Dr. Coley honored at UM celebration
Joan Develin Coley provost and dean of faculty at Western Maryland College, was honored Friday by the University of Maryland's College of Education at its 75th anniversary celebration. She will be recognized as a distinguished alumna.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was the reading specialist and coordinator of a volunteer program in the Prince George's County school system and she lectured at Hood College and University of Maryland.
Dr. Coley has served Western Maryland College since 1973, when she was appointed professor of education and specialist in reading programs. After serving as dean of graduate affairs, she was selected the college's first provost in 1994. As such, she is the college's chief academic officer and second-ranking administrator behind President Robert H. Chambers.
Dr. Coley was recognized as the 1989 Outstanding Teacher/Educator in Reading by the Maryland International Reading Association and received two Western Maryland College Faculty Book Awards, six scholarly journal awards and a Faculty Creativity Award.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Albright College and her master's degree and doctorate at University of Maryland, where she was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa honorary society. Dr. Coley also is a member of Phi Delta Sigma, the honorary alumnae sorority of Albright College in Reading, Pa.