About Our Dean
Dr. Valerie J. Bristor. Dean of the College of Education
In 2009 FAU Provost John Pritchett, Ph.D. announced the appointment of Valerie J. Bristor, Ph.D. as Dean of the College of Education. The appointment followed an extensive review of the Search Committee’s report and direct input from individuals.
Dean Bristor had served as interim dean of the College of Education since July 2008. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, she served as senior associate dean of the College of Education.
Valerie J. Bristor began her education at Evangel University where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education. She furthered her discipline by attaining an M.Ed. at the University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. at Ball State University.
Bristor was a classroom teacher for nine years in Mobile, Alabama. When she came to FAU in 1988, she taught undergraduate and graduate reading/language arts education courses. After serving as chair of the department of Teacher Education for seven years, Bristor became associate dean of the College of Education, Davie Campus, followed by her appointment as senior associate dean in fall 2006.
Her publications, conference presentations and grants have focused on her research interest of reading in the content area and teacher education.
Bristor was a nominee for the President’s Leadership Award in 2006, a finalist for the College of Education Distinguished Teacher Award in 1997, and a recipient of the University Teacher Incentive Program Award in 1994. She served as Chair for the American Reading Forum for two terms, has been the Institutional Representative for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and for the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU) where she is also currently serving as the elected Regional 2 Representative. She received recognition as one of 100 Women of Distinction at Florida Atlantic University. Bristor has been a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House and American/Canadian Cancer Societies and is currently a member of the board of directors for the Broward Education Foundation.
From the Dean
The College of Education has attained many admirable achievements.
We received the Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award for our collaborative program Establishing Excellence in Elementary Education’s outstanding partnership with the Broward County Public Schools and the School District of Palm Beach County. An additional component of the award was the selection of two students to receive two-year scholarships to FAU.
An FAU Lab School, A.D. Henderson University School was named a National Blue Ribbon School based on overall academic performance. Furthermore, the College of Education was ranked at No. 77 for the “Best Online Education Programs” by the U.S. News & World Report and our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program was ranked at No. 36 for the “Best Online Masters in Curriculum and Instruction Programs”.
Not only have we received exceptional recognition and awards, but thanks to many charitable donations, our accomplishments were made possible and scholarship awards have been made available.