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May 2007

Release Date: May 17, 2007

New Department Head for ASU Teacher Education

Dr. Linda N. Lucksinger, professor of education and former chair of the Department of Education at Sul Ross State University, will take over as head of the Department of Teacher Education at Angelo State University, effective May 29.

Lucksinger will succeed Dr. John Miazga, Dean of the ASU College of Education, who has filled the post on an interim basis. She will also be joining her former Sul Ross colleague, Dr. Jim Summerlin, who was recently named head of the ASU Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Lucksinger has been teaching since 1972 when she began at Oakwilde elementary school in Houston. After 15 years of elementary education, she did her graduate teaching and research at Texas A&M, then joined the faculty of Schreiner University in 1991 as an assistant professor of education.

Director of teacher education and director of grants at Schreiner from 1992-96, Lucksinger was promoted to full professor in 2000. She also developed the Elementary Teacher Certification Program, the Alternative Teacher Certification Program for Special Education Certification, the Master of Education Program and the Principal Certification Program.

After 11 years at Schreiner, Lucksinger joined the faculty at Sul Ross where she chaired the Department of Education and was director of teacher education from 2002-04. She also served as certification officer for Texas Educator Certification, chair of the Teacher Education Council and faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society.

Much of Lucksinger’s research has dealt with the education of “gifted and talented” students. Her work has been published in several education journals and she has made more than 50 presentations to education organizations throughout Texas and the U.S.

Lucksinger holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology with specialization in gifted education from Texas A&M. She received her master’s of education from Southwest Texas State University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Houston. Her professional memberships include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Teacher Educators, Phi Delta Kappa and Texas Association for Gifted and Talented.