emerging world," said Joan Gallos, Wheelock's Vice President for Academic Affairs. "It will enrich our vibrant campus culture, provide the foundation for new partnerships, and position Wheelock as a scholarly hub on issues of technology, teaching, and learning."

This special gift comes at a time when Wheelock has set out to expand its institutional capacities to use technology to deliver deeper learning, empower students, increase access and affordability, and deliver more strongly and efficiently on its mission.

Wheelock College is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding by early childhood education pioneer Lucy Wheelock.

Pictured is Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott (left) with Sylvia Earl at the official announcement of the endowed chair and opening of Wheelock's new Sylvia Earl Center for Learning and Innovation.

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