College of Education dean receives career commendation
Dr. Les Sternberg, outgoing dean of the University of South Carolina College of Education, became the first individual to be honored by the National Association for Professional Development Schools at the annual PDS conference in New Orleans last month.
The NAPDS typically honors schools, colleges or the partnerships between them but had never honored an individual before surprising Sternberg with the award, which reads, “In grateful appreciation for your visionary guidance and extraordinary commitment to the National Association for Professional Development Schools and the PDS National Conference.”
The College of Education manages and maintains the annual PDS conference, which this year attracted 900 educators and administrators from colleges and schools throughout the country. The conference is a showcase of the latest teaching methods and a means of facilitating and promoting partnerships between P-12 schools and institutes of higher education.
Sternberg, who will retire at the end of the spring 2011 semester, is credited with strengthening the annual PDS conference and for being a tireless champion of the concept of Professional Development Schools.
“The conference would not be in existence without Les,” said Dr. Bruce Field, executive director of USC’s School-University Partnerships & Clinical Experiences. “He has been the backbone of the conference and the association. We would not be anywhere without him.”
At his retirement, Sternberg will have served as dean of the College of Education for nearly 11 years. He previously served as dean of education and human development at Bowling Green State University, associate dean of education at Iowa State University and a number of administrative and faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University. He also has held faculty positions at Southern Illinois University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Lamar University and Northern Illinois University.