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Hackett, Enz assume interim roles at ASU’s Polytechnic campus


April 27, 2007

MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University is pleased to announce the appointments of Gail Hackett as interim dean and Billie J. Enz as interim associate dean of the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation at the Polytechnic campus.

Hackett will continue in her current role as university vice provost and dean of University College and will assume these additional responsibilities in May, replacing Associate Dean Bette Bergeron who has accepted the dean position in the School of Education at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. 

“Dean Hackett and Dr. Enz plan to continue to build on the strong programs that Dr. Bette Bergeron and the excellent faculty and staff have built over the past nine years,” said ASU Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Capaldi.

Hackett is an educational psychologist whose research has been focused on vocational psychology and academic achievement. She has held several administrative roles at ASU, including in the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, where she was director of the Division of Psychology in Education and associate dean. Just prior to her appointment as dean of University College she served as vice provost for academic personnel at ASU. 

Enz, who is currently the faculty director of teacher education at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, has extensive administrative experience in the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, serving as director of student teaching, director of the Beginning Educator Support Team program, and associate division director of professional development programs in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction.

In this last role, she also worked closely with the many school districts throughout Maricopa County and the state. Additionally she helped develop the new program review process and the new early childhood certificate with the Arizona Department of Education.

Enz will begin to take over the day to day administrative responsibilities at the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation on a part time basis, and will be working full time on the Polytechnic campus June 1.  Enz’s scholarly focus has been in the area of early childhood education emergent literacy and language development, teacher development, and induction and mentor support.

Hackett and Enz will be instrumental in establishing the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation as a free-standing school from School of Applied Arts & Sciences.