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May 2007

Release Date: May 15, 2007

ASU Names New Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. James A. Summerlin, chairman of the Department of Education and director of teacher preparation at Sul Ross State University, will take over as head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Angelo State University, effective May 29.

Summerlin will succeed Dr. John Miazga as department head. Miazga, dean of the College of Education, has filled the post on an interim basis.

The move to ASU marks a return for Summerlin to San Angelo where he was stationed at Goodfellow AFB for intelligence training from 1965-67. His 21-year Air Force career as an engineer and program manager also included stops in England, Germany, Spain and Turkey. Following his retirement, he spent almost nine years in the private sector and supervised security systems engineering at places like Fort Knox, Camp David, Buckingham Palace, U.S. embassies in Central America and the National Security Agency.

He then turned to education in 1995 and taught high school math and physics in the San Antonio area until 2004. During that time, Summerlin was also an adjunct professor of mathematics at Northwest Vista College from 1999-2004 and an adjunct professor of education at Schreiner University from 2003-04. He joined the faculty at Sul Ross State University in 2004.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in education, curriculum and instruction, and school finance at Sul Ross, Summerlin was a member of the University Distance Education Committee, chairman of the Faculty Senate’s Teacher Education Council and graduate advisor for the Education Administration Program.

“Jim Summerlin was selected because of his experience as a department head, his familiarity with online learning and his teaching experience at the university level,” Miazga said. “Also attractive were his teaching experience at the secondary school level and his extensive administrative experience in the military.”

Summerlin holds an Ed.D. in educational administration from Baylor University, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas-San Antonio, master’s in education from Schreiner University and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. His professional memberships include the Texas Association of School Administrators, Southwest Educational Research Association, Educator Preparation Leadership Academy and Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

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