Margaret Crocco named dean of U. of Iowa's education college
March 24, 2011
Margaret Crocco, professor and chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University, has been named the 15th dean of the University of Iowa College of Education. Her appointment will begin July 1 pending approval by the Iowa state Board of Regents.
Crocco is a professor of social studies and education and coordinator of the Social Studies and Education at Teacher's College. She is a nationally recognized leader in diversity issues in social studies education, the history of citizenship education and social studies teacher education.
She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Georgetown University and her master's and doctoral degrees in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught American studies at the University of Maryland; American and women's history at Drew, Montclair State and William Paterson Universities; and within the Texas community college system.
Crocco joined the Teachers College faculty in 1993 after eight years teaching and administering at a high school in Summit, N.J. She has received numerous grants related to women's history, African American history and inclusive curriculum. Most recently, Crocco has served as editor and project leader for the "Teaching 'The Levees'" curriculum, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and based on Spike Lee's award-winning film, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts."