Bunte to direct UWP School of Education

May 7, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - With experience in school administration and children currently enrolled in the local school district, Alison Bunte, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will lend personal and professional experience to her new role as director of the school of education at UWP.

"I have 10 years of experience as a school administrator and have children going to school now, so I have a good idea about what issues schools are facing," Bunte said. "My administrative experience has also helped me to understand the dynamic of how to work well with people."

As the new director of the school of education, Bunte will relinquish her duties as the assistant dean, taking on the directorial position full-time and replacing the part-time, interim director, Tom Lo Guidice. As the new director, Bunte's responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of the school of education.

"I'll be working with the program coordinators for our three education programs - teacher education, physical education and counselor education," Bunte said. "I'll also be responsible for budgetary issues, staffing, course scheduling and implementing the new licensure changes in our department."

Stepping into the position at this time, Bunte also faces the challenge of state and national program re-accreditation from the Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Although the accreditation is valid for 10 years, the department must undergo a rigorous evaluation process every five years. All aspects of the department and its curriculum, such as departmental evaluation reports, program objectives and student competency assessments, are reviewed.

"My primary goals and challenges for the school are to get us through the accreditation process and to implement the new licensure programs," Bunte said. "Beyond that, I hope to improve communication between our three education programs and assist students with the transition of our new licensure programs."

Bunte joined the University in 1994 as the director of the Center of Education for the Young Adolescent and as an assistant professor in education.

Prior to coming to UWP, she held a variety of positions in the educational field from reading specialist and director of special education to principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum and staff development.

Bunte's educational background consists of a bachelor of science degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, a master of science degree also in education from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She and her husband, Clyde, a retired educator and adjunct lecturer, have two sons, Alex and Craig. In her free time Bunte enjoys reading, antiquing and cooking.

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