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Hopkins School of Education gets new dean

A prominent scholar at the University of Iowa College of Education will become the new dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education on Aug. 1.

Christopher C. Morphew will lead about 130 faculty members and 2,400 students training at Hopkins to become teachers and administrators. He will also lead research aimed at improving educational instruction.

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As an executive associate dean for research and innovation at Iowa, Hopkins officials say he oversaw rapid expansion of the college's research and introduced new areas of collaboration between faculty members in the college and other parts of the university. He also increased enrollment in three master's and doctoral programs and redesigned the curricula in two of them.

Morphew also has been on faculty at the University of Kansas and the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in social sciences and educational practices from Stanford University in 1996, and master's degrees from Stanford and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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The Hopkins' education school became an independent division in 2007 and awards more than 500 master's and doctoral degrees annually.

Morphew will take over for Mariale Hardiman, who has been serving as interim dean since April 2016. David W. Andrews, who had been dean, left to head a private nonprofit university in California.

Morphew called the Hopkins school "a young, high-performing, highly ranked unit, surrounded by one of the world's best research universities."

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